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Queen’s mendacity in state closes at 6.30am


The Queen‘s mendacity in state has now formally completed forward of her funeral as we speak, with an estimated 400,000 mourners thought to have handed by way of Westminster Corridor over the previous 5 days.

The ultimate folks have been admitted to the road to see the Queen’s coffin at about 10.30pm final evening, which gave them time to make it by way of earlier than the closure at 6.30am this morning. The road was opened at 5pm final Wednesday.

It comes because the Queen is to be reunited together with her husband Prince Philip as she is laid to relaxation in a historic state funeral as we speak. As much as two million mourners are anticipated to flock to London, Windsor and royal websites across the UK on the nationwide financial institution vacation, with the service set to attract an estimated 4.1billion TV viewers throughout the globe.

The royal household, together with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, might be among the many 2,000 folks gathered at Westminster Abbey to recollect the late monarch this morning, earlier than a committal service at Windsor Fort.

They’ll stroll in procession behind the Queen’s coffin as it’s carried by way of the Gothic church by the army bearer celebration. The King and the Queen Consort will stroll instantly behind the coffin.

They are going to be adopted by the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the Prince and Princess of Wales. George and Charlotte will stroll with their mother and father in a side-by-side in formation, adopted by their uncle and aunt the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and different royals.

The final mourner to pay her respects to the Queen at Westminster Corridor in London at about 6.30am this morning

6.30am: Black Rod pays her respects this morning on the final day of the lying in state at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

6.30am: Black Rod pays her respects this morning on the ultimate day of the mendacity in state on the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

6.02am: The final members of the public pay their respects at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall today

6.02am: The ultimate members of the general public pay their respects on the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Corridor as we speak

5.17am: The final members of the public pay their respects at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall today

5.17am: The ultimate members of the general public pay their respects on the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Corridor as we speak

5.16am: The final members of the public pay their respects at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall today

5.16am: The ultimate members of the general public pay their respects on the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Corridor as we speak

4.51am: The final members of the public pay their respects at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall today

4.51am: The ultimate members of the general public pay their respects on the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Corridor as we speak

Mourners gather behind barriers in Westminster early this morning as they prepare to watch the funeral procession

Mourners collect behind boundaries in Westminster early this morning as they put together to look at the funeral procession 

Mourners gather at 5.40am on The Long Walk in Windsor this morning ahead of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Mourners collect at 5.40am on The Lengthy Stroll in Windsor this morning forward of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

It would come after the Queen’s mendacity in state interval at Westminster Corridor ended at 6.30am. Her coffin might be taken in a grand army procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the funeral at 11am.

Earlier than the service, carried out by the Very Rev David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, the tenor bell might be tolled each minute for 96 minutes, reflecting the years of the Queen’s life.

What’s going to occur as we speak because the Queen is laid to relaxation? 

The Queen’s state funeral will happen as we speak, which was dubbed D-Day+10 or D+10 within the Operation London Bridge plan for occasions following the monarch’s loss of life.

Here’s a timeline of occasions anticipated to happen over the subsequent 24 hours.

– Mendacity in state

The mendacity in state ended at 6.30am as we speak, earlier than the Queen’s coffin is taken to Westminster Abbey for the funeral service.

– Funeral service at Westminster Abbey

At 8am, the congregation will start to take their seats within the abbey.

Heads of state and abroad authorities representatives, together with international royal households, governors-general and realm prime ministers will first collect on the Royal Hospital in Chelsea earlier than travelling to Westminster.

Simply after 10.35am, a bearer celebration from The Queen’s Firm, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, will carry the coffin from a picket body and carry it to the Royal Navy’s State Gun Carriage by the North Door of Westminster Corridor.

The carriage will depart at 10.44am, drawn by 142 Royal Naval personnel. It is going to be adopted by the King, different members of the royal household, the King’s Family and the Family of the Prince of Wales.

The procession will arrive on the West Gate of Westminster Abbey at 10.52am and the coffin might be lifted off the carriage by the bearer celebration and carried inside.

Earlier than the service, the tenor bell will toll each minute for 96 minutes, reflecting the years of the Queen’s life.

The funeral will start at 11am.

At 11.55am, The Final Put up will mark the start of a nationwide two-minute silence.

The Queen’s Piper will then play Reveille, the nationwide anthem and a lament to deliver the service to a detailed at round 12pm.

– The procession and onwards to Windsor

The Queen’s coffin might be carried again to the gun carriage earlier than the procession steps off from Westminster Abbey at 12.15pm.

The procession will transfer by way of Broad Sanctuary Parliament Sq. (south and east sides), Parliament Avenue, Whitehall, Horse Guards together with Horse Guards Arch, Horse Guards Street, The Mall, Queen’s Gardens (south and west sides), Structure Hill and Apsley Approach, earlier than arriving at Wellington Arch at 1pm.

The coffin might be lifted off the gun carriage and positioned within the state hearse, which is able to depart for Windsor because the parade provides a royal salute and the nationwide anthem is performed.

The King and the Queen Consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales and different members of the royal household will depart for Windsor by automobile.

The hearse will strategy Shaw Farm Gate in Albert Street, Windsor, and be a part of the procession, which can have been shaped up and in place to step off at 3.10pm.

– The committal service

The service will mark the top of public ceremonial preparations, and can start at 4pm.

The door of St George’s Chapel will open for the congregation at 3.20pm, with members of the royal household not within the procession arriving for the service at 3.25pm.

