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Charles, William, Harry lead the procession to Westminster Abbey – Deadline

Charles, William, Harry lead the procession to Westminster Abbey – Deadline

Silence has fallen over the city of London, except for the mournful sound of bagpipes. For the first time since 1965, the capital will host a state funeral procession as the nation bids farewell to Queen Elizabeth II.

The new King Charles III led the procession behind his late mother’s coffin this morning, which was carried from Westminster Hall to nearby Abbey for her funeral.

Prince William, now Prince of Wales, walked alongside the Duke of Sussex and other members of the royal family, as the Queen’s coffin was transported in the State Gun Carriage, pulled by 142 sailors. The carriage was used for the queen’s father, George VI, in 1952, and was last seen in public in 1979 for the funeral of Prince Philip’s uncle, Lord Mountbatten.

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Thousands of servicemen also took part in the procession that lasted a precise 16 minutes between the Hall and Westminster Abbey, where the Queen’s funeral began at 11 a.m.

For the past five days, the Queen has lain in bed, where thousands of mourners have queued to pay their respects. The last mourner passed the Queen’s catafalque at 6.30 this morning.

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