The Queen’s beloved niece appeared mournful in an all-black ensemble as she paid her respects at the late monarch’s funeral at Westminster Abbey today.
Lady Sarah Chatto, 58, was visibly emotional as she attended the final tribute to the Queen’s life, wearing a black dress coat and hat.
Princess Margaret’s daughter enjoyed a warm relationship with her aunt throughout her life, and remained close to Her Majesty and Prince Philip following her mother’s death in 2002.
Sarah, also the daughter of Anthony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl Snowdon, was accompanied by one of her sons, Arthur Chatto, 23, who is training to be an officer for the Royal Marines.
Lady Sarah Chatto arriving for the state funeral today for Queen Elizabeth II, her aunt. Lady Sarah is the daughter of the late Princess Margaret
Lady Sarah Chatto pictured here with her husband Daniel Chatto as they attended the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Lady Sarah opted for a black dress coat and held a pair of black gloves as she walked into Westminster Abbey
She was pictured with her husband Daniel Chatto, and her son Samuel, 26, also made an appearance. She joined other members of the royal family to pay their respects to the late monarch.
Last week an emotional Sarah attended the service at Westminster Hall following the Queen‘s procession, once again dressed in all-black.
Sarah, who is married to Daniel Chatto, was once described by a royal insider as sharing a ‘sense of loyalty, fun, duty and the ridiculous’ with the Queen.
‘The Queen adores Sarah and seeks out her company as often as possible. She is her absolute favorite younger royal,’ they said. ‘They are hugely at ease in each other’s company. Much giggling can be heard when they are together. They share a sense of loyalty, fun, duty and the ridiculous.
Samuel and Arthur Chatto pictured at the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey today. Arthur is training to be an officer for the Royal Marines
The Queen’s ‘favourite royal’ Lady Sarah Chatto (pictured with her son) made an appearance at the Westminster Hall service for Her Majesty last week
Queen Elizabeth II (left) is believed to have adored her niece Lady Sarah Chatto (right), with the pair said to share a ‘sense of loyalty, fun, duty and the ridiculous’ (pictured here together in the grounds of Royal Lodge, (Windsor Great Park)
Lady Sarah Chatto was born in 1964 — the last royal baby born at a palace rather than a hospital — within weeks of cousins Prince Edward, Lady Helen Windsor and James Ogilvy.
The Queen has been described as a ‘surrogate mother’ to the siblings and was particularly close to Lady Sarah, who is understood to remind Her Majesty of her late sister.
Hundreds of thousands of Brits have queued to see the Queen lying in state this week, as the official period of mourning ends today.
Well-wishers waited for up to thirty hours to pay tribute as people from around the world sent their condolences to the longest running head of state.
The view in Westminster Abbey above the Queen – where she married and was crowned more than 70 years ago
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried by the Bearer Party into Westminster Abbey past the grave of the Unknown Soldier.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, stands next to King Charles, Anne, Princess Royal, and William, Prince of Wales, as they salute during the state funeral
The Princess of Wales arrives at the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey today by car with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the Queen’s Consort
Dignitaries from the commonwealth including Australia, New Zealand and Canada will join the Firm in mourning today, as well as monarchs from across Europe and the world.
The Queen’s state funeral today will end with a two-minute national silence in a ‘fitting tribute to an extraordinary reign’ before she is laid to rest beside her late husband.
Police have also been granted a no-fly zone order over London today, which will follow 10 days of mourning.
As well as thousands of uniformed Metropolitan Police bobbies drafted into action, plain-clothes officers will also mingle among crowds to monitor any threats.
A long line of mourners walk into the UK’s most important church Westminster Abbey for her funeral
It is expected that other forces will be asked to provide officers under ‘mutual aid’.
World leaders including Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron have arrived at Westminster Abbey as Britain and the world prepare to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral today.
The UK’s most important church began filling up from 8am as the congregation arrived up to three hours early – including Kate Middleton’s parents – as huge crowds of mourners packed the procession route outside and tens of thousands more went to Windsor, where Her Majesty will be buried. later
Michael and Carole Middleton were among hundreds of VIPs who arrived at the UK’s most important church – where Her Majesty married Prince Philip and had her coronation.
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive for the State Funeral
Princess Alexandra, The Honorable Lady Ogilvy arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the state funeral this morning
2,000 royals, world leaders and hundreds of members of the public have started filing into the Abbey as billions around the world will watch Her Majesty’s state funeral.
Funeral flowers in the abbey featured myrtle – which was used in the Queen’s wedding bouquet as is royal tradition. The huge white and green displays of blooms included asiatic lilies, gladioli, alstroemeria, eustoma and foliage of English oak, weeping birch and the sprigs of myrtle.
Around the coffin will stand the four tall yellow candles which usually rest around the grave of the unknown warrior at the entrance to the historic church.
And outside hardy royal fans defied no-camping rules, as people of all ages set up tents, deck chairs and even a makeshift minibar to grab premium seats for the spectacle that will see 2 million flood into the capital. By 8.30am members of the public were told that the procession route was full and began diverting people to Hyde Park to watch on the big screens.
The Queen’s Coffin was today carried from Westminster Hall to the State Gun Carriage, and then positioned outside the building’s North Door.
The procession then went from New Palace Yard through Parliament Square, Broad Sanctuary and the Sanctuary before arriving at Westminster Abbey just before 11am.
After the State Funeral Service finishes at around noon, the coffin will be placed on the State Gun Carriage outside the Abbey.
US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth
At 12.15pm, the procession will set off for Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.
The route will go from the Abbey via Broad Sanctuary, Parliament Square (south and east sides), Parliament Street, Whitehall, Horse Guards including Horse Guards Arch, Horse Guards Road, The Mall, Queen’s Gardens (south and west sides), Constitution Hill. and Apsley Way
At Wellington Arch, the Queen’s coffin will be transferred from the State Gun Carriage to the State Hearse just after 1pm, ahead of the journey to Windsor.
Former prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha outside Westminster Abbey this morning
Former prime minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May arrive at Westminster Abbey for the service this morning
It will then travel from central London to Windsor, on a route that has not been disclosed by the Palace. When the hearse arrives in Windsor, the procession will begin just after 3pm at Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road.
The state hearse will join the procession, which will have been formed up and in position, at Shaw Farm Gate before traveling to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The procession will follow the route of Albert Road, Long Walk, Cambridge Gate, Cambridge Drive, George IV Gate, Quadrangle (south and west sides), Engine Court, Norman Arch, Chapel Hill, Parade Ground and Horseshoe Cloister Arch.
Just before 4pm, the procession will halt at the bottom of the West Steps of St George’s Chapel in Horseshoe Cloister. Here, the bearer party will carry the coffin in procession up the steps into the chapel.
The Queen will be buried during a private burial at King George VI Memorial Chapel in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at 7.30pm.