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The last in line

A woman and her younger female companion became the last to join the lineup to see the Queen lying in state when a steward handed her a wristband.

“You are the last person in the queue,” he told her, according to footage shown on Sky News on Sunday night.

The woman said “Bless you” and received a round of applause from stewards and other people waiting as she filed through the cordon to tyake her place.

Barriers set up to control the queue near Tower Bridge after the last mourners passed through. Photograph: Nariman El-Mofty/AP

Her relief was mirrired by groans from those just behind her who were turned away.

“I’m absolutely gutted,” said one disappointed mourner.

With the queue to see the Queen’s coffin lying in state now closed, the last mourners will file through Westminster Hall in just under two hours from now.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said after 10.30pm on Sunday night that the last people had been admitted to the queue.

Mourners line the South Bank of the Thames as they wait to pay their respects at Westminster Hall on Sunday night.
Mourners line the South Bank of the Thames as they wait to pay their respects at Westminster Hall on Sunday night. Photograph: Jack Dredd/REX/Shutterstock
The queue for Westminster Hall as seen from the window of The Deanery of Southwark Cathedral.
The queue for Westminster Hall as seen from the window of The Deanery of Southwark Cathedral. Photograph: Jill Mead/The Guardian
Mourners wait in line to pay their last respects to the Queen on Sunday night.
Mourners wait in line to pay their last respects to the Queen on Sunday night. Photograph: Jack Dredd/REX/Shutterstock

“The queue to attend Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State is at final capacity and is now closed to new entrants,” the department said.

“Please do not attempt to join the queue. Stewards will manage those already nearby.
Thank you for your understanding.”

What will happen today?

Here is a guide to today’s events. All times are BST.

6.30am – The Queen’s lying-in-state will end

The lying-in-state, in which the Queen’s closed coffin has been on view to the public at Westminster Hall since Wednesday, will come to an end.

8am – Westminster Abbey opens

Westminster Abbey will open to the congregation attending the Queen’s funeral. The funeral, which will be one of the largest gathering of heads of states and royalty the UK has hosted in decades, will include European royal families and world leaders.

10.30am – Queen’s coffin carried to the Abbey

The coffin will be carried by the gun carriage from Westminster Hall to the Abbey, being towed by 142 sailors from the Royal Navy. King Charles III, joined by royal family members as well as members of the royal household, will follow the coffin.

10.52am – Procession arrives at Westminster Abbey

The procession will arrive at the West Gate of Westminster Abbey, and the bearer party, which is made up by members of the Queen’s guard, will carry the coffin from the gun carriage.

11am – Service begins

The service, which will be led by the dean of Westminster, Dr David Hoyle, will begin. The sermon will be delivered by the archbishop of Canterbury.

11.55am The last post

The last post will be played, and will be followed by a two-minute silence.

Noon – State funeral service ends

The national anthem will be played, bringing the state funeral service to a close. The coffin will then be carried to the state gun carriage.

12:15pm – Coffin procession to Wellington Arch

The procession, led by the King, will be made up of several groups, with each accompanied by a service band. These groups include representatives from the NHS, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as detachments from the Armed Forces of the Commonwealth. Guns will be fired every minute in Hyde Park by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, while Big Ben will toll every minute as the procession makes its way through the streets.

1pm – Coffin placed in the state hearse

The procession will arrive at Wellington Arch, and the bearer party will transfer the coffin to the hearse before the car leaves for Windsor. There will also be a royal salute, and the national anthem will be played.

3.06pm – Arrival at Windsor

The hearse will arrive in Windsor and join a procession up Long Walk to Windsor Castle. It will be joined by the King and members of the royal family before moving to St George’s Chapel for the committal service.

4pm – Committal service begins

The committal service begins in St George’s Chapel attended by around 800 people, including the King, the royal family, Commonwealth leaders, governors-general and mourners from the Queen’s household past and present, including personal staff from across her private estates. It will be conducted by the dean of Windsor with a blessing by the archbishop of Canterbury. The Queen’s coffin will then be lowered into the royal vault.

7.30pm – Private burial service

A private service conducted by the Dean of Windsor, attended just by the King and the royal family. The Queen’s coffin will be laid to rest at St George’s chapel, alongside Prince Phillip and her parents, King George VI and the Queen Mother.

Opening summary

After 10 days of official mourning, the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II takes place in London today.

It will be a day of ceremony and tradition – as well as one of the largest gatherings of heads of state and other world leaders witnessed in years.

The last of those queueing to see the Queen lying in state in Westminster Hall will pass by the catafalque at 6.30am BST. That will bring to an end days that saw queues of up to 5 miles (8km) winding along the Thames as members of the public came to pay their respects.

This live blog will cover all the events of the day. Here is how some other Guardian readers are planning to spend it:

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