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On a day of pomp and ceremony, glimpses of humanity were the most moving

Strained faces of the coffin bearers lent a more personal counterpoint as Queen’s coffin arrived at Windsor

  • Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II – live updates

The symbolic end of Elizabeth II’s reign arrived at 4.57pm on Monday when the head of her household ceremoniously snapped his wand of office, a thin yellow staff, and placed it on the late Queen’s coffin.

The lord chamberlain, Lord Parker of Minsmere, a former director general of M15, broke the stick (originally designed to provide discipline to courtiers) in two, marking the conclusion of both his and the Queen’s service.

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