Queen Elizabeth II funeral live updates: Casket travels to Windsor Castle for committal service

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The U.K. and much of the world are mourning Queen Elizabeth II, who was celebrated at a funeral at Westminster Abbey Monday and will later be laid to rest beneath St George’s Chapel with her husband of 73 years, her sister Margaret and her parents.

The queen’s casket entered Westminster Abbey around 11 a.m. local time Monday, exiting around noon after the funeral proceedings. Following the state funeral, the royal family escorted the queen’s casket to Wellington Arch, with cheers from onlookers accompanying the procession. After the passage through central London, the coffin was placed in a hearse and headed for Windsor Castle for a committal service.

The state funeral, expected to be the biggest gathering of world leaders in years, drew in millions of people to the streets of London and likely billions more to their TVs and computer screens. The funeral and events surrounding it were designed to help unite the royal family and divided subjects while helping ensure the monarchy survives another century.

Royal family members arrive at Wellington Arch to watch the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II being taken onto the State Hearse to Windsor Castle.

London’s mayor’s office said up to two million people could line the streets as members of the royal family and hundreds of foreign dignitaries and heads of state descend on Westminster Abbey. More than 10,000 police officers were on patrol in London with reinforcements supplied from all of Britain’s 43 police forces, authorities said.

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What is the committal service at Windsor Castle?

A committal service will take place on Sept. 19, 2022 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle before Queen Elizabeth II is lowered into the royal vault.

The queen is headed to her final resting place in Windsor Castle where a committal service will take place before she is lowered into the Royal Vault. 

The committal service is conducted by the dean of Windsor, David Connor. Events include prayer and a choir performance at St George’s chapel. Nearly 800 people are expected to attend, including royal family members.

Princess Kate, daughter Princess Charlotte honor the queen with poignant accessories

Princess Kate and Princess Charlotte paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with poignant accessories during the state funeral Monday.

Mother and daughter duo Princess Kate and Princess Charlotte, who attended the state funeral, both wore simple black dresses topped with black overcoats, paired with black tights and black shoes. But their jewelry choices paid tribute to a beloved matriarch.

On Princess Charlotte’s coat, she wore a dainty brooch in the shape of a horseshoe, a tribute to the queen, her grandmother, who had a lifelong passion for horses. The queen often attended races and was also a successful owner and breeder.

Princess Kate, the wife of Prince William, wore two pieces of jewelry that once belonged to her grandmother-in-law. She wore Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings and a four-strand pearl choker necklace, both from the queen’s collection, People reported.

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Royals escort the queen’s casket to Wellington Arch, Windsor Castle

Following the funeral, the coffin – accompanied by units of the armed forces in dress uniforms and members of her family – was brought through the capital’s streets.

At Wellington Arch near Hyde Park, it was placed in a hearse and driven to Windsor Castle – where Elizabeth spent much of her time – for another procession before a committal service in St George’s Chapel. She will be laid to rest with her late husband, Prince Philip, at a private family service.

The royal family  walk alongside the coffin carrying Queen Elizabeth II as it departs Westminster Abbey.

What is the hearse the queen is in?

The queen’s coffin will be moved from the gun carriage to the royal hearse at Wellington Arch as it is taken to Windsor. The hearse will drive the 25 miles west of London to Windsor Castle and St George’s Chapel. The latter is a mini-cathedral that seats 800 and is often used for royal weddings. It’s where Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan were married in 2018.

At Windsor, the state hearse will travel in procession to St George’s Chapel via the Long Walk. Once inside, there will be a committal service beginning at 4 p.m. local time, 11 a.m. ET.

The glass-walled hearse allows the queen’s coffin to be viewed – and it is lit up when it is dark out.

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