Prince William and Kate Middleton’s friend Rose Hanbury arrived at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral ahead of a procession involving the new Prince and Princess of Wales.
William and Kate will enter Westminster Abbey, followed by their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as Britain prepares to remember its longest reigning monarch around 11am London time.
Hanbury, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, their friend from Norfolk, will be sitting on the pews watching them follow Elizabeth’s coffin.
She also attended a memorial service for Prince Philip in March 2022, which the Queen attended.
Kate Middleton’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, were also seen arriving at the Abbey ahead of a moment in history, when world leaders will gather to mourn one of the most famous and beloved women in the world.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrived together a day after going for a solemn moment to watch the Queen lying in state at Westminster Hall.
King Charles III will lead the procession behind the Queen’s coffin and enter the Abbey with Camilla, Queen Consort, at his side.
On the eve of the funeral, he said in a special message: “Over the past ten days, my wife and I have been so deeply touched by the many messages of condolence and support we have received from this country and the world. entire.
“In London, Edinburgh, Hillsborough and Cardiff, we were moved beyond measure by all who took the trouble to come and pay tribute to the long service of my dear mother, the late Queen.
“As we all prepare to say our final goodbyes, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those countless people who have been such support and comfort to me and my family during this time of grief. .”
After the service at Westminster Abbey, there will be a second procession, lasting around an hour to Hyde Park, while Big Ben rings and fires to the minute.
A hearse will then transport Elizabeth to St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where there will be a burial service at 4pm London time.
Millions of people around the world will see Elizabeth’s coffin being placed in the Royal Vault, although she will actually be buried in a private ceremony minutes later.
The Queen will be laid to rest alongside her husband Prince Philip 17 months after she sat alone at his own funeral, also in St George’s Chapel.
COVID-19 rules were in place at the time which meant the Duke of Edinburgh did not secure the world leaders, presidents and dignitaries who will attend Elizabeth’s funeral.