The Queen lies in state: Her Majesty’s coffin is positioned at Palace of Westminster

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King Charles III, his three siblings and his sons Prince William and Prince Harry at present solemnly marched behind the Queen’s coffin as she left Buckingham Palace for the ultimate time.

At 2.22pm this afternoon, Her Majesty Elizabeth II was carried down The Mall in London on a gun carriage in a procession led by her kids the King, Prince Andrew, the Princess Royal and Earl of Wessex, grandchildren the Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex, and different senior royals.

The late sovereign arrived at Westminster Corridor 38 minutes later at 3pm – the place she was positioned on a catafalque – along with her crown, orb and sceptre positioned on prime. The monarch will lie in state there for 5 nights till her state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday. 

The procession poignantly handed the statue of the Queen’s dad and mom King George VI and the Queen Mom which overlooks The Mall. The Imperial State Crown, worn by the Queen on the way in which again to Buckingham Palace after her Coronation, glittered within the daylight because the crowds held aloft their telephones to seize the scenes. 

Tons of of 1000’s of individuals lined the route however there was a silent reverence because the coffin appeared. There have been some muted cheers and clapping and cries of God Save the Queen in addition to many tears shed because the late monarch left her London dwelling for the ultimate time. All viewing areas on The Mall, Whitehall and Parliament Sq. had been full by 1pm – with individuals turned away.

The Queen’s coffin was draped with the Royal Commonplace and adorned with the glittering, priceless Imperial State Crown on a purple velvet cushion and a wreath of white flowers for the procession to the mendacity in state. The flowers had been white roses, spray white roses, white dahlias and foliage, together with pine from the gardens at Balmoral and pittosporum, lavender and rosemary from the gardens at Windsor.

The Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex once more put aside their ongoing feud and stood subsequent to one another as they accompanied their beloved grandmother to the Homes of Parliament. Their wives Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle travelled individually in vehicles behind. 

Princess Anne, who has remained along with her mom since she died final Thursday, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward additionally adopted the coffin on the 1.2mile journey to Westminster Corridor – the traditional coronary heart of the Homes of Parliament the place as much as 1million Britons hope to see the Queen mendacity in state there as her father and mom did in 1952 and 2002. 

Queen Consort Camilla, the Princess of Wales, the Duchess of Sussex and the Countess of Wessex adopted by automotive. Zara and Mike Tindall. Princess Beatrice, her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are additionally participating. However Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson didn’t obtain an invitation due to their divorce.

Cries of ‘God save the King’ may very well be heard because the King and the Queen Consort left the Palace of Westminster after the service.

2.22pm: The gun carriage bearing the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II departs Buckingham Palace, transferring the coffin to The Palace of Westminster

The King stares at his mother's coffin as they begin their doleful final march together

The King stares at his mom’s coffin as they start their doleful last march collectively

King Charles looks tearful as he marches with Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Anne, Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence

King Charles appears tearful as he marches with Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Anne, Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence

King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Harry, and Prince William, follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II during a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall

King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Harry, and Prince William, comply with the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II throughout a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor

King Charles and his heir the Prince of Wales, who followed his father on yet another emotional day for the royals

King Charles and his inheritor the Prince of Wales, who adopted his father on one more emotional day for the royals

The Royal Household comply with Her Majesty the Queen from Buckingham Palace as she is handed to the nation

Funeral marches played as the Queen was borne on a carriage that also carried her father in 1952 and her mother in 2002

Funeral marches performed because the Queen was borne on a carriage that additionally carried her father in 1952 and her mom in 2002 

The coffin carrying Queen Elizabeth II rests in Westminster Hall for the Lying-in State

The coffin carrying Queen Elizabeth II rests in Westminster Corridor for the Mendacity-in State

Pallbearers from The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards prepare to carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster

Pallbearers from The Queen’s Firm, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards put together to hold the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Corridor on the Palace of Westminster

King Charles III, Prince William, Princess Anne, salute alongside Prince Andrew, as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown, is carried into the Palace of Westminster

King Charles III, Prince William, Princess Anne, salute alongside Prince Andrew, because the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Commonplace and the Imperial State Crown, is carried into the Palace of Westminster

A general view as King Charles III, Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Camilla, Queen Consort view the coffin carrying Queen Elizabeth II

A common view as King Charles III, Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Camilla, Queen Consort view the coffin carrying Queen Elizabeth II

Catherine, Princess of Wales and William, Prince of Wales leave after a service for the reception of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin at Westminster Hall

Catherine, Princess of Wales and William, Prince of Wales depart after a service for the reception of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin at Westminster Corridor

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown placed on top, is carried on a horse-drawn gun carriage of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, during the ceremonial procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped within the Royal Commonplace with the Imperial State Crown positioned on prime, is carried on a horse-drawn gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, in the course of the ceremonial procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor

Harry and William stood side-by-side amid the continuing feud between the siblings and hopes they might reconcile

(left to right) The Duke of Wales, The Duke of Sussex, King Charles III, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex walk behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard

(left to proper) The Duke of Wales, The Duke of Sussex, King Charles III, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex stroll behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped within the Royal Commonplace

The Queen Consort Camilla and the Princess of Wales travelled within the first limousine behind the coffin

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, travelled to Westminster with Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, travelled to Westminster with Sophie, Countess of Wessex

