Royal family deliver Queen to nation for lying in state

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The Queen was handed over to the care of the nation for a period of time lying in the kingdom after her family paid tribute behind her coffin while being taken to Westminster Hall.

A gun carriage, containing the coffins of his mother and father, carried the late emperor to Westminster Hall—a procession of pomp and spectacle in the heart of the capital, witnessed by tens of thousands of people who lined the route.

In the hot summer sun, a funeral march run by military bands added to the solemn mood that left some mourners crying while others held up their camera phones to record the historic moment of the procession.

A few hours later the public was quietly entering before their queen, bowing their heads and stopping to say “thank you” for her service.

King Charles III led the royal family as they walked past the coffin, draped with a royal standard, adorned with the royal state crown and pulled on a gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

Soon after the coffin arrived at Westminster Hall, US President Joe Biden said he had spoken to the King on Wednesday to offer his condolences and shared “the great admiration of the American people” for the Queen.

Charles also spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron, Ireland’s President Michael de Higgins and the Governor Generals of Australia, Canada and Jamaica, who all expressed their sympathies.

Thousands of mourners thronged the heart of the nation as they departed the Queen’s official residence, where she spent most of her working life, watching the full declared areas before the procession began.

The new monarch followed in line with the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in royal standard with the Royal State Crown on top (Andrew Matthews/PA)

In a row behind the King were the Queen’s grandsons – Peter Phillips, Duke of Sussex and Prince of Wales – followed by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, Duke of Gloucester, the Queen’s cousin, the late monarch’s son-in-law. , and his nephew the Earl of Snowdown.

The Queen’s coffin was carried on the George Gun Carriage, which carried King George VI’s coffin from Sandringham Church to Wolferton Station in February 1952 and was used during the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002.

Crowds were treated to the spectacle of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment processing past with Life Guards and soldiers of the Blues and Royals.

Charles, in the uniform of his Marshal of the Royal Air Force, walked step by step without showing any emotion. Anne and Edward, in military dress, and Andrew also did not betray their feelings.

In the Horse Guards Parade, crowds of mourners, many shed tears, as the Queen’s coffin and procession entered the vast ceremonial parade ground, with Big Ben’s bells ringing every minute.

Harry, no longer a working royal, and his disgraced uncle Andrew was not given the opportunity to wear his military uniform and minutes later when he saluted the cenotaph in royal uniform, while Harry bowed down and Andrew “eyes right”. and looked at the monument.

The carrier, which carried the Queen’s coffin to Westminster Hall, and provided an escort, were soldiers sent back from Iraq to attend the ceremony, as they had a unique association with the Emperor.

The Guardsmen were from the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, whose company commander was the Queen, and although a senior officer took control day-to-day, the former sovereign had a strong relationship with his men.

Eight guardsmen entrusted with the Queen’s coffin lifted it into place on the catafalque – a raised platform – while Major Johnny Hathaway-White, Captain of the Queen’s Company, helped to keep the Queen’s Company colors at its base.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during service at Westminster Hall to receive the Queen’s coffin (Gregorio Borgia/PA)

A brief service was held to welcome the coffin before it lay in the kingdom, with the opening prayer by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

The service was conducted with the congregation and the wider royal family in the ancient hall, as the king was the head of their family with the queen consort, followed by the monarch’s siblings, and their sons and their companions William and Kate and Harry. Were. and Meghan.

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