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For 10 long days, they had shared their grief with the world. Last night, after the glorious public spectacle of a full state funeral at Westminster Abbey, the Royal family was finally able to see Queen Elizabeth II make her last journey to rest with the husband she adored.
As the sun set on her 70-year reign, there was a final ceremony behind closed doors.
Her closest family said goodbye, as, in the most private of burials, she joined her father, mother, sister and the Duke of Edinburgh in the tiny King George VI Memorial Chapel.
Such was the intimate nature of the ceremony that even palace aides were kept in the dark. Later, the Royal family released an unseen photograph of the late Queen in a touching final tribute.
Royal editor Hannah Furness has our full report on a day full of pomp, ceremony and quiet remembrance.
Reporting from inside the abbey, Charles Moore describes a great royal occasion that was, like the woman it honoured, radically simple.
And associate editor Gordon Rayner observes how the new King performed his ceremonial duties with care, despite the personal loss he could not quite hide. Look back on a remarkable day with our selection of the 25 best pictures.
For the Duchess of Sussex, as the coffin was carried out of Westminster Abbey, it almost became too much. With shock and grief precariously balanced with the frustrations arising from deep-rooted family discord, Meghan visibly steeled herself and brushed away a tear.
Victoria Ward reports how the Sussexes held their own amid shifting family dynamics. And Hannah Betts explains why she thinks Harry has the air of a tormented man and tragic hero.
Meanwhile, Sarah, Duchess of York was welcomed back into the royal fold with a prime spot in the abbey.
As the most powerful man on the planet, Joe Biden is normally front and centre of any gathering of world leaders. Not so when it comes to British royal decorum.
The US president and first lady were relegated to Westminster Abbey’s rear seats, assigned a pew seven rows from the back of the abbey’s south transept.
Chief reporter Robert Mendick explains the protocols that meant President Biden was outranked. Overnight, former US leader Donald Trump mocked Mr Biden over his seating position with a photograph on social media.
And see how newspapers across the world have marked yesterday’s state funeral.
The Royal family has lost its matriarch, but rediscovered the formidable strength of a matriarchy that will prove pivotal to the reign of Charles III.
The wives of Windsor may have been excluded from the walking aspects of the funeral procession, but the events of the past 10 days have seen the Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales and the Countess of Wessex step up like never before.
Along with the Princess Royal, who reaffirmed her royal trouper status by once again accompanying Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, associate editor Camilla Tominey describes how this quartet emerged as central to the future prosperity of the House of Windsor.
As the Royal Family observes another week of mourning:
Blower captures the poignancy of yesterday’s funeral in today’s cartoon. View more from him and Matt‘s latest work.
Serial case overturned | The murder conviction of Adnan Syed has been thrown out by a judge after the podcast Serial raised doubts about his guilt. The 42-year-old, who has always maintained his innocence, had spent two decades behind bars after being sentenced to life. His ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee was 18 when she was strangled and buried in a Baltimore park in 1999. As US editor Nick Allen reports, the case transfixed millions of listeners in 2014 with the first series of Serial.
Ukraine has recaptured its first village in Luhansk, a region that Russian forces took five months to bomb into submission and conquer. As James Kilner reports, Belogorovka is the latest prize for the counter-offensive pushing Russia away from the second city of Kharkiv. It came as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky today paved the way for a potential assault on Moscow’s occupation forces in the Donbas region. Meanwhile, Liz Truss will this week promise to maintain spending on military aid to Ukraine as she embarks on her first overseas visit as PM.
Tens of thousands of workers made redundant are being forced to pay a "stealth tax" of up to £7,500 on their payouts because of a little-known HM Revenue & Customs rule. Meanwhile, the energy watchdog has threatened to intervene if power companies turn away new customers, after it emerged that the biggest suppliers were deterring households from switching. And one-off cost of living payments will begin to be paid to around six million disabled people from today.
From hiking, history and horticulture to biking and birdwatching, the winter sun favourite of the Caribbean islands offer far more than just sea and beaches alone. It is a region thrillingly suited to adventurous breaks, hikes on winding paths and cycling tours along country roads. Chris Leadbeater has an alternative guide to the ultimate holiday destination.
Chicken with Dijon mustard and parsley | A quick and easy recipe by Diana Henry that you can whip up with minimal ingredients.
Midlife Fitness Files | When it came to controlling his type 1 diabetes, financial planning director Robert Caplan thought the key was reducing his sugar intake. But he realised that exercise was more important than ever. He tells his health story.
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