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Zara Tindall pays tribute to the Queen at Westminster Abbey funeral

Zara Tindall cut a dignified figure today as she was joined by her husband Mike Tindall to say a final goodbye to to her grandmother.

The Queen’s first-born granddaughter, 41, opted for all black as she arrived at Westminster Abbey.

The Olympian looked sombre as she sported a black fascinator and dress coat, while husband Mike opted for a traditional mourning jacket and his medals.

Zara and Mike appeared to be without their children Mia, eight, Lena, four, and Lucas, one. 

Mia and Lena were at Westminster Hall on Friday for her lying-in-state. They were in the gallery with their parents Zara and Mike as their grandmother took her place alongside her three brothers for a silent vigil beside the Queen’s coffin. 

Despite the sombre occasion, Zara managed to offer a smile as she entered the Abbey to celebrate her grandmother’s life

Zara Tindall cut a dignified figure today as she was joined by her husband Mike Tindall to say a final goodbye to to her grandmother

Zara Tindall cut a dignified figure today as she was joined by her husband Mike Tindall to say a final goodbye to to her grandmother

The Queen's first-born granddaughter, 41, opted for all black as she arrived at Westminster Abbey sporting a fascinator

The Queen’s first-born granddaughter, 41, opted for all black as she arrived at Westminster Abbey sporting a fascinator

Zara took her seat between husband Mike (right) and brother Peter Philips (left) as they paid their final respects to the monarch

Zara took her seat between husband Mike (right) and brother Peter Philips (left) as they paid their final respects to the monarch

Hand in hand: Supportive husband Mike held onto Zara as the couple entered the Abbey this morning

Hand in hand: Supportive husband Mike held onto Zara as the couple entered the Abbey this morning

The Princess Royal, the late monarch's only daughter, told how she was 'fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest mother's life' in a statement posted on the Royal Family's Instagram

The Princess Royal, the late monarch’s only daughter, told how she was ‘fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest mother’s life’ in a statement posted on the Royal Family’s Instagram

King Charles III, Camilla, Queen Consort, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall are pictured at the funeral

King Charles III, Camilla, Queen Consort, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall are pictured at the funeral

Zara opted for sky high heels as she showed quiet dignity during the service for her grandmother today

Zara opted for sky high heels as she showed quiet dignity during the service for her grandmother today

On Saturday, Princess Anne’s daughter joined her brother Peter Phillips and cousins Prince Harry, Prince William, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, to stand guard over their grandmother’s coffin. 

The 15-minute ceremony went off without a hitch, with the cousins seamlessly taking their positions around the coffin and leaving in formation.

But on their way up the steps to leave Westminster Hall, Zara was seen briefly stopping and looking down at the ground.

Her brother Peter Phillips was by her side and paused briefly so that she could gather herself and continue.

Zara’s brother Peter joined the funeral procession, lead by his uncle King Charles III, alongside Earl Snowdon, the late Queen’s nephew. Their mother Princess Anne was joined by her husband Sir Timothy Laurence in the procession.

Zara and Mike were seated in the front row. Zara's brother Peter, not pictured, later joined them

Zara and Mike were seated in the front row. Zara’s brother Peter, not pictured, later joined them 

Zara was joined by her cousins and their partners including Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Lady Louise Windsor at the Abbey

Zara was joined by her cousins and their partners including Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Lady Louise Windsor at the Abbey

A picture of dignity, Zara greeted clergymen as she entered the Abbey this morning alongside her former Rugby pro husband

A picture of dignity, Zara greeted clergymen as she entered the Abbey this morning alongside her former Rugby pro husband

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II this morning as millions around the world pay their respects

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II this morning as millions around the world pay their respects

Mike, who met Zara nearly 20 years ago, has been a supportive member of the Firm and often pays tribute to the Queen

Zara and Mike are pictured today

Mike, who met Zara nearly 20 years ago, has been a supportive member of the Firm and often pays tribute to the Queen

Zara has not spoken publicly since her grandmother’s death, but her husband Mike has shared many tributes to her on his public Instagram page.

The former England rugby pro,  shared his mother-in-law Princess Anne’s touching statement about the Queen’s death alongside a heart emoji.

The Princess Royal, the late monarch’s only daughter, told how she was ‘fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest mother’s life’ in a statement posted on the Royal Family’s Instagram.