The extraordinary scene as the procession leaves Buckingham Palace - the Queen's home for most of her 96-year life

The extraordinary scene because the procession leaves Buckingham Palace – the Queen’s dwelling for many of her 96-year life

There were huge crowds again to see the Queen on her final journey before her coffin is handed to the nation

There have been large crowds once more to see the Queen on her last journey earlier than her coffin is handed to the nation

The Queen's coffin was adorned with the glittering, priceless Imperial State Crown on a purple velvet cushion

The Queen’s coffin was adorned with the glittering, priceless Imperial State Crown on a purple velvet cushion

The Queen's funeral cortege makes its way along The Mall from Buckingham Palace during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II followed by her bereft family

The Queen’s funeral cortege makes its method alongside The Mall from Buckingham Palace in the course of the procession for the Mendacity-in State of Queen Elizabeth II adopted by her bereft household

The Life Guards march before the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is taken to the Palace Of Westminster

The Life Guards march earlier than the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it’s taken to the Palace Of Westminster

Britain's King Charles marches during a procession where the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth is transported from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament for her lying in state

Britain’s King Charles marches throughout a procession the place the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is transported from Buckingham Palace to the Homes of Parliament for her mendacity in state

Britain’s King Charles and Britain’s William, Prince of Wales march in the course of the procession

The brothers have become estranged but have appeared in public twice together in the past week since the Queen's death

The brothers have grow to be estranged however have appeared in public twice collectively prior to now week because the Queen’s dying

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walks behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown and pulled by a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery,

Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walks behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Commonplace and the Imperial State Crown and pulled by a Gun Carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery,

King Charles marched with his sister the Princess Royal, who has stayed with their mother's coffin since she died

King Charles marched along with his sister the Princess Royal, who has stayed with their mom’s coffin since she died

King Charles, Princess Anne, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex walked together

King Charles, Princess Anne, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex walked collectively

Britain's Queen Camilla and Catherine, Princess of Wales are pictured during the procession

Britain’s Queen Camilla and Catherine, Princess of Wales are pictured in the course of the procession

The Queen enters Whitehall on the 1.2mile journey to Parliament to lie in state

The Queen enters Whitehall on the 1.2mile journey to Parliament to lie in state

Prince William, Prince of Wales, King Charles III, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Anne, Princess Royal and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walk behind the coffin

Prince William, Prince of Wales, King Charles III, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Anne, Princess Royal and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex stroll behind the coffin

The Queen's children including the King and her grandchildren, including William, Harry and Peter Phillips make the mournful journey to Westminster Hall

The Queen’s kids together with the King and her grandchildren, together with William, Harry and Peter Phillips make the mournful journey to Westminster Corridor

There were tears in the crowds as the nation said goodbye to its longest-reigning monarch

There were tears in the crowds as the nation said goodbye to its longest-reigning monarch

There have been tears within the crowds because the nation mentioned goodbye to its longest-reigning monarch

The Queen's funeral cortege makes its way along The Mall from Buckingham Palace

The Queen’s funeral cortege makes its method alongside The Mall from Buckingham Palace

Biblical symbolism, a tribute to George VI or intelligent planning? Consultants counsel causes behind Queen’s coffin being moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor at exactly 2.22pm at present 

When the King and his sons walked behind the Queen’s coffin at present, they left Buckingham Palace at precisely 2.22pm.

The royal household accompanied their matriarch on foot on the journey to Westminster Corridor.

The precise cause for the timing has not been disclosed by the Palace, however there’s hypothesis that it might have a biblical significance or be a tribute to the Queen’s father King George VI.

A member of the military cleans a Gun Carriage of The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery as they make their final preparations for the passage of the Queen's coffin to Westminster Hall

A member of the army cleans a Gun Carriage of The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery as they make their last preparations for the passage of the Queen’s coffin to Westminster Corridor

After his dying in 1952, bells tolled 56 instances at Windsor – one for annually of his life – from 1.27pm till 2.22pm.

Nevertheless, royal biographer Robert Lacey advised MailOnline that the straightforward cause of making certain the procession arrives at Westminster Corridor at 3pm is prone to be behind the timing.

He mentioned: ‘It’ll have been rigorously paced out. It’s not plucked out of the air.

‘And I’m presuming that allowance can be made for the quantity of people that will stroll behind.’

It’s set to take the procession precisely 38 minutes to succeed in Westminster Corridor, the place a service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury can be held for 20 minutes earlier than the Queen lies in state for 4 days.

 

The event was heavy with historic significance, with brothers William and Harry setting apart their ongoing conflict to assist their father by marching with him behind the coffin. For the 2 brothers, it is going to deliver again painful reminiscences of once they, aged 15 and 12, walked behind the coffin of their mom Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997. 

The Queen’s coffin was borne on a Gun Carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery – poignantly used for the coffins of the late Queen’s mom and father.

Often called the George Gun Carriage, it carried King George VI from Sandringham Church to Wolferton Station after his dying in 1952 and was used within the funeral of the Queen Mom in 2002.

In vibrant summer time sunshine, funeral marches performed by army bands added to the solemn temper that left some mourners weeping, whereas others held up their digital camera telephones to report the historic second.

