Princess Anne supports her brother King Charles as the siblings walk behind the late Queen’s coffin


Princess Anne joined other members of the royal family at the service in Westminster Hall today following the procession of Her Majesty’s coffin from Buckingham Palace.

The Queen’s only daughter donned a ceremonial Navy uniform as she marched behind her mother’s casket, alongside King Charles, and Princes William and Harry, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex during the 38-minute journey.

Her Majesty spent her final night in the Bow Room of her London home yesterday, before being conveyed on a gun carriage to Westminster Hall this afternoon, where she will lie in state for four days until her funeral on Monday.

At 2.22pm exactly this afternoon, the coffin was placed on the gun carriage and lead a procession down a packed Mall, along Whitehall and then into Parliament Square before entering the Palace of Westminster. 

It entered Westminster Hall as the choir of Westminster Abbey and the choir of His Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, sang Psalm 139. The Archbishop of Canterbury then read the opening prayer, which the King led the royals in reciting. 

The Princess Royal, pictured walking behind the Queen’s coffin during the ceremonial procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall today

Anne appeared to be taking a moment for reflection during a service inside the Palace of Westminster, where Queen Elizabeth II is Lying-in State (pictured L-R: King Charles, Princess Anne, Camilla, Queen Consort, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence)

Anne appeared to be taking a moment for reflection during a service inside the Palace of Westminster, where Queen Elizabeth II is Lying-in State (pictured L-R: King Charles, Princess Anne, Camilla, Queen Consort, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence)

The Queen was placed in Westminster Hall to lie in state for the nation to pay their respects this afternoon, after the processional from Buckingham Palace

The Queen was placed in Westminster Hall to lie in state for the nation to pay their respects this afternoon, after the processional from Buckingham Palace

Camilla, Queen Consort, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at the service that followed the coffin procession

Camilla, Queen Consort, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at the service that followed the coffin procession

The Queen's grandchildren - including Lady Louise and Princess Beatrice - appeared emotional as they attended the service earlier today in London

The Queen’s grandchildren – including Lady Louise and Princess Beatrice – appeared emotional as they attended the service earlier today in London 

Other members of the royal family at the event included the Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall, pictured here with her husband Mike

Other members of the royal family at the event included the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall, pictured here with her husband Mike

Tearing up: James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor, 18, pay their respects to their late grandmother during the service in the Palace of Westminster

Tearing up: James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor, 18, pay their respects to their late grandmother during the service in the Palace of Westminster

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla (pictured) led members of the royal family at the ceremony this afternoon (pictured)

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla (pictured) led members of the royal family at the ceremony this afternoon (pictured) 

Peter Phillips, the Duke of Sussex, the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Wessex, the Earl of Snowdon, the Duchess of Sussex, the Princess Royal, King Charles III, the Duke of York, the Princess of Wales and the Countess of Wessex follow the bearer party carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall

Peter Phillips, the Duke of Sussex, the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Wessex, the Earl of Snowdon, the Duchess of Sussex, the Princess Royal, King Charles III, the Duke of York, the Princess of Wales and the Countess of Wessex follow the bearer party carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall

Royals including the Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, Sophie Wessex, and the Duchess of Sussex, who had followed the procession by car, also attended the service.

They were joined by Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, and Lady Louise Windsor among other members of the firm.

Earlier in the day, as the procession made its ways to Westminster Hall, it poignantly passed the statue of the Queen’s parents King George VI and the Queen Mother which overlooks The Mall. 

Princess Anne was by her mother's side over the last 24-hours of her life, then accompanied her coffin as it was flown from Edinburgh to London yesterday (pictured L-R: King Charles and Princess Anne)

Princess Anne was by her mother’s side over the last 24-hours of her life, then accompanied her coffin as it was flown from Edinburgh to London yesterday (pictured L-R: King Charles and Princess Anne)

Prince William, dressed in military attire, appeared pensive as he made the sombre walk from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall behind his grandmother's coffin

Prince William, dressed in military attire, appeared pensive as he made the sombre walk from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall behind his grandmother’s coffin

King Charles marched with his sister the Princess Royal, who has stayed with their mother's coffin since she died last Thursday in Balmoral

King Charles marched with his sister the Princess Royal, who has stayed with their mother’s coffin since she died last Thursday in Balmoral

The royals looked solemn during the procession, perhaps reflecting on the life of Her Majesty, as they made their way to Westminster Hall

The royals looked solemn during the procession, perhaps reflecting on the life of Her Majesty, as they made their way to Westminster Hall

Procession: members of the royal family, including Princess Anne, left Buckingham Palace to march behind the Queen's coffin earlier today

Procession: members of the royal family, including Princess Anne, left Buckingham Palace to march behind the Queen’s coffin earlier today

King Charles, Princess Anne, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex walked together behind the casket, which travelled by gun carriage

