Hundreds of Britons line the streets as Queen Elizabeth II is transferred through gun carriage from Buckingham Palace to lie in state in Westminster Corridor. Video / Getty / The Royal Household
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton travelled in separate cars to Westminster Corridor, the place the Queen’s physique lies in state, earlier than placing on a rare show of unity.
The royal pair, who’ve a frosty relationship at finest, have been each pushed from Buckingham Palace to the 1000-12 months-previous corridor behind the Queen’s coffin.
Meghan travelled with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, whereas Kate went with the Queen Consort.
The determination to journey individually got here in stark comparability to feuding brothers Prince William and Prince Harry, who set their variations apart to stroll facet-by-facet behind their father, King Charles.
Meghan was later seen standing alongside Kate – the brand new Princess of Wales – at the brief service at Westminster Corridor, with William and Harry subsequent to them.
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, wore a set of pearl earrings given to her shortly after she married Harry in 2018. She wore the identical jewelry for her solely solo engagement with the Queen in June that 12 months.
Kate, in the meantime, sported a brooch as soon as worn by the Queen. She paired it with diamond and pearl drop earrings from Princess Diana’s assortment.
Harry and Meghan left the service collectively, bowing in the direction of the Queen’s coffin as they departed.
Apart from their look collectively outdoors Windsor Fort – the place they met wellwishers and seemed at tributes left by the general public – on Sunday, the Waleses and Sussexes haven’t been seen collectively since March 2020, after they attended that 12 months’s Commonwealth Day service.
The rare joint engagement outdoors Windsor Fort was practically derailed by tense negotiations, which delayed the previous Fab 4’s arrival by 45 minutes.
Charles led the royal mourners because the Queen’s physique made its manner from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, the place it should lie in state for 4 days.
Alongside him have been Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Edward.
Additionally collaborating in the procession have been Anne’s son, Peter Phillips, her husband, Vice- Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.
Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice’s husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank joined them. Prince Andrew’s ex-spouse Sarah Ferguson was not invited.
Andrew and Harry have been sporting morning fits, moderately than navy regalia, as they’re not working royals. They did, nevertheless, put on their medals.
Members of the general public – who’re massed in their tens of hundreds – have been seen overtly weeping because the cortege handed them by, whereas others applauded the brand new King.
The gun carriage carrying the Queen’s coffin arrived at Westminster Corridor simply after 3pm.
She is going to now lie in state for the following 4 days, following a vigil attended by members of the royal household this afternoon.
Following the conclusion of the procession from Buckingham Palace, the guards rigorously eliminated her coffin from the carriage outdoors the Corridor and carried it inside in unison.
Sitting atop the coffin, which is draped in the yellow and pink Royal Normal flag, is the Imperial State Crown upon a purple velvet cushion.
The crown is made of gold and set with nearly 3000 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 269 pearls and 4 rubies.
After coming into the Corridor, the coffin was positioned upon the catafalque by the Bearer Social gathering.
Because the choir sang, the King, together with members of the royal household, stood in formation behind the Queen.
The service for the Queen received underway shortly after her arrival at Westminster, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Dean of Westminster, Dr David Hoyle.
It started with a studying from the E book of John, in addition to the Lord’s Prayer.
Through the service, the Cross of Westminster was ceremoniously positioned at the top of the coffin.
It options an inscription of the phrases by Isaiah 2:4: “Nation shall not carry up sword towards nation. Neither shall they be taught struggle anymore.”
Simply earlier than 3.30pm, the royal celebration exited the Corridor because the service wrapped up.
The new King, with Camilla by his facet, paused at the door to share a non-public second with the Archbishop of Canterbury, throughout which he appeared to supply gratitude for the ceremony.
The Archbishop responded with a bow of his head, saying “thanks” again to the monarch.
With the household having departed, Westminster Corridor is now permitting the primary members of the general public in to pay their respects to the Queen.