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Queen’s coffin driven through streets lined with cheering mourners

THE Queen’s coffin is being driven through streets lined with hundreds of mourners on her emotional final journey to Windsor.

Her Majesty will there be reunited with her beloved husband Prince Philip and finally laid to rest.

The Queen's coffin leaves London for Windsor for the last time

The Queen’s coffin leaves London for Windsor for the last time
King Charles salutes as his mother's coffin is driven in the state hearse

King Charles salutes as his mother’s coffin is driven in the state hearseCredit: SkyNews
King Charles and son Harry follow the Queen's coffin draped in the Royal Standard

King Charles and son Harry follow the Queen’s coffin draped in the Royal StandardCredit: AFP
The Queen's coffin is seen passing Wellington Arch as thousands of mourners line the streets

The Queen’s coffin is seen passing Wellington Arch as thousands of mourners line the streetsCredit: Getty

The King was joined by his brothers Andrew and Edward and sister Anne, as well as Princes William and Harry, for the sombre procession from Westminster Abbey.

Some 98 sailors pulled the ceremonial gun carriage, while another 40 marched behind.

Guardsman and members of the Armed Forces followed, all walking at 75 paces a minute.

The Queen Consort, Princess of Wales, Duchess of Sussex and Countess of Wessex followed by car.

There was a hush from the crowd – 30-deep in places – in Whitehall as the procession moved past the Cabinet War Rooms, the Cenotaph and Downing Street.

Then every head in the crowd turned as one as the Queen’s coffin moved along the route in front of her old home Buckingham Palace, with well-wishers spontaneously erupting into rounds of applause and shouts of “hip, hip hooray”.

But members of the Royal Family remained expressionless as they circled round the Queen Victoria Memorial.

Further along, some people emerged from balconies and windows, clad in black, while those on the street craned their necks and clutched cameras as they awaited the chance to say goodbye to the monarch.

The procession of seven groups, each with a military band, travelled via Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade, The Mall, past Buckingham Palace and Constitution Hill to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.

While 1,000 armed forces from the UK and Commonwealth lined the mile-long route, British Legion standard bearers flanked the Cenotaph, King’s Life Guards turned out on Horse Guards Parade and King’s Guard saluted the coffin near the Palace.

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired minute guns in Hyde Park and Big Ben tolled during the procession. 


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At Wellington Arch, the bearer party lifted the Queen’s coffin from the State Gun Carriage into the glass-backed State Hearse, which Her Majesty helped design. 

Bands of the Scots and Grenadier Guards played a medley of the Queen’s favourites, including Jerusalem and I Vow To Thee My Country as the coffin arrives.

As the hearse left the monument for Windsor, the parade gave a Royal Salute, led by the King, and National Anthem played out.

The King, the Queen Consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales, along with other Royal Family members, then left for Windsor by car, travelling along the M4.

Thousands of mourners have lined the A4, A30 and A308 to see the State Hearse as it makes the 25-mile journey.

It will arrive at Windsor Great Park through Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road and on to Long Walk, where tens of thousands of people will bid a final farewell to the Queen.

At the head of the procession, the hearse will travel up Long Walk, through Cambridge Gate and George IV Gate to the Quadrangle.

It will then make its way to St George’s Chapel, where a televised committal service will take place in St George’s Chapel at 4pm.

It follows an emotional state funeral, watched by billions around the world.

Charles, 73, appeared to wipe away a tear as he followed his late mother being carried into Westminster Abbey this morning.

Prince William and his father the King at the Queen's state funeral

Prince William and his father the King at the Queen’s state funeralCredit: Reuters
The Band of the Royal Marines passes by Buckingham Palace in the sombre procession

The Band of the Royal Marines passes by Buckingham Palace in the sombre processionCredit: Getty
Members of the Royal Family follow the Queen's coffin on its final journey

Members of the Royal Family follow the Queen’s coffin on its final journey
The royals moments before saluting the coffin

The royals moments before saluting the coffinCredit: Reuters
The Queen's coffin during the slow procession at 75 paces a minute

The Queen’s coffin during the slow procession at 75 paces a minuteCredit: AFP
An emotional-looking King views his mother's coffin

An emotional-looking King views his mother’s coffinCredit: Reuters
An aerial view of the sombre procession

An aerial view of the sombre procession
The Queen's four children say goodbye to by their mother

The Queen’s four children say goodbye to by their motherCredit: AFP
A sombre procession as Her Majesty's coffin journeys to Windsor

A sombre procession as Her Majesty’s coffin journeys to WindsorCredit: AP
The Duke of Sussex, Queen Consort Camilla, Princess of Wales, Prince George and Charlotte

The Duke of Sussex, Queen Consort Camilla, Princess of Wales, Prince George and CharlotteCredit: Reuters
Mounties of the Royal Canadian Police along The Mall

Mounties of the Royal Canadian Police along The MallCredit: Getty
Crowds lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the action

Crowds lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the action
The King and his son, the heir to the throne, salute

The King and his son, the heir to the throne, saluteCredit: Reuters
The procession files past London's Big Ben

The procession files past London’s Big BenCredit: Reuters
The funeral procession marches down The Mall following the service at Westminster Abbey

The funeral procession marches down The Mall following the service at Westminster AbbeyCredit: Reuters
Brothers William and Harry follow the Queen's coffin, draped in a Royal Standard

Brothers William and Harry follow the Queen’s coffin, draped in a Royal StandardCredit: AFP
The coffin of the Queen makes it way on the funeral procession from Westminster Abbey

The coffin of the Queen makes it way on the funeral procession from Westminster AbbeyCredit: Reuters
Senior royals in the front row at the Queen's state funeral