King Charles led the royal household as they walked behind the coffin, draped with a Royal Commonplace and adorned with the Imperial State Crown, and pulled on a gun carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

1000’s of mourners flocked to see the shifting sight of the Queen departing the official residence the place she spent a lot of her working life on the coronary heart of the nation, with viewing areas declared full forward of the procession beginning.

The brand new monarch walked in keeping with the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex. Behind the King had been the Queen’s grandsons in a line – Peter Phillips, the Duke of Sussex and the Prince of Wales – who had been adopted by the late monarch’s son-in-law Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of Gloucester, the Queen’s cousin, and her nephew the Earl of Snowdown.

Royal members of the family saluted as they made their well past the Cenotaph whereas Harry bowed his head. The Duke of York turned his eyes to the suitable to look upon the Cenotaph because the procession made its well past.

The King and the senior royals saluted the coffin because it was carried by a bearer get together – eight troopers from Queen’s Firm 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards – into the Corridor. Lined as much as watch had been the Queen’s aged cousins Prince Michael of Kent and the Duke of Kent.

Subsequent to the Duke of Kent was the Duchess of Sussex, the Countess of Wessex, the Princess of Wales after which the Queen Consort.

Dozens of wider members of the royal household stood in two rows together with Westminster Corridor, together with Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice and their husbands, Zara and Mike Tindall, Woman Louise Windsor Viscount Severn, Lord Freddie Windsor and Princess Michael of Kent.

Meghan appeared to take a deep breath because the Queen’s coffin handed in entrance of her.

In the course of the service, the senior royals stood in formation going through the coffin on its purple-covered catafalque, which was flanked with a tall, yellow flickering candle at every nook of the huge scarlet platform.

The King and Queen Consort stood collectively a metre or so aside, with the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence behind them, then the Duke of York alone, and within the subsequent row the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Behind them had been the Prince and Princess of Wales, with the Duke of Sussex behind William, and the Duchess of Sussex instantly behind Kate. The Cross of Westminster was positioned on the head of the coffin.

The King stopped to talk to the Archbishop of Canterbury as he left, with Archbishop Justin Welby nodding as he greeted Charles, with the pair sharing a couple of phrases. The King saluted as he departed, with the Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk, who’s in total cost of the ceremonial preparations together with the funeral, nodding and smiling in response.

Princess Michael of Kent was seen holding a stick as she stood in Westminster Corridor.

4 officers from the Family Cavalry – two from the Life Guards and two from the Blues Royals – started the primary six-hour vigil across the coffin, taking their locations on the nook of the catafalque.

A double faucet on the ground from the stick of the Officer of the Watch, who has command of the rotations, signalled the beginning of the vigil.

The ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall

The ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Commonplace and the Imperial State Crown

King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, walk behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall

King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, stroll behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor

King Charles III, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Prince William, Prince of Wales walk behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown, pulled by a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, during a ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall

King Charles III, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Prince William, Prince of Wales stroll behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Commonplace and the Imperial State Crown, pulled by a Gun Carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, throughout a ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor

David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Peter Phillips and Vice Admiral, Sir Timothy Lawrence walk behind the coffin along The Mall during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II

David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Peter Phillips and Vice Admiral, Sir Timothy Lawrence stroll behind the coffin alongside The Mall in the course of the procession for the Mendacity-in State of Queen Elizabeth II

The coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Hall

The coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Corridor

King Charles III and Princess Anne, followed by Prince William and Prince Harry, walk behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

King Charles III and Princess Anne, adopted by Prince William and Prince Harry, stroll behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

The Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal

The Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal

King Charles III, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips, David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, walk behind the coffin during the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall

King Charles III, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips, David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, stroll behind the coffin in the course of the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor

King Charles III, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, and William, Prince of Wales follow the coffin containing Queen Elizabeth II

King Charles III, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, and William, Prince of Wales comply with the coffin containing Queen Elizabeth II

William, Prince of Wales and Harry, Duke of Sussex follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

William, Prince of Wales and Harry, Duke of Sussex comply with the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II makes its way from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II makes its method from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor

People gather on the day the coffin of Queen Elizabeth is transported from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament

Individuals collect on the day the coffin of Queen Elizabeth is transported from Buckingham Palace to the Homes of Parliament

William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, King Charles and Princess Anne march during a procession where the coffin of Queen Elizabeth is transported from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament

William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, King Charles and Princess Anne march throughout a procession the place the coffin of Queen Elizabeth is transported from Buckingham Palace to the Homes of Parliament

King Charles III and Prince William, Prince of Wales during the procession of the coffin

King Charles III and Prince William, Prince of Wales in the course of the procession of the coffin

Prince William, King Charles III, Prince Harry, Princess Anne and Tim Laurence follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

Prince William, King Charles III, Prince Harry, Princess Anne and Tim Laurence comply with the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

The bearer party carries the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall

The bearer get together carries the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Corridor

Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Mr Peter Phillips and David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon pay their respects inside the Palace of Westminster

Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Mr Peter Phillips and David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon pay their respects contained in the Palace of Westminster

The coffin arrives at the Houses of Parliament where the coffin was carried into Westminster Hall

The coffin arrives on the Homes of Parliament the place the coffin was carried into Westminster Corridor

The Queen passes the Cenotaph and Downing Street in the poignant journey

The Queen passes the Cenotaph and Downing Avenue within the poignant journey

The troopers had processed down the steps into Westminster Corridor prepared for his or her responsibility.

