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Queen Elizabeth II’s lying in state ends ahead of funeral set to be watched by millions

Britain, world leaders and royalty from across the globe are preparing to bid a final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II, the last towering figure of her era, at a state funeral of inimitable pageantry.

At 6.30am on Monday (3.30pm AEST) an official lying-in-state period ended after four days in which hundreds of thousands of mourners queued to file past the casket of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch at London’s historic Westminster Hall.

They, like many across the globe including US President Joe Biden, had wanted to pay tribute to the 96-year-old who had spent seven decades on the British throne.

VideoFinal person to see the Queen lying in state.

“You were fortunate to have had her for 70 years,” Biden said.

“We all were.”

Shortly before 11am (8pm AEST), the oak coffin, covered in the Royal Standard flag with the Imperial State Crown on top, will be placed on a gun carriage and pulled by naval personnel to Westminster Abbey for her funeral.

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