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Queen Elizabeth laid to rest alongside her husband and parents at Windsor Castle

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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried in by the Bearer Party during the Committal Service held in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Monday, 19 September 2022.
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried in by the Bearer Party during the Committal Service held in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Monday, 19 September 2022.   -   Copyright  Victoria Jones/Pool via AP

The United Kingdom and the world have bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II.

On Monday evening she was laid to rest alongside her late husband Prince Philip, and her parents, in a private family ceremony away from the public glare of cameras and a global viewing audience.

Her state funeral service, which took place at Westminster Abbey, drew presidents, kings, queens and prime ministers from across the world. After, her cortege took the coffin to Windsor Castle west of London for a ceremony at St George's Chapel, her final resting place.

Follow these historic events as they unfolded in our live blog below:


A quick summary:


That's our live blog coming to an end, for coverage of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday 19 September 2022. 

Thank you for reading, or watching, throughout the day. 


Queen's coffin lowered into royal vault

The Queen's coffin has been lowered into the royal vault at St George's Chapel - but she will be buried later in a private family service. 

As the coffin was lowered, a long piper played a lament. King Charles had placed his late mother's personal pennant on the coffin before it went into the royal tomb.  

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gave a blessing afterwards, saying "be of good courage, hold fast that which is good, render to no-one evil for evil, strengthen the fainthearted, support the weak, help the afflicted, honour all people, love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit." 

The congregation sang God Save the King. 


The Queen's funeral procession arrives at St. George's Chapel

The Queen's funeral procession has now arrived at St George's Chapel in Windsor, which will be her final resting place.  

After the pomp and pageantry of a grand state funeral, Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest in an intimate ceremony away from prying cameras in Windsor, where she will be reunited with her late husband and her parents.

King Charles III and senior royal family members will gather for late Monday’s interment ceremony at St George’s Chapel, a gothic church on the grounds of Windsor Castle that has seen royal weddings, christenings and burials since the 15th century.

The chapel is the resting place of 10 former British monarchs, including Henry VIII and the beheaded Charles I. Elizabeth II’s parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, were interred there along with the ashes of Princess Margaret, the late monarch’s younger sister.

On Monday evening the queen’s coffin will be interred together with Philip’s remains at the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex within St. George’s.

St. George’s and Windsor featured prominently throughout the queen’s life. The chapel was where she marked many a Christmas and Easter, and where she celebrated the weddings of three of her grandchildren: Prince Harry married Meghan Markle there in 2018, as did Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. Peter Philips, the queen’s oldest grandchild, married Autumn Kelly there in 2008.

The queen spent most of her weekends in Windsor, a quiet and more private retreat away from the bustle of Buckingham Palace in central London.

The castle — believed to be the largest occupied castle in the world — was also where young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were sent to live during World War II while their parents were busy with the war effort.

In recent years the queen made Windsor Castle her main residence, having moved there in early 2020 at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.


Queen's coffin arrives at Windsor Castle

The funeral cortege carrying Queen Elizabeth II's coffin has arrived in Windsor Castle with military gun salutes, and church bells tolling in the town with its grand imposing castle where the royal family spend so much stime. 

Grenadier Guards in their distinctive red uniforms accompanied the hearse as it arrived at the town, west of London. 

There will be a final private funeral ceremony this evening for family members before the Queen is laid to rest at Windsor alongside her late husband, Prince Philip.


Britain's King Charles III takes part in the Queen Elizabeth II's procession in London (Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP)

Queen's coffin placed in state hearse at Wellington Arch

"God Save the King" is playing now after the procession with Queen's coffin draped in the Royal Standard arrived at Wellington Arch.

The coffin was previously carried from the gun carriage and placed in the state hearse, which will drive Elizabeth II to her final resting place in Windsor.


From London to Windsor: The next journey for the cortege 

The funeral procession is making its way past Buckingham Palace to Hyde Park Corner, where the coffin will be transferred from the gun carriage and put in a hearse. 

From there, the hearse will drive west to Windsor Castle where there will be a private ceremony later for members of the Queen's family and she will be laid to rest.