The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II — more likely to be one of the vital watched occasions in historical past — is underway.
The queen’s coffin is now being carried in a serious army procession via London to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Nook, the place will probably be moved right into a hearse and pushed to Windsor, her ultimate resting place.
The procession started at Westminster Abbey, the place the primary of the day’s funeral providers occurred. Earlier within the morning, the coffin was transported from Westminster Corridor, the place it had been mendacity in state since Sept. 14, in a brief procession that was adopted by senior members of the royal household, together with new monarch King Charles III, and his sons Prince William and Prince Harry, plus Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Edward.
Billions of individuals around the globe are anticipated to tune in to observe the pomp and pageantry of the event, whereas a whole lot of 1000’s of well-wishers are lining the streets of London (many having arrived within the early hours of Monday) to be able to pay their respects to the late queen, who has been head of state for 70 years.
The funeral has additionally seen the biggest gathering of phrase leaders for many years. Among the many friends in Westminster Abbey had been round 500 heads of state and overseas dignitaries, together with Joe Biden and his spouse Jill Biden, who arrived within the U.Okay. on Saturday, plus France’s Emanuel Macron. On Sunday, King Charles III hosted a particular reception for 1,000 friends, together with world leaders, ambassadors and different royals at Buckingham Palace, throughout which friends joined the nation in a minute’s silence — referred to as the Nationwide Second of Reflection — to mourn the queen’s passing.
The service within the Abbey — the church the place Britain’s kings and queens have traditionally been topped and the place Queen Elizabeth married Prince Philip — lasted for round one hour and was performed by the Dean of Westminster David Hoyle.
“Her Late Majesty’s example was not set through her position or her ambition, but through whom she followed,” mentioned the Archbishop of Canterbury in his sermon. Seated near the coffin was King Charles alongside his spouse Camilla, the Queen consort, Princess Anne and her husband, Timothy Laurence. Behind them had been Prince Harry; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Princess Beatrice. Additionally in attendance at Westminster Abbey was Killing Eve actress Sandra Oh, reportedly as a part of the Canadian delegation as a member of the Order of Canada.
The service was instantly adopted by a two-minute nationwide silence, adopted by the procession.
As soon as the coffin has reached St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Citadel, the place Prince Philip’s memorial service occurred and the place Prince Harry and Meghan had been married, there will likely be a a televised service at 4 p.m. native time, after which the queen will likely be interred throughout a personal service on the chapel.
When she handed away peacefully aged 96 in Balmoral, Scotland on Sep. 8, Queen Elizabeth II was Britain’s longest reigning monarch in historical past and the longest-serving feminine head of state in historical past. In 2017, she turned the primary British monarch to achieve a Sapphire Jubilee, marking 65 years in energy. (She had surpassed Victoria in 2015 to develop into the longest-reigning British monarch ever). She was additionally, undoubtedly, one of many world’s most recognizable figures, in addition to being one of the vital portrayed on display.
Her dying prompted an outpouring of emotion and flood of tributes from around the globe.
“The death of my beloved mother, her majesty the queen, is a moment of great sadness for me and all members of my family,” mentioned King Charles, whose ascended to the throne instantly following her dying, in an announcement. “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt through the country, the realms, and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world. During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the queen was so widely held.”