MEGHAN Markle and Sophie Wessex will follow the Queen's funeral procession by car, it was revealed today.

The pair, who were yesterday travelled together for the late monarch's lying in state, will be driven behind senior royals on foot in solemn scenes on Monday.


The King will once again lead his family in marching behind the Queen's coffin when it is moved from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey.

He will then walk with the Princess Royal, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex for the funeral service.

Behind the quartet will be the Queen's grandsons Peter Phillips, Duke of Sussex and the Prince of Wales.

And they will be followed by the late monarch's son-in-law Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of Gloucester, the Queen's cousin, and her nephew the Earl of Snowdon.

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Other royals, including Sophie and Meghan, will complete the journey by car.

The coffin will be carried on a 123-year-old gun carriage towed by 98 Royal Navy sailors in a tradition dating back to the funeral of Queen Victoria.

The procession will be led by a massed Pipes & Drums of Scottish and Irish Regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas, and the Royal Air Force – numbering 200 musicians.

It will arrive at the west gate of Westminster Abbey at 10.52am when the bearer party will lift the coffin from the gun carriage and carry it into the Abbey for the state funeral service, the Earl Marshal said.

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The service will begin at 11am and will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster.

The Prime Minister and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth will read Lessons, while the Archbishop of York, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Free Churches Moderator will say prayers.

The sermon will be given by the Archbishop of Canterbury who will also give the commendation, while the Dean will pronounce the blessing.

It comes as…

  • Harry and Meghan are 'furious' Archie and Lilibet won't get HRH status – but will be Prince and Princess
  • A royal guard collapsed on duty next to the Queen's coffin
  • King Charles has travelled to Highgrove for a day of contemplation
  • The monarch led his family on a sombre procession as the Queen's coffin was taken to lie in state
  • Heartbroken Brits have been queuing for hours to visit Her Majesty's coffin

At around 11.55am the Last Post will sound, followed by two minutes of silence to be observed in the Abbey and throughout the UK.

Reveille, the national anthem and a lament played by the Queen's piper will bring the state funeral service to an end at around noon.

The bearer party will then lift the coffin from the catafalque and will move in procession through the Great West Door returning to the State Gun Carriage positioned outside the West Gate.

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The coffin will be followed by the King and the Queen Consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales and members of the royal family who will walk in the procession to Wellington Arch.

About 2,000 people, including world leaders and foreign royals, are expected to gather inside Westminster Abbey.




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