Queen's funeral: World's final goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II in state funeral at Westminster Abbey

Mourners across the United Kingdom and beyond joined together in a show of respect for the late Queen Elizabeth II as her state funeral was held at Westminster Abbey.

Queen Elizabeth II ruled over the UK and Commonwealth for more than 70 years, celebrating her Platinum Jubilee earlier in 2022. She was Britain's longest-serving monarch, ascending the throne in 1952 and remaining dedicated to her duty until her death on Thursday, September 8 at the age of 96.

Tributes were paid to her lifetime of service at the state funeral on Monday, September 19 with some of the world's most prestigious leaders and politicians joining the Royal Family in paying their respects.

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The nation fell quiet as a two-minute silence was held to mark the end of the funeral service, followed by a burst of applause and emotion as the national anthem, now God Save the King, rang out across the Abbey and elsewhere.

An historic day on Monday, September 19 as Britain's longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, is laid to rest in Windsor after a state funeral at Westminster Abbey. Pictures: Getty Images.

Mourners lined the streets in London and surrounded Windsor Castle in an incredible show of respect for the Queen and all she represented to so many.

Her final resting place is the King George VI memorial chapel, in Windsor, alongside her late husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He died in April 2021, at the age of 99.

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With well-wishers from across the globe present in London to play a part in the landmark occasion, we brought you coverage from our reporter Georgina Cutler in the capital as well as from across the North East with the rest of our team.

See our coverage from Queen Elizabeth II’s final journey below

Queen Elizabeth II: World’s final goodbye to the Queen in state funeral at Westminster Abbey - updates

Key Events

  • History is made as the state funeral for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday, September 19.
  • Thousands of well-wishers are in London to pay their respects, as world leaders and global politicians visit for the service.
  • The service marks the last day of national mourning following the death of the Queen. The period of Royal Mourning will continue until seven days after the funeral.
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Penshaw Monument lit in purple on the eve of the Queen’s funeral. Picture: North News & Pictures.

Penshaw Monument lit in purple on the eve of the Queen’s funeral. Picture: North News & Pictures.

‘Remarkable reign and lifetime of service'

The doors to Westminster Abbey opened at 8am on Monday and at 10.44am Her Majesty’s coffin will be moved from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey.

The service begins at 11am and will finish at around 11.55am with the two-minute silence.

A public procession will begin at 12.15pm as Her Majesty’s coffin travels from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch in London.

The procession will then continue from Wellington Arch by the State Hearse to Windsor where The Queen will be laid to rest.

The Queen’s hearse is due to arrive in Albert Road and at 3.10pm.

Services and other displays took place in towns and cities across the United Kingdom on Sunday in tribute to Her Majesty ahead of today’s bank holiday.

A truly breathtaking view at Durham Cathedral.

Durham’s tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. Picture: Durham County Council

People have travelled from across the UK and beyond to London, so they could be a part of the landmark event on Monday and pay their last respects to the Queen. Georgina joins people at Hyde Park on Monday morning.

Crowds at Hyde Park, who will watch the Queen’s coffin in procession from Westminster Abbey to Windsor after the funeral service concludes.

✍️ More from Georgina at Hyde Park

“Many people a little disappointed that they couldn’t get to the Mall or Green Park for the procession, with some trying to get viewing spaces from 7.30am.

“All areas other than Hyde Park were closed several hours ago.

“Around 2 million people have gathered in London for the funeral. Crowds are in good spirits and pleased they are able to pay their final respects to the Queen.”

What music will we hear during the service?

“Much of the music at today’s State Funeral was selected for its special significance to HM Queen Elizabeth II, and many of the choices also have a long association with Westminster Abbey,” the abbey posted on Twitter.

Among the hymns are The Lord’s My Shepherd, which was sung at the wedding of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the historic venue in 1947.

Another, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, is sung in an arrangement first heard at the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 2011.

The Queen and her beloved corgis

A postbox topper spotted in Hartlepool - on the aptly-named Elizabeth Way. The Queen, depicted with her loyal corgi companions.

A postbox topper in Elizabeth Way, Hartlepool.

Funeral seating plan prepared for kings, princes and presidents

As mourners gather for the Queen’s funeral, the royal family will be taking their seats at the head of the congregation in Westminster Abbey.

The King and the Queen Consort will sit in the ornate Canada Club chairs in the front row of the south lantern.

Camilla will be seated next to the Princess Royal, then Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Across the aisle will be the Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and then Peter Phillips and Zara and Mike Tindall.

Directly behind the King will be the Duke of Sussex, with the Duchess of Sussex behind Camilla. Meghan will be sitting next to Princess Beatrice.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden

The President and First Lady travel across London to pay their respects at the state funeral service.

Vehicles in the motorcade of US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden approach Parliament Square in London, ahead of the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, held at Westminster Abbey. Picture: PA.

More from Georgina as she joins the crowds at Hyde Park

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