Emotional royals watch as Queen's coffin is placed in hearse for poignant final journey to her resting place in Windsor | The Sun

EMOTIONAL members of the Royal Family watched today as the Queen's coffin was placed in the state hearse for its final journey.

Thousands of mourners lined the streets as Her Majesty was driven to Windsor, where she is finally being reunited and laid to rest with her beloved Prince Philip.

The King gave a sombre salute as his mother's casket was transferred from a gun carriage to the state hearse at Wellington Arch, having travelled from Westminster following an emotional funeral service.

He was joined by siblings Andrew, Edward and Anne, as well as sons William and Harry, who appeared solemn in reflection as the final part of the procession began.

It comes as…

  • Tearful King Charles led his family in an outpouring of grief during his mother's funeral
  • Princess Charlotte and Prince George solemnly walked behind their Gan-Gan's coffin
  • Kate Middleton paid a touching tribute to The Queen wearing Her Majesty's pearl choker
  • Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton looked united in sorrow as they followed the Queen's coffin

In one poignant moment, the bearer party lifted the Queen’s coffin from the State Gun Carriage into the glass-backed State Hearse, which Her Majesty helped design. 

Bands of the Scots and Grenadier Guards then played a medley of her favourites, including Jerusalem and I Vow To Thee My Country.


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As the hearse left the monument for Windsor, the parade gave a Royal Salute, led by the King, and the National Anthem played out.

Charles, the Queen Consort, and the Prince and Princess of Wales, along with other Royal Family members, then left for Windsor by car, travelling along the M4.

Thousands of mourners lined the A4, A30 and A308 to see the State Hearse on its 25-mile journey, with many throwing flowers in its path.

Single roses then remained on the bonnet and roof as the slow procession continued.

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The Queen's coffin arrived at Windsor Great Park through Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road, where tens of thousands of people gathered.

Incredible scenes saw the hearse travel up the Long Walk, through Cambridge Gate and George IV Gate to the Quadrangle, as thousands from the Queen's beloved Windsor watched.

It then made its way to St George's Chapel, where a televised committal service is due to take place in St George's Chapel at 4pm.

Earlier, 98 sailors pulled the ceremonial gun carriage carrying the Queen from Westminster Abbey, while another 40 marched behind.

Guardsman and members of the Armed Forces followed, all walking at 75 paces a minute to reach Wellington Arch.

The Queen Consort, Princess of Wales, Duchess of Sussex and Countess of Wessex followed by car.

In Whitehall, there was a hush from the crowd – 30-deep in places – as the procession moved past the Cabinet War Rooms, the Cenotaph and Downing Street.

Then, as the Queen's coffin moved along the route in front of her old home Buckingham Palace, every head in the crowd turned, with well-wishers spontaneously erupting into rounds of applause and shouts of "hip, hip hooray".

Members of the Royal Family remained expressionless as they circled round the Queen Victoria Memorial.

And further along, members of public emerged from balconies and windows, clad in black, while those on the street craned their necks and clutched cameras.

The procession of seven groups, each with a military band, travelled earlier via Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade, The Mall, past Buckingham Palace and Constitution Hill to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.

A total of 1,000 armed forces from the UK and Commonwealth lined the mile-long route, while British Legion standard bearers flanked the Cenotaph, King’s Life Guards turned out on Horse Guards Parade and King’s Guard saluted the coffin near the Palace.

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired minute guns in Hyde Park and Big Ben tolled during the procession. 

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