They navigated the route rigorously of their cumbersome uniforms of breast plates, plumed hats and swords, taking a pause earlier than every step.

The Queen had arrived at her former dwelling on Tuesday night in gloom and rain however for her departure from the palace in vibrant sunshine.

It comes after William and Harry placed on a united entrance with their wives throughout a mammoth walkabout on Saturday.

The brothers have a well-documented troubled relationship however the dying of their grandmother noticed them unexpectedly come collectively once they seen floral tributes left to the late Queen at Windsor Fortress.

William, Kate, Harry and Meghan arrived in the identical automobile and greeted well-wishers for round 40 minutes earlier than William hopped into the driving force’s seat of the Audi along with his spouse within the passenger seat, and his brother and sister-in-law within the again.

In his televised tackle to the nation on Friday night, the King talked of his love for Harry and Meghan, saying: ‘I would like additionally to specific my love for Harry and Meghan as they proceed to construct their lives abroad.’

Then in Harry’s tribute to his grandmother he mentioned he needed to honour his father at first of his reign as King.

The final time Charles and his two sons had been all seen collectively in public was on the service of thanksgiving for the Queen in St Paul’s Cathedral in the course of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.

However on that event, Harry and Meghan had been seated a long way from Charles and William on the opposite facet of the aisle within the second row, behind the Wessex household and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown placed on top, is carried on a horse-drawn gun carriage of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, during the ceremonial procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped within the Royal Commonplace with the Imperial State Crown positioned on prime, is carried on a horse-drawn gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, in the course of the ceremonial procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor

People watch the procession of the coffin containing the body of Queen Elizabeth II

Individuals watch the procession of the coffin containing the physique of Queen Elizabeth II

The military procession as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard, is carried on a horse-drawn gun carriage of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, during the ceremonial procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall

The army procession because the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped within the Royal Commonplace, is carried on a horse-drawn gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, in the course of the ceremonial procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor

The military procession as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard, is carried on a horse-drawn gun carriage of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, during the ceremonial procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall

The army procession because the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped within the Royal Commonplace, is carried on a horse-drawn gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, in the course of the ceremonial procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor

King Charles III waves to the crowds as he is driven along The Mall to Buckingham Palace this morning

King Charles III waves to the crowds as he’s pushed alongside The Mall to Buckingham Palace this morning

Queen Consort Camilla is seen arriving at Buckingham Palace this afternoon ahead of the procession for the Queen

Queen Consort Camilla is seen arriving at Buckingham Palace this afternoon forward of the procession for the Queen

The Victoria Memorial and The Mall ahead of the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II this afternoon

The Victoria Memorial and The Mall forward of the procession for the Mendacity-in State of Queen Elizabeth II this afternoon

The Queen Consort arrived at Buckingham Palace in London this afternoon, dressed in black and wearing a hat

The Queen Consort arrived at Buckingham Palace in London this afternoon, wearing black and carrying a hat

The Life Guard dismounted detachment of the Household Cavalry and the Dismounted detachment of the Blues and Royals are seen entering the gates of Buckingham Palace ahead of the procession for Queen Elizabeth II this afternoon

The Life Guard dismounted detachment of the Family Cavalry and the Dismounted detachment of the Blues and Royals are seen getting into the gates of Buckingham Palace forward of the procession for Queen Elizabeth II this afternoon

Princess Eugenie leaves Clarence House on the way to Buckingham Palace for today's procession to Westminster Hall

Princess Eugenie leaves Clarence Home on the way in which to Buckingham Palace for at present’s procession to Westminster Corridor 

Crowds gather along The Mall ahead of the ceremonial procession of the Queen's coffin from Buckingham Palace today

Crowds collect alongside The Mall forward of the ceremonial procession of the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace at present

Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrive at Buckingham Palace this afternoon

Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrive at Buckingham Palace this afternoon

The Household Cavalry head along the Mall ahead of the procession carrying the Queen's coffin to Westminster today

The Family Cavalry head alongside the Mall forward of the procession carrying the Queen’s coffin to Westminster at present

Coldstream Guards outside Buckingham Palace in London today ahead of the ceremonial procession of the coffin

Coldstream Guards exterior Buckingham Palace in London at present forward of the ceremonial procession of the coffin

Her Majesty can be conveyed on a gun carriage from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor in London this afternoon

Members of the Coldstream Guards leave Wellington Barracks in London today ahead of the ceremonial procession

Members of the Coldstream Guards depart Wellington Barracks in London at present forward of the ceremonial procession

Police officers gather outside Buckingham Palace from where the coffin of the late Queen will depart this afternoon

Law enforcement officials collect exterior Buckingham Palace from the place the coffin of the late Queen will depart this afternoon

The Life Guard dismounted detachment of the Household Cavalry are seen entering the gates of Buckingham Palace today

The Life Guard dismounted detachment of the Family Cavalry are seen getting into the gates of Buckingham Palace at present

Mounted police and guards line up outside Buckingham Palace from where the coffin of the late Queen will depart today

Mounted police and guards line up exterior Buckingham Palace from the place the coffin of the late Queen will depart at present

A general view along The Mall in London today as Queen Elizabeth II's coffin will be taken in procession

