Meghan Arrives For Service For Reception Of Queen's Coffin At Westminster Hall With Countess Sophie

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Today, Wednesday September 14, Queen Elizabeth's coffin arrived at Westminster Hall, where it was heralded by a service for its reception.

Following the procession for the Lying-in-State of Queen Elizabeth II - which saw the Queen's coffin transported via gun carriage down the Horse Guards Parade, past the Cenotaph and Downing Street, towards Westminster Hall, followed closely by immediate family such as King Charles III, his sister Princess Anne and his sons Prince William of Wales and Prince Harry, on foot - other guests began to arrive by car for the service.

Kate Middleton, newly bestowed with Diana's former title of the Princess of Wales joined Camilla, Queen Consort, in a car which carried them behind the coffin towards Westminster.

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Following in another car, Meghan Markle joined Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex behind the Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery that carried the Queen to today's resting place.

Markle was spotted looking sombre in a chappeau with net half-veil, partially covering her face. The Duchess of Sussex appeared to be wearing a set of pearl and diamond earrings which were given to her shortly after she married Prince Harry in 2018. She wore the jewels for her only solo engagement with the Queen in June 2018.

The former actor styled her hair in a slick bun at the base of her neck, stopping neatly above a black, collarless coat dress with capped-sleeve details.

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Photo credit: Leon Neal - Getty Images

Inside Westminster Hall, the women of the royal family joined the procession following the coffin on foot, with Catherine, Princess of Wales falling in formation behind Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex behind her sister in law.

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The Queen's coffin will rest in Westminster Hall, on a catafalque raised platform, and will be open to public viewing 24 hours a day from 5pm this afternoon, Wednesday 14, through to 6:30am on Monday, the morning of the state funeral.

The coffin will remain draped with the royal flag and topped by the Imperial State Crown, which is the same crown that Queen Elizabeth wore for her coronation.

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