Prince Andrew in tears as the Queen’s funeral service goes on – live

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Coffin of Queen Elizabeth II carried from Westminster Hall for state funeral

Prince Andrew fought back tears as he walked behind his mother’s coffin to Westminster Abbey.

Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral began at 11 a.m. after King Charles III led a procession from nearby Westminster Hall, where her body had been in state since Wednesday afternoon.

The new monarch was joined in the procession by his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as other members of his family.

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Some 2,000 mourners – including world leaders such as US President Joe Biden – previously took their seats in the 1,269-year-old church prior to the funeral.

France’s Emmanuel Macron, Brazil’s Jair Bolsanaro and New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern are among those present.

All six living former British Prime Ministers – John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson – are also in attendance.

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Monday’s state funeral, the first of its kind since that of Winston Churchill in 1965, will take the form of an elaborate ceremony, after which Her Majesty’s coffin will be transported to Windsor Castle.

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Police officer carried away on stretcher after collapsing for Queen’s funeral

A police officer has been carried away on a stretcher after collapsing during surgery to protect the Queen’s funeral.

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The officer, dressed in a full ceremonial uniform and white gloves, was carried by two members of the Royal Navy after the incident.

Our home affairs editor Lizzie Dearden reports:

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Grief over Queen’s death stems from ‘abundant life and loving service’, says Archbishop of Canterbury

In his sermon at the Queen’s state funeral, the Archbishop of Canterbury told mourners that the “sorrow” felt around the world over her death “arises from her abundant life and loving service”.

“She was happy, present for so many and touched so many lives,” said Most Reverend Justin Welby.

“People of loving service are rare in any walk of life. Leaders of loving service are even rarer. But in all cases, those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privilege are forgotten.

“The sorrows of this day—felt not only by the family of the late Queen, but across the nation, the Commonwealth and the world—results from her abundant life and loving service, now gone from us.”

He added: “We will all face the merciful judgment of God: we can all share the Queen’s hopes who, in life and death, inspired her servant leadership. Service in life, hope in death. All who follow the Queen’s example, and the inspiration of trust and faith in God, can say with her, ‘We will meet again.’”

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Crowds continue to gather in Parliament Square

My colleague Zoe Tidman is in Parliament Square, where large crowds of benefactors have gathered since last night.

Standing just a few dozen yards from Westminster Abbey, they hope to catch another glimpse of the proceedings as the service draws to a close.

(Zoe Tidman)

Meanwhile, groups of soldiers marched in units on Horseguards Parade and Horseguards Road. They have now spread out in front of the crowd, along the road and path, with the Queen’s funeral radio broadcast playing in the background.

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Pictured: Truss gives Bible talk

Earlier in the funeral service, British Prime Minister Liz Truss gave a reading from John 14:1–9a:

British Prime Minister Liz Truss gives a lecture at the Queen’s funeral.

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Seen spider crawling on a piece of map that adorns the queen’s chest

Multiple people on social media have noticed a spider on the queen’s coffin.

The arachnid was seen crawling over a piece of map that had been placed on the chest.

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Crowds at Gatwick ‘completely quiet’ as they watch the funeral

Hundreds of people at Gatwick Airport reportedly stand in “utter silence” as they watch a television showing the funeral.

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Video: King Charles III Enters Westminster Abbey For Mother’s Funeral

King Charles leads royal family to Westminster Abbey ahead of Queen’s funeral

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Prince Andrew appears to be fighting tears during funeral procession

Prince Andrew appeared to be fighting back tears as he followed his mother’s coffin in the procession to Westminster Abbey.

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Bidding ahead of the first hymn, while the Secretary General of the Commonwealth gives the first lesson

Before the first hymn – ‘The day thou givest, Lord, is ended’, written by John Ellerton – the Dean of Windsor gave the Bidding, which evokes the image of one age passing into another.

He told the congregation: “Here, where Queen Elizabeth was married and crowned, we come from all over the country, from the Commonwealth and from the nations of the world, to mourn our loss, to remember her long life of selfless service. , and in sure confidence to commit it to the mercy of God our Maker and Redeemer.”

The Bidding is followed by Baroness Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, who gives the first lesson in tribute to the Queen’s devotion and service to the family of nations.

The lesson is taken from Corinthians 15 and includes the line “O death, where is thy sting?”

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Crowd falls silent in Parliament Square

Here’s the latest news from our reporter Zoe Tidman:

The crowd in Parliament Square fell silent as the Queen’s casket was moved from Westminster Hall to the abbey opposite. Bagpipes echoed as crowds held phones high in the air to capture a moment in history — even if they could only glimpse among the crowds.

“There she is,” a woman whispered as she managed to glance at the coffin. Some stayed to attend the end of the state funeral, others said goodbye to people they had met that same day after the coffin entered the abbey.

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