PHOTO: Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall seen holding hands in the Palace of Westminster after the procession for the Lying-in-State of Queen Elizabeth II KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

PHOTO: Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall seen holding hands in the Palace of Westminster after the procession for the Lying-in-State of Queen Elizabeth II

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall pay their respects in the Palace of Westminster after the procession for the Lying-in-State of Queen Elizabeth II (September 14). (Read More Here).

In the trending picture, Zara and Mike were also seen holding hands, just as Meghan and Harry did. (Read More Here).

The first mourners are now able to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth, who is lying in state in Westminster Hall
She was brought in a procession from Buckingham Palace - Princes William and Harry, along with King Charles III, walked behind the coffin
Guns were fired in Hyde Park and Big Ben was tolled every minute in the sombre ceremony
There are long queues of more than two miles along the South Bank of the Thames as people wait for their turn to pay their respects

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to file past the Queen's coffin in the coming days
The Queen's funeral will be held on Monday 19 September - a bank holiday.

The nation is beginning to pay its respects to the Queen as the first tearful mourners begin to file past her coffin - with up a million people expected to join a 35-hour queue as she lies in state for four days at the Palace of Westminster.

Hymn-singing crowds of hungry campers eating 'pizza blessed by God' and military veterans who kept themselves awake to avoid crumpling their clothes are among hundreds of thousands of well-wishers waiting to pay a final tribute to the fallen monarch over the coming days.

The Queen's coffin arrived at Westminster Hall following a procession from Buckingham Palace this afternoon and will remain until the funeral at Westminster Abbey and burial in Windsor on Monday, September 19.

At 4am this morning, the Archbishop of York entertained tired mourners camping along the Albert Embankment overlooking the Houses of Parliament entertained by singing hymns and even brought pizza which campers joked had probably been blessed - while a former soldier dressed impeccably in a bowler hat and polished shoes said he was keeping himself awake by rocking on his heels.

Thousands of mourners have gathered on The Mall to catch a glimpse of the Royal Carriage carrying the Queen as King Charles III and his warring sons William, Prince of Wales and Harry, Duke of Sussex led the coffin's solemn ceremonial procession from Buckingham Place to the Palace of Westminster at 2.22pm this afternoon.  

An estimated 10,000 people are queueing past Waterloo station towards the Southbank Centre to pay their respects to the late monarch. 

The 10-mile queue begins on the Albert Embankment, along Belvedere Road, behind the London Eye. It will then cross Lambeth Bridge and travel along the South Bank past the National Theatre, Tate Modern and HMS Belfast. The back of the queue will be in Southwark Park.  

City Hall said all viewing areas for the procession are full, adding that people should instead head to Hyde Park to watch proceedings on large screens.

Officials expect some 400,000 people, some of whom have flown into the UK from abroad, will view the coffin - more than the 300,000 who filed past her father King George VI as he lay in state at Westminster Hall in 1952. But with between 750,000 and a million expected to want to pay tribute, fears are growing that as many as 650,000 could miss out. Many others may struggle to get to London due to the enormous strain that transport networks are set to come under.

After announcing that William and Kate would become Prince and Princess of Wales, he said: "I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas."

In a tribute to the Queen released on Monday, Harry also said he wanted to "honour my father in his new role as King Charles III".

Maj Gen Christopher Ghika, commanding officer for the procession to Westminster Hall, said the parade would involve 800 to 1,000 members of the armed forces.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It's a very sad duty, but it's a unique privilege to take part in the armed forces' last duty to our Queen.

"In terms of evocative images of the Queen leaving Buckingham Palace for the last time, this is going to be a very special afternoon."

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