Central London stops at the Queen’s coffin, senior royals move through the streets

It was the first time the late Queen’s grandchildren and their spouses attended the memorial service.

Queen Camilla, Princess Catherine of Wales, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, traveled by car to Westminster.

Flag-bearing coffin of Queen Elizabeth II in The Mall.credit:Getty

Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully last Thursday At the age of 96 in Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands, the country went into ten days of national mourning.

Wednesday’s march was organized as a small, private event ahead of Monday’s state funeral. Her coffin was also accompanied by members of the military, her closest personal staff, and the new king’s family.

The Scottish Guard and the Grenadier Guards played a funeral march throughout the funeral procession, beginning with Beethoven’s Funeral March No. 1.

Ceremonial viewing areas along the procession route filled to capacity an hour before the coffin began its journey, and mourners were turned away and told to head to the large screen in nearby Hyde Park.

The Queen’s children are expected to stand around the coffin and pay their own tribute – a tradition known as the Prince’s Vigil.

At Westminster Hall, the Queen will lie in bed until the morning of her funeral on Monday, with the public walking past her coffin almost continuously.

We expect 400,000 visitors.

Invitations to the Queen’s state funeral have not been sent to Syria, Venezuela or Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

The coffin arrives at Westminster Hall and remains there for four days.credit:APs

Most countries around the world have been asked to send heads of state, but these three countries, along with Russia, Belarus and Myanmar, are on the list of countries not asked to send representatives.

North Korea and Nicaragua have been invited only at the ambassadorial level, joining Iran in that category.

https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/onlookers-in-tears-as-queen-s-crown-topped-coffin-leaves-buckingham-palace-20220914-p5bi58.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_world Central London stops at the Queen’s coffin, senior royals move through the streets

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