Zara has not spoken publicly since her grandmother's death, but her husband Mike has shared many tributes to her on his public Instagram page

Zara has not spoken publicly since her grandmother’s death, but her husband Mike has shared many tributes to her on his public Instagram page

Zara Tindall walks outside Westminster Abbey, on the day of the state funeral as she joins thousands of mourners

Zara Tindall walks outside Westminster Abbey, on the day of the state funeral as she joins thousands of mourners

Zara looked solemn but dignified she sat with her husband Mike today as millions across the world mourned the Queen

Zara looked solemn but dignified she sat with her husband Mike today as millions across the world mourned the Queen

Doting husband Mike was stoic by his Olympian wife's side as she mourned her grandmother today

Mike and Zara are pictured today

Doting husband Mike was stoic by his Olympian wife’s side as she mourned her grandmother today

Mike has previously said he thought the monarch was 'unbelievable' and people believed she was 'invincible.' Mike and Zara are pictured

Mike has previously said he thought the monarch was ‘unbelievable’ and people believed she was ‘invincible.’ Mike and Zara are pictured

She said the love and respect shown to the Queen on her journey from Balmoral to Edinburgh and onto London had been ‘both humbling and uplifting’.

It followed another tribute Mike posted, which showed an illustration of a corgi weeping into a crown. He also shared a picture of Sydney Opera House lit up with the Queen’s image. Touchingly, he met Zara in Sydney in 2003. 

Mike has previously said he thought the monarch was ‘unbelievable’ and people believed she was ‘invincible.’

King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, the Prince of Wales, Prince George, the Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall in front of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II during her State Funeral

King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, the Prince of Wales, Prince George, the Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall in front of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II during her State Funeral

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall depart Westminster Abbey speaking to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, the husband of Princess Beatrice

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall depart Westminster Abbey speaking to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, the husband of Princess Beatrice

Leading the extended family, Zara and Mike followed the Queen's great-nephews Sam and Arthur Chatto and were followed by Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank

Leading the extended family, Zara and Mike followed the Queen’s great-nephews Sam and Arthur Chatto and were followed by Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank

Zara and Mike Tindall attend the funeral service of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in central London today

Zara and Mike Tindall attend the funeral service of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in central London today

Zara opted for pearl drop earrings and a black fascinator as she walked into the Abbey in central London today

Zara opted for pearl drop earrings and a black fascinator as she walked into the Abbey in central London today

Cousins together: Zara and Mike lead the Queen's grandchildren out of the Abbey today as the world mourns the Queen

Cousins together: Zara and Mike lead the Queen’s grandchildren out of the Abbey today as the world mourns the Queen

The pair - who are close to all of Zara's cousins - were seen chatting to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi as they left the Abbey today

The pair – who are close to all of Zara’s cousins – were seen chatting to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi as they left the Abbey today

Mike and Zara had one of the best seats in the house, sitting in the front row with Prince William, Prince George, Princess Kate and Princess Charlotte

Mike and Zara had one of the best seats in the house, sitting in the front row with Prince William, Prince George, Princess Kate and Princess Charlotte

Zara and Mike Tindall leave after the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II today

Zara and Mike Tindall leave after the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II today

His post came after his wife Zara was seen joining her mother Anne to look at floral tributes in Balmoral following the Queen’s death at the estate on Thursday. It is not known if Mike joined the family at the estate.

Speaking in May, he said: ‘I think the Queen is an unbelievable lady…I think people think she’s invincible sometimes, but you have to remember she’s a 96-year-old at the end of the day.

‘She’s incredible at what she’s done over her lifetime and I can’t wait to celebrate that.’

The same month, he paid tribute to the monarch as she celebrated her 70th anniversary on the throne.

He posted a picture illustrating the Queen in each decade of her reign, from 1952 to 2022, with the caption: ‘What a lady’.

Despite the solemn occasion, the couple appeared to be in good spirits as they the Abbey today

Despite the solemn occasion, the couple appeared to be in good spirits as they the Abbey today 

Dignified Zara kept her head down as she walked out of Westminster Abbey today while husband Mike offered his support

Zara and Mike are seen leaving the Abbey

Dignified Zara kept her head down as she walked out of Westminster Abbey today while husband Mike offered his support

Cousins together: Zara, the oldest of the Queen's granddaughters, was followed out of the Abbey by Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, her husband Mike, Jack Brooksbank and Lady Louise Windsor

Cousins together: Zara, the oldest of the Queen’s granddaughters, was followed out of the Abbey by Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, her husband Mike, Jack Brooksbank and Lady Louise Windsor 

Zara clutched onto a black leather bag and an order of service while husband Mike appeared to have his own copy after leaving the service. Also pictured: Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Jack Brooksbank and Lady Louise Windsor

Zara clutched onto a black leather bag and an order of service while husband Mike appeared to have his own copy after leaving the service. Also pictured: Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Jack Brooksbank and Lady Louise Windsor

In a sweet tribute to her grandmother, Zara sported a pair of pearl drop earrings - one of her grandmother's favourite jewels

In a sweet tribute to her grandmother, Zara sported a pair of pearl drop earrings – one of her grandmother’s favourite jewels

A long line of mourners walk into the UK’s most important church 

The congregation were in place several hours before the Queen's coffin arrived

The congregation were in place several hours before the Queen’s coffin arrived

King Charles III and his grief-stricken family have surrounded the Queen’s coffin at her state funeral in Westminster Abbey in a moving and majestic farewell to the late monarch today in an extraordinary service followed by a national two minute’s silence and the Last Post.

