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Royals collect for solemn stroll behind Queen’s coffin


The Royal Household has arrived at Westminster Corridor as they put together to say farewell to Elizabeth II at her state funeral together with 2,000 VIPs and an estimated 2million folks in central London.

There have been cheers and clapping as Prince William, the Princess of Wales and their youngsters George and Charlotte have been swept into Parliament Sq.. King Charles III and Queen Consort, Camilla arrived minutes later.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex travelled down The Mall with a police escort. Harry was seen trying sombre as he was pushed in a Vary Rover from Wellington Arch, down Structure Hill and on The Mall in direction of St James’ Palace. 

He then stood aspect by aspect together with his brother, earlier than the royals  entered Westminster Corridor, the place the Queen has been mendacity in state.

World leaders together with Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron have arrived at Westminster Abbey as Britain and the globe prepares to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral right this moment.

The UK’s most essential church started filling up from 8am because the congregation arrived as much as three hours early – together with Kate Middleton’s dad and mom – as large crowds of mourners packed the procession route exterior and tens of hundreds extra went to Windsor, the place Her Majesty might be buried later.

Michael and Carole Middleton have been amongst a whole bunch of VIPs who arrived at the UK’s most essential church – the place Her Majesty married Prince Philip and had her coronation.

2,000 royals, world leaders and a whole bunch of members of the general public have started submitting into the Abbey as billions around the globe will watch Her Majesty’s state funeral. 

A lot of the VIPs arrived by coach, assembly on the Royal Hospital Chelsea earlier than being placed on a bus into Central London. Britain’s ministers – previous and current – have been among the many first arrivals together with Nadham Zahawi, Ben Wallace and Jacob Rees-Mogg. However US President Jo Biden went to the Abbey in The Beast – his bomb-proof limousine. 

Michael and Carole Middleton, the dad and mom of Kate, the Princess of Wales, arrived two hours early for the service, adopted by Tom Parker Bowles, the son of Queen Consort, Camilla. They have been additionally on a bus collectively – regardless of their shut hyperlinks to the Royal Household. Celebrities on the funeral embrace TV persona Bear Grylls.

Funeral flowers within the abbey featured myrtle – which was used within the Queen’s marriage ceremony bouquet as is royal custom. The large white and inexperienced shows of blooms included asiatic lilies, gladioli, alstroemeria, eustoma and foliage of English oak, weeping birch and the sprigs of myrtle.

Across the coffin will stand the 4 tall yellow candles which often relaxation across the grave of the unknown warrior on the entrance to the historic church.

And out of doors hardy royal followers defied no-camping guidelines, as folks of all ages arrange tents, deck chairs and even a makeshift minibar to seize premium seats for the spectacle that can see 2million flood into the capital. By 8.30am member of the general public have been informed that the procession route was full and started diverting folks to Hyde Park to look at on the large screens.

King Charles III is seen on The Mall forward of The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II 

Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales, and his children arrive at Westminster Hall. Charlotte was between her parents. George was in the back

Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales, and his youngsters arrive at Westminster Corridor. Charlotte was between her dad and mom. George was within the again

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arriv e

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arriv e

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth

U.S. President Joe Biden and first girl Jill Biden arrive, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

An extended line of mourners stroll into the UK’s most essential church 

The congregation were in place several hours before the Queen's coffin arrived

The congregation have been in place a number of hours earlier than the Queen’s coffin arrived

Prime Minister Liz Truss arrives at Westminster Abbey for the service this morning

Prime Minister Liz Truss arrives at Westminster Abbey for the service this morning

Former prime minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May arrive at Westminster Abbey for the service this morning

Former prime minister Theresa Could and her husband Philip Could arrive at Westminster Abbey for the service this morning

Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the state funeral this morning

Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Woman Ogilvy arrives at Westminster Abbey forward of the state funeral this morning

Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma - who was friends with the Queen and Prince Philip - at the Abbey

Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma – who was pals with the Queen and Prince Philip – on the Abbey

U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive for the State Funeral

U.S. President Joe Biden and First Woman Jill Biden arrive for the State Funeral

The Macrons arrived from Paris yesterday - when they went to see the Queen lying in state

The Macrons arrived from Paris yesterday – after they went to see the Queen mendacity in state

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte file into the Abbey today as world leaders gathered to say farewell

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte file into the Abbey today as world leaders gathered to say farewell

French President Emmanuel Macron and his spouse Brigitte file into the Abbey right this moment as world leaders gathered to say farewell

Former prime minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning

Former prime minister Boris Johnson and his spouse Carrie Johnson arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning

Former prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha outside Westminster Abbey this morning

