·Editor, Yahoo Entertainment UK
Mon, 19 September 2022 at 10:22 am
The Queen Consort’s son, food critic Tom Parker Bowles, arrived early to be part of the congregation at the event.
Reality TV star Bear Grylls was photographed arriving at the ceremony in a mourning suit, with his OBE medal pinned to his lapel.
Sophie Winkleman, the actor best known as Big Suze in the sitcom Peep Show was in attendance. She is married to Lord Frederick Windsor, the son of Prince Michael of Kent who is a paternal cousin of The Queen. She was seen walking into the church wearing a black wide-brimmed hat featuring a matching black bow on the front, before taking her seat alongside other relatives of the late monarch.
Killing Eve star Sandra Oh was also in attendance. The Canadian actor attended the late British monarch’s funeral as part of the Canadian delegation as a member of the Order of Canada.
Carole and Michael Middleton, parents of the Princess of Wales, were among the invited guests to attend the church.
Government officials and politicians have also arrived at Westminster Abbey ahead of the Queen’s state funeral.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer arrived at Westminster Abbey shortly before 9.40am, shortly before London Mayor Sadiq Khan and his wife Saadiya.
Former prime ministers Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Theresa May arrived at Westminster Abbey at the same time on Monday morning.
Johnson was accompanied by wife Carrie, while May was with husband Philip and Cameron walked in with wife Samantha.
Moments later former Labour prime ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair walked into the church, alongside wives Sarah and Cherie respectively.
Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg arrived shortly before 9.30am, wearing a black top hat, while Cop26 President Alok Sharma walked through the doors a few minutes later.
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford also entered the abbey, wearing a kilt.
Other MPs to arrive include former Conservative Party leader William Hague and Leader of the Commons Penny Mourdant.
Among the famous guests who will be at the funeral is composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who paid tribute to the Queen on the BBC earlier.
Foreign dignitaries have also been greeted at Westminster Abbey ahead of the Queen’s state funeral on Monday.
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden walked through the doors shortly after 10am.
The funeral was broadcast live at around 125 cinemas and several cathedrals in the UK, and on a big screen in Holyrood Park in front of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.
At 12.15pm, coffin was taken in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and then travelled to Windsor.
The hearse will then travel in procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle via the Long Walk, after which a televised committal service will take place in St George’s Chapel at 4pm.
The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service, with prayers said by the Rector of Sandringham, the Minister of Crathie Kirk and the Chaplain of Windsor Great Park.
Additional reporting by PA.