Queen's Coffin Arrives At Buckingham Palace , Received By King Charles III And Rest Of The Royal Family

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The Queen has arrived at Buckingham Palace for the final time, where she is being received by King Charles III and the entire Royal Family including the Queen Consort, the monarch's sons Princes William and Prince Harry and their spouses Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

Along with the Queen's children and grandchildren, her niece and nephew, Lady Sarah Chatto and David Armstrong-Jones are also present.

Her Majesty's coffin was flown from Edinburgh to London, accompanied by Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.

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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

Following a public viewing at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, her coffin left the church at 5pm via hearse.

It flew from the Scottish capital and arrived in west London at around 6.55pm.

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Photo credit: Dan Kitwood - Getty Images

From thereon it was taken to Buckingham Palace still in the company of Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.

The late monarch's coffin passed through Eastbourne Terrace, Lancaster Gate, Bayswater Road, Marble Arch, Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner and Constitution Hill on the way to the palace. As she was driven through the gates of the palace and into the quadrangle, her outriders stopped with their heads bowed to let her pass and the gate's police officer saluted.

As the hearse arrived at the Grand Entrance, a guard of honour was formed by the King's Guard. King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort, along with the Prince and Princess of Wales, and also Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were present to receive the coffin.

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Photo credit: Dan Kitwood - Getty Images

Her Majesty's coffin will rest in the Bow Room overnight.

On Sunday, the Queen's coffin, previously at the ballroom of Balmoral Castle, was driven to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

The following day, a service took place at St Giles Cathedral, with King Charles and the Queen Consort arriving in Edinburgh for the procession from the Palace of Holyroodhouse at 2.35pm.

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Photo credit: GEOFF PUGH - Getty Images

They later travelled along the Royal Mile to St Giles Cathedral where the Queen's coffin laid to rest, allowing people in Scotland to pay tribute to her.

As for what's to come, on Wednesday September 14, prayers will commence in front of King Charles, the Queen Consort and members of the royal family, before the coffin is taken in a procession to Westminster Hall.

Gun salutes and bell tolls will follow.

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

The precession, which will involve members of the royal family, is set to arrive at Westminster Hall at 3pm, where the Archbishop of Canterbury conducts the ceremony.

Ahead of the Queen's funeral on Monday September 19, which will be held at Westminster Abbey, commencing at 11am, she will lie in state at Westminster Hall for four days to allow the public to pay their respects.

Prince William and Kate Middleton previously went for a walk around Windsor on Saturday, September 10 where they made a surprise appearance to view flowers and tributes left outside the royal residence for the late monarch.

They were joined by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the time.

In King Charles' first televised address as the newly appointed monarch, he said of his late mother: 'We owe her the most heartfelt debt any family could owe to their mother for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example.'

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