And that is the end of our live coverage of the Queen’s state funeral, ahead of her private burial at Windsor Castle on Monday night, local time.
The funeral can be described as nothing other than a complete success ,with the proceedings – years in the making – going to plan without a hitch.
Dignitaries from all over the world clamoured for a VIP invite and those who scored one could not have been disappointed.
Millions turned out in London, lined the motorways to Windsor and swamped the Long Walk at Windsor Castle where Elizabeth II will now rest, bringing to a close her 70-year-reign and the Elizabethan era so lauded that not even Australia’s most fervent republicans thought it possible to open the conversation while she breathed.
But they may find that job as equally hard with King Charles III on the throne.
The climate King has already established a connection with his people, and was cheered as he proceeded behind his mother’s cortege over the last 10 days of mourning.
And Prince William, the Prince of Wales, and Catherine, the Princess of Wales, debuted their children at their first solemn event and that too was a success.
The baton has been passed and the Queen bequeaths her heir a monarchy in strong shape, with the Archbishop of Canterbury lauding her selfless leadership as an example to all.
Britain’s ability to stage such a mammoth funeral event and co-ordinate hundreds of thousands of people over four days in a continous 24-hour queue for the lying-in-state has also put the country back under a favourable spotlight.
The stunning images broadcast from inside Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel, where private photographs are banned, will enchant millions overseas with the country’s rich royal history.
Up to four billion people may have watched the funeral. We’ll likely get clearer figures in coming days but for now, her country has given her a farewell fitting of the reign for which they love her so.
Thanks for joining us for our rolling coverage.
There’s plenty more for you to catch up on and indulge in, thanks to our wonderfully hard-working team in London, led by Europe correspondent Rob Harris and writers Tony Wright and Julia Naughton.
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