Queen’s funeral: Famous faces arrive at Westminster Abbey

Tom Butler

·Editor, Yahoo Entertainment UK

Mon, 19 September 2022 at 10:22 am

Tom Parker Bowles (right) arriving at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, held at Westminster Abbey, London. Picture date: Monday September 19, 2022.
Tom Parker Bowles (right) arriving at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, held at Westminster Abbey, London. (PA)

Many famous faces have joined the Royal Family, global dignitaries, and international mourners at Westminster Abbey for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

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.

British television personality Bear Grylls gestures on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, outside Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, September 19, 2022.   Tim Merry/Pool via REUTERS
Bear Grylls gestures on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. (Tim Merry/Pool via REUTERS)

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Sophie Winkleman, Princess Michael of Kent, Lord Frederick Windsor and George Gilman during The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Sophie Winkleman, Princess Michael of Kent, Lord Frederick Windsor and George Gilman during The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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.

Carole Middleton (C-R) and Michael Middleton (C-L) arrive at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, ahead of the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. - Leaders from around the world will attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The country's longest-serving monarch, who died aged 96 after 70 years on the throne, will be honoured with a state funeral on Monday morning at Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Geoff PUGH / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF PUGH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Carole Middleton (C-R) and Michael Middleton (C-L) arrive at Westminster Abbey in London. (AFP via Getty Images)

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.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (right) arriving at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, held at Westminster Abbey, London. Picture date: Monday September 19, 2022. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (right) arriving at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. (Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his wife Saadiya Khan arriving at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, held at Westminster Abbey, London. Picture date: Monday September 19, 2022. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his wife Saadiya Khan arriving at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. (Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

Former prime ministers Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Theresa May arrived at Westminster Abbey at the same time on Monday morning.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson and Carrie Johnson arrive at Westminster Abbey ahead of The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson and Carrie Johnson arrive at Westminster Abbey ahead of The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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.

Former British Prime Ministers Gordon Brown (L) and Tony Blair arrive at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, for the State Funeral Service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. - Leaders from around the world will attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The country's longest-serving monarch, who died aged 96 after 70 years on the throne, will be honoured with a state funeral on Monday morning at Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)
Former British Prime Ministers Gordon Brown (L) and Tony Blair arrive at Westminster Abbey in London. (AFP via Getty Images)

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of United Kingdom, Jacob Rees-Mogg arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of The State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of United Kingdom, Jacob Rees-Mogg arrives at Westminster Abbey. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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.

William Hague arrives to take their seats inside Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, for the State Funeral Service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. - Leaders from around the world will attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The country's longest-serving monarch, who died aged 96 after 70 years on the throne, will be honoured with a state funeral on Monday morning at Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Geoff PUGH / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF PUGH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
William Hague arrives to take his seat inside Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022. (AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Lord President of the Council of the United Kingdom, Penny Mordaunt arrives ahead of the State funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Penny Mordaunt arrives ahead of the State funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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.

US President Joe Biden arrives at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, for the State Funeral Service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. - Leaders from around the world will attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The country's longest-serving monarch, who died aged 96 after 70 years on the throne, will be honoured with a state funeral on Monday morning at Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
US President Joe Biden arrives at Westminster Abbey. (AFP via Getty Images)

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.

Members of a military marching band walk ahead of the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, held at Westminster Abbey, London. Picture date: Monday September 19, 2022.
Members of a military marching band walk ahead of the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. (PA)

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.

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