Queen Elizabeth II funeral: Queen laid to rest in Windsor after emotional public farewell

The Queen is to be buried following a state funeral for Her Majesty.

The Queen was laid to rest following 70 years of service after family, friends and the nation said a fond farewell to the late monarch.

The Queen’s coffin was carried from New Palace Yard towards Westminster Abbey on the Royal Navy State Funeral Gun Carriage.

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The coffin was followed by the King and other members of the royal family on foot, including the Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex.

The Ceremonial Procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II travels down the Long Walk as it arrives at Windsor Castle for the Committal Service at St George's Chapel. Picture date: Monday September 19, 2022.
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As the hearse left Wellington Arch just before 2pm the national anthem was sung while the vehicle was given the royal salute by members of the military parade.

The King, the Queen Consort and members of the royal family are following the hearse to Windsor by car, ahead of the procession to St George’s Chapel where a committal ceremony will take place from 4pm.

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Presidents and prime ministers from across the globe filled the Abbey, with US President Joe Biden were among the mourners alongside France’s President Emmanuel Macron, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, her counterpart from Canada Justin Trudeau, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Hundreds of thousands lined the Queen’s funeral procession that carried the monarch from lying in state at Westminster Hall to her state funeral and on to Windsor Castle for the committal service.

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The State Gun Carriage carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Wellington Arch during the Ceremonial Procession following her State Funeral at Westminster Abbey, London.
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Here’s what you need to know about the committal service

A committal service is normally held at the end of a funeral at the graveside and is an opportunity for loved ones to say a final goodbye.

The Queen’s committal service will feature many traditions which occur at the end of a British monarch’s reign.

The service will start at 4pm at St George’s Chapel, four hours after the end of the state funeral. The service will last roughly 30 minutes.

Good morning and welcome to our live blog on the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

The Queen’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey at 11:00 - some of the 2,000 guests have already taken their seats

The Scotsman’s Political Editor in Westminster

Thousands of mourners have lined Constitution Hill in central London in anticipation of the Queen’s funeral procession passing by.

Members of the public streamed out of nearby Green Park tube station early on Monday morning in a bid to secure a spot on the road close to Buckingham Palace.

On the other side of barriers, police officers in dress uniform lined the length of the thoroughfare linking the palace with Wellington Arch.

Some individuals in the crowd wore medals, others waved Union Jack flags, many clutched thermos flasks and waited on picnic blankets and stools.

One sign being carried bore the message: “She left her soul in bonnie Scotland to remain the monarch of every glen.”

Tom Parker Bowles, the son of Camilla, the Queen Consort, has gone in now, alongside other members of their family.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said the funeral of the Queen will be a day for reflection and respect.

Speaking ahead of the service at Westminster Abbey, Sir Keir told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I think today will be about reflection and deep respect. The whole world I think will be wanting to pay their respects.”

Sir Keir said he believed the events of the past 10 days would help bring people together.

“The public have been incredible – to see those queues, to see people everywhere across London,” he said.

“It showed the United Kingdom for what it really is, this fantastic country able to convene and bring people together.”

He added: “In politics recently we have spent so much of our time on the divisive, the divisions, and actually, you know what, when the nations gets the chance it comes together. In the last 10 days that has been incredible.”

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