Former prime minister David Cameron and his spouse Samantha exterior Westminster Abbey this morning

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey today

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey right this moment

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins spoke to clergy as he arrived at the funeral

President of Eire Michael D Higgins spoke to clergy as he arrived on the funeral

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro (right) and his wife Michelle Bolsonaro arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro (proper) and his spouse Michelle Bolsonaro arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning

Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton, the parents of Kate Middleton, arrive at Westminster Hall this morning

Michael and Carole Middleton – the dad and mom of the Princess of Wales, Kate, arrived two hours early for the state funeral

Tom Parker-Bowles, the son of Queen Consort, Camilla, is among the 2,000 people invited today. Pictured with his wife Sara

Tom Parker-Bowles, the son of Queen Consort, Camilla, is among the many 2,000 folks invited right this moment. Pictured together with his spouse Sara

Queen Letizia of Spain and the King of Spain King Felipe VI head for Westminster Abbey

Queen Letizia of Spain and the King of Spain King Felipe VI head for Westminster Abbey

Israel's President Isaac Herzog arrives at Westminster Abbey in London for the Queen's state funeral

Israel’s President Isaac Herzog arrives at Westminster Abbey in London for the Queen’s state funeral 

Tom Parker Bowles arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II this morning

Tom Parker Bowles arrives at Westminster Abbey forward of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II this morning

King Charles III's goddaughter India Hicks arrives at Westminster Abbey this morning for the Queen's funeral. Lady Pamela Mountbatten appears to be in a wheelchair. The 93 year old is a first cousin of Prince Philip and a bridesmaid when Elizabeth wed Philip at the Abbey in 1947

King Charles III’s goddaughter India Hicks arrives at Westminster Abbey this morning for the Queen’s funeral. Woman Pamela Mountbatten seems to be in a wheelchair. The 93 yr outdated is a primary cousin of Prince Philip and a bridesmaid when Elizabeth wed Philip on the Abbey in 1947

Jacob Rees-Mogg walks into Westminster Abbey as Britain and the world mourns the Queen

British minister Nadhim Zahawi was among one of the first guests to arrive at the Abbey followed shortly afterwards by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

British minister Nadhim Zahawi was among one of the first guests to arrive at the Abbey followed shortly afterwards by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

British minister Nadhim Zahawi was amongst one of many first friends to reach on the Abbey adopted shortly afterwards by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

Secretary of State for Education, Kit Malthouse arrives at Westminster Abbey

Secretary of State for Schooling, Equipment Malthouse arrives at Westminster Abbey

Bear Grylls waves on the day of the state funeral and burial of Queen Elizabeth II outside Westminster Abbey this morning

Bear Grylls waves on the day of the state funeral and burial of Queen Elizabeth II exterior Westminster Abbey this morning 

First Lady of Gabon, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the state funeral this morning

First Woman of Gabon, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, arrives at Westminster Abbey forward of the state funeral this morning

The Abbey fills forward of the Queen’s funeral right this moment

Commons leader Penny Mordaunt arrives at Westminster Abbey this morning ahead of the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II

Commons chief Penny Mordaunt arrives at Westminster Abbey this morning forward of the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II

Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg and Education Secretary Kit Malthouse arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning

Enterprise Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg and Schooling Secretary Equipment Malthouse arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (right) arrives for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II held at Westminster Abbey today

British Labour Occasion chief Keir Starmer at Westminster Abbey, on the day of state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

Former Conservative chief William Hague walks into the Abbey

Christopher Geidt, the Prime Minister's Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests, and Emma Charlotte Angela Neill arrive at Westminster Abbey

Christopher Geidt, the Prime Minister’s Unbiased Adviser on Ministers’ Pursuits, and Emma Charlotte Angela Neill arrive at Westminster Abbey

Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, takes his seat in the Abbey

Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, takes his seat within the Abbey

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and Chris Heaton-Harris, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, arrived with VIPs on a coach

Overseas Secretary James Cleverly and Chris Heaton-Harris, Secretary of State for Northern Eire, arrived with VIPs on a coach

Former MP turned Facebook executive Sir Nick Clegg followed Lib Dem leader Ed Davey

Former MP turned Fb government Sir Nick Clegg adopted Lib Dem chief Ed Davey 

Cop26 president Alok Sharma arrives at Westminster Abbey this morning ahead of the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II

Cop26 president Alok Sharma arrives at Westminster Abbey this morning forward of the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II

Two guests greet one another with a hug and a kiss on a sad day for the world

Two friends greet each other with a hug and a kiss on a tragic day for the world

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford arrives for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

SNP Westminster chief Ian Blackford arrives for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

