Service Ends, coffin to be taken to Windsor

The Westminster Abbey service comes to an end, the coffin will make its way through London and onto Windsor.
Royal family arrive Service Ends, coffin to be taken to Windsor

Queen’s funeral: Service Ends, coffin to be taken to Windsor

Service Ends, coffin to be taken to Windsor
Service Ends, coffin to be taken to Windsor

Queen’s coffin arrives at Wellington Arch

The procession has now arrived at Wellington Arch. The bearer party will lift the coffin from the state gun carriage and place it in the state hearse before the car leaves for Windsor.

There will be a royal salute and the national anthem will be played.

The arch was an original entrance to Buckingham Palace, later becoming a victory arch commemorating the Duke of Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon.


Big Ben tolls and Hyde Park gun fires heard across London 

Big Ben can be heard across London along with the sound of the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, firing their gun salute in Hyde Park. 

Service Ends, coffin to be taken to Windsor

Procession goes past Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace staff stand outside the Palace gates as the Queen’s coffin travels past the Palace she dubbed her office.

Beatrice and Eugenie follow coffin

Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice sit in a car following the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II. (Photograph: Scott Garfitt/AP)

Service Ends, coffin to be taken to Windsor

A “back-up” hearse has arrived at Hyde Park Barracks to discreetly follow the state hearse carrying the Queen’s coffin as it travels to Windsor after the funeral procession.

Service Ends, coffin to be taken to Windsor

Members of staff at Buckingham Palace have lined up in front of the building to pay their respects to the Queen.

Chefs, butlers and police officers are among the staff standing in front of the Queen’s main residence.

Service Ends, coffin to be taken to Windsor

Wreath on coffin

The wreath on top of the Queen’s coffin – at the King’s request – contains foliage of rosemary, English Oak and myrtle, which has been cut from a plant grown from myrtle that was in the Queen’s wedding bouquet.

There are also flowers, in shades of gold, pink and deep burgundy, with touches of white, cut from the gardens of Royal residences.

Procession moves along Whitehall 

The procession has made its way around Parliament Square, past a guard of honour – Army, Navy and RAF. 

It’s North along Parliament Street which becomes Whitehall. 

Second procession through London

The second walking procession has begun – this is much larger than the first one where members of the royal family accompanied the Queen’s coffin from Westminster Hall to the Abbey. 

The procession will take roughly 45mins. There are seven groups involved in this parade – each comprising members of the armed forces.

Camilla, the Queen Consort, Princess Kate, Duchess Meghan and Countess Sophie will follow in cars behind. 

Mounties from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are leading the procession. 

The coffin is flanked by a bearer party, pall-bearers and bodyguards.

World leaders are now heading to a reception hosted by James Cleverly.  

Service Ends, coffin to be taken to Windsor
Service Ends, coffin to be taken to Windsor – ‘In loving and devoted memory, Charles R’

The funeral procession will now travel from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, where the coffin will be placed in the state hearse for the journey to Windsor.

‘Loving and devoted memory’

The flowers on top of the Queen’s coffin feature a note from her son King Charles III – “In loving and devoted memory – Charles R”

Queen's funeral: Service Ends, coffin to be taken to Windsor
Queen’s funeral: HM Queen Elizabeth II

Procession ready to take coffin

Military personnel outside the Abbey ready to take the coffin away from Westminster Abbey. 

The Royal Navy sailors who pulled the State Gun Carriage bearing her coffin reformed outside the Great West Door, are ready to take her onwards – back through Parliament Square and up Whitehall and the Mall.

There will be another procession now – with the family walking past Buckingham Palace and up Constitution Hill to Wellington Arch.

The senior royals are expected to join the walk – Camilla, Princess Kate, Duchess Meghan and Countess Sophie are expected to follow in cars. 

Two-minute silence, followed by God Save The King

A two-minute silence is held – the service has now ended, it is followed by the national anthem God Save the King.

Choir sings – ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?’ 

The choirs are singing the next song, composed for the service by Sir James McMillan. 

The words are taken from Romans 8. 

Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth

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