Queen's final journey: Charles, William, Harry, Andrew, Anne and Edward lead procession

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King Charles III will lead the Royal Family in guiding Queen Elizabeth’s coffin from the royal residence at Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall. The new monarch, 73, will lead his siblings and close family members for the procession of the coffin through the capital on Wednesday.

The Queen’s coffin was flown from Edinburgh Airport to RAF Northolt on Tuesday evening, accompanied by the Princess Royal.

Princess Anne, 72, was the only one of the late monarch’s children to fly down to west London with the coffin following a lying-in-state period in Edinburgh.

The King, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward performed the traditional Vigil of the Princes at St Giles’ Cathedral, before the coffin was transferred to England.

On Tuesday night, the coffin arrived at Buckingham Palace, and was taken to the Bow Room of the emblematic royal residence.

But on Wednesday, the coffin will be taken from the Palace to Westminster Hall, where it will begin another lying-in-state period.

Members of the public will be able to pay their respects to the Queen for a four-day window ahead of the late monarch’s funeral on Monday, September 19.

Walking behind the procession of the Queen’s coffin will be the King, the Duke of York, 62, Princess Anne, the Earl of Wessex, and the new Prince of Wales.

Prince William, 40, will be accompanied by his brother, Prince Harry, and Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips.

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Also following the procession will be the Princess Royal’s husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.

Following by car will be Camilla, Queen Consort, Kate, Princess of Wales, with the Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Other members of the Royal Family not featuring in the procession are expected to await its arrival at Westminster at around 3pm.

Members of the public will be able to view the royal procession at various points throughout the route, including at The Mall, Horse Guards, Whitehall and Parliament Square.

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A screen will also project the procession to an audience at Hyde Park.

Once the coffin arrives at Westminster Hall, a 20-minute service will be held by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Westminster.

The Queen’s coffin will sit on a platform, known as a catafalque, in Westminster Hall, allowing royal mourners to file past throughout the rest of the week.

The lying-in-state period will begin at 5pm on Wednesday, with the doors of Westminster Hall open 24 hours a day until the end of the window.

Public viewing of the Queen’s closed coffin will end at 6.30am on Monday, September 19.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport issued updated guidance for “very long” queues facing those wishing to visit the Queen during the lying-in-state period.

It warned royal mourners: “You will need to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit down as the queue will be continuously moving.”

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