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Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrives at Westminster Palace

Queen Elizabeth II left Buckingham Palace for the last time on Wednesday as her coffin was taken in a public procession to lie in state at Westminster Palace.

 

King Charles III, his heir Prince William, Prince of Wales, and other members of the Royal Family all walked together behind the coffin, as it was wheeled on a gun carriage.

 

As for the coffin itself, a crown on top of a purple cushion was placed on top, in front of a wreath of flowers.

 

Thousands of mourners lined the streets to pay their respects as the procession made its way in front of them.

 

Other royals present in the procession were the Queen’s other children: Princess Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex; and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, the king’s other son, was also present at the procession.

 

The queen consort, princess of Wales, countess of Wessex, and duchess of Sussex all traveled to Westminster Palace by car, rather than walking in the procession.

 

King Charles III and the senior royals in the procession were in military uniform. Prince Andrew and Prince Harry were not, however, the first having been stripped of his honorary military titles and the latter no longer eligible to wear military uniform as he is no longer a working royal.

 

The procession left Buckingham Palace at 2.22 pm (1322GMT) and arrived at Westminster Hall, inside Westminster Palace, which is also where the Houses of Parliament are located, at 3 pm (1500GMT).

 

As the procession made its way between the two destinations, Big Ben tolled at one-minute intervals.

 

Upon its arrival, the queen’s coffin was placed on a raised platform known as a catafalque.

 

She will lie in state there until the state funeral on Monday. Members of the public will have until then to visit and pay their respects, with huge queues, which are expected to grow even longer, already forming.

 

After the coffin was placed on the platform, the archbishop of Canterbury – the most senior cleric in the Church of England – and the dean of Westminster led a service for the late monarch.

 

British military troops then took their positions around the queen’s coffin to stand vigil.

 

As the king and queen consort left Westminster Palace for Buckingham Palace by car, mourners in the street could be heard shouting: “God Save the King!”

 

Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died last Thursday, age 96.

 

Source: Anadolu Agency