Meghan Markle and Sophie follow the Queen’s funeral procession in the car while Prince Harry and William walk alongside the coffin

As announced today, MEGHAN Markle and Sophie Wessex will follow the Queen’s funeral procession in the car.

The couple, who traveled together yesterday for the handover of the late monarch, will be herded on foot behind senior royals in celebratory scenes on Monday.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, were wheeled behind the Queen's coffin on September 14

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, were wheeled behind the Queen’s coffin on September 14Photo credit: AFP
Senior royals walk during the procession for the funeral of the late monarch

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Senior royals walk during the procession for the funeral of the late monarchPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

The King will again lead his family in the march behind the Queen’s coffin when it is moved from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey.

He will then attend the funeral service with the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.

Behind the quartet are the Queen’s grandsons, Peter Phillips, the Duke of Sussex and the Prince of Wales.

And they will be succeeded by the late monarch’s son-in-law, Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of Gloucester, the Queen’s cousin, and her nephew, the Earl of Snowdon.

Other royals, including Sophie and Meghan, will make the trip by car.

The coffin will be transported on a 123-year-old gun wagon pulled by 98 Royal Navy seamen in a tradition dating back to Queen Victoria’s funeral.

The procession is led by a large number of pipes and drums from the Scottish and Irish Regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas and the Royal Air Force – with 200 musicians.

It will arrive at Westminster Abbey’s west gate at 10.52am, when the carrying party will lift the coffin from its carriage and carry it into the Abbey for the state funeral service, the Earl Marshal said.

The service begins at 11am and is led by the Dean of Westminster.

The Prime Minister and General Secretary of the Commonwealth will read lessons while the Archbishop of York, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland General Assembly and the Moderator of the Free Churches will offer prayers.

The homily will be delivered by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who will also say the Commendation, while the Dean will say the Blessing.


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At around 11.55am the Last Post will be sounded followed by a two minute silence observed at the Abbey and across the UK.

The Reveille, the national anthem and a lamentation by the Queen’s bagpiper conclude the state funeral around noon.

The carrying party then lifts the coffin from the catafalque and moves in procession through the Great West Door back to the State Gun Carriage, positioned outside the West Gate.

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The coffin will be followed by the King and Queen, the Prince and Princess of Wales and members of the Royal Family who will walk in the procession to Wellington Arch.

Around 2,000 people are expected to gather at Westminster Abbey, including heads of state and foreign royals.

Royals walk behind the Queen's coffin draped in the royal standard

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Royals walk behind the Queen’s coffin draped in the royal standardCredit: PA
Meghan followed the procession by car

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Meghan followed the procession by carPhoto credit: AFP
The Queen Consort, Princess of Wales, Countess of Wessex and Duchess of Sussex attend a service at Westminster Hall

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The Queen Consort, Princess of Wales, Countess of Wessex and Duchess of Sussex attend a service at Westminster HallPhoto credit: AFP

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