The procession of the Queen’s coffin started today at 2:22pm from Buckingham Palace. The coffin is being carried from the late Queen’s primary residence to Westminster Hall, where the lying-in-state ceremony will take place.
Thousands, if not millions, of Britons have lined the streets of London today, hoping to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin.
Draped with a flag, the coffin is also decorated with the Crown and a wreath of beautiful flowers.
The flowers include pines from the gardens of Balmoral, as well as lavander and rosemary from Windsor.
The pines represent the Queen’s last resting place and the spot where she was most at peace during her life.
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Meanwhile, lavender flowers represent purity, silence, devotion, serenity, grace, and calmness, which are also fitting for today’s procession.
Additionally, the flowers are purple, which has long been a colour associated with royalty.
This dates back to the kings and queens of the ancient world, where the colour was prized for its bold hues and often reserved only for royals and aristocrats.
The Persian king Cyrus adopted a purple tunic as his royal uniform, and some Roman emperors forbid their citizens from wearing purple clothing under the penalty of death.
As members of the Guard of Honour carried the coffin through London, King Charles III followed behind.
Prince William and Prince Harry were also present, walking side-by-side, as well as Peter Phillips, Princess Anne’s son.
The women followed the procession by car. The Duchess of Sussex joined Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, as Kate, the Princess of Wales, sat with the Queen Consort, Camilla.
Meghan wore pearl earrings, perhaps in honour of the Queen, who was a fan of the gems, while Kate donned a large silver brooch on the left lapel of her black coat.