Former Hollyoaks star Davinia Taylor and her sons paid their respects to the Queen during the late monarch’s funeral from home on Monday as they got dressed up in smart clothes and black ties.
The actress, 44, said her family were unable to get to London to join the crowds of people who lined the streets to see Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin travel by hearse from Westminster Abbey to Windsor after the state funeral.
Davinia took to Instagram to share some pictures of her boys – Luxx, 11, Asa, eight, and Jude, six, who she shares with her ex-husband Dave Gardner – as they stood outside their school chapel before returning home to watch the service.
Historic moment: Davinia Taylor, 44, and her sons paid their respects to the Queen during the late monarch’s funeral on Monday as they got dressed up in smart clothes and black ties
The screen star, who is also mother to Grey, 15, captioned her post: ‘As we had so many sporting obligations we didn’t get to London so we donned our black tie watched the funeral on TV, picked some wild flowers and placed them at the boys’ chapel at school St Peter’s.
‘Then went on a super smart walk!!!!!! RIP HRH wish I had such dedication and consistency!! (The boys were totally uninterested in the funeral and kept moaning but I thought they would at least have a memory…even if it was of me saying SHUSHHHH and stand up smartly for an hour !) took me right back to assembly at school …. #royalfuneral #queenelizabethii #farewellmaam #riphrhqueenelizabeth2’
Britain ground to a halt today as millions gathered together to watch the Queen’s funeral and bid her a final farewell from home, in pubs, cares homes and airports.
Tribute: The former Hollyoaks actress, 44, said her family were unable to get to London to join the crowds of people who lined the streets to see Queen Elizabeth II’s hears after the funeral
Mourners stopped in the street to watch the event on their phones as the solemn display of reverence was demonstrated across the nation.
Hundreds of thousands watched as the historic funeral was broadcast on large outdoor screens in various locations across the UK — from London’s Hyde Park to Coleraine Town Hall in Northern Ireland.
The congregation attending her funeral at Westminster Abbey, including King Charles, the Royal Family and 2,000 VIPs including emperors, kings and queens, prime ministers and presidents from around the world, bowed their heads during the silence.
Family affair: Davinia took to Instagram to share a family snap as they stood outside the bops’ school chapel before returning home to watch the service
Heartfelt: Davinia wrote: ‘As we had so many sporting obligations we didn’t get to London so we donned our black tie watched the funeral on TV’
Crowds along the Long Walk in Windsor and those gathered in cathedrals, public parks, city centres and Government buildings also fell silent.
The funeral, which was been dubbed the most-watched event in history, was viewed by an estimated 4.1billion people worldwide.
Her Majesty will be laid to rest in Windsor next to her beloved husband Prince Philip and her parents later today after being driven 20 miles from Hyde Park Corner.
Funneral: Britain ground to a halt today as millions gathered together to watch the Queen’s funeral and bid her a final farewell
Regal: King Charles III and Camilla Queen Consort follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II following the service at Westminster Abbey
Post service: The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in a Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre is taken into Westminster Abbey
Procession: Members of the armed forces march during the funeral procession for Queen Elizabeth II
Grief was etched on the faces of members of the huge crowds who swamped The Mall, Whitehall and Parliament Square to bade farewell to the beloved monarch.
The crowds broke into applause and cheers after the Queen’s coffin passed them and also when Her Majesty circled round the Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace as Big Ben chimed a mile away.
Members of the royal family, including King Charles III, remained marched poignantly behind, while other members of the Royal Family, including the Princess of Wales and her children George and Charlotte looked on at the crowds as they passed them in vehicles.
The Queen died at the age of 96 at her beloved Balmoral Castle in Scotland last Thursday.
Mourning A man wrapped in the Union Flag clutches Paddington Bear and sobs for the Queen on The Mall