PRINCE George and Princess Charlotte will be at the Queen’s funeral today – their chance to say goodbye to the woman they nicknamed “Gan-Gan”.
It is believed that their late inclusion was the brainchild of parents William and Kate, who felt it was important for them to attend the historic occasion.
George, 9, and Charlotte, 7, will be the youngest mourners at their great-grandmother’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
They will walk behind their parents – and ahead of Harry and Meghan – as they follow the Queen’s coffin inside.
New details of the ceremony – which will be watched by four billion people worldwide – were released last night, along with a never-before-seen photo of the smiling Queen.
Before the service, a tenor bell is rung every 60 seconds for 96 minutes – the number of years the Queen lived.
It has been announced that the coffin will be transported on a gun carriage from Westminster Hall, where it will depart at 10.44am after lying there in state for four days.
The procession is led by King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort, followed by senior royals.
It will arrive at the West Gate of Westminster Abbey at 10.52am.
A carrier company will carry the coffin into the Abbey – which was also the site of the Queen’s wedding in 1947 and her coronation six years later.
A procession of 84 will then follow the coffin inside, including standard-bearers, pallbearers, religious leaders and 18 members of the Queen’s family.
The king and queen go right behind the coffin.
They are followed by Princess Anne, her husband Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Prince Andrew and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Other family members who did not take part in the first procession – including George and Charlotte – will then join them at the Abbey door.
Charlotte will come in after her mother and before Meghan. On Charlotte’s right will be George, who will be behind his father and in front of his uncle Harry.
A late decision was made to include George and Charlotte, who attended the Thanksgiving service for Prince Philip in March, hand in hand with their parents.
Their names appear in the order of the service, which The Sun is reprinting today so readers can follow the historic service from the comfort of their own home.
They are also expected to attend the committing service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle today at 4pm but have not yet been named in the order released last night.
Her younger brother Louis, four, will not be on any service.
The entire memorial service will be televised live to an estimated global audience of four billion.
The 2,000 mourners inside include heads of state, foreign royalty and nearly 200 key workers and volunteers.
They were asked not to take photos or video while a new relaxed dress code allows women to wear pantsuits.
Those serving in the armed forces are required to wear a ceremonial uniform with mourning ribbons, but are not allowed to bring swords.
Harry and Andrew are unable to wear military uniform after having their titles stripped.
Worship service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. It is chaired by The Very Reverend David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster.
He will tell those gathered about the Queen: “It is with gratitude that we remember her unwavering commitment to high calling over so many years as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth.
“We remember with admiration her lifelong sense of duty and devotion to her people. With gratitude we praise God for their enduring example of Christian faith and devotion.
“We remember with affection her love for her family and her dedication to the causes close to her heart.”
A specially commissioned choral piece entitled ‘Like as the hart’ – inspired by the Queen’s Christian faith – will be performed before Prime Minister Liz Truss gives a reading.
This is followed by the hymn “The Lord’s my Shepherd” sung at the Queen’s wedding to Prince Philip in 1947.
At 11.55am, State Trumpeters’ Last Post will sound, followed by a two-minute silence across the UK.
God Save The King is sung before a lament played by the Queen’s Piper ends the service at around 12 noon.
The funeral procession will then make its slow and somber way through London, past thousands of mourners at Buckingham Palace and up Wellington Arch.
Last night, on the eve of her funeral, a never-before-seen photo of the smiling Queen was released by her family.
She wears her aquamarine clip brooches, a present for her 18th birthday from her father, King George VI.
It was taken in May for a collection to mark her platinum jubilee celebrations for her 70th anniversary of service on the throne.
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