A common view alongside The Mall in London at present as Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin can be taken in procession

Mourners gather to watch a TV broadcast of the procession at a screening site in Hyde Park this afternoon

Mourners collect to look at a TV broadcast of the procession at a screening website in Hyde Park this afternoon

Union flags are seen lining The Mall today as Metropolitan Police officers are seen gathering ahead of the procession

Union flags are seen lining The Mall at present as Metropolitan Law enforcement officials are seen gathering forward of the procession

Life Guards and Blues and Royals units of the Household Cavalry and Household Division Foot Guards at Buckingham Palace

Life Guards and Blues and Royals items of the Family Cavalry and Family Division Foot Guards at Buckingham Palace

King Charles III is driven to Buckingham Palace in London with a police escort this morning

King Charles III is pushed to Buckingham Palace in London with a police escort this morning

King Charles III leaves Clarence House in London today ahead of the ceremonial procession of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin

King Charles III leaves Clarence Home in London at present forward of the ceremonial procession of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin

Mounted police pass Admiralty Arch ahead of the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II today

Mounted police move Admiralty Arch forward of the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at present

Crowds gather along The Mall ahead of the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II this afternoon

Crowds collect alongside The Mall forward of the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II this afternoon

Crowds and security on Horse Guards Parade on the day the coffin of the Queen is transported from Buckingham Palace

Crowds and safety on Horse Guards Parade on the day the coffin of the Queen is transported from Buckingham Palace 

People gather along Whitehall ahead of the procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II this afternoon

Individuals collect alongside Whitehall forward of the procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II this afternoon

Yeomen Warders arrive on St Margaret's Street today ahead of the procession for the lying in state this afternoon

Yeomen Warders arrive on St Margaret’s Avenue at present forward of the procession for the mendacity in state this afternoon

Police officers take up positions as street workers clear away rubbish along The Mall ahead of the procession today

Law enforcement officials take up positions as avenue staff clear away garbage alongside The Mall forward of the procession at present

London Mayor Sadiq Khan speaks to police officers as he is seen walking through Westminster this afternoon

London Mayor Sadiq Khan speaks to law enforcement officials as he’s seen strolling by way of Westminster this afternoon

King Charles III leaves Clarence House in London today ahead of the ceremonial procession of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin

King Charles III leaves Clarence Home in London at present forward of the ceremonial procession of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin

King Charles III waves to the crowds as he arrives at Buckingham Palace in London this morning

King Charles III waves to the crowds as he arrives at Buckingham Palace in London this morning

King Charles III waves to the crowds as he is driven along The Mall to Buckingham Palace this morning

King Charles III waves to the crowds as he’s pushed alongside The Mall to Buckingham Palace this morning

King Charles III is driven from Clarence House to Buckingham Palace in London this morning

King Charles III is pushed from Clarence Home to Buckingham Palace in London this morning

King Charles arrives at Buckingham Palace in London today as Britain continues to mourn Queen Elizabeth II

King Charles arrives at Buckingham Palace in London at present as Britain continues to mourn Queen Elizabeth II

King Charles III waves to the crowds as he is driven along The Mall to Buckingham Palace this morning

King Charles III waves to the crowds as he’s pushed alongside The Mall to Buckingham Palace this morning

Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby meeting members of the public in the queue on the South Bank near to Lambeth Bridge today, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral

Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby assembly members of the general public within the queue on the South Financial institution close to to Lambeth Bridge at present, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II mendacity in state forward of her funeral

Music will act as ‘golden thread of historical past’ throughout Queen’s procession 

Music will act as a ‘golden thread of historical past, heritage and custom’ in the course of the procession for the Queen’s state funeral, a former army music director has mentioned.

On Monday, the Queen’s coffin can be taken from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey with senior family members anticipated to comply with behind.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Graham Jones, former senior director of music for the Family Division, advised the PA information company that music will play an essential function in proceedings.

Throughout a 40-year profession serving as a army musician after which director of music, Lt Col Jones was answerable for planning, co-ordinating and delivering the music for main state ceremonial occasions such because the funeral of the Queen Mom, the Queen’s birthday parade, and the Armistice Cenotaph Parade.

He mentioned funeral marches by classical composers Beethoven, Chopin and Mendelssohn can be performed on Monday, as they had been in the course of the funeral procession for Queen Victoria in 1901.

‘All the pieces that we do in state ceremonial is born out of a golden thread of historical past, heritage and custom,’ he mentioned.

‘We don’t make something up. This has come by way of the previous and so, if we return to Queen Victoria’s funeral and the music that was performed and carried out there, that was Beethoven’s March, Chopin’s March – they had been performed repeatedly.

‘After which we transfer ahead to the three kings, with King George VI, and naturally right here we’re at present.’

Lt Col Jones mentioned the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, the Queen’s first prime minister, had additionally featured music by these composers, including: ‘And people are the marches which can be going to be performed this yr for Her Majesty’s state procession by way of London.

‘There isn’t any change. There isn’t any cause to alter. It has labored completely nicely prior to now.’

Lt Col Jones described music as a ‘highly effective instrument’ that ‘unites individuals and units the scene for true reflection’.

‘Funeral marches specifically have an actual knack of having the ability to try this, so I feel you may discover all of it extraordinarily poignant,’ he mentioned.