The congregations queues patiently to enter the Abbey at 8am this morning

The congregations queues patiently to enter the Abbey at 8am this morning

David Morgan-Hewitt, aka 'Mr David', from the Goring Hotel in Belgravia, centre right, would always greet the Queen when she arrived and was at today's funeral

David Morgan-Hewitt, aka ‘Mr David’, from the Goring Lodge in Belgravia, centre proper, would at all times greet the Queen when she arrived and was at right this moment’s funeral

Representatives of the British military at Westminster Abbey today, on the day of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Representatives of the British navy at Westminster Abbey right this moment, on the day of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

The doorways of Westminster Abbey opened at 8am, forward of the arrival of the primary mourners for the funeral of the Queen. The King’s Guards trooped by the gates of Abbey, with two troopers stationed on the metallic gates awaiting the beginning of proceedings.

Amid issues that London might be ‘full’ right this moment – and a scarcity of lodge rooms – scores of individuals started bedding in to line The Mall in central London over the weekend, regardless of guidelines – seemingly loosely enforced – stopping folks from organising camp.

This morning, earlier than daybreak, stewards informed campers to take down their tents. Big crowds have additionally shaped in Windsor, the place the Queen might be buried this night.

A number of who slept in central London in a single day stated family and friends informed them they have been ‘mad’ to hold out the in a single day vigil, however insisted they might not miss the event.

Amongst them have been faculty pals Christine Manning, 75, and Dianne Donohue, 73, from Leek in Staffordshire, who slept in a pop-up tent.

: A general view inside Westminster Abbey ahead of The State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19

: A common view inside Westminster Abbey forward of The State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and his wife, Saadiya Khan, arrive at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II this morning

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and his spouse, Saadiya Khan, arrive on the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II this morning

Two Cardinals of the Vatican delegation arrive on the day of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II this morning

Two Cardinals of the Vatican delegation arrive on the day of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II this morning

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng arrive for the funeral service of Queen Elizabeth II today

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng arrive for the funeral service of Queen Elizabeth II right this moment

Father-of-two Pranav Bhanot, from Chigwell in Essex, who was honoured for his work supporting people throughout the pandemic, helping to deliver 1,200 free meals and Nancy O'Neill, arriving at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II today

Father-of-two Pranav Bhanot, from Chigwell in Essex, who was honoured for his work supporting folks all through the pandemic, serving to to ship 1,200 free meals and Nancy O’Neill, arriving on the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II right this moment

Former Tory leader William Hague attends the state funeral of Her Majesty the Queen at Westminster Abbey this morning

Former Tory chief William Hague attends the state funeral of Her Majesty the Queen at Westminster Abbey this morning

People take selfies as they wait for the State Funeral Procession of Queen Elizabeth II on Whitehall

Folks take selfies as they await the State Funeral Procession of Queen Elizabeth II on Whitehall

Mrs Donohoe, a retired housewife and grandmother-of-three, stated: ‘Sure, the recommendation was to not camp however we disobeyed. We’ve had a very good catch-up, we’ve loved it.

‘We have been sleeping within the tent and at 4.30am I awoke and requested Chris if she was awake, she was, so we had a whisky and lemonade and a pork pie. A pair extra hours’ sleep, then onto the prosecco.

‘We needed to take our tent down at 7am as a result of the police informed us to, however we couldn’t do it, so we needed to get some lad to assist us.

‘We’re out of pork pies sadly however we’ve acquired sausage rolls, and we’ve acquired some gin now the whisky’s run out – we’re chipper.’

Miss Manning, a retired waitress, added: ‘My children stated we have been mad.

‘Properly, “psychological” is the phrase they used. They stated we have been idiots for doing this.

‘I stated it needed to be performed.’

Amongst these on the prime of the Lengthy Stroll have been Windsor Fortress warden Shannon Carroll, 27, and her friends Samantha Geraghty, 24, and Heidi, 26, who declined to present her surname.

Shannon informed MailOnline they’d arrived at 6am after getting up at 4am to stroll from close by Maidenhead the place all of them reside.

She added:‘I’m right here to pay my respects to an unbelievable lady who additionally occurs to be my boss. I’ve labored on the Fortress for 5 years and it’s the least I can do.

‘The Queen was an excellent employer and an inspirational chief. I don’t suppose we are going to ever see anybody like her once more.’

