Queen Elizabeth II‘s coffin arrived at Westminster Hall on Wednesday, September 14, and her lying in state has officially begun.
During the short ceremony in London, mourning the late monarch, who was killed on Thursday, Sept. 8, was carried out by members of the royal family as well as the armed forces. After a procession from Buckingham Palace to Parliament’s oldest building, the queen’s coffin was carried in by military servicemen, who served as pallbearers.
King Charles IIIWith Queen Consort CamillaBy his side. His younger siblings stood behind his in age order. Princess Anne Prince AndrewThen, follow by Prince EdwardHis wife,Sophie, Countess from Wessex.
After Elizabeth’s children, who she shared with the late Prince Philip, were Charles’ sons. Prince William Princess Katesat in front of Prince Harry Meghan Markle. The queen’s other grandchildren, such as Princess EugeniePrincess Beatrice, stood further back.
Everyone bowed their heads and curtsied to show respect, just as they would do if the queen entered the room alive. The 41-year-old Duchess of Sussex gave a deep curtsy at the casket.
Her Majesty’s remains were laid upon the catafalque, the raised platform where the coffin will lie in state until her funeral on Monday, September 19. The royal standard is used to cover the coffin. Flowers and the imperial state crown are added to the purple cushion.
The service started with the Choir of the Chapel Royal performing Psalm 139, which reads, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.”
The Archbishop was supported by the Dean and performed a brief service.
As they paid respects, the royals sat in silence.
Most were in military uniforms — except the Duke of Sussex, 37, and the Duke of York, 62. Andrew will not be allowed to wear his uniform at Monday’s state funeral, but Harry was not granted that same exemption.
Andrew has resigned from all public duties in 2019. Virginia Giuffre‘s allegations that he sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager. They reached an agreement in court earlier this year. However, Andrew was stripped from all his royal titles, patronages, and other privileges in January amid scandal.
Harry served for a decade in the British armed forces, but he lost his three honorary military titles, Captain General Royal Marines and Honorary Air Commandant RAF Honington, after he and Meghan stepped aside from their senior royal duties in 2020.
“[Harry] has come to terms with not wearing uniform on these occasions,” a source exclusively told Us Weekly. “Whilst that’s disappointing in some senses, he’s just grateful to be present and honoring the queen. At the end of the day, it’s only a uniform.”
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