Sep 14, 2022
By Jane Brown
Queen Elizabeth II has left Buckingham Palace for a final time.
Starting at 2:22 pm local time, the Queen’s coffin was carried for 38 minutes by a horse drawn gun carriage from the Queen’s residence in London to the Houses of Parliament in a procession steeped in history and ceremony.
The Queen’s coffin was trailed by grieving family members, including King Charles the Third and his siblings, followed closely behind by three of the Queen’s grandchildren, Prince William, Prince Harry and Peter Phillips, the son of Princess Anne.
Queen Elizabeth II now lies in state at Westminster Hall for four days ahead of her state funeral on Monday September 19th.
With the royal standard and crown of state resting on top of the coffin and artillery firing salutes at one-minute intervals, the solemn procession was designed to underscore the Queen’s 70 years as head of state as the national mourning process shifts to the grand boulevards and historic landmarks of the nation’s capital.