Prince William and Prince Harry put aside differences to walk behind Queen Elizabeth II's coffin for state funeral

Prince William and Prince Harry put on a united front as they walked behind Queen Elizabeth II's coffin in London

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The Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex walked behind Queen Elizabeth II's coffin in an emotional show of unity.

With thousands of mourners in London to pay their respects to the late monarch, William and Harry followed King Charles III behind the State Gun Carriage carrying Queen Elizabeth II's coffin its funeral procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey

William arrived at the abbey in a car with the King, while Harry, in a morning suit, stepped out with his wife Meghan Markle.

They were joined by the wider Royal Family – with the King, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward taking leading roles.

Prince William and Prince Harry follow a gun carriage carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II
Prince William and Prince Harry follow a gun carriage carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II
Prince Harry travelling to the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
Prince Harry travelling to the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

The coffin has been draped in the Royal Standard and carries the Imperial State Crown and a wreath of flowers containing plants from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House.

Leading the procession are around 200 pipers and drummers of Scottish and Irish Regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas and RAF.

The State Gun Carriage has also been previously used for the funerals of King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI, Winston Churchill, and Lord Mountbatten.

Prince William travelled to Westminster Abbey in a car with King Charles III
Prince William travelled to Westminster Abbey in a car with King Charles III

The royals will join dignitaries from around the world in the more than 1,000-year-old abbey as they pay their respects to the beloved Queen Elizabeth II.

After proceedings conclude, the procession will set off for Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.

The state hearse will later depart on its journey to Windsor as the parade gives a royal salute and the National Anthem is played.

The King, joined by Queen Consort Camilla and other members of the Royal Family, will then depart for Windsor by car.

A committal service will take place in Windsor Castle's historic St George's Chapel this afternoon, after which members of the Royal Family will depart the Galilee Porch and bring a close to the public ceremonial arrangements.

A private burial service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor at 7.30pm, attended by the King and members of the Royal Family.

Queen Elizabeth II will then be buried together with her beloved Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

It is the second time William and Harry have put aside their differences as the magnitude of the occasion has not escaped them.

On Wednesday, in a scene reminiscent of when they followed their mother Princess Diana's casket as boys 25 years ago, they followed Her Majesty's coffin as it was moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.