Princess Anne, and the King’s brothers, Princes Andrew and Edward, and Princes William and Harry, follow Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin.
For almost a century, Labour has been a solidly monarchist party – and Labour Prime Ministers have often enjoyed better relations with the sovereign than their Tory equivalents.
Not everyone understands the appeal of monarchy. It falls to those of us who do to make the case for it.
Monarchies provide a far better check on the ambitions of power-hungry politicians than republics do.
Party, media and online dynamics create incentives to reinforce the ‘them and us’ perspectives of one 40 per cent coalition or another. Reaching out for common ground can be risky.
The late Queen’s children escorted the coffin along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile from the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
“King, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to whom we do acknowledge all faith and obedience with humble affection, beeseeching God, by whom kings and queens do reign, to bless his Majesty with long and happy years to reign over us.”
“I shall be upheld by the affection and loyalty of the peoples whose sovereign I have been called upon to be.”
“On behalf of all my family, I can only offer the most sincere and heartfelt thanks for your condolences and support.”
The former Prime Minister pays a warm and amusing tribute to the monarch she served.
In the Labour leader’s words, “the loss of our Queen robs our country of its stillest point, its greatest comfort, at precisely a time when we need those things most.”
The Prime Minister said: “We remember the pledge she gave on her 21st birthday to dedicate her life to service. The whole house will agree – never has a promise been so completely fulfilled.”
The newly ex-Prime Minister expresses his own feeling of loss at the Queen’s death.
“She seemed so timeless and so wonderful that I am afraid we had come to believe, like children, that she would just go on and on.”
“I join the whole nation in mourning, but also in commemoration of a most extraordinary reign and a most exceptional life.”