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Reason behind carrying the Queen on the State Gun Carriage

The State Gun Carriage that was carrying the Queen for the procession through the Centre of London has a history.

The Gun Carriage has been in the care of the Royal Navy since 1901 and was removed from active service for Queen Victoria's burial.

The Gun Carriage has been used for the other funerals of former monarchs like King Edward VII, King George V and King George VI, Queen's father in 1952.

In the funeral of Winston Churchill, Queen's first Prime minister, the gun Carriage was used and it was last featured in Lord Louis Mountbatten's funeral, the Queen's cousin in 1979.

As per the tradition, the gun carriage carrying the Queen's coffin was being drawn by 142 Royal Naval Ratings from Westminster Hall.

This tradition came up after the horses used to pull Queen Victoria's coffin in 1901 for her burial were spooked and almost tipped the coffin.

After the service at Westminster Abbey, the procession that included King Charles III and other members of the Royal family followed the gun carriage headed towards St George's Chapel.

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