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Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British historical past, has been farewelled in a historic service at Westminster Abbey as an estimated two million folks lined London’s streets to thank their beloved sovereign, who reigned for longer than most can bear in mind.

Her son, King Charles III, and his spouse, Camilla, Queen Consort, members of many European royal households and greater than 100 world leaders, presidents and prime ministers paid their respects on the state funeral – the primary in Britain since that of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965. It started after an emotional procession of the senior royals following the coffin from Westminster Corridor.

The physique of the Queen had lain in state for 4½ days, a interval that closed simply hours earlier than the beginning of the service. The queue, the place a whole lot of 1000’s waited by way of chilly nights and lengthy days for just some minutes to view her casket, was declared shut simply after 10.30pm on Sunday London time.

In his sermon, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, described the Queen as having touched “a mess of lives” and having been a “joyful” determine for a lot of.

Extra on the service right here.

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