HUNDREDS of thousands of the Queen’s loyal subjects are expected to line the streets as she makes her final journey from London to Windsor Castle on Monday.
The final details of the route were revealed yesterday – chosen to maximize the chance for well-wishers to bid farewell to Her Majesty.
Nearly 15,000 police officers will attend the funeral – in what is being called Britain’s largest security operation of all time.
After the state funeral, the Queen’s coffin is hauled by Navy sailors on a gun carriage from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.
There it is lifted into the royal hearse to travel to Windsor Castle.
A Buckingham Palace source told The Sun yesterday: “The route has been planned with the public in mind.”
Rather than taking the M4, which would have been the quickest route, the coffin will travel at 12mph on the A roads west of London into Berkshire.
Clean-up crews have been working all night and for the past 36 hours to prepare the route, collecting rubbish, cutting verges and washing the roads with blasting abrasives.
The hearse first travels through Knightsbridge on the Cromwell Road – past Harrods, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum.
It then continues on the A4 past Earl’s Court and the famous Three Kings pub before heading to the Chiswick roundabout next to the famous Fuller’s Brewery.
It continues on the Great West Road and then turns onto the A30 at Hounslow to leave central London towards Heathrow Airport.
It will then travel along the A30 towards Staines, Surrey where it joins the A308 towards Old Windsor.
The hearse then drives past the spot where the Magna Carta was signed by King John in 1215.
The famous Runnymede Field is a perfect place for mourners and many thousands are expected there.
In Runnymede, Her Majesty will pass by the JFK Memorial and the Air Force Memorial, which honors WWII aviators.
The hearse then travels through the village of Old Windsor, past the Bells of Ouzeley Harvester pub and the Toby Carvery before reaching the Albert Road which leads into Windsor and flanks the royal estate.
At Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road, the hearse will stop to hear from King Charles III. and other royals before making the journey to The Long Walk, where tens of thousands of mourners will watch him enter Windsor Castle.
Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson were spotted there watching floral tributes yesterday.
It comes as…
The Duke of York, 62, looked deep in thought as he walked through the grounds to gaze at the sea of flowers.
And in her first appearance since the Queen’s death, Sarah, 62, was seen bending down to read the messages left by well-wishers.
The Duchess of York is believed to be attending the Queen’s funeral on Monday with her daughters Princesses Beatrice, 34, and Eugenie, 32.
Around 10,500 Met Police Officers will be deployed in London, supported by 2,000 colleagues from almost every other armed force.
More than 2,000 police officers from the Thames Valley will also be present in Windsor.
Details of the massive scale of the operation emerged yesterday as police prepared for the task of protecting world leaders, hundreds of VIPs and millions of mourners.
Stuart Cundy, the Met’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner, said: “As a single event, this is bigger than the 2012 Olympics, it’s bigger than the Platinum Jubilee.
“The range of officials, police officers and everyone who supports the operation is really immense.”
Mr Cundy said the funeral was the Met’s largest global security operation to date – with US President Joe Biden among the world leaders.
Mr Biden is expected to fly to the UK today.
Tomorrow he will meet Liz Truss for her first face-to-face meeting since she became PM.
The Met has prepared contingency plans to deal with threats such as terrorist attacks, mass destruction and criminals looking to exploit mourners.
It comes after two women were allegedly sexually assaulted while waiting in line to take part in the Queen’s state lie.
A man was taken into custody.
A total of 34 people have been arrested in London in mourning-related incidents, several of them for protesting.
Police said the number was small.
- Additional Reporting: Natasha Clark and Julia Atherley
Bishops: Help all to mourn together
THE Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written an open letter urging people across the country to ensure no one is left to mourn alone during the Queen’s funeral.
The campaign group Together Coalition, supported by community organizations and charities, is urging groups and individuals to reach out to those who may be alone.
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, writes in The Sun urging Brits to come together on Monday.
THE funeral of Her Majesty the Queen on Monday will be a tremendous moment for this country.
It will be a great privilege to be a part of, but this event isn’t just for the people who will be at Westminster Abbey – it’s for all of us.
This is a time for the nation to come together, remember and give thanks for Her Majesty’s life.
Grief is a normal reaction to loss and the funeral will be an opportunity for us to deal with it together.
It will be a Christian service, but I believe there will be something in it—perhaps a hymn, a prayer, or a line from the Bible—that people of faith and non-believers might find comfort in.
The most important thing is that we come together, because in each other we find support, comfort and care.
Jesus asks us to love our neighbor.
On Monday, that means taking care of each other, especially those who may be finding the day particularly difficult because they’re alone, or remembering loved ones they’ve lost.
When each of us commits to calling someone who might be happy, or inviting someone to watch the funeral with us, or to meet friends or family, we can ensure that no one feels alone and isolated on Monday.
I believe that God is close to those who suffer.
But he also reminds us to show the same love to other people and to be part of a community that cares about one another.
That’s what Her Majesty taught us, too – that we can face tough days together, knowing we’re never alone.
We call on businesses, communities and public spaces to do everything in their power to open places where people can be together.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6241349/inside-the-queens-final-journey-london-to-windsor-funeral/ In the Queen’s final journey – from London to Windsor Castle, where thousands will line the streets to say goodbye