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Death of Elizabeth II: Princes William and Harry walk side by side behind the Queen’s coffin (VIDEO)

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United in mourning, the royal family accompanies Elizabeth II to Westminster. Charles III and his siblings walk in the lead. Following, despite their estrangement, are Princes William and Harry. United in mourning, the royal family accompanies Elizabeth II through the heart of London, in front of thousands of people who are often moved to tears.

Like a period of tributes regulated to the millimeter and loaded with historical symbols and traditions, the procession starts at exactly 2:22 p.m. (1:22 p.m. GMT) from Buckingham Palace and the late sovereign leaves for the last time the building where she grew then which became his official residence as monarch for more than 70 years.

At the precise rhythm of 75 steps per minute, typical of funerals, the procession rushes on the Mall, the wide avenue of almost a kilometer where, a little more than three months ago, a joyful crowd celebrated the platinum jubilee of the Queen, for her 70 years of reign.

Silence and contemplation this time accompany the coffin of the adored monarch of the British. Behind him, King Charles III, Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward, followed by three of his grandchildren, including Princes William and Harry, for the second time publicly side by side since the Queen’s death , last Thursday.

The image recalls, 25 years earlier, the day when the two much younger boys walked with their father behind the coffin of their mother Diana, shocking the whole world.

Behind the coffin, in civilian costume, Prince Andrew contrasts with his brothers and sisters, in uniform. The Duke of York was banned from the monarchy and stripped of his military titles earlier this year after he was at the heart of a scandal, accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl.

Imperial crown and white dahlias

Placed on a gun carriage of the Royal Horse Artillery, the coffin is draped with the royal standard on which are placed the imperial crown on a purple cushion as well as a wreath of flowers, composed of roses and white dahlias, as well as foliage from pines, lavender and rosemary from the gardens of the royal residences of Balmoral and Windsor.

Every minute, a cannon shot from nearby Hyde Park and the bell of Big Ben punctuate the procession.

Preceded by police on horseback, and escorted by soldiers from different regiments, the funeral procession slowly advances under a light sun, to the sound of the brass band of the Royal Marines corps, playing funeral marches by Beethoven, Chopin and Mendelssohn.