The Daily Telegraph

Drive to Windsor will enable many more to say farewell

- By Robert Mendick CHIEF REPORTER

THE Queen’s final journey – a 25-mile drive to Windsor Castle – will give millions of well-wishers a final chance to say goodbye.

The funeral cortege will avoid motorways and instead travel along A roads to Windsor for the committal service followed by private burial.

That will enable crowds to line the route and watch the state hearse, made specially for the late monarch, as it drives past at a sedate speed of about 12 miles per hour.

A Buckingham Palace source said: “The route to Windsor is planned with the public in mind.”

Details of the route were disclosed last night, giving mourners an opportunit­y to find vantage points in advance.

The hearse will begin its journey in central London, heading west to Windsor following Monday’s state funeral at Westminste­r Abbey, attended by world leaders including Joe Biden, the US president. More than a million people will throng the streets around the abbey to try to catch a glimpse of proceeding­s.

However, the route the hearse takes will allow many more people to see the late Queen on her last journey.

It will pass along the A4, A30 and then the A308, arriving in Windsor just before 3pm, having set off a little after 1pm. The route will take the coffin past landmarks including the Albert Memorial and the Natural History Museum.

It will then be driven through suburban west London before reaching the countrysid­e on the edge of Windsor, including passing Runnymede, where Magna Carta was sealed.

The route has been planned for years as part of Operation London Bridge, which has dictated proceeding­s since Elizabeth II’S death last Thursday.

The coffin will leave Westminste­r Abbey at 12.15pm for the procession to Wellington Arch in Hyde Park. The late Queen’s body will be taken from a gun carriage and placed in the hearse at 1pm for the 25-mile drive to Windsor Castle.

The hearse’s journey takes it along South Carriage Drive in Hyde Park, then on to Queens Gate in South Kensington before turning in to Cromwell Road and the start of the A4.

On a route well known to frustrated commuters, the coffin will be taken along Talgarth Road via the Hammersmit­h Flyover, on the road out of London.

The cortege will go past Chiswick House, under the Chiswick flyover and then join the A30, passing the perimeter of Heathrow airport on the south side before reaching Staines.

The route then joins the A308 before heading north to Windsor.

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