Meghan Markle Breaks Down By Queen’s Coffin As The Late Monarch Lays In State At Westminster Hall
Meghan Markle became visibly emotional while looking at the Queen's coffin as the monarch lay in state at Westminster Hall.
Queen Elizabeth, who died last Thursday at the age of 96, was laying in state today at Westminster Hall. While standing behind her sister-in-law Kate Middleton near the Queen’s coffin, Meghan Markle broke down and became visibly emotional.
Meghan Cries In Front Of Queen’s Coffin
The Princess of Wales is full of emotion as she watches on🤧💔 pic.twitter.com/sycewHBM2O
— HRH Catherine And William of Wales👑 🇧🇷 (@kateandwillian) September 14, 2022
Daily Mail reported that Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate, and Meghan were able to put aside their feud as they honored the Queen during her lying in state service.
During the 38-minute procession to Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace, the brothers could be seen walking besides each other, but their spouses travelled there in separate cars. Kate was joined in her vehicle by Camilla, the Queen Consort, and Meghan rode with the Countess of Wessex; wife of the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward.
As the Queen’s coffin arrived, Meghan curtsied to it as she bowed her head.
— U N G I L D E D (@Finnick_Junior) September 14, 2022
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Queen’s Service At Westminster Hall
The choir of Westminster Abbey and the choir of His Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, sang Psalm 139 as the Queen’s coffin was brought in. Charles, William, and Princess Anne saluted when the Queen arrived, unlike Harry and Prince Andrew — both banned from wearing their military uniforms — who only bowed their heads to pay their respects.
The short service was led by The Archbishop of Canterbury, and he began it by reading the opening prayer. The Queen had put this service together herself with the Church of England prior to her passing.
The Queen's coffin enters Westminster Hall in London as the choir of Westminster Abbey and the choir of His Majesty's Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, sing Psalm 139.
The service was attended by members of the Royal Family. pic.twitter.com/StX1127JiX
— The Royal Family Channel (@RoyalFamilyITNP) September 14, 2022
The Queen’s coffin was brought in on a Gun Carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, which was used for both her mother and her father’s coffins when they passed away in 1952 and 2002, respectively.
Once the congregation was dismissed at the end of the service, calls of “God save the King” could be heard as Charles and Camilla left Westminster Hall at 3:30 pm. Harry and Meghan held hands as they left Westminster Hall, and Kate rubbed William’s arm in support as they walked out.
Mourners will have the opportunity to file past the coffin and pay their respects to the Queen — the longest-serving monarch in British history — after 5pm. It’s been estimated that around 1 million people will line up in waits that could last up to 30 hours just to see the Queen before her state funeral this coming Monday, with her laying in state until 6:30am that morning.
The Duchess of Sussex at the service for the reception of the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall pic.twitter.com/oWeJAMusSg
— best of meghan markle (@princessmeghn) September 14, 2022
Music At Queen’s State Funeral
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Graham Jones, former senior director of music for the Household Division, said that during the Queen’s state funeral procession next week, music will act as a “golden thread of history, heritage and tradition.”
“We are not making anything up,” he said. “This has come through the past and so if we go back to Queen Victoria’s funeral and the music that was played and performed there, that was Beethoven’s March, Chopin’s March – they were played repeatedly. And then we move forward to the three kings, with King George VI, and of course here we are today.”
“There’s no change. There’s no reason to change,” he later added. “It has worked perfectly well in the past.”
The first members of the public have arrived to see Queen Elizabeth II Lying-In-State.
These people have spent two nights sleeping on the street to get to the front of the queue.
Black Rod greets mourners at the entrance to Westminster Hall. pic.twitter.com/GPMPqcZeip
— Royal Central (@RoyalCentral) September 14, 2022
Harry and Meghan have been estranged from much of the royal family ever since they stepped down as senior royals back in 2020. They proceeded to spend the Queen’s final years bashing the royal family seemingly every chance they got, so many will undoubtedly see Meghan crying crocodile tears.
It will certainly be interesting to see how Harry and Meghan behave at the state funeral next week, because they rarely miss an opportunity to steal focus and make every event about themselves.