King Charles, Princess Anne, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex walked together behind the casket, which travelled by gun carriage

Princess Anne (second left) marches behind the coffin of her mother as it left Buckingham Palace for the final time today

Princess Anne (second left) marches behind the coffin of her mother as it left Buckingham Palace for the final time today

Prince William, Prince of Wales, King Charles III, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Anne, Princess Royal and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walk behind the coffin

Prince William, Prince of Wales, King Charles III, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Anne, Princess Royal and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walk behind the coffin

The Queen Consort Camilla and the Princess of Wales travelled together in the first limousine behind the coffin

The Queen Consort Camilla and the Princess of Wales travelled together in the first limousine behind the coffin

The Queen Consort Camilla and the Princess of Wales travelled in the first limousine behind the coffin

Meanwhile, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, travelled to Westminster with Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Meanwhile, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, travelled to Westminster with Sophie, Countess of Wessex

The Imperial State Crown, worn by the Queen on the way back to Buckingham Palace after her Coronation, glittered in the daylight as the crowds held aloft their phones to capture the scenes.

The Queen arrived at Buckingham Palace last night to tears and cheers from the huge crowds who stood in the pouring rain to welcome her home after her death at Balmoral last Thursday. The route from RAF Northolt to the palace was packed. There was a wave of lights as many raised their mobile phones in the air to film the hearse as it passed.

As the hearse drove through the gates, Charles could be seen bowing his head with Harry and Meghan stood solemnly behind the monarch. 

 The near 1,000-year-old Westminster Hall is where her father King George VI would lie in state in 1952 and where the public could pass the coffin of her mother, the Queen Mother, in 2002. 

More than 1million people are expected to queue in central London for up to 35 hours to walk past her casket – but experts believe only 400,000 will make it inside meaning 600,000 people will be left disappointed. 

The Queen enters Whitehall on the 1.2mile journey to Parliament to lie in state

The Queen enters Whitehall on the 1.2mile journey to Parliament to lie in state

Her Majesty was carried on the gun carriage that had also borne her parents when they died 50 years apart

Her Majesty was carried on the gun carriage that had also borne her parents when they died 50 years apart

Prince William stood next to his wife Kate, with Harry and Meghan, the Sussexes, behind them

Prince William stood next to his wife Kate, with Harry and Meghan, the Sussexes, behind them

The rincess of Wales and Sophie Wessex wore traditional mourning black as they attended Westminster Hall

The Duchess of Sussex wore traditional mourning black as she attended Westminster Hall

Mourning: the Princess of Wales, Sophie Wessex, and the Duchess of Sussex wore traditional mourning black as they attended Westminster Hall

The Queen arrives at Westminster Hall, built almost 1,000 years ago and where previous monarchs have lied in state

The Queen arrives at Westminster Hall, built almost 1,000 years ago and where previous monarchs have lied in state

The Queen is placed in Westminster Hall to lie in state for the nation to pay their respects

The Queen is placed in Westminster Hall to lie in state for the nation to pay their respects 

Her Majesty's coffin was adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown and pulled by a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery during the procession

Her Majesty’s coffin was adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown and pulled by a Gun Carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery during the procession

The Queen's coffin was adorned with the glittering, priceless Imperial State Crown on a purple velvet cushion

The Queen’s coffin was adorned with the glittering, priceless Imperial State Crown on a purple velvet cushion

Britain’s King Charles and Britain’s William, Prince of Wales march during the procession

Britain's King Charles marches during a procession where the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth is transported from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament for her lying in state

Britain’s King Charles marches during a procession where the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is transported from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament for her lying in state

The Queen's funeral cortege makes its way along The Mall from Buckingham Palace

The Queen’s funeral cortege makes its way along The Mall from Buckingham Palace

The extraordinary scene as the procession leaves Buckingham Palace - the Queen's home for most of her 96-year life

The extraordinary scene as the procession leaves Buckingham Palace – the Queen’s home for most of her 96-year life

The Life Guards march before the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is taken to the Palace Of Westminster

The Life Guards march before the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is taken to the Palace Of Westminster

Thousands of people gathered to watch the Her Majesty leave Buckingham Palace for the final time today

Thousands of people gathered to watch the Her Majesty leave Buckingham Palace for the final time today

Britain's Queen Camilla and Catherine, Princess of Wales are pictured during the procession

Britain’s Queen Camilla and Catherine, Princess of Wales are pictured during the procession

Her Majesty's closed coffin was placed on a catafalque - a raised platform, covered in the Royal Standard with the orb and sceptre placed on top

Her Majesty’s closed coffin was placed on a catafalque – a raised platform, covered in the Royal Standard with the orb and sceptre placed on top

There were huge crowds again to see the Queen on her final journey before her coffin is handed to the nation

There were huge crowds again to see the Queen on her final journey before her coffin is handed to the nation

There were tears in the crowds as the nation said goodbye to its longest-reigning monarch

Bystanders cried as the nation said goodbye to its longest-reigning monarch during the procession today

Tears: people who’d come to pay tribute to the Queen were seen shedding tears, as the nation said goodbye to its longest-reigning monarch

Her Majesty’s closed coffin was placed on a catafalque – a raised platform, covered in the Royal Standard with the orb and sceptre placed on top.

