Queen Elizabeth II funeral: World leaders, royal family attend service at Westminster Abbeys

World Monday 19/September/2022 15:31 PM
By: DW
Queen Elizabeth II funeral: World leaders, royal family attend service at Westminster Abbeys

London: The queen's coffin is being carried out of Westminster Abbey following service

Queen's coffin was taken to abbey by military procession

400 heads of state and dignitaries in attendance  

Queen to be laid to rest in St. George's Chapel, Windsor in private service

(This article was last updated at 11:05 UTC)

Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral
The Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, led proceedings in the abbey where the queen was married in 1947 and crowned in in 1953.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss gave a scripture reading before a sermon from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

At 10:55 UTC two minutes of silence were then observed, followed by a rendition of God Save the King.

The queen's lone piper then played the lament, "sleep dearie sleep."

The queen's coffin is embarking on its final journey through London and onwards to Windsor Castle for a second, private service.

Queen's coffin arrives at Westminster Abbey
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II has arrived at Westminster Abbey for her state funeral service.  Silence descended as the queen's coffin was carried into the abbey by military pallbearers, closely followed by King Charles and other members of the royal family. Mourners bowed their heads as the coffin with the crown and the Royal Standard passed them by.

The queen's coffin was carried by the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey, in a procession, after lying in state for the past four days.

The procession was somberly led to the abbey to the sound of pipes and drums.

Royal family arrive at Westminster Abbey
Members of the royal family have arrived at Westminster Abbey to the applause of people who have lined area streets.

King Charles arrived along with Princes William and Harry followed by the queen consort and the Princess of Wales in a separate car.

British leaders past and present arrive
Former British prime ministers have arrived at Westminster Abbey ahead of the queens state funeral service which will be held in Westminster Abbey.

John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Boris Johnson were seen filing in ahead of proceedings. Their arrival was followed by new Prime Minister Liz Truss.

The prime ministers of the queen's realms then arrived, among them, Canada's Justin Trudeau.

World leaders arrive at Westminster Abbey
Leaders and monarchs from around the world have started arriving at Westminster Abbey for the state funeral service of Queen Elizabeth II. Its understood 400 dignitaries will be attending proceedings.

Meanwhile tens of thousands of people have traveled to the capital and have lined the streets to pay their respects.

Various arms of the military involving thousands of personnel are performing ceremonial functions for a day that has required meticulous planning.