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Live coverage of the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be shown live in Millennium Square, Leeds City Council has confirmed.
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The screening is expected to be shown on Monday between 10am-6pm, although the times are subject to confirmation of TV broadcast schedules.

Entry to the designated viewing area will be free (subject to capacity) with a limited number of seating options provided on a first come first served basis.

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The Queen’s coffin will make a poignant journey to Buckingham Palace today while the King will travel to Northern Ireland for the first time as monarch.

Scroll down for live updates as Leeds continues to mourn Her Majesty.

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Friday marks D-Day +7, or D+7, in the plans marking the Queen’s death.

The King is to visit Wales for the first time since ascending the throne.

He will then return to London to meet with faith leaders, before holding a vigil at the Queen’s coffin with his brothers and sister.

The Prince and Princess of Wales are to visit an army training centre in Surrey mid-afternoon to meet troops taking part in funeral arrangements.

A Met Police briefing expected is expected this morning on the policing operation after the death of the Queen.

Mourners waiting to see the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall face the prospect of showers today in a queue nearly five miles long.

Key timings for the Queen’s funeral

Leeds couple say farewell to Queen

Paula Johnson, 57, a waitress, and Graham Johnson, 58, a retired engineer, walked for an hour to get to the end of the queue to see the Queen lying in state.

The married couple from Leeds travelled on Thursday to say a final goodbye.

Mrs Johnson said: “I was quite moved that she’d gone because she’s always been there and suddenly she’s not. Which is quite sad.

“I think it will be very serene and very calm. It will be the right atmosphere to be in to see her. I think it will be a lovely final gesture the fact that she’s calm and at peace.”

Speaking about the Queen and her royal duties, Mr Johnson said: “She had it thrust upon her totally unexpectedly and she’s absolutely dedicated her life to it, and done it wonderfully.

“We’ll never see anybody like her ever again. Never ever again. I don’t think we’ve seen anybody like her previously. A wonderful woman.”

The couple are prepared to stay however long it takes to see the Queen lying in state, even if it means cancelling their train booked at 8pm on Friday and booking another one.

Commenting on the King, Mrs Johnson said: “I’m sure her son will make a very good king, I do. He’s had that position for so long in waiting that he knows what’s expected, as does William in the next generation. Because she’s been there so long, she’s managed to probably nurture two future kings, I suspect.

“I don’t think the nation realises what an asset the queen has been and was.”

Harewood House to close on day of funeral

Harewood House has announced that it will be closed on Monday September 1 - the day of the Queen’s funeral.

In a statement, they said: “The staff, volunteers and Trustees of Harewood House Trust have been touched to read comments by Members and visitors in books of condolence at Harewood this week, and hear people's memories of Her Majesty's visits to Harewood. A number of people have left flowers on the steps of the House as we collectively mourn the passing of The Queen.

“Our thoughts remain with The Queen’s family, her friends and loved ones at this sad time.”

The Earl of Harewood has also honoured his godmother 'Cousin Lilibet' as he recalled a lively visit for her Golden Jubilee.

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Over 20,000 watched livestream of Queen lying in state

The number of viewers tuned into the livestream of the Queen lying in state topped 20,000 on a number of occasions within its first hour online.

The service began broadcasting globally via the BBC News website at 5pm on Wednesday, when the doors of Westminster Hall opened to the public.

Mourners could be seen tearful as they filed solemnly past the coffin and paid their respects.

The number of people viewing the dedicated stream quickly rose to about 20,000 and remained there for much of the first hour of broadcast.

The service is also available in the UK on the iPlayer, BBC Parliament and the red button.

Queue tracker now live to see Queen Elizabeth II

A queue of people almost three miles long has started moving gradually forward as well-wishers queue to see the monarch lying in state.

The line has the capacity to stretch for 10 miles, but there is no guarantee that everyone who joins it will get to file past the coffin.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is running a live queue tracker to pinpoint the end of the line which can be viewed at youtube.com/watch?v=9NpZuGxSgZY

At 5pm, the tracker showed the queue was approximately 2.9 miles long, stretching past London Bridge.

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Leeds-born woman flew from Rome to London to watch the procession

A woman who gave her name only as Carol, 79, flew to London from Rome to make sure she could attend the procession of the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.

Carol, who has lived in the Italian capital for the last 50 years, said: “I wanted to be here for this historic occasion.”

She added that she had seen the Queen once during her lifetime, as a young child when the monarch and Philip visited her birthplace of Leeds shortly after their marriage in 1947.

“They passed in front of our street and Prince Philip got out of the car – which shocked people as it was against protocol at the time,” said Carol, who did not give her surname.