It is being reported that up to two million people were in central London on the day of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral to say their final farewells. Crowds gathered along the streets to view the Queen’s funeral procession pass by while other mourners were spotted watching the funeral on big screens at Hyde Park.
Tens of thousands of people were quiet as they lined the streets near Westminster Abby as the Queen’s coffin left after the funeral on Monday.
The crowds were so big that some people could only view the funeral procession on their phones held high on selfie sticks, while other people waved union jack flags.
Many people have said they camped overnight in the cold for the final chance to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth, who celebrated 70 years on the throne just a few months ago and is the only monarch most people in Britain have ever known.
Satellite images have captured the large scale of the crowds at Westminister Abby, to the Mall and through the Albert Memorial.
The Queen’s coffin was escorted by the Royal Family as well as thousands of soldiers as she was taken to Windsor Castle, where she was buried next to her husband Prince Philip later in the evening.
The huge amount of people, as well as world leaders and royalty, in the area, has made it the biggest security operation Britain has ever seen.
“Nothing can compare,” said Stuart Cundy, the Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner who described the operation as a “hugely complex” task.
Nick Aldworth, a former counter-terrorism police chief, said it was “probably the biggest operation that we’re likely to mount in the UK”.
It surpassed the police needed for the Platinum Jubilee and 2012 Olympics, which had up to 10,000 police officers on duty every day.
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John Ellis, age 56 from Portsmouth, watched the funeral from Long Walk, the area from Windsor Castle to Windsor Great Park.
He said: “My own emotions were mixed, up and down… The most moving moment I think was when the hearse went past. I was really struck by the silence.
“Especially with all the bands there, I thought there was going to be lots of music and fanfare and there wasn’t, there was just silence.”
Camilla Moore, age 53 from Nottingham, said “I find it hard to express in words what we just witnessed. This was really special and memorable.”
She described the event as“Terribly sad. So very, very sad. The end of an era.”