Her Majesty made her final and saddest journey from Westminster Hall as Britain mourned its longest-serving monarch and the royals bade goodbye to a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Her coffin was placed close to the altar with her crown, orb and sceptre on its top surrounded by flowers chosen by the King from gardens she loved. The Archbishop of Canterbury then hailed the Queen’s ‘abundant life and loving service’ as he delivered the sermon at her state funeral, adding: ‘She was joyful, present to so many, touching a multitude of lives.’

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, stands next to King Charles, Anne, Princess Royal, and William, Prince of Wales, as they salute during the state funeral

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, stands next to King Charles, Anne, Princess Royal, and William, Prince of Wales, as they salute during the state funeral

The King and the royal family march to Westminster Abbey from Westminster Hall

The King and the royal family march to Westminster Abbey from Westminster Hall

Princess Beatrice and Sarah Ferguson arrive at the Abbey

Princess Beatrice and Sarah Ferguson arrive at the Abbey

The extraordinary scene in Westminster Abbey as the Queen

The extraordinary scene in Westminster Abbey as the Queen 

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard, is carried inside Westminster Abbey

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard, is carried inside Westminster Abbey

State trumpeters from the Household Cavalry sounded the Last Post following the Archbishop of Canterbury’s commendation over the Queen’s coffin and a blessing pronounced by the Dean of Westminster. Two minute’s silence followed across the country before Reveille was sounded by the trumpeters before the National Anthem was sung by the congregation.

Prince Charles looked tearful at points of the service while his sister Princess Anne looked at him with concern and care before fixing her own stare on her mother’s coffin and crown. Prince Andrew looked moved – having been fighting back tears as the family marched behind the Queen’s coffin through Parliament Square.

King Charles III sat at the head of the family, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex behind him in the second row, after more than a week leading the monarchy and the nation in mourning his mother the Queen. Prince William, who marched with his brother behind the coffin, was on the front row. Prince George was reading the order of service during the Archbishop of Canterbury’s sermon, before singing hymns, while Princess Charlotte was seen whispering to her mother, who with William decided to bring them to say goodbye to their great-grandmother.

Prince Andrew was fighting tears as the Duke of Sussex followed him

Prince Andrew was fighting tears as the Duke of Sussex followed him

The King, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward walk to the abbey behind their mother

The King, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward walk to the abbey behind their mother

King Charles III and members of the royal family follow behind the coffin

King Charles III and members of the royal family follow behind the coffin

The King looked very emotional during the singing of the national anthem at Westminster Abbey. Charles remained silent during the song, while his siblings and members of the royal family sang along. Gripping his ceremonial sword, Charles looked downcast as he started straight ahead while a piper played Sleep, Dearie, Sleep.

The UK’s most important church, packed with 2,000 VIPs including prime ministers, presidents and the Queen’s family, was serene aside from the sound of hymns and prayers in a funeral service Her Majesty has curated herself before she died.

On an highly emotional occasion for Britain and the world, the Queen was carried in her oak coffin to the gun carriage used by her parents and was followed through Parliament Square by her son, the King, and her relatives including the Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex. Andrew, the Duke of York, appeared to be crying. Outside the Abbey an estimated 2million people are in central London along procession routes and watching on big screens.

An emotion King Charles arrives in the Abbey after the Queen is placed by the altar

An emotion King Charles arrives in the Abbey after the Queen is placed by the altar

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried by the Bearer Party into Westminster Abbey past the grave of the Unknown Soldier

King Charles III, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Princess Anne, and her husband Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince William, and Kate, Princess of Wales with their children Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Britain's Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowden, Peter Phillips, The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent and the Duke of Kent follow the coffin

King Charles III, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Princess Anne, and her husband Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince William, and Kate, Princess of Wales with their children Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Britain’s Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowden, Peter Phillips, The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent and the Duke of Kent follow the coffin

 

SOURCE: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-11224667/Queens-funeral-Zara-Tindall-pays-tribute-grandmother.html

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