Senior royals in the front row at the Queen’s state funeralCredit: PA
The King appeared emotional as he followed his late mother's coffin

The King appeared emotional as he followed his late mother’s coffin
Emotional members of the royal family follow Her Majesty's coffin

Emotional members of the royal family follow Her Majesty’s coffinCredit: PA
Members of the royal family during the emotional service

Members of the royal family during the emotional serviceCredit: AFP
The Princess of Wales, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince William and Princess Charlotte

The Princess of Wales, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince William and Princess CharlotteCredit: Getty
James, Viscount Severn appeared overcome with grief

James, Viscount Severn appeared overcome with grief
The coffin is carried by the Bearer Party into Westminster Abbey

The coffin is carried by the Bearer Party into Westminster AbbeyCredit: Getty
The King appeared to wipe away a tear during the service

The King appeared to wipe away a tear during the service
An emotional looking Prince Harry with his eyes closed as the world pays homage to his grandmother

An emotional looking Prince Harry with his eyes closed as the world pays homage to his grandmotherCredit: AP
Sophie Wessex dabs her eyes

Sophie Wessex dabs her eyes
The coffin is placed near the altar at Westminster Abbey

The coffin is placed near the altar at Westminster AbbeyCredit: AP
Other royals appeared deep in thought during the service

Other royals appeared deep in thought during the service

The King, Queen Consort, Princess Anne and her husband as a hymn is sung

The King, Queen Consort, Princess Anne and her husband as a hymn is sung
The Princess of Wales, wearing the Queen's necklaces, on her way to the service

The Princess of Wales, wearing the Queen’s necklaces, on her way to the serviceCredit: EPA
His siblings also seemed deeply moved by the solemn procession

His siblings also seemed deeply moved by the solemn processionCredit: pixel8000
An aerial view of the Abbey

An aerial view of the Abbey
Meghan Markle arrives at the service, accompanied by Prince Harry

Meghan Markle arrives at the service, accompanied by Prince Harry
Mourners watch as the Queen is carried through Westminster Abbey

Mourners watch as the Queen is carried through Westminster Abbey
King Charles and his siblings at the funeral of the Queen

King Charles and his siblings at the funeral of the QueenCredit: Reuters
Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Prince George and Princess Charlotte

Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Prince George and Princess CharlotteCredit: Reuters
The royals walk behind the Queen's coffin at her state funeral

The royals walk behind the Queen’s coffin at her state funeral
Prime Minister Liz Truss delivers a reading during the state funeral

Prime Minister Liz Truss delivers a reading during the state funeralCredit: Getty
Princes William and Harry following a gun carriage carrying the coffin of their grandmother

Princes William and Harry following a gun carriage carrying the coffin of their grandmotherCredit: AP
Prince George and and the Princess of Wales arrive at the state funeral

Prince George and and the Princess of Wales arrive at the state funeralCredit: PA
The King and Queen Consort Camilla arrive to take their seats

The King and Queen Consort Camilla arrive to take their seatsCredit: AFP
The coffin, draped in the Royal Standard, with the Imperial State Crown resting on top

The coffin, draped in the Royal Standard, with the Imperial State Crown resting on topCredit: Getty
The Queen's children follow their mother's casket in a solemn procession

The Queen’s children follow their mother’s casket in a solemn procession
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is placed on a gun carriage

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is placed on a gun carriageCredit: AP
King Charles is seen on The Mall ahead of the state funeral

King Charles is seen on The Mall ahead of the state funeralCredit: Reuters
The coffin with the Imperial State Crown resting on top

The coffin with the Imperial State Crown resting on topCredit: Getty
The Duke of Sussex standing with his family as they salute during the funeral

The Duke of Sussex standing with his family as they salute during the funeralCredit: Reuters
The royals arriving at the Abbey

The royals arriving at the AbbeyCredit: Getty
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaves Westminster Hall for her funeral service

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaves Westminster Hall for her funeral service
Mourners gathered inside Westminster Abbey for the Queen's state funeral

Mourners gathered inside Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s state funeralCredit: Getty
Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children George and Charlotte

Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children George and CharlotteCredit: AFP
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle travelling to the Abbey

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle travelling to the AbbeyCredit: Reuters
Anne, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence arrive by car

Anne, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence arrive by carCredit: Getty
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive at Westminster Abbey

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive at Westminster AbbeyCredit: PA
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron walking into the Abbey

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron walking into the AbbeyCredit: AFP

A previously unseen portrait of the Queen released the day before the funeral, taken in May

A previously unseen portrait of the Queen released the day before the funeral, taken in MayCredit: PA
Queues of people form along The Mall ahead of the state funeral

Queues of people form along The Mall ahead of the state funeralCredit: Getty
The final mourners pay their respects at the Queen's coffin in Westminster Hall

The final mourners pay their respects at the Queen’s coffin in Westminster HallCredit: PA
Royal fans wrapped in blankets waiting for the action to begin

Royal fans wrapped in blankets waiting for the action to beginCredit: Getty
Members of the public queue through the night to see Her Majesty lying in state

Members of the public queue through the night to see Her Majesty lying in stateCredit: PA
People camping out overnight in Parliament Square ready for the state funeral

People camping out overnight in Parliament Square ready for the state funeralCredit: Rex
Mourners line up on The Long Walk in Windsor

Mourners line up on The Long Walk in WindsorCredit: EPA
Metropolitan Police officers walking in formation down The Mall

Metropolitan Police officers walking in formation down The MallCredit: Getty
Tents line the streets ahead of the funeral for Britain's longest-reigning monarch

Tents line the streets ahead of the funeral for Britain’s longest-reigning monarchCredit: Reuters

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