Charles leads family behind coffin for procession for the lying-in-state of Her Majesty
Today, Wednesday 14 September, Queen Elizabeth II's coffin made its way out of Buckingham Palace, where it resided in the Bow Room overnight, and proceeded to its resting place at Westminster Hall.
This morning, prayers commenced in front of King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla and other members of the royal family, before the coffin was prepared for the 'procession for the lying-in-state of Queen Elizabeth II,' which took it to Westminster Hall.
The procession passed the Horse Guards Parade, the Cenotaph and Downing Street, as well as a statue of the Queen’s parents King George VI and the Queen Mother which overlooks the Mall.
Her Majesty The Queen had a close relationship with the Armed Forces throughout her life.
Today, members from all three Armed Forces will play an important role as Her Majesty’s coffin makes its journey from Buckingham Palace to the Palace Westminster.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 14, 2022
As the coffin departed the palace gates, a silence drew across the crowd of thousands, while the only sound to be heard came from a black drape-clad drum beating at 75 paces per minute. Upon sighting the coffin, with the crown resting atop, many mourners removed their hats in a show of respect.
In a gesture that will echo the scenes 25 years ago at their mother Princess Diana’s funeral, when William was just 15 and Harry 12, the royal siblings accompany King Charles behind a gun carriage carrying the Queen.
King Charles III and his siblings Princess Anne and Prince Edward, as well as his son Prince William, are wearing military uniforms at the procession. King Charles is wearing a full day ceremonial uniform with the rank of Field Marshal. He carries a Field Marshal baton that was presented to him by his mother 2012. On his chest are pinned the Order of Merit and the Order of the Garter Sash and Star. Prince William of Wales is in his Royal Air Force No. 1 uniform.
Prince Andrew and Prince Harry, who follow the coffin immediately behind King Charles and Princess Anne, wear formal morning suits, rather than military dress, because neither Harry nor Andrew are working members of the royal family.
The Queen’s coffin was transported on the George Gun Carriage, which carried King George VI’s coffin from Sandringham Church to Wolferton Station in February 1952.
As for the order of the procession, following the mounted police and the Household Cavalry, the coffin was preceded by a number of commanding officers of the armed forces, with whom she had an extremely important relationship. Behind them, key members of her working household.
This is how the procession leaving Buckingham Palace is organised - with the King and the royal family walking behind the Queen's coffin pic.twitter.com/6ckj9vA40Q
— PA Media (@PA) September 14, 2022
King Charles III and other royal family members walk behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she is carried on a horse-drawn gun carriage past crowds of mourners to the Houses of Parliament. https://t.co/GzCgpVcTPB pic.twitter.com/Z9PSetmNc4
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 14, 2022
As the coffin arrived at Westminster Hall, it was carried by eight of the Grenadier Guards, accompanied by the choirs of the Chapel Royal and Westminster Abbey, who sang the Setting of Psalm 139.
For those wanting to watch the service for the reception of the coffin at Westminster Hall, you can do so here:
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