The hearse will course of alongside Albert Street, Lengthy Stroll, Cambridge Gate, Cambridge Drive, George IV Gate, Quadrangle (south and west sides), Engine Courtroom, Norman Arch, Chapel Hill and the Parade Floor.

The procession, which can have been joined by the King and different members of the family on the north aspect of the quadrangle because it passes into Engine Courtroom, will arrive on the West Steps of the chapel in Horseshoe Cloister at 3.53pm.

The bearer celebration will carry the coffin from the hearse and it is going to be carried in procession up the steps into St George’s Chapel earlier than the committal service.

It’s not identified how lengthy the service will final.

The King and members of the royal household will depart from the Galilee Porch for Windsor Fort as soon as the service concludes.

– The personal burial service

The Dean of Windsor will conduct a burial service attended by the King and members of the royal household at 7.30pm.

The Queen might be buried with the Duke of Edinburgh at King George VI Memorial Chapel.

Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, members of European royal households and key figures from public life will collect on the abbey.

Dr Hoyle will say in The Bidding: ‘Right here, the place Queen Elizabeth was married and topped, we collect from throughout the nation, from the Commonwealth, and from the nations of the world, to mourn our loss, to recollect her lengthy lifetime of selfless service.’

The Queen’s Piper, Warrant Officer Class 1 (Pipe Main) Paul Burns, will play the standard lament Sleep, Dearie, Sleep after The Final Put up, two minutes’ silence, Reveille and the nationwide anthem.

The funeral might be broadcast dwell at round 125 cinemas and a number of other cathedrals within the UK, and on an enormous display screen in Holyrood Park in entrance of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

At 12.15pm, the coffin might be taken in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch after which journey to Windsor.

The hearse will then journey in procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Fort through the Lengthy Stroll, after which a televised committal service will happen in St George’s Chapel at 4pm.

The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service, with prayers stated by the Rector of Sandringham, the Minister of Crathie Kirk and the Chaplain of Windsor Nice Park.

The chapel’s choir will sing, and after the penultimate hymn, the imperial state crown, the orb and the sceptre might be moved from the Queen’s coffin to the altar.

After the ultimate hymn, the King will place the Queen’s Firm Camp Color of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin, whereas the Lord Chamberlain breaks his Wand of Workplace and locations it on the coffin.

The Dean of Windsor will say a psalm and the Commendation whereas the Queen’s coffin is lowered into the royal vault.

After this, the Sovereign’s Piper will play a lament and the Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the blessing, earlier than the congregation sings the nationwide anthem.

Later within the night, there might be a personal interment service with senior members of the royal household.

The Queen’s closing resting place would be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the primary chapel the place her mom and father have been buried, together with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.

Philip’s coffin will transfer from the royal vault to the memorial chapel to hitch the Queen’s.

It got here after the nation noticed a minute’s silence at 8pm on Sunday to recollect the late monarch.

Nonetheless, Massive Ben didn’t strike earlier than and after the silence as initially deliberate because of a technical subject.

A UK Parliament spokesman stated: ‘We’ve got investigated this as a matter of urgency and have recognized a minor technical subject that has now been resolved.

‘We might be testing the bell once more later tonight and are assured that it’s going to not have an effect on the tolling throughout the state funeral procession.’

However some mourners who queued for hours by way of the evening with out wristbands to get into Westminster Corridor have vented their frustrations at police after being turned away from the mendacity in state.

Dozens of mourners have been prevented within the early hours of as we speak from advancing any nearer to Westminster Corridor by police on the entrance to Victoria Tower Gardens subsequent to Lambeth Bridge.

Mourners, a few of whom have been in tears, complained to police that they’d been ‘lied to’ earlier within the evening concerning the possibilities of having the ability to get into Westminster Corridor.

Albert, who joined the queue with out a wristband at 10pm final evening, was one of many mourners who was not allowed into Westminster.

He stated the Authorities’s official dwell feed was not saved up-to-date with info that no additional wristbands can be distributed.

‘The communication has been horrible,’ stated Albert, after having queued in central London for over six hours.

He added: ‘There have been a great deal of individuals who joined the official queue based mostly on the web site, however by no means obtained wristbands.’

‘And within the queue they did not give us any info – simply to be disrespectful to us once we obtained right here (Lambeth Bridge) ultimately.’

The Division for Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport stated after 10.30pm on Sunday that the final folks had been admitted to the road.

The division stated: ‘The queue to attend Her Majesty The Queen’s Mendacity-in-State is at closing capability and is now closed to new entrants. 

‘Please don’t try to hitch the queue. Stewards will handle these already close by. Thanks on your understanding.’

1000’s of individuals have made the pilgrimage to pay their respects to the late monarch. The announcement had been anticipated all through the day yesterday as ready instances hit a peak of 14 hours at 10am.

By 9pm final evening the ready time was seven hours because the final crowds filed by way of, with folks accumulating wristbands for entry at London Bridge.

An hour earlier, folks within the queue stopped and bowed their heads to watch the nationwide minute’s silence. They applauded to mark the top of the silence at 8.01pm.

Dozens of Metropolitan Cops additionally assembled in silence beside mourners and later sang the nationwide anthem.

St John Ambulance had expressed concern about chilly temperatures in a single day as folks queue alongside the River Thames.

It stated within the early hours of yesterday morning that 98 folks wanted medical help, with 9 taken to hospital.

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