Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral: world witnesses UK deliver exceptional event

Queen coffin

Photo: Copyright Finley Sampson, Mash Media

As hundreds of global leaders gathered in London, on 19 September, to mark the life and work of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain honoured its late monarch with a state funeral watched by millions around the world. The exact number of viewers who tuned into the funeral's live coverage has not yet been confirmed.

Additionally, thousands of members of the British public gathered in London along the route of the funeral procession to pay their last respects to the late Queen who died last week at the age of 96.

Queen Elizabeth’s more than 70 years on the throne and “lifelong sense of duty and dedication to her people” were commemorated in a service in Westminster Abbey with 2,000 guests, before a more private committal service was held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

On the eve of the state funeral, King Charles III had hosted an event described as “the diplomatic reception of the century”, with 1,000 guests at Buckingham Palace.

Guests included US president Biden, French president Macron, Canadian prime minister Trudeau and New Zealand premier Arden.

The funeral marked the end of 10 days of national mourning in the UK and involved a major security operation with a no-fly zone and drone-blocking technology. Scotland Yard described the event as ”the largest single policing event” it has ever undertaken. Around 4,000 military personnel were on parade at the funeral.

President Biden said in his tribute to Queen Elizabeth: “You were fortunate to have had her for 70 years, we all were. The world is better for her.”

All those who helped work on and supply equipment for this unique global event can undoubtedly take pride in their professional delivery.

In pictures

Our EW photographer Fin Sampson was on The Mall and we present a selection of photographs he took of the occasion.