UK says final farewell to Queen Elizabeth

Millions of people have bid a final farewell to the country's longest-reigning monarch.

Dignitaries and leaders from around the world gathered at a historic church for Queen Elizabeth's state funeral.

The Queen's coffin made a 15-minute journey from Westminster Hall, pulled along on a gun carriage by 142 sailors.

The service took place at Westminster Abbey. More than 2,000 people were in attendance for the solemn ceremony. Dozens of world leaders travelled to London for the funeral, including US President Joe Biden and the leaders of Commonwealth countries.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako represented Japan. This is the couple's first overseas trip since the Emperor ascended the throne in 2019.

Emperor Naruhito studied at Oxford University, beginning in 1983. He's made official visits to Britain three times.
Empress Masako also studied at Oxford.

Aides of Emperor Naruhito say he has fond memories of spending time with the Queen during his two-year stint as a student in the country.

Queen Elizabeth's 70-year reign overlapped with those of three Japanese Emperors, and she met all of them.
Emperor Emeritus Akihito attended the Queen's coronation ceremony in 1953.

Queen Elizabeth became the first British monarch to make a state visit to Japan in 1975.

London came to a standstill during the funeral.
Thousands of people packed the city's Hyde Park to watch the ceremony on large screens and pay tribute to the Queen together.

After the funeral, huge crowds lined the streets of London. They came to catch a glimpse of the Queen's procession, as it made the 32-kilometer journey to her final resting place... the grounds of Windsor Castle.