A group, wrapped in Union Flags, camped out on chairs overnight to be in London for the funeral

A bunch, wrapped in Union Flags, camped out on chairs in a single day to be in London for the funeral

Crowds camping out at night in Whitehall and Parliament Square to await the funeral

Crowds tenting out at night time in Whitehall and Parliament Sq. to await the funeral

Tents on Whitehall this morning in the shadow of the Women of World War II memorial

Tents on Whitehall this morning within the shadow of the Ladies of World Struggle II memorial

Mourners wrapped in blankets wait with others at Horse Guards ahead of the State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II. Many have camped

Mourners wrapped in blankets wait with others at Horse Guards forward of the State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II. Many have camped

People slept on the floor and on chairs wrapped in blankets ahead of the first state funeral for almost 60 years

Folks slept on the ground and on chairs wrapped in blankets forward of the primary state funeral for nearly 60 years

Members of the public camped out over night on The Mall near Buckingham Palace, ahead of a State Funeral

Members of the general public camped out over night time on The Mall close to Buckingham Palace, forward of a State Funeral

The line of people sleeping in London was several deep and stretched towards Green Park and St James' Park

The road of individuals sleeping in London was a number of deep and stretched in direction of Inexperienced Park and St James’ Park

A Pearly King and Queen line the Procession Route in London

A Pearly King and Queen line the Procession Route in London

Shannon stated:’I queued up for 12 hours in a single day Friday into Saturday and that was a really poignant and sombre expertise.

‘It was extremely quiet and nonetheless however it was on the similar time very respectful and I wouldn’t have missed it for something.’

Heidi stated:’We’re ready for the day with snacks and drinks and it seems to be like it’s going to keep dry. We may have an excellent view of the procession because it comes up the Lengthy Stroll and goes into the citadel.

‘Once we go right here there have been fairly just a few folks right here already however up the entrance the place we’re was surprisingly empty. I believe we now have the most effective spot to see historical past within the making.’

Samantha stated: ‘It was an early begin however properly value it. We may have an excellent view however we must watch the funeral service itself on our telephones as we will not see the large screens.’

Mourners camped out close to Parliament Square this morning

Mourners camped out near Parliament Sq. this morning 

The street is cleaned in advance of the State Funeral Procession of Queen Elizabeth II amid already huge crowds

The road is cleaned upfront of the State Funeral Procession of Queen Elizabeth II amid already large crowds

The Mall was a frenzy of exercise yesterday, as folks arrived to put flowers close by, get a glimpse of Buckingham Palace and Horse Guards Parade, and bag their vantage factors for the funeral procession because it makes its approach from Westminster to Windsor.

Tim Thompson, 35, from New Brunswick in Canada, and Charlie Shirley, 36, from north London, additionally slept in a tent on the Mall.

The pair turned pals after being sat subsequent to one another for William and Kate’s marriage ceremony in 2011, and resumed their similar spot collectively on Saturday.

Miss Shirley stated: ‘We do all of the royal occasions collectively, it’s like we’re a household.

‘I noticed Tim on the Queen’s Jubilee and we stated that the following time we see one another would most likely be on the Queen’s funeral – we didn’t anticipate it to be three months later.’

Mr Thompson stated: ‘I maintain 4 days’ vacation a yr for royal occasions, so I needed to be right here.’

American businesswoman Nicole Alford, 40, paid round £1,300 for a last-minute flight to London on Thursday, and stated she would camp out till after the funeral.

She stated: ‘You don’t come all this manner after which watch it on the TV. I need a front-seat of historical past.

‘My mother stated: “I can’t imagine you’re doing that.”

‘I stated: “I can’t imagine you didn’t suppose I’d do this.”

‘Everyone thinks I’m loopy, however I managed five-and-a-half hours’ uninterrupted sleep on my first night time tenting out right here, so I’m high-quality.’

Semi-retired trainer Ian Rhodes, 66, and his spouse Sue, 58, from Alton in Staffordshire, arrived on the Mall at 11am yesterday (SUN) to say their spot – though they stated they might sleep in deckchairs reasonably than pitch a tent.

Mr Rhodes stated: ‘The one different time I’ve queued in a single day for something was when Stoke Metropolis acquired to Wembley for the cup remaining in 1972, and I waited in a single day on the membership store with my pals to get tickets.

‘Folks have stated we’re mad, however sanity is relative.’

Mrs Rhodes stated the couple’s two grownup sons have been a bit involved about their dad and mom ‘roughing it’ in a single day in London, however stated: ‘I informed them we have been going to do it anyway – when has their mom ever performed what she was informed?’

Paulette Galley, from Boston in Lincolnshire, stated she was decided to remain on The Mall in a single day.

The 54-year-old kitchen assistant, initially from south London, stated: ‘I may not get any sleep however I don’t care. She was my Queen, and I wish to pay my respects to her.

‘There isn’t a approach I wouldn’t be right here.’

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