Funeral procession accompanies the coffin to Westminster

Dhe Queen has left Buckingham Palace for the last time: the coffin containing the remains of the British Queen Elizabeth II. was taken from the Royal Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday. The procession set off as scheduled at 2:22 p.m. local time (3:22 ​​p.m. CEST), the detailed specifications of the palace provided for 38 minutes for the one and a half kilometer route.

To start the procession, the Big Ben bell rang at the Palace of Westminster. Gun salutes were fired every minute in Hyde Park. An army band played funeral music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Chopin.

Behind the coffin, in addition to the new King Charles III. also heir to the throne Prince William and his younger brother Prince Harry. The coffin was decorated with the royal standard, on top lay the royal crown.

The coffin will be laid out in Westminster Hall, the oldest building in the Palace of Westminster, until the funeral service on Monday. From Wednesday evening until early Monday morning (07.30 CEST), citizens can pay their last respects to the Queen in Westminster Hall. After the funeral service with state guests from all over the world Elizabeth II buried at Windsor Castle.

Hundreds of people were already there on Wednesday morning Westminster Hall Schlange, numerous stewards in fluorescent vests were on duty. The first mourners had already arrived on Monday to queue. Some of those waiting were therefore equipped with blankets, camping chairs, tents and rain ponchos.

Elizabeth II died last Thursday at her Scottish residence in Balmoral, aged 96, after 70 years on the British throne. With the death of the monarch, an era ends, for which a considerable effort is made for the funeral ceremonies. After several stops in Scotland, the Queen's coffin was brought to Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday evening.

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