Queen Elizabeth II is buried

In several elaborately choreographed processions, the coffin is first brought from Parliament to the Abbey, from there it continues to Wellington Arch and after a transfer by hearse to Windsor to St. George’s Chapel in the local castle. In a side chapel of the church, the Queen finds her final resting place in the evening alongside her husband Prince Philip, who died last year.

In addition to hundreds of military personnel, police officers and employees of the NHS health service, King Charles III, heir to the throne Prince William and Prince Harry also take part in the funeral processions through London and Windsor. The royals will follow the coffin on foot through streets lined with thousands of people. Up to a million people are expected to attend the event of the century in central London.

Images Queen on displays near Tower Bridge

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Kingdom in mourning: The late Queen is omnipresent in Great Britain – here near London’s Tower Bridge

William’s children, Prince George (9) and Princess Charlotte (7), also attend the funeral service. This emerges from the program of the service in Westminster Abbey. Accordingly, the two join the procession behind the coffin inside the church.

Program prepared in detail for decades

The state funeral is the culmination of a period of mourning with a program that has been carefully prepared for decades. After the Queen died at her Scottish country estate, Balmoral Castle, on September 8, the coffin was first taken to Edinburgh. The coffin in Westminster Hall has been accessible to mourners since Wednesday.

Hundreds of heads of state and government, crowned heads and dignitaries are expected to attend the funeral service in London’s Westminster Abbey around noon. These include US President Joe Biden, German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Emperor Naruhito and also Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen.

Flowers for the Queen Green Park in London

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Masses of flowers for the Queen in Green Park, London

Mourners said goodbye

Before the historic event, thousands of people lined up in the queue of mourners over the weekend. They braved the cold nights in London for hours at the weekend to see the Queen’s coffin. Sunday evening the queue was closed, no more people were admitted. Most recently, the waiting time was eight hours, and at times people queued for more than 20 hours.

For the gigantic act of state, the police, secret services and anti-terrorist units in Great Britain are coordinating one of the largest security operations that the capital has ever experienced. Over 10,000 members of the British military are said to be deployed. “It’s huge,” Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Tony Radakin told the BBC.

State guests paid their last respects to Queen

On the evening before the state funeral, President Van der Bellen attended a reception at Buckingham Palace together with numerous heads of state and government as well as royals from all over the world. At the state reception, Van der Bellen exchanged views with the British royal couple and other heads of state, a spokeswoman said. He was therefore also at the public laying-out.

Numerous royal guests are expected. TV pictures showed, among other things, how the former Spanish king Juan Carlos walked up the steps to the castle with a stick. His son King Felipe VI. and Queen Letizia and the Swedish royal couple Carl Gustav XVI. and Silvia and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark were among the guests.

Biden and Selenska visibly moved

Later, French President Macron, US President Biden and Japanese Emperor Naruhito also arrived with their partners. Biden and his wife Jill said goodbye in person at the coffin that was laid out. The queen conveyed dignity and, above all, to serve the idea, Biden said. “It’s a loss that leaves a huge hole.”

Visibly moved, the wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj, Olena Zelenska, paid her last respects to the late British Queen. Together with the Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal, she bowed her head in front of the Queen’s coffin on a gallery in Westminster Hall.

On Sunday evening, Charles thanked him for his great sympathy after his mother’s death. “My wife and I have been deeply touched by the many messages of condolence and support we have received from across the country and the world over the past ten days,” said the monarch, according to a Buckingham Palace statement.

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