Britain bids farewell to Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen’s life-long sense of duty has been remembered in her state funeral service at Westminster Abbey.

The Dean of Westminster, who led the service, expressed gratitude to a congregation of 2,000 people including world leaders and royalty.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and his wife are among the world leaders who are attending the funeral in London to pay their last respect on behalf of Ghanaians. The 2,000 guests, including royals, presidents, heads of government and ministers are attending the state funeral of the late sovereign, who ruled the British Empire for seven decades

King Charles III led a somber procession behind his mother’s coffin from Westminster Hall to the abbey.

As the service came towards its end the Last Post was played – by the same team who performed it at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral – before the nation came to a standstill for two minutes of silence.

The queen’s coffin emerges into the bright sunshine outside Westminster Abbey, setting the stage for the next phase of the ceremony: a grand procession through the streets of London.

This procession was designed to project the full splendor of the monarchy: seven groups, each with their own marching band; detachments from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Royal Ulster Constabulary, and the British armed forces; and mounted soldiers from the Household Cavalry.

Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is among the leaders and dignitaries from around the world who have signed a book of condolence at Lancaster House in London following the death of the queen.

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