Queen Elizabeth II: Last farewell to Buckingham Palace

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Writed by - Andy Gocker
 Queen Elizabeth II: Last farewell to Buckingham Palace
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Queen Elizabeth II left Buckingham Palace for the last time on Wednesday afternoon (September 14) as her coffin was carried into Westminster Hall.

King Charles III and his sons Prince William and Prince Harry walked behind the Queen's coffin as the procession made its way in London along The Mall and towards Westminster.

The King and his two sons were joined by the Queen's other children, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne, while Queen Consort Camilla, the Princess of Wales, the Duchess of Sussex and the Countess of Wessex took part in the procession with the drove a car. The Queen's coffin was carried by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, firing ceremonial cannons once a minute while Big Ben chimed at 60-second intervals throughout the journey towards Westminster Hall. The coffin was draped in the Queen's flag and the Imperial Crown placed on a velvet cushion. A wreath of flowers, including white roses and white dahlias, lay on the coffin. The procession passed through Horse Guards Parade before heading down Whitehall. Thousands of people lined the route and the sight of the coffin near Westminster Hall drew further public applause, with eight men of the Grenadier Guards finally carrying it into the hall. The Westminster Abbey Choir and the Choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal sang as the Queen's coffin arrived at the building, before the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said a prayer and recited a passage from the Gospel of John. Members of the public have been invited to pay their respects to the late monarch at Westminster Hall.

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