He recommended the funeral service inside Westminster Abbey may replicate the Queen’s private style in music, which was mentioned to incorporate musicals resembling Oklahoma! and present tunes resembling Cheek To Cheek carried out by Fred Astaire.

Lt Col Jones mentioned: ‘That is a matter between church and monarch, to determine the service and repair content material, and I do know there was fairly a little bit little bit of rumblings within the media about Her Majesty’s prime 10 favorite tunes and can any of these characteristic within the service.

‘I by no means had any accountability for that as a result of, as I mentioned, it is between church and the monarchy to determine the content material and construction of the funeral service.’

The previous music director, who now works as a band coach, lecturer and performer, additionally mentioned that, for these concerned within the parade, that is ‘most likely the best honour and privilege that they may ever have of their musical profession inside the armed forces’.

He added: ‘And so it is not an onerous responsibility in any respect – it is a privilege and a pleasure.

‘They are going to be doing all the pieces they’ll to carry out to the very best degree doable on Monday when the eyes of the world are watching them.

‘Belief me, not solely are they going to be getting the music proper – there can be an additional shine on the buttons, a bit extra further polish on the sneakers, a little bit of an additional press of the trousers, to ensure they’re immaculate, not solely in efficiency but in addition within the visible look.

‘It is a huge, huge day for them and they are going to be doing all the pieces they’ll to make it’s one of the best it could actually presumably be.’

The Jubilee service at St Paul’s was Harry and Meghan’s first public look alongside the Windsors since they stepped down as senior royals in 2020 amid the Megxit storm.

In April 2021, Harry and William joined their father once they walked behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin at his funeral.

The brothers had been separated by their cousin Peter Phillips however he dropped again half a tempo at one level so the siblings appeared nearer collectively.

After the funeral service, William and Harry may very well be seen chatting as they walked again up the hill from the chapel to the fortress.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Graham Jones, former senior director of music for the Family Division, mentioned music will act as a ‘golden thread of historical past, heritage and custom’ in the course of the procession for the Queen’s state funeral on Monday.

He mentioned: ‘We don’t make something up. This has come by way of the previous and so if we return to Queen Victoria’s funeral and the music that was performed and carried out there, that was Beethoven’s March, Chopin’s March – they had been performed repeatedly. After which we transfer ahead to the three kings, with King George VI, and naturally right here we’re at present.’

Lt Col Jones mentioned the funeral of Winston Churchill, the Queen’s first prime minister, had additionally featured music by these composers, including: ‘And people are the marches which can be going to be performed this yr for Her Majesty’s state procession by way of London.

‘There isn’t any change. There isn’t any cause to alter. It has labored completely nicely prior to now.’

David Howard, who travelled to Buckingham Palace from Surrey along with his spouse Sue, likened the Queen to a swan – ‘all the time sleek on the floor, even when there have been all kinds of ideas and issues beneath’.

Mr Howard, 59, mentioned: ‘The factor that will get me about her is that she did not say something to be standard, not like politicians, and so when she did say issues, there was a streak of authenticity and honesty, in addition to by way of her actions and the way in which she lived.

‘I feel she learn the temper music very nicely after Diana’s dying and realised issues needed to change.

‘They turned much more approachable and modernised, institutionally.’

He added: ‘She was like that basic swan – sleek on the floor, even there have been all kinds of ideas or issues beneath.’

Stella Single, from Coventry, mentioned she may ‘really feel the distinction’ in tone from different royal occasions because the thousands-strong crowd exterior Buckingham Palace remained ‘sombre’.

‘It’s totally quiet, whereas normally it is fairly loud,’ she mentioned. ‘I can actually really feel the distinction within the sound. My mum was a monarchist as nicely and I really feel like I’ve misplaced a little bit of her as nicely. I am unable to cease crying.’

William Single, 19, mentioned he obtained up at 5am to journey from Coventry to be able to safe a spot exterior Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to the Queen.

‘I am right here as a result of she served for 70 years and labored every single day of her life, and I simply need to say thanks,’ he mentioned.

There can be greater than 1,000 volunteers, stewards, marshals and law enforcement officials readily available at anyone time as individuals queue for the Queen’s mendacity in state, it’s understood.

There can be 779 skilled stewards per shift, assisted by 100 civil service volunteer marshals, 40 grownup scouts, and 30 members of the primary help nursing yeomanry, in addition to Metropolitan Law enforcement officials.

There may be additional queue assist from 10 members of the Pink Cross, 30 multifaith pastors – co-ordinated by Lambeth Palace – and 6 Samaritans per shift.

There may even be two British Signal Language interpreters within the accessible queue.

Total, there are 140 Pink Cross volunteers from each nation within the UK, 120 from the Scouts, 170 from the Salvation Military, 180 from the Samaritans, 600 from St John Ambulance, after which the broader deployment of army personnel serving to with the general ceremonial occasions.

There are greater than 500 Portaloos alongside the route.

There can be a component of self-policing with regards to individuals holding their locations within the queue for the Queen’s mendacity in state, it’s understood.

These ready in line can be given a colored and numbered wristband, particular to every particular person, permitting them to depart for an inexpensive period of time.

