PHILADELPHIA - Queen Elizabeth II's funeral procession has begun in the UK, and people across the world are mourning her death. The queen, the longest reigning monarch in the world, died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. The funeral procession is a fitting tribute to her life and long reign.
The procession route begins at Westminster Abbey, where the Queen's coffin is placed. People have lined up along the route, with police and military personnel lining up on the streets and in the park. Big Ben tolls and gun salutes are fired at one-minute intervals from Hyde Park. There are also designated viewing areas along the route. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police lead the procession, which comprises seven groups, each with its own band. The procession will include members of the Royal Family and armed forces.
The funeral is expected to attract millions of viewers worldwide. It will be the first royal funeral to be televised. The ceremony will conclude with the Last Post salute and a two-minute period of silence. The coffin will then be carried through central London, passing the palace of the queen and the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner. Members of the royal family and the King's Household members will follow it.
After years of planning and preparation, Elizabeth II's funeral is finally taking place. Broadcast live worldwide, and a massive security operation will be set up to ensure the procession passes smoothly. Several live news channels will live-stream the funeral, and CBS News and Gayle King will join Norah O'Donnell as the anchors.
The procession begin after her coffin left Westminster Hall. The green gun carriage, originally used for kings' funerals, will accompany the coffin. The procession will be flanked by the queen's grandchildren, Prince William, Prince Harry, and Prince Andrew. The procession will also include the queen's son, Prince Edward, and daughter, Princess Eugenie. Other members of the royal family are also expected to be present, such as Princesse Kate and Prince William.
Thousands of people were lined up along the route of Queen Elizabeth's funeral. Her coffin will be carried in a state gun carriage by the senior members of the British royal family. The Queen will rest alongside her late husband, Prince Philip. It is an important ceremony in British history.
Queen Elizabeth II's funeral is being attended by world leaders and dignitaries. Representatives from Commonwealth of Nations countries, including most former British Empire colonies, will be among those attending. Hundreds of thousands of people will queue to walk past the Queen's casket in Westminster Hall.