She has left a legacy that will never be paralleled by anyone else.Dawn Livingstone, who traveled with her family from outside of London to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II as her coffin traveled from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall to lie in state.
- The procession lasted approx. 38 minutes; Big Ben rang every minute of that procession.
- Heathrow Airport interrupted flights in the early afternoon so sounds of air traffic would not interrupt the procession.
- The Queen's coffin traveled to Westminster Hall — the oldest building in Parliament built in 1097.
- The Queen's coffin will be available for public viewing for the next four days.
A particularly poignant description of the scene by the BBC:
"Crowds at the far end of The Mall fell silent as the sombre thump of the drum echoed out.
Both young and old, who moments earlier had been cheerfully reminiscing about the Queen’s extraordinary life, bowed their heads.
As her coffin passed by there were tears. Some made the sign of the cross, army veterans saluted their former commander-in-chief – while families embraced.
They had seen the Queen – their Queen – the only Queen most had known, leave her home for the final time. Seconds after Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin passed out of sight, thunderous applause broke out, filling the warm London afternoon air." READ MORE
by Jenna Lee,