The Queen will lie in state for four and a half days. A round-the-clock vigil will be mounted under the catafalque by officers of the Household Division, the King’s Body Guards of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, the King’s Body Guard for Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers and the King’s Body Guard the Yeomen of the Guard.

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walks behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown and pulled by a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery,

Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walks behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown and pulled by a Gun Carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery,

The brothers have become estranged but have appeared in public twice together in the past week since the Queen's death

The brothers have become estranged but have appeared in public twice together in the past week since the Queen’s death

It will remain open 24 hours a day until at 6.30am on Monday. 

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line the streets to pay their respects to the Queen.

The queue is expected to stretch for five miles, taking up to 30 hours to reach the front.

Once people have passed through Albert Embankment, they will be directed across Lambeth Bridge, into Victoria Tower Gardens  

Extra welfare facilities, including toilets and water fountains, have been placed sporadically along the route.  

The Queen's coffin arrived at RAF Northolt in west London yesterday

The Queen’s coffin arrived at RAF Northolt in west London yesterday

The Queen's Colour Squadron carrying Her Majesty the Queen's coffin off the plane at RAF Northolt

The Queen’s Colour Squadron carrying Her Majesty the Queen’s coffin off the plane at RAF Northolt

The state hearse carried the Queen's coffin into Buckingham Palace, where was received by the whole Royal Family

The state hearse carried the Queen’s coffin into Buckingham Palace, where was received by the whole Royal Family

The Queen's coffin arriving at Buckingham Palace as thousands of mourners applauded the late monarch

The Queen’s coffin arriving at Buckingham Palace as thousands of mourners applauded the late monarch

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth arrives at Buckingham Palace

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth arrives at Buckingham Palace

The state hearse carries the Queen's coffin through the gates of the palace as the crowd erupted in cheers and applause

The state hearse carries the Queen’s coffin through the gates of the palace as the crowd erupted in cheers and applause

Her Majesty spent her last night at Buckingham Palace yesterday, watched closely by a rota of former chaplains, before being moved today to allow hundreds of thousands of well-wishers to pay their respects.

Prayers and a service reserved for close family members took place shortly after the coffin arrived last night, with the King, Camilla, William and Kate and Harry and Meghan all in attendance.

Princess Anne, who has travelled with her mother’s coffin from Balmoral to Edinburgh, and from the Scottish capital back to London, was also present with husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. 

Peter Phillips, his sister Zara, Mike Tindall, the Duke of York and daughters Beatrice and Eugenie, along with their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank – were also among those gathered.

But Sarah Ferguson, ex-wife of Prince Andrew and who still lives with the duke, did not receive an invite because of their divorce. 

Ahead of Her Majesty’s arrival at Buckingham Palace yesterday,  Princess Anne released a statement about the death of her mother, which described how she was ‘fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest mother’s life’.

She said the love and respect shown to the Queen on her journey from Balmoral to Edinburgh and onto London had been ‘both humbling and uplifting’.

Anne also thanked the nation for the ‘support and understanding offered to my dear brother Charles’ as he takes on his duties as King.

Statement: Princess Anne released this statement (pictured) today. She offered her ‘thanks to each and every one who share our sense of loss’

Princess Anne's statement was shared to the Royal Family's Instagram account along with the above photograph, which was first released to mark the late monarch's 90th birthday in 2016. The mother and daughter posed on a sofa in the White Drawing Room of Windsor Castle

Princess Anne’s statement was shared to the Royal Family’s Instagram account along with the above photograph, which was first released to mark the late monarch’s 90th birthday in 2016. The mother and daughter posed on a sofa in the White Drawing Room of Windsor Castle

She ended her statement with the words: ‘To my mother, The Queen, thank you.’ 

Her tribute was shared to the Royal Family’s Instagram account.

It was accompanied by a photo of Anne and the Queen, which was first released to mark the late monarch’s 90th birthday in 2016. 

The mother and daughter posed on a sofa in the White Drawing Room of Windsor Castle.

The princess was in Scotland when the Queen was taken ill, and stayed at her bedside at Balmoral Castle, as senior royals rushed to say their final farewells. 

Anne took on the duty of accompanying her mother’s body back to London, as the Queen left Scotland for the last time bound for RAF Northolt on Tuesday.   

Earlier this week, Anne made history when she became the first royal woman to take part in the ‘Vigil of Princes’ – standing vigil by her mother’s coffin alongside her brothers King Charles, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. 

 

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