Final preparations made ahead of the Queen's funeral in London

The Queen will be laid to rest at Westminster Abbey on Monday.

Final preparations made ahead of the Queen’s funeral in London STV News

Pipe Major Paul Burns of The Royal Regiment of Scotland will play one last time for the Queen at her funeral service on Monday.

Final preparations are being made ahead of the late monarch being laid to rest at Westminster Abbey.

Pipe Major Burns is the 17th piper to the Queen and will play a lament at the event, at the request of Her late Majesty.

Sunday will mark the fourth and final day of the Queen’s coffin lying in state at Westminster Hall in London.

It will remain there until the morning of the funeral before being taken to the Abbey in procession.

A one-minute silence will be held across the UK at 8pm on Sunday as a show of respect for the Queen.

People will be able to mark the silence privately in their own homes, with neighbours or at community events and vigils.

Camilla, the Queen Consort, will make a televised tribute to the Queen on Sunday, to be aired shortly before the minute’s silence takes place.

In a pre-recorded message, she will speak of the role of the Queen in being a “solitary woman” in a male-dominated world.

“I can’t remember anyone except the Queen being there,” Camilla will say.

“She’s been part of our lives forever. I’m 75 now and I can’t remember anyone except the Queen being there.

“It must have been so difficult for her being a solitary woman.

“There weren’t women prime ministers or presidents. She was the only one so I think she carved her own role.”

The Queen Consort also described the late monarch’s smile as “unforgettable”.

“She’s got those wonderful blue eyes that when she smiles they light up her whole face,” she will add.

“I will always remember her smile. Her smile is unforgettable.”

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