Tens of thousands of Brits are in London on Wednesday to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II ahead of her funeral next Monday. The coffin of the monarch, who died Thursday at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, was found on Tuesday evening in the British capital. After a last night in Buckingham Palace, the remains were moved to Westminster Hall, Britain’s oldest seat of parliament, after a solemn procession through central London. Find the highlights of this event.
An impressive procession
A serious atmosphere took hold of the British capital before the start of the solemn procession, with a millimeter process. The imperial crown, made in 1937 and adorned with 2,868 diamonds, was placed on Queen Elizabeth II’s oak coffin. He was carried in a tank, pulled by horses and flanked by soldiers in ceremonial dress. The march took place to the sound of the funeral marches of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Chopin played by a military band.
Elizabeth’s four children along the same lines, William and Harry side by side
The coffin left the palace at 3:22 pm, followed on foot by Elizabeth’s four children and, in the second row, by her grandchildren William and Harry, deemed cold but side by side for this historic event. Note that Prince Andrew, stripped of his royal titles, and Prince Harry parade in civilian clothes, not military uniforms.
Brides in the car
The wives of Elizabeth’s children and grandchildren followed the procession by car and left Buckingham Palace afterwards: Queen consort Camilla, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
The emotion of the British
Tens of thousands of Brits, often in tears, walked the route to follow the funeral procession. The procession was cheered by the audience as it approached Westminster Hall.
The coffin placed in Westminster Hall
The coffin was then transported inside the Palace of Westminster, where it will be on public display until Monday’s state funeral. The brides joined the princes in the palace to participate in the religious ceremony, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The coffin will be on display to the public from 6pm until next Monday morning.