tThe royal family mourned publicly as the nation bid farewell to the queen and watched the late monarch leave the capital for the last time.
King Charles III was left almost in tears during a state funeral service at Westminster Abbey, where the Archbishop of Canterbury described the Queen as one who had touched “a multitude of lives” and had been a “joyful” figure to many.
The Queen was head of state, but also a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and in a personal touch, the wreath that adorned her coffin had a handwritten note from the king.
The message said: “In loving and devoted memory.”
Tens of thousands of mourners lined the ceremonial processional route from the abbey to Wellington Arch, where the Queen’s casket departed for her Berkshire home, Windsor Castle and a dedicated service.
Her coffin was carried on a carriage in a spectacle not seen for many generations as hundreds of soldiers, sailors and airmen marched to ceremonial burials or lined the route.
A carpet of flowers will greet mourners who arrive at St. George’s Chapel this afternoon for the Queen’s service.
The Royal Family will bid their last farewell in the Gothic chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle in a service attended by about 800 people.