Residents of Hammersmith & Fulham turn out to bid farewell
The state hearse passes the council leader and Mayor on a podium. Picture: HF Council
A huge number of residents from the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) made their way to the A4 this Monday (19 September) to bid farewell to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Crowds were three or four people deep at certain points as people sought to gain a view of the funeral cortege as it travelled through the area on the monarch’s final journey to Windsor.
Some had arrived hours earlier to secure the best vantage point and flowers were thrown and some applause and cheers were heard as the state hearse passed by.
Council Leader Stephen Cowan and borough Mayor Emma Apthorp were joined on a podium near Furnivall Gardens to pay their tributes. They were joined by Kevin McGrath, the Deputy Lieutenant for H&F, as well as Ben Coleman, Deputy Leader of H&F, and Cllr Brocklebank- Fowler.
“This period of mourning is the final chapter of Britain’s second Elizabethan age,” Cllr Cowan said. “The Queen’s example sets the mark and lights the path for all of us.”
Residents wait next to Hammersmith Flyover. Picture: HF Council
Following the funeral service, The Queen’s coffin was drawn in a walking procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.
With the route lined with military personnel and police, Big Ben tolled at one-minute intervals as the procession moved slowly through the streets of the capital. Gun salutes also fired every minute from Hyde Park.
Camilla, the Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Sussex joined the procession in cars.
Crowds of people await the arrival of the funeral procession. Picture: HF Council
Once at Wellington Arch, the coffin was transferred to the new State Hearse for its final journey. The hearse arrived in Windsor for a walking procession up the Long Walk, which was lined with members of the armed forces.
The King and senior members of the Royal Family joined the cortege in the Quadrangle in Windsor Castle before the coffin entered St George's Chapel for a committal service.
The committal service – attended by a smaller, more personal congregation of about 800 guests – was conducted by Dean of Windsor David Conner, with a blessing from Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
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September 21, 2022