Moving farewell in pictures

The Queen herself had concrete ideas. “The Queen does not and did not want what is called long, boring services,” said former Archbishop of York John Sentamu. The Queen told him that herself. In addition to the royal family, 2,000 state guests attended the funeral service in Westminster Abbey, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

Among the state guests were US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Japanese Emperor Naruhito with their respective partners. Several states with which Britain has poor or no relations, including Russia, were not invited.

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The arrival of the Japanese imperial couple was a special honor for the Queen. They do not usually attend funerals. The ex-prime ministers who are still alive and the incumbent British Prime Minister Liz Truss were also present at the service.

Great-grandchildren also said goodbye

King Charles III seemed moved when he and his immediate family escorted his mother’s decorated coffin through the British capital. The 73-year-old had tears in his eyes. In addition to the state crown, orb and scepter, a personal letter from Charles to his mother was enthroned on the coffin. “In loving and loving memory. Charles R.” The “R.” stands for Rex, which is Latin for “king”.

Queen’s great-grandchildren Prince George (9), a future king, and Princess Charlotte (7) joined the funeral procession with their parents Prince William and Princess Kate (both 40), followed by Prince Harry and his wife Duchess Meghan.

Charlotte looked down a lot and wore a black hat with a bow over her long blond hair and a coat, she held her hands clasped in front of her. George wore a dark blue suit with a white shirt and tie. Her younger brother Prince Louis was not seen. Queen Camilla, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward also attended the funeral procession. Anne and Edward were accompanied by their partners.

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Monday evening the funeral service was held at St George’s Chapel

Funeral service for Queen Elizabeth's funeral

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The coffin of the Queen of London was brought to Windsor Castle, 35 kilometers away, in a glass hearse. Her final resting place was in St George’s Chapel there.

The Queen's coffin in the empty Westminster Hall

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The Queen’s coffin in the empty Westminster Hall on Monday morning

People spend the night at The Mall

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People spend the night before the funeral on the Mall to secure a good spot

The Queen's coffin is carried into Westminster Abbey

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The Queen’s coffin is carried into Westminster Abbey

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King Charles with his sister Princess Anne in front of Westminster Abbey

Prince William and Prince Harry

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Prince William in uniform, Prince Harry in civilian clothes but with medals

Queen Elizabeth's coffin is carried out of Westminster Abbey

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After the funeral service, the coffin is carried out of Westminster Abbey

The Queen's coffin en route to Westminster Abbey

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The Queen’s coffin is escorted to Westminster Abbey

People are waiting in the streets

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Mourners and onlookers in front of Windsor Castle, where the Queen is buried next to her husband Philip

The Queen's coffin is carried into Westminster Abbey

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The coffin is carried to Westminster Abbey for the funeral service

King Charles III, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew

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King Charles with Princess Anne and Prince Andrew

Worship service at Westminster Abbey

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The family and mourners during the funeral service

Prince Charles, Prince George, Catherine and Princess Charlotte

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Prince William with son George, Princess Kate and daughter Charlotte at Westminster Abbey

Camilla, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Kate and Meghan

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Princess Meghan, King Consort Camilla, great-grandchildren Prince George and Princess Charlotte with their mother, Princess Kate and Sophie, the Duchess of Wessex, after the funeral service at Westminster Abbey

Procession at The Mall

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After the service, the funeral procession moves down London’s parade street, The Mall

The Queen's coffin at The Mall

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The solemn procession takes the coffin from Westminster Abbey to the triumphal arch of Wellington Arch. From there, the final journey to Windsor Castle.

People mourn on the streets

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Mourning people along the route of the funeral procession

The Queen's coffin at Wellington Arch

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The funeral procession arrives at Wellington Arch

Queen's hearse

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The hearse on the way to Windsor Castle

People mourn on the streets

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Mourners and onlookers accompany the Queen’s coffin all the way

The Queen's coffin on the way to Windsor Castle

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The funeral procession approaches Windsor Castle on the driveway known as the Long Walk

The Queen's coffin is carried into St George's Chapel

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The Queen’s coffin is carried into St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle

Andrew and Harry not in uniform

As expected, Prince Andrew and Prince Harry did not arrive in uniform. Both were in the military, Andrew in the Falklands War and Harry in Afghanistan. However, they are no longer active members of the Royal Family. At the wake in Westminster Hall, they had previously exceptionally appeared in uniform.

The Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, paid tribute to the Queen’s “selfless service”. “Here, where Queen Elizabeth was married and crowned, we have gathered from across the country and the Commonwealth and every country in the world to mourn our loss and to commemorate her long, selfless life of service.” As to conclude the service When the national anthem “God Save the King” was played, Charles, who wasn’t singing along, seemed touched.

Buried next to Prince Philip

After the state ceremony in the church, the coffin of the monarch, who died about a week and a half ago, was brought in a solemn procession to the triumphal arch of Wellington Arch. A glass hearse brought the coffin to Windsor Castle, 35 kilometers west of London. In a side chapel of St George’s Chapel, she was buried in the evening in the immediate family with her husband Prince Philip, who died last year.

Commentators spoke of an unprecedented spectacle in recent British history. The second Elizabethan age was closed with the ceremony, commented British media.

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