H&F pays its final respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Hammersmith & Fulham paid its final respects to Her Majesty Elizabeth II on Monday (19 September) as her state funeral procession travelled through the borough.
Residents and visitors lined the A4/Great West Road in Hammersmith on the Bank Holiday for hours to get a glimpse of Her Majesty’s hearse as it was escorted from Westminster Abbey.
H&F Council Leader Stephen Cowan and H&F Mayor Emma Apthorp were on a podium near Furnivall Gardens to pay their tributes. They were joined by Kevin McGrath, the Deputy Lieutenant for H&F, as well as Ben Coleman, Deputy Leader of H&F, and Cllr Brocklebank- Fowler.
“This period of mourning is the final chapter of Britain’s second Elizabethan age,” Cllr Cowan said. “The Queen’s example sets the mark and lights the path for all of us.”
Watch our video of HM The Queen’s funeral procession:
See the pictures of residents lining the A4 to pay tribute:
The funeral procession
Following the funeral service, The Queen’s coffin was drawn in a walking procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.
With the route lined with military personnel and police, Big Ben tolled at one-minute intervals as the procession moved slowly through the streets of the capital. Gun salutes also fired every minute from Hyde Park.
Camilla, the Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Sussex joined the procession in cars.
Once at Wellington Arch, the coffin was transferred to the new State Hearse for its final journey. The hearse arrived in Windsor for a walking procession up the Long Walk, which was lined with members of the armed forces.
The King and senior members of the Royal Family joined the cortege in the Quadrangle in Windsor Castle before the coffin entered St George's Chapel for a committal service.
The committal service – attended by a smaller, more personal congregation of about 800 guests – was conducted by Dean of Windsor David Conner, with a blessing from Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
One week earlier, dignitaries and residents from H&F had gathered in Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith, for the Proclamation ceremony on Sunday 11 September.
See the pictures of the Proclamation Ceremony in Ravenscourt Park:
Proclamation Ceremony pictures
It was led by Mayor Apthorp, who was again joined by Cllr Cowan, Kevin McGrath, Cllr Coleman and Cllr Brocklebank- Fowler, as well as Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter, H&F Deputy Mayor Daryl Brown, H&F Youth Mayor Ben Ruzbehan and Cllr Trey Campbell-Simon, the borough’s lead councillor for youth advancement.
The Proclamation of the new Sovereign is a ceremony that does not create a new King but formally announced the accession of King Charles III to the public. Floral tributes were also left in Ravenscourt Park to remember Queen Elizabeth II.
Read our tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022).