AFTER 10 days of national mourning, people across the UK gathered together on Monday to pay their final respects to Queen Elizabeth as her state funeral took place in London.

The late monarch had laid in state at Westminster Hall for five days after being flown down from Edinburgh Airport following her death at the Balmoral Estate in Aberdeenshire, before a day of various processions and services began.

Here’s a summary of what happened throughout the historic day ...

Procession to Westminster Abbey

On Monday morning, the Queen’s coffin – draped in the Royal Standard and carrying the Imperial State Crown on top - was placed on the Royal Navy state gun carriage which was pulled by 142 sailors.

The carriage was last seen in 1979 for the funeral of Prince Philip's uncle, Lord Mountbatten, and was used for the Queen's father, George VI, in 1952.

The Queen’s children – King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – followed behind and ahead of her grandchildren Prince William, Prince Harry, and Peter Philips [Anne's son].

Prince George and Princess Charlotte – aged nine and seven respectively - travelled to Westminster Abbey in the same car as the Queen Consort Camilla, with Kate arriving with them. However, they were seen walking behind the coffin as it entered the Abbey.

The coffin arrived just before 11am ahead of the funeral service.

Westminster Abbey funeral service

Around 2000 guests from around the world, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, descended upon Westminster Abbey as the Queen’s coffin lay beside her family.

Prime Minister Liz Truss was among those to deliver a reading, as she read the second lesson for mourners gathered inside the Abbey. The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields, also read a prayer.

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Speaking after the service, the Moderator said: “The last 10 days have been a whirlwind and yet time seems to have stood still. It was a privilege and a real pleasure to spend time in the company of Her Majesty the Queen.” 

Hymns sung at the service included The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended, and The Lord’s My Shepherd. 

The Lord’s My Shepherd – which was sung at the Queen’s wedding to Prince Philip - was sung to the Crimond tune originating from a parish in Aberdeenshire, not far from Balmoral Castle.

At the end of the service, a national two-minute silence was observed.

The National: The coffin was taken to the Wellington ArchThe coffin was taken to the Wellington Arch (Image: PA)

During the service, hundreds of mourners in Edinburgh gathered to watch proceedings on a giant screen at Holyrood Park, close to the Palace of Holyroodhouse where the Queen’s coffin was taken a few days after she had passed away at Balmoral.

Staff and pupils at Gordonstoun School in Moray,  which King Charles attended as a boy, suspended lessons to allow boarding houses to gather and watch the funeral broadcast.

Journey to Windsor

The coffin was then led out of the Abbey for a procession to the Wellington Arch. Gun salutes were fired at Hyde Park every minute.

The coffin was then transferred into the state hearse to be taken to Windsor for a committal ceremony at St George’s Chapel which was attended by around 800 guests.

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As the hearse approached Windsor, the Long Walk to the castle was lined with members of the armed forces on either side, stood in front of the public.

The crowd - made up of people of all ages – fell silent as the hearse passed through amid the sound of pipers and drummers. Those at the back could only view the procession through their phones held high on selfie sticks.

The National: Members of the Royal Family in St George's ChapelMembers of the Royal Family in St George's Chapel (Image: PA)

The King and other members of the Royal Family joined the funeral procession behind the Queen’s coffin as it made its way to the chapel.

Some of the Queen’s great-grandchildren attended the service, including Peter Phillips’s daughters Savannah and Isla, and Zara and Mike Tindall’s daughter Lena.

The Queen’s corgis and one of her favourite horses also made a special appearance at Windsor.

The National: Queen Elizabeth's corgis made a special appearance at WindsorQueen Elizabeth's corgis made a special appearance at Windsor (Image: PA)

The Queen’s coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel at the end of the service as the Sovereign Piper played the lament A Salute to the Royal Fendersmith from the doorway between the chapel and the dean’s cloister. The music gradually faded away as he walked towards the deanery.

Private burial service

At 7.30pm, the family will finally have a chance to grieve away from the cameras at a private burial service at the chapel conducted by the Dean of Windsor. 

Queen Elizabeth and her husband of more than seven decades, Prince Philip, who died last year aged 99, will be buried together in the same chapel where her parents and sister, Princess Margaret, also rest.