More than 320 members of Armed Forces personnel helped move The Queen’s coffin in procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall for the lying-in-state of The Queen.

Sailors, soldiers and aviators from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force took part in the procession alongside members of the Royal Family as the country continues its mourning for The Queen.

Soldiers from The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment formed up on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace as it began its journey to Westminster Hall.

Photographer: SGT LEE GODDARD – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

A bearer party from The Queen’s Company 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards lifted the coffin on to a gun carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, which carried the coffin in procession to The Palace of Westminster.

The King’s Troop also fired processional minute guns from Hyde Park, counting each minute of the procession with the troop’s world-class precision. The King’s Life Guard turned out in the Front Yard of Horse Guards and gave a royal salute to the coffin as it passed.

The coffin was welcomed to The Palace of Westminster by a guard of honour numbering more than 50 personnel from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, accompanied by The Band of HM Royal Marines. Members of the Armed Forces will also form a vigil over The Queen’s coffin throughout the four days of the lying-in-state.  

Read the Order of Service for the Service for the Reception of Her Majesty’s Coffin at Westminster Hall.

You can view the Order of Service here:

Order of Service Westminster Hall.pdf

PDF iconOrder of Service Westminster Hall.pdf


Main photo: Photographer Cpl Cameron Eden RLC – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022


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