The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace for the last time as the coffin is taken to Westminster Hall

The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace for the last time as the coffin is taken to Westminster Hall

The late queen left Buckingham Palace for the last time, in a solemn procession to her recumbent in the state.

A carriage with its coffin drove through central London to Westminster Hall, followed on foot by King Charles III, his brothers and princes William and Harry, watched by thousands, many of them in tears.

The crown of the imperial state on a velvet cushion lay above the coffin, along with a crown of flowers.

The Scots Guards Band and Grenadiers Band played funeral marches throughout the 38-minute procession, starting with Funeral March No. 1 by Beethoven.

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The heavy footsteps of the guard of honor, made up of the King’s Guard and troops from the Queen’s Company 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, marched in time with the heavy rhythm, reinforcing the solemnity of the occasion.

The queen died six days ago in Balmoral, aged 96, just three months after the nation celebrated its platinum jubilee. She will remain in the state in the hall until her funeral on Monday.

The king, his sons, his sister and his brothers marched in step with the cannon chariot of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, which was draped with a royal banner. Everyone was in uniform except Prince Andrew and Prince Harry, who are no longer working royals.

They were followed by Prince Anne’s son Peter Phillips, her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Queen’s cousin the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.

The Prince of Wales stared straight ahead as he proceeded directly behind his father the king, in keeping with his place as the new heir to the throne.

King Charles, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (Getty Images)

King Charles, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (Getty Images)

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King Charles, in his field marshal uniform, held to the end of his field marshal Baton, who was introduced to him by his mother when he became a field marshal in 2012.

The viewing areas of the procession open to the public along the way were filled and silence fell among the crowds of thousands as a muffled drum draped in black was beaten at 75 paces per minute.

There were 10 coffin bearers, found by the squires serving the late queen.

A detachment of the Life Guards, as well as the Queen’s household cavalry and family, walked past the coffin.

After the procession passed, the crowd outside Buckingham Palace burst into applause.

In a moving symbol, the cannon carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery was used, as it was to carry the coffins of the late queen’s mother and father.

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The crown of the imperial state gleamed in the daylight as the crowd picked up their phones to capture the scenes.

At the parade of the horse guards, crowds of mourners, many in tears, cheered as the procession entered the vast ceremonial parade ground.

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The Queen consort, Princess Catherine of Wales, Duchess Meghan of Sussex and Countess Sophie of Wessex left Buckingham Palace in a motorcade to Westminster with police escort vehicles.

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