Funeral of the Queen: Joe Biden joins royal family, world leaders for service at Westminster Abbey

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King Charles, members of the royal family and hundreds of world leaders, politicians and other public dignitaries attended the funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey this morning.

Next to Prince William, now Prince of Wales, and his wife Catherine in the front row were their two older children, George and Charlotte.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were behind King Charles and his wife Camilla.

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The abbey was full of familiar faces from the world stage. French President Emmanuel Macron was an early arrival, with US President Joe Biden and Brazilian Prime Minister Jair Bolsonaro also among the mourners.

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After an introductory hymn – ‘The day thou givest, Lord is ended’ – Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Scotland, delivered the first reading of the service, from Corinthians.

The new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss – who received the Queen in her last service just two days before her death – read from the New Testament before everyone partook in a second hymn – ‘The Lord’s my Shepherd’.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, the country’s highest figure in the Anglican Church, then delivered the sermon paying tribute to the Queen’s promise of lifelong service, a promise she had fulfilled.

Church leaders took turns leading the congregation in prayer before everyone joined in the hymn – “Love Divine, All Loves Excel.” The Archbishop of Canterbury led those present at the abbey in the honorable mention of the late monarch before pronouncing a final blessing.

Finally, in perhaps the most moving moment of all, two minutes of silence followed, observed in the Abbey, by the crowd outside and in the UK. The congregation broke the silence to sing “God save the King.”

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Then it was over, when the queen’s coffin was carried from the abbey and on the very last leg of her journey, through London and on to St George’s Chapel, Windsor, for her union and to lie with her ancestors.

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