Satellite images capture thousands lining London for the Queen’s funeral

A satellite image shows crowds gathered in Hyde Park in London, Britain, on September 19, 2022. Courtesy of 2022 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVES. MUST NOT COVER THE LOGO.

Well-wishers lined the Mall, in Horse Guards Parade and Hyde Park hoping to catch a glimpse of her coffin (Image: Maxar Technologies via Reuters)

Incredible images from the sky show the sheer number of people who turned out to bid the Queen one last goodbye.

Thousands lined the streets of central London yesterday to watch Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral procession as her coffin entered and exited Westminster Abbey.

The historic day marked the end of the national period of mourning and allowed both the royal family and members of the public to bid farewell to Her Majesty in the grandest of ways.

The lead-lined oaken coffin was hauled down the Mall by Royal Navy sailors on a carriage.

Well-wishers lined the Mall, at Horse Guards Parade and in Hyde Park hoping to catch a glimpse of the coffin as it traveled the streets of the capital.

Members of the royal family, including King Charles III, Princes William and Harry and their wives, and even the Queen’s great-grandchildren, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, walked behind the coffin as part of the procession.

Around 2,000 guests attended the service at Westminster Abbey at the emotional state funeral – which saw a security operation bigger than the 2012 Olympics or the Platinum Jubilee.

All six living former Prime Ministers – Sir John Major, Sir Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Theresa May, David Cameron and Boris Johnson – were among the mourners, along with new Prime Minister Liz Truss and her cabinet.

A satellite image shows crowds along the funeral procession of the late Queen Elizabeth, near Hyde Park, in London, Britain September 19, 2022. Courtesy 2022 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVES. MUST NOT COVER THE LOGO.

Crowds along the route of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral procession near Hyde Park (Image: Maxar Technologies via Reuters)

A satellite image shows crowds along the funeral procession of the late Queen Elizabeth, near the Albert Memorial, in London, Britain September 19, 2022. Courtesy 2022 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVES. MUST NOT COVER THE LOGO.

Hundreds gather near the Albert Memorial in central London (Image: Maxar Technologies via Reuters)

A satellite image shows crowds at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain September 19, 2022. Courtesy 2022 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVES. MUST NOT COVER THE LOGO.

More people gathered outside Buckingham Palace to watch the spectacle (Image: Maxar Technologies via Reuters)

A satellite image shows the procession for the late Queen Elizabeth and crowds at Horse Guards Parade in London, Britain September 19, 2022. Courtesy 2022 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVES. MUST NOT COVER THE LOGO.

Horse Guards Parade was also packed for the spectacle (Image: Maxar Technologies via Reuters)

A satellite image shows a closer view of the funeral procession for the late Queen Elizabeth leaving Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, September 19, 2022. Courtesy of 2022 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVES. MUST NOT COVER THE LOGO.

A closer view of people gathering to watch the funeral procession (Image: Maxar Technologies via Reuters)

A satellite image shows an overview of the funeral procession for the late Queen Elizabeth leaving Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, September 19, 2022. Courtesy of 2022 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVES. MUST NOT COVER THE LOGO.

Thousands wanted to see the once-in-a-lifetime event (Image: Maxar Technologies via Reuters)

The service was led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who ended his sermon by saying ‘We shall meet again’, echoing the Vera Lynn war song adopted by the Queen as a message of support during the Covid-19 lockdowns in Great Britain.

Ms Truss read a verse from the Bible before kings, dignitaries and world leaders all stood to sing “The Lord’s My Shepherd” – a hymn used at both the Queen’s wedding and the funeral of her father, King George VI ., was sung.

After the Queen left Westminster for the last time, spontaneous applause and cheers erupted as the coffin made its way through the streets of west London towards Wellington Arch.

The coffin was then transferred to a hearse, which drove to Windsor on state roads rather than motorways so people could see it as they drove by.

Another procession at Windsor Castle greeted the arrival of the hearse – with thousands lining the Long Walk to watch – and the coffin was taken to St George’s Chapel for a televised funeral service.

Led by the Dean of Windsor, the service saw the chapel choir singing, the crown jewels being carried from the Queen’s coffin to the altar and the Queen’s crosier being broken.

The coffin was lowered into the royal vault and publicly seen for the last time.

The royal family confirmed the queen was buried next to her husband, Prince Philip, by releasing a sweet, previously unseen photo.

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