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The King and other senior members of the royal family have walked in a solemn procession behind the late Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace.

In scenes reminiscent of their mother Princess Diana’s last journey from the palace, Princes Harry and William stood side by side along the route to Westminster Hall.

It was a symbolic display of unity as William, 40, now the Prince of Wales, and Harry, 37, the Duke of Sussex, reportedly barely spoke to each other after a bitter argument in recent years.

The new Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, and Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, traveled in separate cars. Queen Consort Camilla was also driven to the ceremony.

Kate wore a diamond and pearl leaf brooch that had belonged to the Queen.

The Princess of Wales wore a brooch that belonged to the late monarch. Photo: Getty

The piece features three large pearls in the center of a leaf decorated with pavement, and had been loaned to Kate by the monarch in the past.

The princess also wore pearl drop earrings believed to belong to her late mother-in-law, Diana, for the service at Westminster Hall on Wednesday.

Londoners stop to say goodbye

Huge crowds gathered in central London to watch the Queen being taken from the palace to Parliament as artillery guns saluted and the Big Ben ringed, the latest in a series of ceremonies as Britain mourns the 96-year-old monarch who died. died last week.

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Reclining on a carriage, covered by the Royal Standard and with the Imperial State Crown on a pillow next to a garland of flowers, the coffin containing Elizabeth’s body was carried in a slow, somber procession from her home in London to the Historic Hall.

Prince William wore a military uniform, but Harry wore civilian clothes because he is no longer a working royal. Photo: Getty

It will remain there for four days.

Immediately behind it walked the king and his siblings, Anne, Andrew and Edward.

A military band playing funeral marches and soldiers in scarlet uniforms led the procession, with the gun carriage drawn by the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, as it moved slowly through central London, where many roads were closed to traffic.

Cannons fired at Hyde Park every minute, while Parliament’s famous Big Ben bell also rang at 60-second intervals.

The crowd stood in hushed silence as they watched the procession, then erupted into spontaneous applause when it was over.

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Some threw flowers.

When the procession reached Westminster Hall, a medieval building with origins dating back to 1097 and the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster that houses the British Parliament, the coffin was carried inside by soldiers of the Grenadier Guards and placed on a catafalque surrounded by candles .

A short service followed, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual head of the Anglican Church.

Public View

Later, the public was allowed to walk by in a steady stream, 24 hours a day, for four days from lying in state until the morning of the funeral on September 19.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said Elizabeth had three key roles in her life: head of the family, head of the nation and head of state.

Wednesday was the time when her coffin went from the family to the state.

“I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that, or a queen like that,” said Paul Wiltshire, 65, among the crowd before the procession.

“An end of an era.”

The Imperial State Crown on top of the Queen’s coffin. Photo: Getty

People started waiting in line late Tuesday, sleeping on the street in the rain, to be among the first to pass the coffin, and a queue of almost two kilometers has already formed.

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“We didn’t even think about it,” said Glyn Norris, 63, a little rain wouldn’t deter her.

“That was my queen.”

Among those in attendance, some were there to represent aging parents, others to witness history, and many to thank a woman who, after ascending the throne in 1952, held her last official government meetings just two days before her arrival. died.

The government has warned the queue could stretch for up to 10 miles along the south bank of the River Thames, past landmarks such as the gigantic London Eye and a reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

The King and Queen Consort at Westminster Hall. Photo: Getty

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said some people may have to queue for up to 30 hours.

“She is an icon of icons,” said grieving Chris Imafidon.

“Out of respect, I have to endure this campsite in any case.”

The Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell joked to those in line: “We honor two great British traditions, love the Queen and love a queue.”

As many as 750,000 mourners are expected to walk through Westminster Hall to pay their last respects.

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