William and Harry united in grief as they walk side by side behind Queen’s coffin

Prince William and Prince Harry have put aside their differences as they walked in solidarity together behind The Queen’s coffin on her journey to Westminster Hall.

The brothers, who have had a strained relationship in recent years, walked united in grief during the Queen’s procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where the coffin will now lie in state until the funeral on Monday September 19.

Dressed in a black morning suit, Harry walked alongside his older brother, who himself wore his military dress uniform as they joined their father King Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne in the procession.

Anne’s son Peter Phillips and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence also walked behind the procession, as well as the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.

The Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Sussex are travelling by car.

Beginning at 2:22pm precisely, the procession marks one of the final legs of the Queen’s journey since her death last week.

William and Harry walking together behind the Queen's coffin is a heartbreaking echo of the funeral of their mother, Princess Diana.

The brothers were aged 15 and 12 when they walked behind the coffin of their mother along with their father Charles on September 6, 1997.

Taking 38 minutes in total, the procession route will see Queen's coffin travel along The Mall, Horse Guards Road, across Horse Guards Arch and onto Whitehall to Parliament Square.

Once it arrives at Westminster Hall, a short service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who will also be assisted by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, and attended by The King and Members of the Royal family.

After the service, the Queen will then lie in state until the funeral takes place on Monday, with members of the public able to visit and pay their respects to the monarch before she is formally laid to rest.

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Over a million people are expected to pay their respects in the four day period her coffin lies in state, with some mourners even queuing for two days already in a bid to ensure they could wish Her Majesty a fond farewell.

Crowd barriers and portable toilets were even set up in Westminster in anticipation of large volumes of visitors, with the government itself warning of queues up to 5 miles long and lasting upwards of 40 hours.

With so many people rushing to the capital to be part of the historic moment, Transport bosses have warned that the city will experience “unprecedented travel demand”.

As a result, some tube stations will need to temporarily close to avoid overcrowding, with passengers urged to avoid Green Park station altogether.

Network Rail, Transport for London and the Rail Delivery Group said: “As Her Majesty’s coffin travels to London to lie in state, it is expected that we will see unprecedented travel demand in the capital, especially from Wednesday, September 14.”

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Harry and William joined other members of the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening to receive the Queen’s coffin, after it arrived from Edinburgh.

Since the death of their grandmother the Queen, William and Harry have come together to support each other – and the rest of the family – in this time of mourning.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle viewed the countless floral tributes at Windsor last weekend that had been left for the Queen alongside William and wife Kate.

The occasion marked the first time in over a year that the brothers had been spotted in public together, with the last known occasion being in July 2021.

In the coming days, the brothers will continue to support each other through this sad time, before once again standing in solidarity at the funeral service itself, next week.


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