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The hearse brightly lit from the inside and watched by a city at a standstill, Queen Elizabeth II last night came home to her family.
As the late monarch’s cortège reached Buckingham Palace after its journey from Scotland, police outriders bowed their heads and tears streamed down the faces of members of the public who had gathered to watch.
As the gates of the palace closed, the Queen’s coffin was met by her children and grandchildren. Royal editor Hannah Furness reports on a deeply private evening in which they paused their public duties in simple, quiet remembrance.
Today, they will fulfil her wishes in time-honoured tradition, as the King and his sons lead other members of the Royal family in walking behind the late Queen’s coffin to Westminster Hall, where the casket will be handed over to the public for a four-day-long lying in state. View the map of today’s near-silent procession.
Celia Walden describes the touching, deafening silence that greeted the late Queen on her final journey to Buckingham Palace.
And read about the history of the Bow Room, the overnight resting place for the coffin.
As many as 400,000 people are expected to see the coffin lie in state, amid concern that five-mile queues will "see some horrible stories about people suffering" in order to pay their respects.
The Government warned the public to "be prepared for long queues" and told parents to think twice before taking children. Ministers have suggested mourners may have to wait for up to 30 hours.
Chief reporter Robert Mendick explains how the queuing system will work.
Meanwhile, one of Britain’s busiest railways will be unable to lay on extra services to London this weekend as bosses grapple with an industrial dispute over pay and conditions.
Around 100 members of staff at the King’s former household have received written notice of redundancies. Clarence House employees received warning that household operations had ceased.
Many worked for the King for decades, but a palace spokesman said job losses were "unavoidable".
The news was relayed during a service of thanksgiving as many worked around the clock to ensure the complex arrangements of Operation London Bridge went to plan.
Many are said to have assumed they would be amalgamated into the King’s new household.
Royal correspondent Victoria Ward reports that the letter, sent by the King’s principal private secretary, was said to have left staff "visibly shaken".
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The Princess Royal has travelled with the Queen’s coffin every step of the way. In a statement released last night, she said it had been "an honour and a privilege" to accompany her mother on her final journeys.
The late sovereign’s only daughter expressed gratitude for the "support and understanding" shown to her brother, the King, as he takes on the burden of the Crown.
And Princess Anne, who is said to have enjoyed a close relationship with her mother and was at Balmoral when she died last week, also reflected on the Queen’s final moments.
In other developments after the Queen’s death:
Matt sees the funny side of the queues to visit the late Queen’s coffin in today’s cartoon.
With thousands lining the streets and millions watching on TV, Matthew Dennison describes how the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was a day of otherworldly splendour that would acquire a fabled status. Read the feature.
All of the late Queen’s police protection officers have been invited to her committal service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The service will take place at 4pm on Monday, after Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey and before a private family burial. Dick Griffin, the late Queen’s personal protection officer from 1999 to 2013, reminisces about his time with the late monarch. And royal correspondent Victoria Ward reports how other loyal staff will be involved.
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Anfield paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with fears of widespread jeering during a moment of silence before Liverpool’s game with Ajax proving ill-founded. A handful of spectators among the 55,000-strong crowd expressed discontent before kick-off, but a smattering of boos was silenced. Liverpool came back with a late goal in the Champions League Group A match to win 2-1 and give the club a timely lift. Read Sam Wallace‘s match report. Oliver Brown says the vocal minority hint at Liverpool’s complicated relationship with the establishment.
The pound dropped sharply against the dollar last night and stocks fell around the world after unexpectedly high US inflation data raised fears of a recession in the world’s largest economy. Consumer prices in America rose by 8.3pc in the 12 months to August, the US Bureau of Statistics said, faster than economists had expected. In figures released at 7am, UK inflation fell back slightly in August thanks to a fall in fuel prices, though it remains close to its highest level in 40 years.
Kit Harington, the Game of Thrones actor, has uncovered that his grandfather may have spied on the Duke of Windsor and inspired the creation of James Bond. Guy Kelly reports on the discovery that the star’s ancestor was a Second World War spy.
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