Queen's coffin leaves Buckingham Palace

STORY: Huge crowds gathered in central London to witness the Queen being taken from the palace to parliament as artillery guns fired salutes and Big Ben tolled, the latest in a series of poignant ceremonies as the nation mourns the Queen who died last week aged 96 after seven decades on the throne.

Lying on a gun carriage, covered by the Royal Standard flag and with the Imperial State Crown placed on a cushion on top alongside a wreath of flowers, the coffin bearing Elizabeth's body was taken in a slow, sombre procession from her London home to Westminster Hall. There it will lie in state for four days.

The coffin was followed by Elizabeth's children, King Charles III, Prince Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, as well as Charles' sons Prince William and Prince Harry.