Queen Elizabeth II's funeral: Royal family, world leaders and massive crowds pay tribute

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The public funeral for Queen Elizabeth II concluded Monday, as the royal family, world leaders and massive crowds paid tribute to Britain's longest-reigning monarch. President Biden attended the state funeral service in London, and thousands of people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the queen's coffin as it traveled from Westminster Abbey to Windsor Castle, where she was laid to rest along with her late husband, Prince Philip, in a private service later Monday.

Here are five key takeaways and moments from the services, which followed 10 days of public mourning.

For more on the historic procession, see the Yahoo News blog below.

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    The queen's coffin is carried into St. George's Chapel. (Photo via Getty Images)

    Crown removed, coffin lowered

    As was planned, the imperial state crown worn by Queen Elizabeth II, which has accompanied her coffin throughout the funeral, was removed from the casket inside St. George's Chapel by the crown jeweler, one of just three people traditionally allowed to touch it. The crown and other royal jewels will be taken to the Tower of London for public display until the coronation of King Charles III.

    The queen's coffin was then lowered into the royal vault. A lone bagpiper played the traditional "Salute to the Royal Fendersmith," which was followed by the singing of "God Save the King."

    Later, the queen will be buried with her late husband, Prince Philip, in a private service attended by the royal family.

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    The hearse carrying Queen Elizabeth II arrives at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, England. (Photo via Getty Images)

    Where will the queen be buried?

    Queen Elizabeth II will soon be be laid to rest at the King George VI Memorial Chapel, an annex to the main St. George’s Chapel, where the royal family will bid farewell in a service attended by around 800 people.

    Yahoo News U.K.'s Jimmy Nsubuga has more details on the burial:

    The queen will be interred with her late husband Prince Philip. Philip’s coffin will be moved from the royal vault to the King George VI Memorial Chapel to join the queen’s.

    Windsor Castle is the final resting place of more than a dozen English and British kings and queens. Most are buried in St. George's Chapel, including Henry VIII, who died in 1547, and Charles I, who was executed in 1649.

    The queen's parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and sister, Princess Margaret, are also buried at the chapel.

    Windsor Castle has been closed to the public during the 12-day period of royal mourning, but members of the public will be able to visit the queen’s final resting place when it reopens.

    Read more here.


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    The funeral procession is seen outside the castle. (Photo via Getty Images)

    Queen's coffin arrives at Windsor Castle

    After a nearly-two-hour journey from Westminster Abbey, Queen Elizabeth II's coffin has arrived at Windsor Castle for her committal service in St. George's Chapel.

    The royal family, which had accompanied her coffin through London, rejoined the procession before it was carried into the chapel, where she will later be buried with the Duke of Edinburgh.


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    Muick and Sandy are seen outside Windsor Castle (Photo via Getty Images)

    Royal corgi sighting

    Muick and Sandy, Queen Elizabeth II's beloved corgis, were spotted outside Windsor Castle ahead of her committal service.

    They could also be heard barking on the live television broadcast as the procession approached.

    Read more here.


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    The hearse transporting the queen's coffin is seen in Windsor. (Photo: Reuters)

    Royal hearse covered by flowers

    People who lined the streets for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral procession were encouraged not to throw flowers.

    But some did anyway, as the hearse carrying her coffin was covered in flowers by the time it was joined by hundreds of troops as it made its way to Windsor Castle, where she will be buried in St. George's Chapel.


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    People line the street leading to Windsor Castle. (Screengrab via CNN)

    Massive crowd gathers outside Windsor

    While tens of thousands of people lined the streets of London to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin, a massive crowd lined the so-called Long Walk outside Windsor Castle waiting for it to arrive.

    Images broadcast on CNN showed both sides of the street packed with people ahead of the arrival of the motorcade and the queen's royal hearse.

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    President Biden and first lady Jill Biden attend the funeral service at Westminster Abbey. (Photo: Reuters)

    Biden headed back to U.S.

    President Biden, who traveled to London for Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral, is already headed back to the United States.

    Biden, who arrived at Westminster Abbey in a motorcade, departed for the airport shortly after the service. He was due to arrive back in Washington, D.C., later Monday afternoon.


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    The royal hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is seen near Wellington Arch. (Photo via Getty Images)

    Queen's coffin transferred to hearse

    The royal family, including Queen Elizabeth's grandchildren and great grandchildren, stopped to watch as her casket was loaded into the Jaguar Land Rover hearse — designed by the queen herself — near Wellington Arch.

    It is now en route to Windsor Castle, where she will be buried in a private committal service on Monday evening.

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    King Charles, Prince William and Prince Edward walk as the queen's coffin is carried out of Westminster Abbey. (Photo via Getty Images)

    King Charles III leaves note on coffin

    "In loving and devoted memory."

    That was the message King Charles III wrote in a note tucked into a wreath of flowers atop the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II.

    Charles signed the note with his first name followed by the letter "R," which stands for Rex, the Latin word for king.

    The flowers, which were also selected by the king, included foliage cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace and the same plant featured in her 1947 wedding to Prince Philip.

    The queen's coffin is seen inside Westminster Abbey. (Photo via Getty Images)

    2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and 5 rubies

    — the number of different stones on the queen's crown, per the BBC

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    The imperial state crown is seen in London on Sept. 14. (Photo via WireImage)

    What happens to the queen's crown

    Queen Elizabeth II will be buried at Windsor Castle in King George VI's chapel. But her crown, which has accompanied her coffin throughout the weeklong period of mourning, will not be going with her.

    When not in use, the imperial state crown and all other royal jewels are put on public display at the Tower of London, which has been home to the crown jewels for more than 600 years.

    The crown will be removed from the casket by the crown jeweler, one of just three people traditionally allowed to touch it: the monarch; archbishop of Canterbury during the coronation ceremony; and crown jeweler.

    Read more about what she will be buried with here.