Sombre royals follow Queen’s coffin towed by sailors to Westminster Abbey

As her children and some grandchildren stood in formation behind the gun carriage that would carry the Queen to her funeral, only boots tapping in unison on the cobbles and

briefly shouted military orders broke a respectful silence outside Westminster Hall. Twelve days after the nation’s longest-reigning monarch died, the last steps of her

journey towards her final resting place began in New Palace Yard with a procession to Westminster Abbey. Crowds which gathered close to Parliament Square early on Monday had

clapped and cheered the arrival of the King, who was driven to Westminster Hall just after 10.30am to escort his mother’s coffin to the funeral. But just minutes later, as

the new monarch stood in line with his siblings the Princess Royal, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex, behind the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy, there was silence. The

crowd, momentarily still and with phones held up to capture the historic moment, was around 10-people thick in places, as tens of thousands thronged the streets to say goodbye to

the monarch. Cousins the Prince of Wales, Duke of Sussex and Peter Phillips all followed behind the coffin, for the short walk to the Abbey. While the King and most

other royals wore military uniform, Andrew and Harry sported suits in line with the fact neither are any longer working royals. The Queen’s closest family all looked sombre

as they followed the 123-year-old carriage ahead of the state funeral. The procession included Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Queen’s cousin the Duke of

Gloucester, and her nephew the Earl of Snowdon.