IN PICTURES – Death of Elizabeth II: the queen’s coffin arrived in Westminster, a moving procession

Tens of thousands of Britons are present in London on Wednesday to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II before her funeral next Monday. The coffin of the monarch, who died Thursday at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, was found in the British capital on Tuesday evening. After a final night at Buckingham Palace, the remains were transferred to Westminster Hall, Britain’s oldest house of parliament, after a solemn procession through central London. Find the highlights of this event.

An impressive procession

A serious atmosphere seized the British capital before the start of the solemn procession, with a millimetric process. The Imperial Crown, made in 1937 and adorned with 2,868 diamonds, was placed on the oak coffin of Queen Elizabeth II. He was transported on a gun carriage, pulled by horses and flanked by soldiers in ceremonial dress. The march was held to the sound of funeral marches by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Chopin played by a military band.

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The Imperial Crown was placed on the Queen’s coffin. © AFP
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The Queen's coffin was carried on a gun carriage.
The Queen’s coffin was carried on a gun carriage. © AFP
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Elizabeth’s four children on the same line, William and Harry side by side

The coffin left the palace at 3:22 p.m., followed on foot by Elizabeth’s four children and, in the second line, by her grandsons William and Harry, reputed to be cold but side by side for this historic event. Note that Prince Andrew, stripped of his royal titles, and Prince Harry parade in civilian clothes, not in military uniform.

Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward, the four children of Elizabeth II, parade just behind the queen's coffin.
Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward, the four children of Elizabeth II, parade just behind the queen’s coffin. © AFP
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Princes William and Harry, behind their father, to accompany the Queen's coffin.
Princes William and Harry, behind their father, to accompany the Queen’s coffin. © AFP
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The brides in the car

The wives of Elizabeth’s children and grandchildren followed the procession by car, and left Buckingham Palace later: Queen Consort Camilla, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

Princess of Wales Kate Middleton and Queen Consort Camilla, in the car to follow the procession.
Princess of Wales Kate Middleton and Queen Consort Camilla, in the car to follow the procession. © AFP
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Meghan Markle, in a car to follow the procession.
Meghan Markle, in a car to follow the procession. © AFP
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The emotion of the British

Tens of thousands of Britons, often in tears, lined the route to follow the funeral procession. The procession was applauded by the public as it approached Westminster Hall.

The public gathered behind the barriers to follow the procession.
The public gathered behind the barriers to follow the procession. © AFP
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The coffin laid in Westminster Hall

The coffin was then carried inside the Palace of Westminster, where it will be on public display until his state funeral on Monday. The brides joined the princes in the palace to attend the religious ceremony, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The coffin will be exposed to the public from 6 p.m. until next Monday morning.

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The Queen's coffin on her arrival at the Palace of Westminster.
The Queen’s coffin on her arrival at the Palace of Westminster. © AFP
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The Queen's coffin has been laid in Westminster Hall, where it can be viewed by Britons.
The Queen’s coffin has been laid in Westminster Hall, where it can be viewed by Britons. © AFP
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The Royal Family, including wives, inside the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday.
The Royal Family, including wives, inside the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday. © AFP
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