Britain’s longest-serving monarch Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral has begun at the Westminster Abbey in London.
King Charles and other senior British royals followed Queen Elizabeth’s coffin into Westminster Abbey on Monday, joining world leaders and monarchs to bid farewell to a beloved figure who unified the nation through her 70-year reign.
In scenes of inimitable pageantry, pall bearers carried her flag-draped casket along the aisle in the country’s first state funeral since 1965, when Winston Churchill was afforded the honour.
At 11 am, the official lying-in-state period of the monarch ended after four days in which hundreds of thousands have queued to file past the Queen’s casket at London’s historic Westminster Hall. Aside from King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla and other royals, Prince William and Kate’s 9-year-old son Prince George and 7-year-old daughter Princess Charlotte will attend the state funeral. Their 4-year-old brother Prince Louis is not expected to be in attendance.