All six living former Prime Ministers among the Queen’s funeral procession |  Queen Elizabeth II

All six living former Prime Ministers among the Queen’s funeral procession | Queen Elizabeth II

All six living former Prime Ministers among the Queen’s funeral procession |  Queen Elizabeth II

Liz Truss and Lady Scotland were the only two politicians to speak at the Queen’s funeral, giving readings from the Bible.

Truss, who became prime minister two weeks ago, was accompanied by her husband, Hugh O’Leary, to the service at Westminster Abbey. She was greeted by members of the clergy and shook hands before taking her seat.

She read the second lesson for mourners from John 14 as dignitaries gathered in Westminster Abbey, with a lesson of consolation, and evoked the promise of eternal life in heaven. “Do not let your heart be troubled; you believe in God,” she read.

Scotland, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and a former Attorney General under Labour, gave the first reading, from 1 Corinthians 15.

Among the congregation were all six living former Prime Ministers: John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Theresa May, David Cameron and Boris Johnson.

There was a brief moment of initial awkwardness as the newer incumbents – May, Cameron and Johnson – arrived first with their spouses but had to wait for their predecessors to arrive so they could file in chronological order.

Many more politicians from government and opposition parties also attended the funeral, including Keir Starmer, who on Monday praised the royal family for their “absolutely fantastic” handling of the past 10 days. Other senior politicians included the Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford, and Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

“She was the big constant,” Sturgeon said, adding that it was a “huge honour” to represent Scotland.

Sinn Féin’s vice-president, Michelle O’Neill, also attended the state funeral, illustrating how far relations have come between her party and the British royal family. “Today I respectfully join leaders from the UK, Ireland and the international community at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II as she is laid to rest,” she said.

“It is a sad day for her family who are grieving her loss, and all those with a British identity from across our community who are also grieving.”

The last Prime Minister to attend the state funeral of a monarch was Winston Churchill, who laid a wreath and a message of “For bravery” at the service for King George VI.

After attending the state funeral, Truss made his way separately to Windsor for the smaller engagement service for the Queen, with Major and Blair, who are Knights of the Garter, also attending. She will later travel to New York for the UN General Assembly.

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