A solemn Meghan Markle and Prince Harry took their seats at the Queen’s funeral today – with the couple sat on the second row directly behind King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort.
Next to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Westminster Abbey were Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
On the front row alongside Charles and Camilla were the Princess Royal, her husband, Timothy Laurence; Prince Andrew; Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex; the Prince and Princess of Wales with George and Charlotte; Peter Phillips; and Zara and Mike Tindall.
Earlier, Meghan, 41, walked into the abbey in a sombre procession behind the Queen’s coffin. In front of her was Kate, the two eldest Cambridge children, and Prince Edward with Sophie. Meghan stood briefly beside Kate, George and Charlotte as she watched Elizabeth II’s coffin being placed on the altar
The Sussexes, 38, live in California but have remained in the UK since the Queen’s death on September 8. They happened to be in the country for the WellChild awards when the news was announced.
The couple were without their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, 15 months, who are believed to have remained in California with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.
Before the service, the Duke of Sussex put aside his feud with his brother, Prince William, to walk alongside him behind the Queen’s coffin.
Harry was wearing a civilian suit rather than uniform due to no longer being a senior royal.
Meghan and Harry are sitting on the second row, directly behind King Charles III, the Queen Consort and Princess Anne
Meghan and Harry singing during today’s funeral service. Next to them were Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Britain’s King Charles III, Britain’s Camilla, Queen Consort, Britain’s Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Britain’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Britain’s Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Britain’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales, Britain’s Catherine, Princess of Wales, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall
Meghan stood alongside the three Cambridges for several moments before taking a seat at the funeral next to Prince Harry
Prince George, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in Westminster Abbey today
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, walked into the historic church in a sombre procession behind the Queen’s coffin. In front of her was Kate, the two eldest Cambridge children, and Prince Edward and his wife, the Duchess of Wessex
Meghan walking down the nave of Westminster Abbey during a royal procession behind the Queen’s coffin this morning
The Duchess walked into the service at Westminster Abbey today alongside the Countess of Wessex (pictured together)
The Duke of Sussex – who put aside his feud with his brother, Prince William, to walk alongside him behind the Queen’s coffin – was wearing a civilian suit rather than uniform due to no longer being a senior royal
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, stands next to King Charles, Anne, Princess Royal, and William, Prince of Wales, as they salute during the state funeral
Meghan wore a wide-brimmed hat and a black top for today’s service, which millions are watching from around the world
Harry and Meghan (pic), who live in Montecito, California, have remained in the UK since the Queen’s death on September 8. They happened to be in the country for the WellChild awards when the news was announced
Meghan and her husband were in Europe for a series of events before the Queen’s death. They stayed to attend the commemorations
An aerial photo of Meghan – underneath a wide-brimmed hat – walking down the central aisle of Westminster Abbey prior to today’s service
The Duchess chats to dignitaries at the Abbey’s gates. During the service she sat next to Prince Harry on the second row
The royal mother-of-two was elegant in a black ensemble with heels and a large hat as she arrived at the State Funeral earlier this morning
Today, the UK’s most important church, packed with 2,000 VIPs including prime ministers, presidents and the Royal Family, was serene aside from the sound of hymns and prayers in a funeral service Her Majesty had curated herself before she died.
The Queen made her final and saddest journey from Westminster Hall to the church where she married and was crowned as Britain mourned its longest-serving monarch and the royals bade goodbye to a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Her coffin was placed close to the altar with her crown, orb and sceptre on its top surrounded by flowers chosen by the King from gardens she loved. A card in the flowers on top of the coffin read simply: “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury hailed the Queen’s ‘abundant life and loving service’ as he delivered the sermon at her state funeral, adding: ‘She was joyful, present to so many, touching a multitude of lives.’
State trumpeters from the Household Cavalry sounded the Last Post following the Archbishop of Canterbury’s commendation over the Queen’s coffin and a blessing pronounced by the Dean of Westminster. Two minute’s silence followed across the country before Reveille was sounded by the trumpeters before the National Anthem was sung by the congregation.
King Charles III looked tearful at points of the service while his sister Princess Anne looked at him with concern and care before fixing her own stare on her mother’s coffin and crown. Prince Andrew looked moved – having been fighting back tears as the family marched behind the Queen’s coffin through Parliament Square.
Meghan joined the Countess as she watched Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at the event alongside Kate Middleton
Meghan joined the Countess and Kate, as well as Camilla, the Queen Consort, and Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Wales, during the procession today
The Duchess of Sussex was pictured sitting in a car alongside her husband, the Duke, 38, and appeared to be wearing a large black hat with a wide brim for the occasion
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, opted for traditional all black mourning attire as she paid tribute to her husband’s grandmother in London today
Prince Edward’s wife Sophie and Meghan travelled together in a car down The Mall ahead of the Queen’s State Funeral this morning
Meghan was sitting alongside the Countess of Wessex as she was driven to the Queen’s funeral in London this afternoon (pictured)
Britain’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, walking outside Westminster Abbey, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth
The Duchess of Sussex walks through the gates outside Westminster Abbey before the State Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II
King Charles III, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Princess Anne, and her husband Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince William, and Kate, Princess of Wales with their children Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Britain’s Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowden, Peter Phillips, The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent and the Duke of Kent follow the coffin
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried by the Bearer Party into Westminster Abbey past the grave of the Unknown Soldier
The view in Westminster Abbey above the Queen – where she married and was crowned more than 70 years ago
King Charles III sat at the head of the family next to Princess Anne, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex behind him in the second row, after more than a week leading the monarchy and the nation in mourning his mother the Queen.
Prince William, who marched with his brother behind the coffin, was on the front row next to Prince George, who was reading the order of service during the Archbishop of Canterbury’s sermon, before singing hymns, while Princess Charlotte was seen whispering to her mother, who with William decided to bring them to say goodbye to their great-grandmother.
The King looked very emotional during the singing of the national anthem at Westminster Abbey. Charles remained silent during the song, while his siblings and members of the royal family sang along. Gripping his ceremonial sword, Charles looked downcast as he started straight ahead while a piper played Sleep, Dearie, Sleep.
The UK’s most important church, packed with 2,000 VIPs including prime ministers, presidents and the Queen’s family, was serene aside from the sound of hymns and prayers in a funeral service Her Majesty has curated herself before she died.
On an highly emotional occasion for Britain and the world, the Queen was carried in her oak coffin to the gun carriage used by her parents and was followed through Parliament Square by her son, the King, and her relatives including the Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex. Andrew, the Duke of York, appeared to be crying. Outside the Abbey an estimated 2million people are in central London along procession routes and watching on big screens.
King Charles III and members of the royal family follow behind the coffin
The Queen’s final journey down the aisle of Westminster Abbey
The wreath which adorns the Queen’s coffin includes flowers requested by King Charles. Cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House, the flowers and foliage have been chosen for their symbolism
The coffin is placed near the altar inside Westminster Abbey, next to her grieving family
The Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor
George, Kate and Charlotte sing hymns in the Queen’s memory
Prince of Wales (C) attends with Britain’s Catherine, Princess of Wales (R) and Britain’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex
The Prince of Wales and Prince George sat alongside one another at the funeral