Photos: World leaders mourn at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral


Britain's King Charles III (R) reacts as he sits in front of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II during her State Funeral at the Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DOMINIC LIPINSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

LONDON (AP) — Britain and the world said a final goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II at a state funeral Monday that drew presidents and kings, princes and prime ministers — and crowds who massed along the streets of London to honor a monarch whose 70-year reign defined an age.

In a country known for pomp and pageantry, the first state funeral since Winston Churchill’s was filled with spectacle: Ahead of the service, a bell tolled 96 times — once a minute for each year of Elizabeth’s life. Then, 142 Royal Navy sailors used ropes to draw the gun carriage carrying her flag-draped coffin to Westminster Abbey before pallbearers bore it inside the church, where around 2,000 people ranging from world leaders to health care workers gathered to mourn her.

The trappings of state and monarchy abounded: The coffin was draped with the Royal Standard and atop it sat the Imperial State Crown, sparkling with almost 3,000 diamonds, and the sovereign’s orb and scepter.

But the personal was also present: The coffin was followed into the church by generations of Elizabeth’s descendants, including King Charles III, heir to the throne Prince William and 9-year-old George, who is second in line. On a wreath atop the coffin, a handwritten note read, “In loving and devoted memory,” and was signed Charles R — for Rex, or king.

Britain’s King Charles III (R) reacts as he sits in front of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II during her State Funeral at the Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/AFP via Getty Images) 
People watch the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at The Queen Vic pub in Washington, DC, on September 19, 2022. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images) 
The Procession following the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, aboard the State Hearse, arrives at The Long Walk in Windsor on September 19, 2022, to make its final journey to Windsor Castle after the State Funeral Service of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Aaron Chown/AFP via Getty Images) 

King Charles III and members of the Royal family 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 after her State Funeral, in London, Monday Sept. 19, 2022. The Queen, who died aged 96 on Sept. 8, will be buried at Windsor alongside her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last year. (Danny Lawson/Pool Photo via AP) 
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte Macron arrive at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, for the State Funeral Service for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP via Getty Images) 
The royal corgis await the cortege on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, at Windsor Castle, Monday Sept. 19, 2022. (Peter Nicholls/Pool Photo via AP) 

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth is carried into the Westminster Abbey on the day of her state funeral and burial, on September 19, 2022 in London, …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

      

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