Queen Elizabeth II funeral live updates: Funeral begins with hymns, readings; Royal family attends

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The U.K. and much of the world are mourning Queen Elizabeth II, who will be celebrated at a funeral at Westminster Abbey Monday and later 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. King Charles III, the royal family and dignitaries from around the world arrived shortly before Monday morning ahead of the funeral.

The state funeral is expected to be the biggest gathering of world leaders in years, draw millions of people to the streets of London, and 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.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is placed on a gun carriage during her funeral service in Westminster Abbey in central London Monday Sept. 19, 2022.

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 for a ceremony expected to be full of all the pomp and splendor the monarchy can offer.

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More than 10,000 police officers were on patrol in London with reinforcements supplied from all of Britain’s 43 police forces, authorities said.

State funeral at Westminster Abbey begins

The choir of Westminster Abbey sang as the queen’s coffin procession, including King Charles, Prince William, Princess Kate, Prince Harry, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince George, Prince Charlotte, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward followed the casket into the abbey. 

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte and Prince George arrive for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on Sept. 19, 2022 in London.

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When the coffin emerged from Westminster Hall, the pallbearers placed it on the green gun carriage that was used for the funerals of the queen’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather, all kings. 

King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward flanked the procession, followed by several other members of the royal family including Prince William and Prince Harry. 

Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince William and Prince Harry watch as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is placed on a gun carriage during her funeral service in Westminster Abbey in central London Monday Sept. 19, 2022.

King Charles, more royals arrive

King Charles was met with applause by crowds as his motorcade arrived at Westminster Hall for the queen’s coffin procession to Westminster Abbey. Prince William and Prince Harry joined him. 

King Charles III is seen in the car on The Mall ahead of the funeral for his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Sept. 19, 2022, in London.

One car contained Queen Consort Camilla and Catherine, Princess of Wales, with her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Another featured Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

More members of the royal family, including Prince William, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrived shortly after. 

Prince George of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales and Camilla, Queen consort are seen on The Mall ahead of The State Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 19, 2022 in London, England.

The funeral’s order of service showed that George and Charlotte will walk together behind their parents. They will be followed by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and other royal family members.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrives at Westminster Abbey for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 19, 2022 in London.
Catherine, Princess of Wales, is seen in a car on The Mall ahead of funeral for Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 19, 2022, in London.

The royal children’s 4-year-old brother, Prince Louis, is not expected to be present at the funeral, which will be attended by some 2,000 people. 

President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Liz Truss, more world leaders arrive

U.S. President Joe Biden, accompanied by first lady Jill Biden, is among the top world leaders who arrived at Westminster Abbey ahead of the funeral.

President Joe. Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive at the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London, England, on Monday, September 19, 2022.

Biden arrived at Westminster Abbey for the queen’s funeral in his armored limousine, The Beast. He was among the few international diplomats who, for security reasons, did not ride on a fleet of chartered luxury buses provided for other world leaders. Biden stepped out of the The Beast a few minutes after 10 a.m. local time. He did not say anything or address the press.

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