Timing of Queen’s coffin procession was tribute to King George VI, expert claims


The Queen’s coffin has been moved to Westminster Hall where Her Majesty will lie in rest for four days ahead of her state funeral.

After his death in 1952, bells tolled 56 times at Windsor – one for each year of his life – from 1.27pm until 2.22pm.

The timing may have also been symbolic as Jesus Christ is believed to have died on the Cross at 3pm, when the procession was due to arrive at Westminster Hall.

The Queen's coffin was moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall

The Queen’s coffin was moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall (Image: Getty)

The Queen's children walk behind her coffin

The Queen’s children walk behind her coffin (Image: Getty)

Lying on a gun carriage, covered by the Royal Standard flag and with the Imperial State Crown placed on a cushion on top alongside a wreath of flowers, the coffin bearing Elizabeth’s body was taken in a slow, sombre procession from her London home to Westminster Hall.

There Her Majesty will stay for four days as mourners pay their respects in their thousands.

Guns fired every minute at Hyde Park, while parliament’s famous Big Ben bell also rang at 60-second intervals.

Her Majesty will now lie in state for four days

Her Majesty will now lie in state for four days (Image: Getty)

The procession left Buckingham Palace at 2.22pm

The procession left Buckingham Palace at 2.22pm (Image: Getty)

Government officials said they could not put a precise figure on how many would want to file past the queen’s coffin, but around 750,000 people were expected.

The queues will stretch along the south bank of the River Thames, winding past landmarks such as the London Eye and Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

Queues to see the Queen's coffin are stretching across London

Queues to see the Queen’s coffin are stretching across London (Image: BBC)

The Royal Family leaving Westminster Hall

The Royal Family leaving Westminster Hall (Image: Getty)

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said some people might have to stand in line for as long as 30 hours in order to file past the coffin before Monday’s funeral.

Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, speaking to people in the line, said: “We are honouring two great British traditions, loving the queen and loving a queue.”

Each corner of the coffin, which is adorned by the Royal Standard, will be guarded 24 hours a day by soldiers from units that serve the Royal Household, including the Grenadier Guards and Blues and Royals.

Following the procession this afternoon, King Charles returned to his Gloucestershire home, Highgrove House.

For the past five days, the new King has been carrying out official visits across the country, travelling more than 1,500 iles.


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