Britain Says Goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II With State Funeral

Crowds flock to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II

Britain has today said goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II with a majestic funeral steeped in tradition and marked by thousands.

Royal family members and dignitaries gathered at Westminster Abbey for a somber service, with world leaders past and present from all corners of the planet also in attendance.

The funeral, which served as both a state and religious service and marked the end of 10 days of mourning, honored the Queen and her life with the air of pageantry associated with one of the most widely-recognized monarchs in the world.

Tens of thousands of people flocked to streets around Westminster Abbey and along the 25-mile procession route from central London to Windsor, wishing to pay their respects to the sovereign as she traveled by hearse to her final resting place.

In the third and final procession of the day, the Queen’s coffin was taken past crowds of well-wishers lining the Long Walk to Windsor Castle for her committal service and burial at St. George’s Chapel.

Later in the evening, she was interred together with her husband of 73 years, the Duke of Edinburgh, in the King George VI Memorial Chapel. The remains of the Queen’s father, her mother the Queen Mother, and her sister Princess Margaret are also housed in the chapel.