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Standing by the Mall in central London, where the procession with the Queen’s coffin will pass by on its way to Windsor, Jan Gard, 68, said the funeral service had brought up a flurry of emotions for her.

First, there was sadness over the Queen’s death, and then the poignant symbolism of the funeral crowd singing the British national anthem ‘God Save the King,’ as Charles III has become the new monarch.

I had to keep telling myself it was King, not Queen,” Gard, who is from Kent in southeast England, said.

The service “was beautiful because she (the Queen) was Christian and she served God and her people,” Gard said.

She added that when she saw the Queen’s coffin on the livestream, “it really hit me. I was born the year of her coronation and so it means something to me.”

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