Tearful mourners line London streets to watch Queen's coffin leave Buckingham Palace

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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown and pulled by a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, during a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, in London on September 14, 2022. - Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster, from Wednesday until a few hours before her funeral on Monday, with huge queues expected to file past her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHIP SOMODEVILLA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Queen's coffin is seen during a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster. (Getty)

Tearful mourners have lined the streets to watch the Queen's coffin leave Buckingham Palace.

People flocked to see Her Majesty departing the official residence where she spent so much of her working life.

It was so busy that viewing areas were declared full ahead of the procession.

A gun carriage that had borne the coffins of the Queen's mother and father carried the late monarch to Westminster Hall – a procession through the heart of the capital watched by tens of thousands.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaves Buckingham Palace for Westminster Hall during a ceremonial procession on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Vadim Ghirda - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The coffin leaves Buckingham Palace. (Getty)
Members of the public wait to watch the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown and pulled by a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, during a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, in London on September 14, 2022. - Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster, from Wednesday until a few hours before her funeral on Monday, with huge queues expected to file past her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the public watch on. (Getty)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Mourners line the streets during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Mourners line the streets during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II. (Getty)

In bright summer sunshine, funeral marches played by military bands added to the solemn mood that left some mourners weeping, while others held up their camera phones to record the historic moment.

The King led the Royal Family as they walked behind the coffin, draped with a Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown, and pulled on a gun carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

The new monarch walked in line with the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.

Behind the King were the Queen’s grandsons in a line – Peter Phillips, the Duke of Sussex and the Prince of Wales – who were followed by the late monarch’s son-in-law Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of Gloucester, the Queen’s cousin, and her nephew the Earl of Snowdown.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Mourners watch the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II at the Hyde Park screening site on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Mourners watch the procession. (Getty)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: A tearful mourner watches  the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II at the Hyde Park screening site on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
A woman wipes away her tears. (Getty)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: A tearful mourner watch's the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II at the Hyde Park screening site on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
A tearful mourner at the procession. (Getty)

The crowds were treated to the spectacle of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment processing past along with soldiers from the Life Guards and Blues and Royals on foot.

At Horse Guards Parade, crowds of mourners, many in tears, applauded as the Queen’s coffin and procession entered the vast ceremonial parade ground, with the bells of Big Ben continuing to sound every minute.

Royal family members saluted as they made their way past the Cenotaph while Harry bowed his head.

The Queen’s coffin was transported on the George Gun Carriage.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: A tearful mourner watch's the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II at the Hyde Park screening site on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
A member of the public is overcome with emotion. (Getty)
Members of the public watching (left to right) King Charles III, the Princess Royal and the Duke of York following the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown placed on top, is carried on a horse-drawn gun carriage of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, during the ceremonial procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, London, where it will lie in state ahead of her funeral on Monday. Picture date: Wednesday September 14, 2022. (Photo by Henry Nicholls/PA Images via Getty Images)
Members of the public watched the Royal Family escort the Queen's coffin. (Getty)

The bearer party which carried the Queen’s coffin into Westminster Hall, and provided an escort, were soldiers flown back from Iraq to take part in the ceremony.

Before the lying in state began a brief service for the reception of the coffin was held, with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, giving the opening prayer.

The first vigil was mounted by four officers from the Household Division – two each from the Blues and Royals and Life Guards – and at some point the Queen’s children will take part in the ancient ceremony over the four days the Queen lies in state.

The Queen’s lying in state in Westminster Hall opened to the public at 5pm on Wednesday and will be open 24 hours a day until it closes at 6.30am on Monday 19 September – the day of the monarch's funeral.