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. Nearly a thousand Royal Navy members took part in the procession. Thousands of people lined the two-mile walk from Westminster Abbey to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth, who died September 8 at the tender age of 96.
King Charles, 73 years old, marched behind his wife’s coffin. Queen Consort CamillaWith several other members of His family — including Prince William, Prince Harry and Princess Anne — following behind, with the brothers walking side-by-side behind their aunt uncles. The processional featured the participation of Sir Tim Laurence, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
After the procession to Westminster Abbey the memorial service, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, NHS workers, officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the British Armed Forces will transport her coffin to Wellington Arch at the entrance of 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 returned to London on Tuesday, September 13, after a procession from Ballater and Edinburgh. Charles, Camilla (75), William and Kate (both 40), Harry, 37, Meghan, 41, and Harry, 37 waited at Buckingham Palace to welcome 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 very emotional. They seemed like they were here to soak up all the love.”