#news All six living former PMs pay their respects to the Queen at Westminster Abbey #WorldNews

#news All six living former PMs pay their respects to the Queen at Westminster Abbey #WorldNews

#information All six living former PMs pay their respects to the Queen at Westminster Abbey #WorldNews

All six living former Prime Ministers paid their respects to the Queen at her funeral service in Westminster Abbey as we speak.

Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and John Major have been amongst these attending the state occasion.

A gaggle of them arrived collectively, wanting barely awkward as they exchanged greetings by the entrance, earlier than taking on outstanding seats.

All the ex-premiers have been accompanied by their spouses – Mr Johnson with Carrie, Mrs May with Philip, Mr Cameron with Samantha, Mr Brown with Sarah, Sir Tony with Cherie, and Sir John with Norma.   

Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and John Major were among those attending the state event

Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and John Major have been amongst these attending the state occasion

The premiers seemed to exchange a few awkward words of greeting and have their order shuffled on arrival at the Abbey

The premiers appeared to alternate a number of awkward phrases of greeting and have their order shuffled on arrival at the Abbey

The former PMs were led through the imposing surroundings to their seats today

The former PMs have been led by the imposing environment to their seats as we speak

Mr Johnson was accompanied by his wife Carrie today

Mr Johnson was accompanied by his spouse Carrie as we speak

Mr Cameron arrived with wife Samantha for the sombre event in Westminster today

Mr Cameron arrived with spouse Samantha for the sombre occasion in Westminster as we speak

Mr Brown and Sir Tony were together outside the Abbey before the service today

Mr Brown and Sir Tony have been collectively outdoors the Abbey earlier than the service as we speak

MPs and friends from throughout events have taken their locations in the congregation. They included Business minister Jacob Rees-Mogg, wearing prime hat, Keir Starmer and SNP chief Nicola Sturgeon.

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Nadhim Zahawi and Tory former chief Lord Hague have been amongst a bunch of senior figures.   

Tens of hundreds of individuals have packed the procession route that was declared full simply earlier than 8.30am.

The grand oak doorways of the Abbey – the place Her Majesty married Prince Philip and had her coronation – opened at 8am, three hours earlier than the service begins.

2,000 royals, world leaders and a whole bunch of members of the public started submitting into the Abbey as billions round the world will watch Her Majesty’s state funeral.

Most of the VIPs arrived by coach, assembly at the Royal Hospital Chelsea earlier than being placed on a bus into Central London. 

Arrivals for the state funeral today included Business minister Jacob Rees-Mogg, dressed in top hat

Arrivals for the state funeral as we speak included Business minister Jacob Rees-Mogg, wearing prime hat

Labour leader Keir Starmer

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng

Labour chief Keir Starmer and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng have been additionally at Westminster Abbey for the service 

Nicola Sturgeon (second from left) and Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford (second from right) attended the funeral in Westminster Abbey. Former Cabinet minister Chris Grayling (left) was also present

Nicola Sturgeon (second from left) and Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford (second from proper) attended the funeral in Westminster Abbey. Former Cabinet minister Chris Grayling (left) was additionally current 

Deputy PM Therese Coffey at the state funeral service today

Deputy PM Therese Coffey at the state funeral service as we speak

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly (right) arrives for the service in Westminster today

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly (proper) arrives for the service in Westminster as we speak

Earlier, Sir Keir mentioned the funeral of the Queen can be a day for reflection and respect.

He advised ITV’s Good Morning Britain: ‘I believe as we speak might be about reflection and deep respect. The entire world I believe might be wanting to pay their respects.’

Sir Keir mentioned he believed the occasions of the previous 10 days would assist deliver folks collectively.

‘The public have been unbelievable – to see these queues, to see folks all over the place throughout London,’ he mentioned.

‘It confirmed the United Kingdom for what it truly is, this improbable nation in a position to convene and produce folks collectively.’

He added: ‘In politics lately we’ve got spent a lot of our time on the divisive, the divisions, and truly, you recognize what, when the nations will get the probability it comes collectively. In the final 10 days that has been unbelievable.’

Ms Sturgeon mentioned: ‘The state funeral for Her Majesty might be one in all the most momentous events in current historical past, with folks from round the world watching and paying their respect.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace (left) arrived at the same time as Mr Kwarteng today

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace (left) arrived at the similar time as Mr Kwarteng as we speak

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and his wife Saadiya arriving at the Abbey this morning

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and his spouse Saadiya arriving at the Abbey this morning

‘She was the nice fixed and it’s an honour to characterize Scotland at the service.’

She added: ‘As the Queen is laid to relaxation, it offers us an opportunity to replicate on the occasions of the previous 10 days which have offered a honest, solemn and becoming tribute to our longest-reigning monarch.

‘We knew how necessary Scotland was to the Queen and, over current days, we’ve got been reminded simply how a lot Her Majesty meant to the folks of Scotland.

‘I’m certain the ceremonial occasions in Edinburgh will reside lengthy in our nationwide reminiscence and as we speak we’ll all bid a remaining and poignant goodbye to a deeply revered and far cherished monarch.’

Michael and Carole Middleton, the mother and father of Kate, the Princess of Wales, arrived two hours early for the service, adopted by Tom Parker Bowles, the son of Queen Consort, Camilla. They have been additionally on a bus collectively – regardless of their shut hyperlinks to the Royal Family.

Funeral flowers in the abbey featured myrtle – which was utilized in the Queen’s wedding ceremony bouquet as is royal custom. The enormous white and inexperienced shows of blooms included asiatic lilies, gladioli, alstroemeria, eustoma and foliage of English oak, weeping birch and the sprigs of myrtle.

Around the coffin will stand the 4 tall yellow candles which often relaxation round the grave of the unknown warrior at the entrance to the historic church.

And outdoors hardy royal followers defied no-camping guidelines, as folks of all ages arrange tents, deck chairs and even a makeshift minibar to seize premium seats for the spectacle that can see 2million flood into the capital. By 8.30am member of the public have been advised that the procession route was full and commenced diverting folks to Hyde Park to watch on the large screens.

Lord Hague

Ms Sturgeon

Lord Hague and Ms Sturgeon arriving as the world pays respects to the former monarch

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford donned a kilt for the ceremony today

SNP Westminster chief Ian Blackford donned a kilt for the ceremony as we speak

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