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The Queen’s funeral LIVE: Queen carried into Windsor Castle for St George’s Chapel committal service

The Queen’s funeral LIVE: Queen carried into Windsor Castle for St George’s Chapel committal service

The Queen has arrived at Windsor Castle for a committal service at St George’s Chapel.

Crowds lined the Long Walk to watch the procession. Her Majesty’s coffin was brought by state hearse to Windsor after a state funeral at Westminster Abbey as millions in London, the UK and around the world say a final farewell to the late monarch.

She will later be buried alongside Prince Philip.

A single toll from Big Ben signalled the start of the service at the abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned since 1066, and where the new monarch was sitting surrounded by the royal family he now leads.

The Archbishop of Canterbury hailed the Queen’s “abundant life and loving service” as he delivered the sermon, adding: “She was joyful, present to so many, touching a multitude of lives.”

Her coffin was later carried in a procession from the abbey past Buckingham Palace to Hyde Park Corner, from where the late monarch is making her final journey to Windsor Castle where she will be laid to rest next to her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

King Charles III and his siblings – the Princess Royal, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex – had earlier marched behind their mother’s coffin as it travelled the short distance from Westminster Hall, where the Queen had been lying in state for four days, to the ancient Abbey.

World leaders including US President Joe Biden and France’s Emmanuel Macron and a host of other leaders are among 2,000 people gathered for the sombre and historic service. Members of European royal families and key figures from public life are among the congregation.

Huge crowds flocked to London, Windsor and royal sites throughout the UK on the national bank holiday, with the service set to draw millions of TV viewers across the globe.

The Queen’s lying-in-state ended at 6.30am with mourners who queued for hours to view the late monarch’s coffin paying their final respects.

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Dean of Windsor praises Queen’s ‘calm and dignified presence’

The Dean of Windsor, the Rev David Conner, praised the late Queen’s “calm and dignified presence” as he gave the bidding.

“Here, in St George’s Chapel, where she so often worshipped, we are bound to call to mind someone whose uncomplicated yet profound Christian Faith bore so much fruit. Fruit, in a life of unstinting service to the Nation, the Commonwealth and the wider world, but also (and especially to be remembered in this place) in kindness, concern and reassuring care for her family and friends and neighbours.”

He said the monarch’s disposition “has given us confidence to face the future, as she did, with courage and with hope”.

Concluding the Bidding, he said: “As, with grateful hearts, we reflect on these and all the many other ways in which her long life has been a blessing to us, we pray that God will give us grace to honour her memory by following her example, and that, with our sister Elizabeth, at the last, we shall know the joys of life eternal.”


Pictured: Pall bearers carry the Queen’s coffin into St George’s Chapel

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Service begins with rendition of Psalm 121

The service has begun with the choir singing Psalm 121, set to music by Sir Henry Walford Davies, who previously served as an organist of the chapel.

Over a number of years, the Queen was involved in discussions about the order of service for her funeral, to approve the choice of prayers, hymns and other accompanying music.

Following the psalm, which includes the line “the Lord shall preserve thee from all evil”, the choristers move on to sing ‘The Russian Contakion of the Departed’, which was also performed at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April last year.


Queen’s coffin carried into chapel

The Queen’s coffin is now being carried into St George’s chapel by members of the bearer party.

It will be taken up through the west steps of the chapel, where the Queen’s mother, father and sister are also buried.

Around 800 people, including members of the Queen’s household, will attend the committal service conducted by the dean of Windsor.


Crowds break into applause as procession passes by

The crowds who fell silent as the state hearse carrying the Queen’s coffin entered the Long Walk in Windsor then broke out into applause as the end of the funeral procession passed by.

Retired teacher Susan Luppetti, 72, who came from her home in Somerset for the funeral, said: “I did not expect it to be so emotional when it went past. It is the ending an era.

“What surprised me is how everyone went silent. It felt very personal and it did not feel like a state funeral at all.

“The silence was wonderful and to see that level of respect was quite amazing.”


Pictured: The Queen’s hearse arrives at Windsor Castle

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State Hearse arrives at Windsor castle

The State Hearse has arrived at Windsor Castle as the procession of the Queen’s coffin down the Long Walk was led by the Dismounted Detachment of the Household Cavalry Regiment, the 1st Division of the Sovereign’s Escort and massed pipes and drums.

The procession approached the castle to the applause of members of the public lining the route.

Some of the Queen’s great-grandchildren have arrived at St George’s Chapel for the committal service, including Peter Phillips’s daughters Savannah and Isla, and Zara and Mike Tindall’s daughter Lena.


Pictured: Hearse carrying coffin is escorted along the Long Walk


Guests begin to arrive at committal service at St George’s Chapel

Guests have begun to arrive for the committal service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Among them were former prime minister Tony Blair and wife Cherie.

The congregation in St George’s Chapel stood as His Majesty’s Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms and The King’s Body Guard of the Yeoman of the Guard took up their positions in the nave.

Before that, mourners stood as the Canons of Windsor, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York made their way out to the West Steps.


Crowds gather around screens at Windsor after Long Walk reaches capacity

Large crowds have gathered round big screens in Windsor to watch the funeral procession, reports the Standard’s Jonathan Kanengoni.

It comes as Windsor High Street closes to public after reaching capacity, with the council also urging mourners that capacity has been reached on Windsor’s Long Walk.

Evening Standard

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