Queen Elizabeth II's funeral procession: who is taking part?

There are marches either side of the service bidding farewell to the late monarch

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Queen Elizabeth II's closest relatives played vital roles in her state funeral on Monday, including being part of two processions, one before and one after the Westminster Abbey service.

Before the service, King Charles III walked with Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Behind them were three of the queen's grandsons: Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Peter Phillips.

A similar procession took place after the funeral, taking the queen from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, near Hyde Park, before she is driven to Windsor.

Queen Consort Camilla, Catherine, the Princess of Wales, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, followed in a car.

Before the service

The queen was moved from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey.

The bearer party from the Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, lifted the coffin from the catafalque and carried it in procession from Westminster Hall.

They placed it on a gun carriage and then 98 sailors, known as the Sovereign’s Guard, towed the coffin using white rope. Behind them, 40 sailors marched behind the carriage to act as a brake.

The route, from New Palace Yard to Westminster Abbey through Parliament Square, Broad Sanctuary and the Sanctuary, was lined by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

On Parliament Square, a tri-service guard of honour formed by the Royal Navy, Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards and The King’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force, mounted in Parliament Square facing the Gates of New Palace Yard.

The guard of honour was accompanied by a band of the Royal Marines. The procession was led by the massed pipes and drums of Scottish and Irish regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas, and the Royal Air Force numbering 200 musicians.

The coffin was flanked by the bearer party, pallbearers from service equerries to the queen, and detachments of the King's Body Guards of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, the Yeomen of the Guard and the Royal Company of Archers.

After the funeral

Armed forces personnel lined the route to the top of Constitution Hill. In the procession were Royal Canadian Mounted Police, National Health Service workers, and the Household Cavalry.

The procession ended at Wellington Arch, near Hyde Park.

The queen’s coffin was taken past Buckingham Palace for the final time, as her coffin travelled towards Wellington Arch.

Preceded by members of the armed forces, her coffin was taken clockwise around the Victoria Memorial on a gun carriage drawn by naval ratings.

Buckingham Palace staff said their final goodbyes as the late monarch moved by, standing with their hands clasped and heads bowed.

Mourners lining the barriers on Constitution Hill waved red and white roses as the queen’s coffin passed them.

King Charles, Princess Anne, the Duke of York, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex appeared solemn as they walked behind.

Princess Charlotte looked out at the crowds of people lining the street as she rode past in a car with the Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales and her brother Prince George.

The Duchess of Sussex and the Countess of Wessex both appeared sombre in a vehicle directly behind.

Following them, Princess Eugenie and and Princess Beatrice waved and smiled at mourners from a third car.

Updated: September 19, 2022, 12:41 PM
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