In pictures: Extraordinary photos from the Queen’s funeral

The coffin, topped with the Royal Standard and Imperial State Crown, was carried to Westminster Abbey on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy, drawn by 142 sailors. King Charles III and other senior members of the Royal Family followed behind on foot.

Streets around Westminster were packed with people hoping to catch a glimpse of the procession from Westminster Hall to the Abbey, where the funeral service was held.

Crowds in London bow their heads.
A young girl is held up by her father for a better view of the procession.

A woman watching the funeral on a big screen wipes away a tear.
Crowds several rows deep line the funeral route.

Some 2,000 guests were inside the Abbey for the funeral service, including wider members of the Royal Family and dozens of world leaders and politicians from across the globe.

While the streets of Westminster were packed, other parts of London were eerily quiet with many people using the Bank Holiday to gather round TV screens at home to watch the historic events.

A man holds his phone up to capture the procession as it passes him
A woman hangs on to a lamppost while trying to take a picture of the procession

Big Ben tolled at one-minute intervals as the procession made its way slowly through the streets of the capital. Gun salutes were also fired every minute from Hyde Park.

The procession passes the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster.
The Royal Navy pulls the gun carriage across Horse Guards Parade.

The crowd waits for the procession to arrive.
A military band passes.

Among the personal touches was a handwritten message from the King, which was placed on top of the coffin in a wreath of flowers cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Highgrove House and Clarence House at his request. It read: “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.”

The Queen's coffin is placed into the hearse, ready for the journey to Windsor.
A view of the crown sitting on the Queen's coffin.


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