Thousands watched the story unfold in London today.
The Queen’s coffin walked across the city from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall before lying in state for people to say their final goodbyes.
Huge crowds craned their necks and held up cameras as King Charles led his family through the somber procession.
He was flanked by his sons William and Harry, who followed close behind.
The monarch’s siblings Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward were also by his side as they walked through the city.
Tonight, a coiling snake winds its way through the city as people anxiously wait to say their final farewells to the Queen’s coffin.
Images of huge crowds, wavy lines and sad faces are reminiscent of 1952, when the coffin of the Queen’s father, George VI, passed through the city.
King George died on February 6, 1952 at the age of 56 after a battle with lung cancer. Young Elizabeth was informed of the news while she was in Kenya with Prince Philip.
Buckingham Palace announced to the world at 11.15am that day, releasing the following statement: “The King, who retired to rest in his usual health last night, fell peacefully asleep in his sleep this morning.”
George VI’s coffin was later drawn in procession to Westminster Hall, where, like the Queen’s now, it was to be laid in pomp.
On February 11, 1962, the royal family made their way through the streets of London to accompany the coffin on its journey.
The Dukes of Gloucester and Edinburgh followed the coffin on foot, followed by members of the late monarch’s royal household.
When King Charles died today, Elizabeth II, then 25, traveled by car with Queen Mary, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, rather than walking.
Huge crowds had lined the path to catch a glimpse of the passing royal entourage.
Many wore black as a sign of respect to family.
As the procession reached Westminster Hall, the coffin was then carefully placed on a dais under a vigil.
For those who couldn’t make it to the capital, the day’s events were extensively broadcast on television and also on the radio.
BBC presenter Richard Dimbleby’s poignant commentary on the event would go down in history.
He said to the audience: ‘Never lay a sleeping king safer, better guarded than here, with a golden candlelight to warm his resting place and the muffled footsteps of his devoted subjects to keep him company.’
At Westminster Hall, the public was allowed to view the coffin and at times had to queue for four miles to do so.
The snakes were nicknamed “The Great Queue” as they had reached such a length.
King George VI had died in February, meaning those wishing to pay his respects had to wait in freezing conditions.
But despite the weather, people still flocked to London to say their final goodbyes.
Over the next three days, around 304,000 people passed the coffin of the late king.
Numbers were lower than George V, which has been attributed to the impact of widespread television coverage.
After the last day of laying out, it took a team of three jewelers two hours to dust off the crown jewels that lay on the coffin in preparation for the funeral.
Decades after the death of George VI. in 1952 the nation now turns to the memory of the Queen.
Like her father, huge lines have formed across town for those anxious to get a chance to say their final goodbyes.
Royal fans can even track online how long the line was at Westminster Hall. This morning it had retreated 2.5 miles through town.
Barriers and portable toilets have been set up in Westminster in anticipation of up to a million visitors.
The Queen will lie in state for four days before the nation bids farewell at her funeral on Monday morning.
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