Elizabeth II made her final journey home to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday after her coffin travelled across the country from Balmoral. Charles and the Royal Family can be seen through a glass window waiting to meet the coffin

Elizabeth II made her last journey dwelling to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday after her coffin travelled throughout the nation from Balmoral. Charles and the Royal Household will be seen by way of a glass window ready to fulfill the coffin

Thousands crowded the streets as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrived in the Royal Hearse at Buckingham Palace

1000’s crowded the streets because the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrived within the Royal Hearse at Buckingham Palace

William and Harry reunited in mourning for their grandmother this week and met well-wishers outside Windsor Castle

William and Harry reunited in mourning for his or her grandmother this week and met well-wishers exterior Windsor Fortress

The brothers were joined by wives Catherine and Meghan as the 'Fab Four' greeted the public on Saturday September 10

The brothers had been joined by wives Catherine and Meghan because the ‘Fab 4’ greeted the general public on Saturday September 10

The two brothers, along with their wives, visited grieving fans outside of Windsor Castle on Saturday

The 2 brothers, together with their wives, visited grieving followers exterior of Windsor Fortress on Saturday 

People sit under umbrellas and wear raincoats this morning as they queue along the Albert Embankment in London

Individuals sit below umbrellas and put on raincoats this morning as they queue alongside the Albert Embankment in London

The state hearse carries the Queen's coffin through the gates of the palace as the crowd erupted in cheers and applause

The state hearse carries the Queen’s coffin by way of the gates of the palace as the group erupted in cheers and applause

The Queen's coffin arriving at Buckingham Palace as thousands of mourners applauded the late monarch

The Queen’s coffin arriving at Buckingham Palace as 1000’s of mourners applauded the late monarch

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth arrives at Buckingham Palace

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth arrives at Buckingham Palace

The state hearse carried the Queen's coffin into Buckingham Palace, where it will be received by the whole Royal Family

The state hearse carried the Queen’s coffin into Buckingham Palace, the place it will likely be acquired by the entire Royal Household

The Queen's coffin arrived at RAF Northolt in west London

The Queen’s coffin arrived at RAF Northolt in west London

The Queen's Colour Squadron carrying Her Majesty the Queen's coffin off the plane at RAF Northolt

The Queen’s Color Squadron carrying Her Majesty the Queen’s coffin off the airplane at RAF Northolt

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry travelled to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday to join the entire Royal Family - including King Charles III, the Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales - as they received the Queen's coffin

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry travelled to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday to affix the whole Royal Household – together with King Charles III, the Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales – as they acquired the Queen’s coffin

The ceremony at Parliament dates back centuries but was never been seen publicly until Monday

The ceremony at Parliament dates again centuries however was by no means been seen publicly till Monday 

Charles said he was moved by the tributes to his mother - who he said 'set an example of selfless duty' that he said he would faithfully follow

Charles mentioned he was moved by the tributes to his mom – who he mentioned ‘set an instance of selfless responsibility’ that he mentioned he would faithfully comply with

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla stand for the national anthem at the ceremony in Westminster Hall

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla stand for the nationwide anthem on the ceremony in Westminster Corridor 

What occurs after at present?

– September 15:

Mendacity in state continues and a rehearsal is prone to happen for the state funeral procession.

– September 16:

The King and Queen Consort are anticipated to journey to Wales whereas mendacity in state continues.

– September 17-18:

The mendacity in state continues and heads of state will start to reach for the funeral.

Members of the general public Me are invited to watch a one-minute silence at 8pm on Sunday to recollect the Queen.

– September 19:

There can be a nationwide financial institution vacation to permit as many individuals as doable to look at the Queen’s funeral.

Mendacity in state will proceed till 6.30am.

The coffin can be taken in a grand army procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral.

Senior family members are anticipated to comply with behind – identical to they did for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The army will line the streets and in addition be part of the procession.

Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, European royals and key figures from public life can be invited to collect within the abbey, which might maintain a congregation of two,000.

The service can be televised, and a nationwide two minutes’ silence is predicted to be held.

After the service, the coffin can be taken in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch after which journey to Windsor.

As soon as there, the hearse will journey in procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Fortress through the Lengthy Stroll, after which a televised committal service will happen in St George’s Chapel.

Later within the night, there can be a personal interment service with senior members of the royal household.

The Queen’s last resting place would be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the primary chapel – the place her mom and father had been buried, together with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.

Philip’s coffin will transfer from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to affix the Queen’s.

It’s thought individuals will know these round them within the line and be supportive when others must step out.

It’s not assured that everybody who makes the queue will get to see the Queen’s mendacity in state.

To assist keep away from disappointment, entry to the again of the road could also be closed early, to make sure as close to as doable that these already ready are in a position to file previous the late monarch’s coffin in Westminster Corridor to pay their respects.

It’s too early to estimate when this second would possibly come, however the whole variety of individuals within the queue can be monitored in the direction of the tip of the mendacity in state interval, which should be accomplished by 6.30am on Monday September 19, the day of the Queen’s funeral.

Entry to the road may even be paused for a time if the queuing infrastructure can’t take any extra individuals.

Kush Sonigra, who lives within the London space, is spending his twenty fourth birthday within the queue for the Queen’s mendacity in state and hopes to make it again dwelling in meal time along with his household this night.

After these ready behind him within the queue sang Blissful Birthday, he mentioned: ‘Properly, fortuitously, from work I get the time without work for my birthday, so I assumed I would become involved and see what the hype is about, become involved with the occasion.’

