The official mourning period for, the U.K.’s longest-reigning monarch, culminated Monday morning with her in London’s ancient Westminster Abbey. The guest list for the service includes around , including President Biden and about 100 other heads of state. The huge influx of VIPs was putting an unprecedented , which was decades in the planning, to the test.
Queen Elizabethat the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle, her beloved country estate in Scotland. Her eldest son, now , has , the nation and the world in honoring her legacy and ushering in a new era that is likely to present growing challenges for both the kingdom .
Monday’s full service will be broadcast live, with CBS News coverage from 5:30 a.m. ET, anchored by Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King.
The Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle, 39th Dean of Westminster Abbey, who was officiating the funeral,, “you can be absolutely certain that some of the things the queen had hoped we would say will be part of the service.”
The funeral was preceded by days of carefully choreographed public events, including afrom Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday. Countless admirers , waiting all day and night for a chance to file past the queen’s coffin during her four days of .
Following Monday’s service, the queen’s coffin will be taken in a walking procession to Hyde Park, and then by hearse to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, her final resting place, where her late husband, Prince Philip, and her sister, Princess Margaret, are also interred.
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