Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin was carried out of Westminster Hall ahead of the State Funeral
King Charles III flew to Scotland to mourn the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle, which was said to be her favorite place.
The royal family is expected to be without official engagements for another seven days as they observe an official period of mourning after Britain’s longest reigning monarch was buried in the Royal Vaults at St George’s Chapel on Monday.
After four days at Westminster Hall and 24 hours at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, the Queen’s coffin was taken to Westminster Abbey for her state funeral and then on to Windsor, while thousands of people lined the streets.
Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said she was unsure of “the exact cost” of the funeral but insisted that “the British public would argue that the money was well spent” and insisted it was “downright absurd” to question whether taxpayers should foot the bill.
While her department was still “rolling up the numbers,” Ms Donelan said, about 250,000 people lined up to see the Queen as she lay in state.
Truss is “incredibly grateful” to everyone who worked on Queen’s funeral.
Liz Truss is “incredibly grateful” for all the work that went into the Queen’s funeral, the “biggest single event” since the London 2012 Olympics, Downing Street said.
“The Prime Minister is incredibly grateful to everyone working on this event,” said a No10 spokesman.
“This included thousands of officers, members of the armed forces, police officers, transport personnel, stewards and marshals, first responders and volunteers.
“It was the largest single event since the London Olympics, equating to hundreds of state visits in just 10 days. It was an event where we all agree people from across the UK and around the world were able to come together and pay their respects.
“The tremendous amount of love, respect and affection we have seen over the past few weeks has not only been a remarkable demonstration of unity across the country, but also a fitting tribute to Her Majesty The Queen’s life and legacy.”
The official also praised the “huge amount of work” done by journalists, broadcasters and production teams to bring the event to viewers from the comfort of their own homes.
Andy GregorySep 20, 2022 12:58 p.m
‘True Heroes’: Spectators praise pallbearers who carried the Queen’s coffin
The soldiers who carried the Queen’s coffin during her funeral procession were praised for their professionalism, “high precision” and “nerves of steel”.
my colleague Saman Javed has the report:
Spectators praise pallbearers who carried Queen’s coffin: ‘True heroes’
Soldiers carried the Queen’s coffin through Westminster and Windsor
Andy GregorySep 20, 2022 12:29 p.m
Hundreds were treated by paramedics or hospitalized to see the Queen’s coffin
The London Ambulance Service has revealed that 1,502 people have been treated by paramedics in the queue to see the Queen lying in state, with 174 people hospitalized.
Most of the incidents that rescue workers faced were fainting and falls that caused head injuries, paramedics previously said.
1,500 people being treated by paramedics queued for Queen’s laydown
A total of 174 people were hospitalized during the official mourning ceremony
Andy GregorySep 20, 2022 12:16 p.m
King Charles ‘flies to Balmoral to mourn mother’
King Charles and the Queen Consort are traveling to Balmoral Castle to privately mourn the Queen at her favorite spot, sources say MailOnline.
Tracking website Flightradar24 shows a plane left RAF Northolt just before 11am on Tuesday and is due to land at Aberdeen International Airport at 12:14pm.
Andy GregorySep 20, 2022 11:47 am
“Brightly absurd” to say taxpayers shouldn’t fund the Queen’s funeral, says the minister
Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan has claimed it would be “downright absurd” to suggest that government funding for the Queen’s funeral was unjustified.
The funeral will be funded from general taxes, despite the Queen’s private wealth of hundreds of millions of pounds – which will be exempt from inheritance tax.
In 2002, according to a House of Commons report, the Queen Mother’s funeral cost an estimated £5million, including provisions for the laying out and security.
Our political correspondent jon stone has more on Ms. Donelan’s comments here:
Queen’s funeral ‘money well spent’ says minister as final costs add up
Culture minister says any criticism of price tag is ‘absurd’
Andy GregorySep 20, 2022 11:26 am
Paddington train services resume after thousands of mourners missed Queen’s funeral
Service at Paddington station has resumed after a 27-hour disruption that resulted in thousands of mourners missing the Queen’s funeral.
Cables stretching for nearly two miles were damaged in the area around Hayes and Harlington stations around 6.30am Monday, meaning all lines serving Paddington were blocked, disrupting the journey of many people heading to the Traveled to London and Windsor for the Queen’s funeral.
The cause of the problem with the cables is being investigated.
Andy GregorySep 20, 2022 10:59 am
Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield address allegations of ‘queuing’
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have insisted they would “never jump in line” as they addressed their visit to see how the Queen is doing in state, which has sparked some criticism.
Speaking on Tuesday’s episode This morning, Willoughby said: “Like hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists, we received official permission to enter the hall. It was purely for the purpose of covering the event to millions of people in the UK who were unable to visit Westminster in person.
‘We’d Never Queue’: Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield skip stories online
“The rules were that we would be quickly escorted around the perimeter to a platform in the back. In contrast, those paying respect walked on a carpeted area next to the coffin and were given time to pause.
“None of the broadcasters and journalists there sat anyone in line and no one pushed past the Queen. Of course we observed these rules. However, we recognize that it may have looked different and therefore fully understand the reaction. Please note we would never line up.”
my colleague Isobel Lewis has more details:
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby discuss the excitement of queuing this morning
Willoughby said the couple “fully understand” the reaction to their visit to Westminster Hall
Andy GregorySep 20, 2022 10:44 am
Green Park quiet after receiving a large crowd of mourners
Only a fraction of the people in London’s Green Park stopped to pay their respects this morning compared to the past few days, with royal park authorities reportedly forced to close the gates at one point.
Oriol Julie, a 26-year-old photographer from Paris, said she wanted to commemorate this historic moment by taking photos before the flower awards ceremony.
“Because I’m a photographer, I want to remember this whole thing because everyone comes here to pay their respects,” she told the Press Association. “I will keep [the photographs] for life and maybe show it to my kids later.”
Alexandra Brown, a 37-year-old Brixton officer, told the news outlet: “It’s quite emotional, it’s amazing. All the different countries and different age groups. It’s amazing the effect she had on people.
“I thought yesterday was like the last final day of mourning as I wasn’t downstairs I thought this morning is a pretty nice sunny day it would be a nice time to see before it all gets postponed. I thought I should just come down and read some of the messages, see some things that people have done and record it.
Andy GregorySep 20, 2022 10:31 am
Key moments of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral
Our video team has this recap of key moments from Queen Elizabeth’s funeral yesterday:
Key moments of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral
Andy GregorySep 20, 2022 10:17 am
Police diverted attention from the Queen’s funeral as religious violence ignited in Leicester
Police officers were diverted from the Queen’s funeral to deal with religious violence in Leicester after riots broke out at what police say was an “unplanned protest” on Saturday.
Forty-seven people were arrested following violent clashes believed to have broken out mainly between young men from the Hindu and Muslim communities.
my colleague Rory Sullivan has more details here:
India condemns religious violence in UK after 15 arrests
Police and faith leaders also call for calm after clashes between Hindus and Muslims
Andy GregorySep 20, 2022 10:07 am