Why a gun carriage is used to carry the Queen

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The history of the State Gun Carriage, which was used to transport the Queen's coffin during its processions through central London, is intriguing.

The gun carriage, which has been in the Royal Navy's custody since 1901, was taken out of commission for Queen Victoria's funeral.

Additionally, it was utilised in 1952 for the funerals of the Queen's father, King George VI, as well as King Edward VII, King George V, and several other kings.

The gun carriage, which left Westminster Hall at 10:44 a.m. from where the Queen had been lying in state, was drawn by 142 Royal Naval Ratings, who are members of the armed forces.

The horses employed to transport Queen Victoria's coffin in 1901 for her funeral were startled and nearly toppled it, leading to the introduction of the tradition of sailors pulling the coffin.

The King's Body Guards of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, The Yeomen of the Guard, and the Royal Company of Archers flanked the carriage as part of the bearer party, which included pallbearers made up of the Queen's service horses.

It was a part of the approximately mile-long procession that followed the funeral at Westminster Abbey. Other members of the Royal Family and King Charles III followed the carriage.

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