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Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral Comes to an Emotional End — What Comes Next?

A royal sendoff. Queen Elizabeth II was honored with an extravagant funeral at Westminster Abbey, 11 days after her passing.

The longest-reigning monarch in British history was 96 when she died on September 8. Following her death, England entered a 12-day mourning period as with tradition. King Charles III, who took over the throne after his mother’s passing, has since pushed the mourning period until seven days after the funeral.

The royal events, which included the coffin’s procession to Westminster Hall and greeting the public, culminated in a service on Monday, September 19, in London. The queen’s four children — Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — were all in attendance to pay homage to the late monarch. (She welcomed all of her children with late husband Prince Philip, to whom she was married for more than 70 years.)

Elizabeth’s eight grandchildren, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, were also there to say goodbye to their beloved matriarch.

Ahead of the funeral, a source exclusively told Us Weekly how hard it was for Charles’ children, the Prince of Wales, 40, and Harry, 38, to come to terms with the queen’s death. (Charles shares his boys with late ex-wife Princess Diana, who died in 1997.)

“This is such an intensely difficult time for the princes,” the insider said on Thursday, September 15. “They both adored their grandma and it will take some time to process the reality of her passing.”

Despite having close connections with the monarch, the siblings still feel a “horrendous sense of loss and emptiness thinking that she’ll no longer be around,” according to the source, who added that William and Harry “console themselves with the fact she’s at peace with their grandfather in heaven and watching over them and in their hearts forever.”

That same day, William opened up about his personal grieving process while making a public appearance alongside his wife, Princess Kate, at Sandringham Estate.

“William said he thinks Monday [the queen’s funeral] will be hard,” well-wisher Bex Neeve told People on Thursday. “[Kate] said it’s been overwhelming and she and William are very grateful for everyone being here. She was emotional.”

The following day, the queen’s four children joined together for the official vigil at Westminster Hall. The siblings stood around Her Majesty’s coffin, which was lying in state until her funeral.

William and Harry, meanwhile, led the second vigil at Westminster Hall on Saturday, September 17. While the Duke of Suss3x was initially not allowed to wear his military uniform for the event — due to the fact that he is no longer a working royal after his 2020 step back — he was granted a pardon for the special vigil.

Scroll down to see what happens following the queen’s Westminster Abbey funeral:

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