In pictures: The sombre pomp and pageantry of the Queen's funeral

Pomp and selfie sticks: A flag-draped coffin adorned with Sovereign’s Orb and Sceptre, to the gun carriage from reign of Victoria, how modern Britain said final farewell to Queen at first state funeral since 1965

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It was the inevitable day Britain hoped would never come. But while breaking the nation’s hearts, the Queen’s funeral showed the world what Brits do best: tradition, pomp and pageantry.

Thousands of grieving subjects lined the processionary route from Westminster Abbey to Windsor as a sea of selfie sticks armed with phones filmed the coffin’s final journey – providing a stark contrast to the centuries’ old traditions that marked the events of the day. 

The first state funeral since Sir Winston Churchill’s in 1965, it was a day the monarch had been helping prepare since the 1960s. 

From the priceless Imperial State Crown which sat upon the coffin – encrusted with 2,868 diamonds – to the hundreds of soldiers and sailors who marched alongside Her Majesty to dramatic funeral pieces, every detail had been meticulously planned and performed without a hitch. 

The late monarch herself, who died 11 days ago aged 96, had chosen the jaw-dropping Westminster Abbey – where she was crowned and married – as the venue for the poignant service. 

It was filled with 2,000 VIPs, royals and prime ministers in the biggest gathering of world leaders in a generation. They were joined by several hundred ordinary Britons selected by Queen Elizabeth II for their contribution to society. 

Huge crowds filled The Mall, Whitehall and Parliament Square to bid farewell to the beloved monarch as her coffin was carried from the Abbey on a gun carriage dating back to the reign of Queen Victoria.

An estimated two million well-wishers then lined the streets to say farewell, with showers of bouquets greeting her hearse as it drove from West London to Berkshire.

The Queen was then driven to Windsor where thousands were waiting to pay their respects as her coffin was carried along the Long Walk to the Castle and St George’s Chapel, where she will be buried alongside the late Duke of Edinburgh.  

Mourners in Windsor film the State Hearse of Queen Elizabeth II on their phones as it drives along the Long Walk ahead of the Committal Service

The band of Coldstream Guards marches toward Buckingham Palace during the procession for the Queen’s funeral

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top, borne on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy followed by members of the royal family proceeds past Buckingham Palace

The Queen is carried to Westminster Abbey – the scene of her coronation and wedding – for her state funeral today 

Pallbearers from The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards prepare to carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s sceptre. The crown alone is encrusted with 2,868 diamonds, 269 pearls, 17 sapphires and 11 emeralds

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II passes through Horse Guards Parade during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey

(Front row) King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, the Prince of Wales, Prince George, the Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall in front of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth

King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, the Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, the Duke of Sussex, the Duchess of Sussex, Peter Phillips and the Earl of Snowdon follow behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre, as it is carried out of Westminster Abbey

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in a Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre arriving at her State Funeral in Westminster Abbey

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II carried by pallbearers at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, held at Westminster Abbey

The queen’s coffin exits the stunning Westminster Abbey following the late monarch’s funeral 

King Charles III and Camilla Queen Consort follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II after the service at Westminster Abbey

Charles cuts a solemn figure as he follows his mother’s coffin following her state funeral service at Westminster Abbey on Monday 

King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, the Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, the Duke of Sussex, the Duchess of Sussex, Peter Phillips and the Earl of Snowdon follow behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen leaves Westminster Abbey for the last time after her state funeral this morning

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 down The Mall following her State Funeral at Westminster Abbey

The Procession following the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard, on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy, travels from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch

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 Queen’s coffin is transported to Wellington Arch in central London following her funeral at Westminster Abbey 

The State Gun Carriage, which was pulled by 142 Naval Ratings carrying the coffin of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II moves along the Procession route, up Constitution Hill. Behind the coffin can be seen, from left to right: HRH King Charles III, HRH Prince William, The Prince of Wales, HRH Princess Anne, HRH The Duke of Sussex, HRH Prince Andrew and HRH Prince Edward

A King’s guard crosses The Mall in London on September 19, 2022, during the State Funeral Service of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II

Members of the King’s Guard march during the Procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, at Horse Guards, on its way to Wellington Arch

The Queen’s coffin crosses Horse Guards Parade this afternoon

The coffin procession heads down the Mall towards Wellington Arch following the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

A man donning a Union Jack hat, tie and waistcoat is among those mourning during the state funeral of late Queen Elizabeth II in central London

A man wrapped in the Union Flag clutches Paddington Bear and sobs for the Queen on The Mall

The Procession following the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard, on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy, as it travels from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch

The coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth makes it way on the procession from Westminster Abbey

The Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, King Charles III, the Duke of Sussex, the Queen Consort,the Duchess of Sussex, the Princess Royal, Princess Beatrice, Peter Phillips, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex and the Countess of Wessex look on as the State Gun Carriage carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Wellington Arch

A satellite image shows crowds along late Queen Elizabeth’s funeral procession route, near Hyde Park, in London

King Charles looks tearful as his sister Princess Anne gives him a look of concern and care

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is pulled on a gun carriage through the streets of London following her funeral service at Westminster Abbey

The Abbey, where the Queen was crowned in 1953, was the church where her state funeral was held in an extraordinary event attended by 2,000 VIPs, royals and heads of state 

A Royal Guard stands guard on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, at Windsor Castle, in front of a sea of floral tributes 

Rows of Royal Guards on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, at Windsor Castle, in front of a sea of floral tributes

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 coffin carrying Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is carried along Whitehall during the procession following the State Funeral at Westminster Abbey

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is pulled past Buckingham Palace following her funeral service in Westminster Abbey

