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Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral: This is Who Attended the State Service

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Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest on Sept. 19 at the state funeral that took place at Westminster Abbey. According to ABC News, around 2,000 mourners were in attendance. The famous faces at the service included the British royal family, world leaders such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Joe Biden, and celebs such as Sandra Oh.

The day started with 96 bell rings to mark each year of the Queen’s life. Following the service at Westminster, there was a procession to Windsor Castle where the Queen was buried at King George VI Memorial Chapel next to her husband, Prince Philip, according to PEOPLE.

Related: The end of a historic reign: Queen Elizabeth II has died at 96.

Buckingham Palace shared the news of the private burial via social media with a post that read: “This evening a Private Burial will take place in The King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor. The Queen will be Laid to Rest with her late husband The Duke of Edinburgh, alongside her father King George VI, mother Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and sister Princess Margaret.”

Royal family members who attended the funeral

The Queen’s family was in attendance, including her children, King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

Her grandchildren also attended, including Prince William, Prince Harry and their wives Kate, the Princess of Wales, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. The other grandchildren at the service included Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, Zara Tindall, Peter Phillips, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, and their partners.

Some of the Queen’s great-grandchildren were also there, notably Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Related: This is where Queen Elizabeth’s beloved corgis will live, now that she’s gone.

Celebrities who attended the funeral

Aside from the world leaders and royals, there were a couple of other notable famous faces at the funeral. As a member of the Order of Canada, actress Sandra Oh was present to represent the country as part of an official delegation. On Instagram, she wrote: “Proud to represent [Canada] w/ my fellow Order of Canada & Valour recipients @gregorycharlesofficiel @marktewks @palmerlp26 at Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II funeral at Westminster Abbey today.”

Oh was appointed to the Order of Canada in June.


TV personality Bear Grylls was also in attendance to represent the Scouts as the United Kingdom’s Chief Scout, according to Page Six. “It’s a day we will never forget… a truly beautiful testament to our Nation’s Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth,” he shared on Instagram.

Queen Elizabeth was the Patron of the Scouts, and Grylls addressed her service in a statement: “While she was our monarch and Patron, she always made time to listen to our Scouts and recognize their achievements. Her smile would light up the room.”

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