New Delhi, September 19 2022 || News Desk
Synopsis: Just after 6.30 am on Monday morning, the last mourners left Westminster Hall as the Queen’s five-day lying-in-state ended. Her coffin will later be transported to Westminster Abbey for the funeral service at 11 am (3:30 IST).
Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest on Monday at a historic state funeral in Westminster Abbey, with around 500 world leaders, including President Droupadi Murmu and US President Joe Biden and royals from across the globe joining the solemn ceremony to bid farewell to Britain’s monarch of 70 years.
The Queen, 96, passed away peacefully at her Scottish residence of Balmoral Castle on September 8.
Just after 6.30 am on Monday morning, the last mourners left Westminster Hall as the Queen’s five-day lying-in-state ended. Her coffin will later be transported to Westminster Abbey for the funeral service at 11 am (3:30 IST).
The last member of the public to view the Queen’s coffin as it lay in state in Westminster Hall has said it will be “one of the highlights in my life”.
Transport for London has said it expects upwards of one million people to line the route in London.
The funeral will be broadcast live at around 125 cinemas and several cathedrals in the UK, and on a big screen in Holyrood Park in front of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.
The coffin is draped with the Royal Standard, on which lie the “instruments of state” – the Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre, where they will remain for the duration of the state funeral and a Committal Service at Windsor Castle later on Monday.
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