Queen Elizabeth II
Britain is bidding farewell to Queen Elizabeth II today with a grand funeral steeped in tradition to honor her 70-year reign.
Presidents, prime ministers, princes, an emperor and empress, and other public figures are in attendance to pay their last respects — a testament to her far-reaching appeal.
The funeral service is taking place in the same abbey where, 69 years ago, the Queen was crowned and where, 75 years ago, she was married to her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died last year.
For the last several days, thousands of mourners in London have lined up to say goodbye to the Queen as she lay in state, some waiting up to 20 hours to file past her coffin.
You can tune in to CNN to watch live coverage of the Queen’s state funeral from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET or follow live updates here.