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Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral in Photos

England’s longest reigning monarch remembered

spinner image The State Gun Carriage carries the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, in the Ceremonial Procession following her State Funeral at Westminster Abbey
The State Gun Carriage carries the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, in the Ceremonial Procession following her State Funeral at Westminster Abbey, in London on September 19, 2022.
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Queen Elizabeth II, who died Sept. 8 at age 96, was honored Sept. 19 in a majestic state funeral steeped in history and pageantry. Attended by the royal family, world leaders, citizens noted for special works and an estimated 2,000 guests, the Westminster Abbey ceremony paid homage, in word and song, to the late queen’s lifetime of devotion to family and country.

In his eulogy, the archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, recalled the queen’s memorable address to the nation during the COVID pandemic. In it she rousingly said, “We will meet again.” Welby ended his words, reflecting on that moment: “Service in life, hope in death. All who follow the queen’s example, and inspiration of trust and faith in God, can with her say: We will meet again.”

The Royal Standard

spinner image A Bearer Party of The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards places the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II onto the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy outside of Westminster Hall
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Queen Elizabeth II oversaw every aspect of the elaborate state funeral, planning years ahead. Here, the coffin, draped in the Royal Standard, is loaded onto the state gun carriage outside of Westminster Hall.

Family united

spinner image King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward stand behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II
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The Queen’s four children, King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, follow the coffin as it is carried to Westminster Abbey.

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Front row to history

spinner image The royal family in front of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
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The royal family, led by King Charles and his wife, Camilla, Queen Consort, pay tribute to the queen.

Reunited in peace

spinner image Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) attend the State Funeral Service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, solemnly enter the state funeral. Harry issued a public statement on the passing of his beloved grandmother. “Thank you for your sound advice,” he wrote. “Thank you for your infectious smile. We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace.”

Friend and mentor

spinner image Sarah, Duchess of York arrives at Westminster Abbey in London for the State Funeral Service for Queen Elizabeth II
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Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, joins the state service. The ex-wife of Prince Andrew, better known as “Fergie,” has said that the queen was a great mentor. “To me, she was the most incredible mother-in-law and friend. I will always be grateful to her for the generosity she showed me in remaining close to me even after my divorce,” she wrote on Twitter. “I will miss her more than words can express.”

The princesses

spinner image Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice depart Westminster Abbey during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
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Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, the daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah, depart Westminster Abbey. On Saturday night, Eugenie and Beatrice and the queen’s six other grandchildren stood silent vigil around their grandmother’s coffin in Westminster Hall.

Royal pageantry

spinner image Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain's Camilla, Queen Consort, Britain's Prince George of Wales and Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales look at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II
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(Left to right): Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Camilla, Queen Consort, Prince George and Catherine, Princess of Wales, watch as the casket, adorned with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s Orb and Sceptre, leaves Westminster Abbey.

Flags proudly streaming

spinner image The Coldstream Guards travel along The Mall during the State Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II
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The Coldstream Guards travel along The Mall in London. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne at age 25 after the death of her father, King George VI.

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World leaders attend

spinner image United States President Joe Biden and Jill Biden arrive for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden joined other world leaders and dignitaries to pay their respects to the queen. In a statement, Biden said the queen “was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons.”

The crown

spinner image The Imperial State Crown resting on top of the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth
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The Imperial State Crown, with some 3,000 stones — including 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and five rubies — sat atop the royal casket. It will be passed down to King Charles at his coronation.

A royal passion

spinner image Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Britain's Princess Charlotte of Wales, Britain's Prince George of Wales and Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales arrive at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, for the State Funeral Service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II
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(Left to right): Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Princess Catherine arrive at Westminster Abbey. Charlotte wore a diamond horseshoe broach given to her by her great grandmother — the two shared a passion for riding — on her outfit.

‘Everyone’s grandmother’

spinner image Prince William, Prince of Wales attends the State Funeral Service for Queen Elizabeth II
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Prince William and Princess Catherine were visibly moved by the elaborate ceremony. Days earlier William told the mourners outside Sandringham that the world’s overwhelming reaction to the queen’s death made him realize that she was really “everyone’s grandmother.”

Fit for a king

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at St. George’s Chapel for the committal service, which took place following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

All in the family

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Princess Catherine’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, arrive for the committal service at Windsor Castle.

A final goodbye

spinner image Pall bearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into St. George's Chapel on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. The committal service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, took place following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. A private burial in The King George VI Memorial Chapel followed. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III
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Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and King Charles escort their mother the Queen's coffin in to St George's Chapel.

Woman’s best friend

spinner image The royal corgis await the cortege ahead of the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II held at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. The committal service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, took place following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. A private burial in The King George VI Memorial Chapel followed. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III
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Queen Elizabeth’s beloved corgis, Muick and Sandy, even made an appearance at the committal service. While greeting mourners recently, Prince William gave an update on the dogs. “I saw them the other day, that got me quite sad,” he said in footage captured by Sky News. “They are going to be looked after fine.” It has been reported that Prince Andrew will become the primary caregiver for the dogs.

The brothers unite

spinner image Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Princess Charlotte of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince George of Wales, and Prince William, Prince of Wales, watch as the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre are removed from the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard, during the Committal Service at St George's Chapel on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. The committal service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, took place following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. A private burial in The King George VI Memorial Chapel followed. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III
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(Left to right): Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry, Princess Charlotte, Princess Catherine, Prince George and Prince William watch as the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s Orb and Sceptre are removed from the coffin of Queen Elizabeth during the service.