William and Harry be part of King Charles in a procession behind the Queen’s coffin

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Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin has arrived at Westminster Hall in central London, where it will be kept pending a procession from Buckingham Palace until her funeral.

Prince William and Prince Harry joined King Charles III. and other members of the royal family as they walked behind the coffin as it made its way down the procession route.

The two brothers also marched side by side in a funeral procession for their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997, a moment they both said touched them deeply.

The coffin was transported on a carriage. It was adorned with the imperial crown of state alongside a wreath of flowers and topped with the royal standard.

Military personnel surrounded the Queen’s coffin, which was carried along The Mall, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard, before entering Westminster Hall, where the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is delivering a brief service.

Welby told CNN that playing a part in the farewell was a “gift” from Elizabeth.

Speaking to CNN’s Clarissa Ward in the crowd on Wednesday, the archbishop said it was a great privilege and honor to be a part of the occasion.

The coffin, topped with the royal standard and adorned with the imperial state crown.

The Queen’s coffin will remain in Westminster Hall in the heart of Britain’s Houses of Parliament until her funeral on Monday.

As of Wednesday evening, the public can walk past the coffin, which will rest on a raised platform or catafalque. Thousands are expected to line up on the streets of the capital, with some possibly sleeping overnight to pay their respects.

Harry’s inclusion in Wednesday’s procession is the latest in a string of appearances with William since the Queen’s death, as the brothers have sought to stage a show of unity despite tensions in recent years since Harry stepped down as senior royal demonstrate.

A joint appearance by William and Harry and their wives Catherine, Princess of Wales and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on Saturday in Windsor came as a surprise and was not announced in advance. William invited the Sussexes to the walking tour to see the memorials left for the Queen and to greet well-wishers, a source told CNN.

William, Catherine, Harry and Meghan are seen on a tour of Windsor Castle on Saturday.

The Queen’s coffin was transported to Edinburgh from Balmoral Castle, where she died, on Sunday. The six-hour route marked the first leg of the late monarch’s eight-day journey to her final resting place.

Mourners lined up outside St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday night to pay their respects. The Scottish Government said more than 26,000 people would have to pass the Queen.

The Queen’s coffin was transported from St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday.

It was taken from the cathedral to Edinburgh Airport in a hearse before being flown aboard a C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft to RAF Northolt airbase in west London.

The coffin was then driven to Buckingham Palace, where it was received by the Queen’s family and then left to rest in the Bow Room overnight.

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