He added: ‘There is a household dinner desk so I am hoping, relying on how late I end right here, I’d have the ability to make it for that. In any other case, we are going to postpone that to the weekend.’

He mentioned his mom ‘is a little bit bit upset that I am lacking the household dinner, however I feel she’ll perceive’.

Former member of the Balmoral Guard Duncan Rasor, who met the Queen whereas serving in Scotland, wore his army medals and Glengarry headdress as he queued for the mendacity in state in London.

The 48-year-old served within the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and mentioned: ‘I spent 4 months up in Balmoral valley and so I did get to fulfill the Queen and spend a while along with her.

‘So, from a private perspective, I needed to return and pay my respects for all the pieces that she’s completed.’

He described spending time with the royal household as an ‘extraordinary privilege’ and added: ‘Regardless that they’re on vacation up in Balmoral, they’re nonetheless working, and it simply by no means stops.

‘I feel that’s one thing which is beginning to grow to be extra obvious to individuals is kind of how laborious Her Majesty has labored for her complete life.’

He served within the regiment between 1997 and 2002 and wore a Northern Eire medal and a Kosovo medal.

Requested why he determined to put on his medals and Glengarry headdress, he mentioned: ‘She was our Colonel-in-Chief so, having been a part of the regiment, I may have come down with out it, however I retired 20 years in the past so I am not a serving soldier, however it’s a uncommon alternative to placed on a headdress and put on medals once more and simply be proud, I assume.’

Jacqueline Nemorin, Suzanne Howell, and Patricia King didn’t know one another earlier than they joined the queue to attend the mendacity in state on the identical time, at 6pm final evening. They’re forty fourth, forty fifth and forty sixth in line.

Ms Nemorin mentioned the wait in a single day was ‘actually horrible’ as a result of climate circumstances, which she described as ‘raining cats and canines’.

She added that she managed ‘a little bit cat nap’ in some unspecified time in the future within the evening, however her two new pals ‘did not sleep in any respect’.

They’ve been advised that they are going to be allowed to cross Lambeth Bridge to do safety checks at round 3.30pm, earlier than being let into Westminster Corridor to see the Queen’s coffin.

Ms Howell mentioned a person who lives in a block of flats on the opposite facet of the river had introduced over tenting chairs, a blanket and meals for the trio.

Ms Howell mentioned: ‘We had been advised that there can be like 1,000,000 or tens of millions of individuals anticipated and that it may very well be a 30-hour wait.

‘In order that’s why I used to be saying I used to be so stunned after we arrived final evening and we’re within the 40s (within the queue). I assumed this cannot be the queue, I should be within the flawed place.’

She added: ‘We’ve not slept in any respect, however I do not really feel drained.

‘We’re glad we did it, we have no regrets.’

Chris Bond, from Truro, had attended the mendacity in state of the Queen Mom in 2002, and anticipated to have much less of a wait to see Queen Elizabeth, after becoming a member of the queue at 7am on the opposite facet of the Thames to the Palace of Westminster.

Mr Bond, carrying a black tie and jacket, mentioned that in 2002, ‘I noticed the procession move by at Horse Guards Parade, after which by the point I made my method down, I truly began to queue proper down by the Millennium Wheel after which took me six hours to progress from there.’

‘It was six o’clock after I walked into Westminster.’

He added: ‘Clearly, it is fairly troublesome queuing all day lengthy, however if you stroll by way of these doorways into Westminster Corridor, that marvellous, historic constructing, there was an ideal sense of hush and one was advised you are taking as a lot time as you want, and it is simply wonderful.’

In preparation for the wait this time, Mr Bond had introduced crisps, nuts and power bars and bottles of water, and he mentioned he was ‘well-equipped’ for the length.

He mentioned: ‘We all know the Queen was an excellent age and she or he served the nation a very long time, however we hoped this present day would by no means come.

‘However it has come, and I feel undoubtedly she has been our most excellent monarch.’

Retired trainer Mike Galbraith, 68, from Arkansas, mentioned the Queen was one of many final ‘actually nice individuals’.

Talking exterior Windsor Fortress at present, Mr Galbraith mentioned he had been scheduled to spend two days on a layover within the UK whereas travelling to Romania to go to his spouse’s household when he realized of the Queen’s dying.

‘We’re fortunate to be right here, that is historic,’ he mentioned.

‘She has been Queen all my life,’ he mentioned. ‘She was an ideal particular person. Within the US we do not have a queen so she’s the closest factor now we have obtained.’

He added: ‘The Queen was, to me, one of many final of the actually nice individuals.’

Steven Welsh, 68, from Lancashire, mentioned he won’t head into London to see the Queen’s coffin procession as a result of it will likely be ‘congested’.

Talking exterior Windsor Fortress at present, he mentioned: ‘It’s going to be congested will not it? We are going to most likely simply dangle round Windsor and watch it on the telly.’

He added: ‘I feel to go there, there can be so many individuals there. I will not be lacking the funeral, I feel lots of people will simply watch it on the telly.’

Nevertheless, he mentioned he had come to Windsor from his dwelling within the North West to be ‘a part of it’.

‘We have come down at present to be a part of it,’ he mentioned.

‘We have been watching it on telly, however it feels extra private if you come down.’

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