Royal Navy sailors take the coffin to Westminster Abbey for the State Funeral Service

The funeral procession marches down The Mall following the service at Westminster Abbey

The Queen is marched towards Buckingham Palace for the last time

The funeral procession marches down The Mall following the service at Westminster Abbey, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. Her children and grandchildren followed with other royals in their cars

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top, borne on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy followed by members of the royal family proceeds past Buckingham Palace

Royal Canadian Mounted Police during the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey

Royal Canadian Mounted Police during the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex follows the procession for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

The Coldstream Guards outside the Garter Tower at Windsor Castle ahead of the arrival of the Queen’s coffin 

Prince William, Prince of Wales, King Charles III, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips and Timothy Laurence leave after the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

(Left to right) Meghan Duchess of Sussex, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Catherine Princess of Wales, Camilla Queen Consort and Sophie Countess of Wessex following the service for the Queen’s funeral 

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth out of Westminster Abbey on the day of the state funeral and burial

Prince Andrew, from right, Princess Beatrice, Princess Anne, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Britain’s King Charles III, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte watch as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is placed into the hearse following the state funeral service

The Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, King Charles III, the Duke of Sussex, the Queen Consort,the Duchess of Sussex, the Princess Royal, Princess Beatrice, Peter Phillips, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex and the Countess of Wessex look on as the State Gun Carriage carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Wellington Arch during the Ceremonial Procession after her funeral 

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard, travels on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy, from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch 

Members of the British royal family and members of the military stand as the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is placed in a hearse to be taken from Wellington Arch to Windsor Castle

Soldiers in traditional helmets stand guard on horseback during the procession of the Queen’s coffin 

Wellington Arch – the old entrance to Buckingham Palace – was chosen for the Queen’s farewell

Children make a Union Flag out of horse chestnuts as they wait for the arrival of the cortege with the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II outside Windsor Castle

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is driven along the Long Walk in her State Hearse from London to Windsor towards her final resting place inside St George VI memorial Chapel

Members of the public line the Long Walk to Windsor Castle ahead of the Queen’s coffin following her funeral service 

Thousands of mourners were on the Long Walk in Windsor today to watch Her Majesty the Queen’s Funeral being televised from London

The people of Leeds watch a giant screen of the Queens funeral in Millennium Square – despite the rainy weather 

Crowds gather in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, Scotland, to watch the funeral of Queen Elizabeth on a large screen

Members of the public watch the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on a big screen in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

A person throws a flower towards Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s coffin, as it is transported to Windsor Castle on the day of her state funeral and burial

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s coffin is transported through West London to Windsor Castle, where she will be buried alongside Prince Philip 

The hearse carrying Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II goes past The Albert Memorial as it is taken to Windsor Castle 

The Royal Hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Wellington Arch on September 19, 2022 in London

King Charles III salutes as he departs Wellington Arch on the day of the state funeral and burial of Queen Elizabeth II

Thousands watch on and film on their phones Queen Elizabeth II’s journey from Wellington Arch London to Windsor

Aerial shot shows the hordes of people who gathered to watch the Queen’s coffin be transported to Windsor Castle 

Queen’s hearse passes Crooked Billet Roundabout in Staines-Upon-Thames, on its way to Windsor Castle 

The hearse transporting the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth drives past saluting Royal Guards along Albert Road, while residents hang out of a nearby home to get a view 

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, aboard the State Hearse, travels up The Long Walk in Windsor

Members of the Royal Household walking some Corgis on September 19, 2022 in Windsor

Britain’s King Charles, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince Andrew and William, Prince of Wales, walk at Windsor Castle on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, King Charles III and Prince William, Prince of Wales ahead of the Committal Service of Queen Elizabeth II at St George’s Chapel

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s funeral procession makes its way through Windsor Castle

The Bearer Party take the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, from the State Hearse, into St George’s Chapel inside Windsor Castle

Soldiers from the Grenadier Guards at the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried in The state hearse as it proceeds towards St. George’s Chapel followed by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Anne, Princess Royal, King Charles III, Peter Phillips, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon

Flowers on the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it arrives at Windsor Castle for the Committal Service in St George’s Chapel

Queen Elizabeth II’s body arrives at her beloved Windsor

Mourners arrive for the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle

Grenadier Guards escort the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, aboard the State Hearse, inside Windsor Castle

King Charles III, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive at St. George’s Chapel

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and other guests arrive at St George’s Chapel

Thousands of mourners watch on under the eyes of police as the hearse procession makes its way to Windsor Castle

The Ceremonial Procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II travels down the Long Walk as it arrives at Windsor Castle for the Committal Service at St George’s Chapel

The Queen’s coffin at the Long Walk, Windsor. The last leg of its journey towards Windsor Castle to its final resting place

Huge crowds cheer the Queen and throw flowers in her path

Pall bearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top into St. George’s Chapel on September 19, 2022

The Royal State Hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Windsor Castle for the Committal Service

The pallbearers expertly carry the Queen into the chapel where she will be laid to rest

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried from the hearse

The Queen will be buried with her late husband Prince Philip in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, where they will rest together for eternity

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried into St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle

The coffin arrives, followed by King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex and the Countess of Wessex for the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Berkshire

The Queen’s favourite horse – Emma – waits for the monarch to arrive

Pall bearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into St. George’s Chapel

The coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II rests in George’s Chapel, Windsor

Prince Harry and Prince William, left, follow the hearse with the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II moving towards St. George’s Chapel

King Charles III, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive at St. George’s Chapel for the Committal Service behind the Queen’s coffin

The Imperial State Crown rests on the high altar after being removed from the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

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