The Queen’s state funeral: Royal family unite in grief – live updates

The country began to come to a standstill on Monday morning ahead of Her Majesty the Queen‘s state funeral.

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Eleven days after she passed away, crowds of people have started to line the streets of London around Westminster Abbey – the same place the Queen had married her beloved husband Prince Philip some 75 years ago. Many have camped out overnight.

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At 8am, the doors to Westminster Abbey will officially open to allow members of the congregation to take their seats.

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Among the many dignitaries attending the historic funeral are President Joe Biden, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco and Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia.

Her heartbroken family, led by King Charles III, will all be at the historic event. It has been confirmed that the Prince and Princess of Wales will be joined by their two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The service itself will begin at 11am and will last for one hour before a procession sets off at 12.15pm to Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner, arriving at 1pm.

The state hearse and royal family will then travel to Windsor where a committal service will take place at 4pm in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. A private burial service will take place at 7.30pm.

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