King Charles III and other members of the royal family marched behind Queen Elizabeth II‘s coffin as the Royal Navy transported her to Westminster Abbey ahead of her funeral.
Nearly 100 sailors pulled the State Ceremonial Gun Carriage carrying the queen’s coffin from Westminster Hall on Monday, September 19, with another 40 servicemen following behind. The procession included nearly 1000 Royal Navy sailors, with another 40 servicemen following. Crowds also lined the two-mile walk to Westminster Abbey in tribute to Queen Elizabeth, who died at the age 96 on September 8.
King Charles, 73 years old, marched behind his wife’s coffin. Queen Consort CamillaTogether with several other members, His family — including Prince William, Prince Harry and Princess Anne — following behind, with the brothers walking side-by-side behind their auntAnd uncles. The processional featured the participation of Sir Tim Laurence, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
While Charles, William, AnneAnd Edward all wore ceremonial military uniforms for the march, both the Duke of Sussex, 38, and Duke of York, 62, wore black morning suits. After stepping down from his position as a senior royal in 2020, Harry was unable to wear such military attire. Andrew was stripped of his HRH titles in 2019 after being accused of sexual assault. The matter has since been settled out-of-court. Both were granted exceptions to the requirement to wear ceremonial uniforms at separate vigils, Friday, September 16th, and Saturday, September 17th.
They were joined by other members from the royal family once they arrived at Westminster Abbey. Princess Kate, Meghan Markle, Queen Consort CamillaAnd Sophie, Countess Of Wessex, marched in the cathedral with their respective spouses. William and Kate’s eldest two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, walked alongside their parents.
After the procession to Westminster Abbey, the memorial service, members of Royal Canadian Mounted Police, NHS workers and officers from the British Armed Forces will transport the coffin to Wellington Arch at Buckingham Palace. From there, she will travel to Windsor where — following a committal ceremony — she will be buried alongside Prince Philip, who died in April 2021. The late couple, who married for 73 years, will be “buried together,” according to the royals’ official website.
Three months after celebrating her Platinum Jubilee the queen died in her beloved Balmoral Castle, Scotland. Her body was brought back from Edinburgh to London on Tuesday September 13th after a procession that took her from Ballater. Charles, Camilla 75, William and Kate, both 40 and 37 respectively, as well as Harry, 37 and Meghan, 41 waited at Buckingham Palace for her.
The royal family followed her coffin along a procession to Westminster Hall. Here the casket remained for those who wished to pay their respects. On Thursday, September 15, the Prince of Wales reportedly told a bystander that the event reminded him of Princess Diana‘s 1997 funeral, when he was 15-years old. The mourner added that William confessed that it had been a “difficult” time for him and his family as they remembered the late queen.
In the days following her death, the royal family has paid tribute to the queen and received condolences from members of the public. “William said he thinks Monday [the queen’s funeral] will be hard,” spectator Bex NeeveSubmitted PeopleThursday “[Kate] said it’s been overwhelming and she and William are very grateful for everyone being here. She was emotional. They seemed like they were here to soak up all the love.”