The state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II is underway in London as world leaders and the country mourn her passing

September 19, 2022, 12:32 PM UTC
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Queen Elizabeth II in 2016
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– Final farewell. Britain came to a standstill today as the country—and the world—paid its final respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

The late monarch’s state funeral, which was attended by world leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden, was forecast to become the most watched global broadcast in history, with an expected viewing audience of 4.1 billion people.

Officials anticipated that 1 million mourners would make their way to central London ahead of the funeral on Monday, adding to the hordes of people who have traveled to the U.K. capital since the Queen’s passing.

By 9:10 a.m. local time, the public was informed that designated viewing areas set up for people to watch the funeral procession had reached full capacity.

The Queen’s lying-in-state, which saw hundreds of thousands make the pilgrimage to Westminster Hall to see the sovereign’s coffin, ended at 6:30 a.m. London time, when the doors to the building closed in preparation for the funeral. Around 2,000 people, including heads of state, the royal family, and other VIPs, were expected to attend the service.

The Queen’s coffin was carried from Westminster Hall to the Abbey on a 123-year-old gun carriage pulled by 98 Royal Navy sailors—a tradition that dates back to Queen Victoria’s funeral in 1901.

Her children, King Charles III, Princess Anne, and Princes Andrew and Edward, followed the procession. Behind them, Princes William and Harry and Peter Phillips, trailed their grandmother’s coffin as it was transported to Westminster Abbey, the historic 13th-century London church where Queen Elizabeth II was married and crowned.

The funeral began at 11 a.m., with hymns and readings, as the Queen was remembered for her “lifelong sense of duty and dedication to her people.”

“With gratitude we remember her unswerving commitment to a high calling over so many years as Queen and head of the Commonwealth,” the Dean of Westminster said at the beginning of the service.

The one-hour service ended with the national anthem—sung with the words “God save the Queen”—before the coffin embarked on a journey to Windsor Castle, where a committal service is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., U.K. time.

The Queen will then be laid to rest in a private ceremony attended by her family at Windsor’s King George VI Memorial Chapel. She will be buried next to her late husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, whose body has been in the Royal Vault since his death last year.

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