King Charles Leads Procession to Queen Elizabeth’s State Funeral
King Charles III made sure to respect his mother in a significant way as Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral started off on Sept. 19. The King, 73, was one of the royal family members to join the solemn procession, following behind Queen Elizabeth’s coffin in the procession from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey ahead of the start of her state funeral Monday morning
King Charles looked sad as he walked behind the Queen’s coffin alongside his siblings – Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Walking behind the King were his two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, who walked beside their cousin, Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips. Other members of Queen Elizabeth’s close circle also were included in the procession.
Queen Elizabeth’s coffin reached Westminster Abbey just before 11 a.m. BST, where pallbearers took it off of the carriage and moved it into the historic church, filled already with in excess of 2,000 individuals looking to pay their respects from everywhere the world. The service was presided over by David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, after the Last Post, the trumpet call of the British infantry, sounded at 11:55 a.m. ahead of a two-minute silence across the U.K.
Following the service, the coffin is set to move another almost 2 miles to Wellington Arch in Hyde Park, where it will be placed into the State Hearse and leave London. Royal family members are supposed to walk behind during this time as well. The coffin is scheduled to be talked to Windsor, and the following procession is scheduled to begin after 3:06 p.m. Then, at around 3:40 p.m., King Charles and Queen Camilla will join the rest of the family for the Queen’s final process. Her coffin will stop after an intimate committal service at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, as most would consider to be normal to be attended by 800 of individuals who knew the Queen best, including her personal staff.
After the service, the Queen’s family will get back to Windsor Castle for a calm gathering, and everything is supposed to wrap at about 7:30 p.m., when Queen Elizabeth is privately interred in St. George’s Chapel. The Queen will be covered beside her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, and near her sister, Princess Margaret, and parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.