Sarah Ferguson spotted at Westminster Abbey for Queen’s funeral
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Sarah Ferguson put on a brave face this morning as she stepped out for the late Queen’s funeral. The Duchess of York is among royals gathered at Westminster Abbey to bid the final farewell to the royal matriarch.
Sarah, known affectionately as Fergie, wore a black coat and fascinator for the solemn occasion.
Her daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and their husbands are also attending.
The Duchess’s ex-husband Prince Andrew took part in the procession with King Charles and his siblings from Westminster Hall to the Abbey ahead of the service at 11am.
Charles, Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Edward marched behind their mother’s coffin as it travelled the short distance from where the late monarch had been lying in state for the public to pay their respects.
The former wife of Prince Andrew was in Venice when Buckingham Palace announced the news of the death of the monarch on September 8.
On the same day of the Queen’s death, the Duchess paid a deeply personal tribute to the late sovereign.
She wrote on Twitter: “I am heartbroken by the passing of Her Majesty the Queen.
“She leaves behind an extraordinary legacy: the most fantastic example of duty and service and steadfastness, and a constant steadying presence as our head of state for more than 70 years.
“She has given her whole life selflessly to the people of the UK & the Commonwealth.
“To me, she was the most incredible mother-in-law and friend.
“I will always be grateful to her for the generosity she showed me in remaining close to me even after my divorce.
“I will miss her more than words can express.”
The Duchess of York returned to the UK afterwards and, on September 16, she joined her former husband the Duke of York at Windsor to view some of the tributes left for the Queen by mourners and royal fans.
A few days prior, Sarah had missed a similar walkabout attended outside of Balmoral Castle by Andrew and their daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.
It comes after the doors of Westminster Abbey opened at 8am as the first guests began to arrive.
Earlier on Monday, the Queen’s lying in state period at Westminster Hall ended at 6.30am.
Her coffin was taken in a grand military procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the funeral at 11am.
Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, members of European royal families and key figures from public life are gathering at the Abbey.
Millions of people across the country will watch the service on what is a national bank holiday in the UK.
Thousands lined the streets of central London ahead of the funeral on what will be a solemn day of pomp and pageantry.
Following the service, which ends at approximately noon, the coffin will then be taken in procession to Wellington Arch and then travel to Windsor.
Once there, the hearse will travel in procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle via the Long Walk, after which a televised committal service will take place.
Later in the evening, there will be a private interment service with members of the Royal Family.
The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel – where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.
Her beloved husband Prince Philip’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join his wife.
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