Prince Andrew fights back tears as he walks behind Queen Elizabeth II's coffin

Andrew was among members of the Royal Family to walk behind Queen Elizabeth II's coffin as it headed toward Westminster Abbey

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Prince Andrew appeared to fight back tears as he walked behind Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin ahead of her state funeral.

The Duke of York was among several members of the Royal Family, including King Charles III, Prince Edward and Princess Anne to walk behind Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin as it headed to Westminster Abbey.

Andrew could be seen visibly emotional as he walked among the procession, which included around 200 pipers and drummers of Scottish and Irish Regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas and RAF.

It came as Prince Harry and Prince William put on a united front to join the King and his siblings behind the gun carriage.

Prince Andrew fought back the tears as he marched behind Queen Elizabeth II's coffin
Prince Andrew fought back the tears as he marched behind Queen Elizabeth II's coffin
Andrew walked alongside other members of the Royal Family behind the late monarch's coffin
Andrew walked alongside other members of the Royal Family behind the late monarch's coffin

Both the Duke of York and Harry wore morning suits to the service at Westminster Abbey.

The pair were given special dispensation to wear their military regalia for the final vigil in Westminster Hall, but were denied the chance to wear the uniform during the funeral because they are no longer working royals.

On Sunday, Andrew released a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II ahead of the state funeral.

He accompanied his words with a black and white photo taken by society photographer Cecil Beaton of his mother holding him as a newborn in March 1960.

The statement read: “Dear Mummy, Mother, Your Majesty, three in one.

“Your Majesty, it has been an honour and privilege to serve you.

“Mother – of the nation, your devotion and personal service to our nation is unique and singular; your people show their love and respect in so many different ways and I know you are looking on honouring their respect.

“Mummy, your love for a son, your compassion, your care, your confidence I will treasure forever. I have found your knowledge and wisdom infinite, with no boundary or containment.

“I will miss your insights, advice and humour. As our book of experiences closes, another opens, and I will forever hold you close to my heart with my deepest love and gratitude, and I will tread gladly into the next with you as my guide."