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The Queen's Windsor funeral: Best photos as royals and beloved corgis bid farewell

The committal service took place at St George's Chapel

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Danielle Stacey
Danielle StaceyOnline Royal CorrespondentLondon
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The royal family bid a final farewell to the Queen at the committal service at St George's Chapel in Windsor on Monday. 

It followed the moving funeral service at Westminster Abbey in London, which saw over 2,000 guests in attendance.

Thousands of members of the public lined the Long Walk in Windsor to say their goodbyes to Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned for 70 years. As the Queen's coffin in the state hearse made its way down the 2.64 mile-long avenue, some of the crowd erupted in cheers, while others threw floral tributes. 

King Charles was joined in the funeral procession by the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Sussex, the Princess Royal, the Earl of Wessex, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.

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The Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Sussex arrived at the service by car. 

Having attended the state funeral in London, the Prince and Princess of Wales's eldest children, Prince George, nine, and Princess Charlotte, seven, also accompanied their parents at the Windsor service. 

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Mike and Zara Tindall seated with daughters Mia and Lena

All eight of the Queen's grandchildren were present at the service, including Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank.

Zara Tindall and her husband, Mike, also arrived with their daughters, Mia, eight, and four-year-old Lena. 

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte also attended the Windsor service

Kate's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, were among the guests at the committal service, as well as a number of world leaders and foreign royals. 

The Waleses were seated alongside the Sussexes in the chapel, with Prince Harry spotted sharing a touching moment with his niece, Princess Charlotte. 

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The Queen's corgis, Sandy and Muick

In a touching tribute to the late Queen, her beloved corgis, Sandy and Muick, made a special appearance outside the castle. 

Emma, the Queen's Fell Pony, also greeted the procession, standing on grass in a gap in the floral tributes along the Long Walk in honour of her late owner.

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The Yorks arriving at the chapel

Upon arrival at St George's Chapel, the bearer party lifted the coffin from the hearse and carried it in procession up the steps before the committal service.

The State Hearse halted at the bottom of the West Steps before the coffin procession, with the royals in tow, entered the Chapel. The service was led by The Right Reverend David Conner, KCVO, Dean of Windsor.

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The Queen's coffin is carried into the chapel

The service began with the choir singing Psalm 121, set to music by Sir Henry Walford Davies, who previously served as an organist of the chapel.

Over a number of years, the Queen was involved in discussions about the order of service for her funeral, to approve the choice of prayers, hymns and other accompanying music.

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King Charles led the royals during the coffin procession

After the prayers and hymns, the Dean of Windsor read Revelation 21, verses one to seven. Other ministers read various prayers, including The Lord's Prayer.

The same passage was read at the funerals of the Queen's father King George VI in 1952 and her grandparents, King George V in 1936, and Queen Mary in 1953.

In silence, the Crown Jeweller then removed the Instruments of State from Her Majesty's coffin. The Orb, Sceptre and Crown was then placed upon the altar by the Dean of  Windsor. 

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The Queen's coffin in the state hearse makes its way into Windsor Castle

King Charles appeared emotional as those in attendance sang the national anthem. 

As the Queen's coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault of St George's Chapel, the Dean of Windsor recited Psalm 103, which includes the traditional line: "Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul".

The Dean of Windsor will later conduct a private burial service attended by the King and members of the royal family at 7.30pm.

The Queen will be buried with the Duke of Edinburgh at King George VI Memorial Chapel. Prince Philip died 17 months ago with his funeral taking place in Windsor in April 2021. 

Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen had died peacefully at Balmoral on 8 September. 

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