Canadian Mounties lead Queen Elizabeth II to her final resting place

It was often said that Queen Elizabeth II’s proudest achievement was the expansion of the Commonwealth, the “family of nations” which she spent her entire reign building up to

the 56-member association that exists today. So it was only fitting that the Commonwealth should be given a prominent role in her state funeral, in accordance with her final

wishes. As Buckingham Palace released more details of the funeral arrangements on Thursday, it emerged that Mounties of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were to have the

honour of leading the coffin procession through London from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch to begin its journey to Windsor. The late monarch was given her favourite

horse, Burmese, by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1969 and rode the mare at Trooping the Colour for 18 consecutive years. Among those following behind were be

detachments from the Armed Forces of the Commonwealth, thought to include troops from New Zealand, Canada and Australia. Baroness Scotland, the Secretary General of the

Commonwealth, was chosen to read lessons in the service, alongside Liz Truss, the Prime Minister. Such was her devotion to the Commonwealth that without her, many believe it

would not exist today. That legacy was reflected in a state funeral like no other, as world leaders, service personnel and royal families travelled from across the globe to pay

tribute.The state funeral The state funeral is expected to have been one of the most-watched televised events in history, with a potential worldwide audience numbering in

the billions.