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UK holds state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 19: An interior view of the Westminster Hall as Queen Elizabeth II's lying-in-state in London, United Kingdom on September 19, 2022. ( Lorena Sopena - Anadolu Agency )
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Sep 19, 2022 - 10:01 AM

LONDON (AA) – Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral has begun at Westminster Abbey following the procession of her coffin led by the royal family members, including King Charles III.

The British capital London is hosting the biggest funeral ceremony globally in decades as the queen is being laid to rest on Monday, 10 days after her death in Balmoral estate in Scotland.

A short procession brought the coffin from the Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster to the Westminster Abbey, where the service is being held after the arrival of Charles and Queen Consort Camilla.

The service sees the attendance of other royal family members, as well as around 100 heads of state, including US President Joe Biden, and more than 20 royals and many representatives from 200 countries.

A two-minute silence will be observed in the abbey and throughout the UK at the end of the sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Following the service, a huge procession will take the coffin from the abbey to the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner via Parliament Square, White Hall, Horse Guard Road, The Mall, and Green Park.

The state funeral is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of people to central London and it will be broadcast live on television and on big screens installed in Hyde Park.

There will be unprecedented security measures in and around the parliament building, Westminster Abbey, the procession routes, and across other roads leading to central London.

Windsor

The queen’s coffin will be driven to Windsor before a new procession which will start at 3 p.m. BST (1400GMT).

The procession will end at the Windsor Castle and the royal family will follow the coffin from the castle to St. George’s Chapel. A service in the chapel will host 800 guests.

At 7.30 p.m. (1830GMT), Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest next to her late husband Duke of Edinburgh Prince Phillip with a private service that is to be attended by the king and other members of the family in the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

The queen, the longest serving monarch of the UK, died on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the age of 96.

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