The Queen died ‘peacefully’ on September 8, aged 96, while at Balmoral Castle and surrounded by loved ones, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

Following her death, the Queen’s coffin was lying in state in Westminster Hall, with a whole host of celebrities joining the miles-long queue to pay their respects.

Speculation was rife around which celebs would attend the funeral, after media personalities continued to share their condolences for the Royal Family throughout the period of mourning.

Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls was one of the first mourners to arrive at Westminster Abbey (Picture: Reuters)

Bear Grylls was one of the first stars to be pictured outside Westminster Abbey in London, flashing a smile and a wave as he arrived at the historic building.

The TV personality was there as chief scout and he represented Scouts at the state funeral, paying his final respects to the Queen, who was a patron.

Bear was appointed the youngest-ever Chief Scout aged 35 in 2009, before starting his second term in 2015.

On Monday morning, the organisation wrote on Twitter: ‘Chief Scout @BearGrylls, will represent Scouts at State Funeral today and pay final respects to our Patron, HM The Queen.’

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh attended as part of the Canadian delegation (Picture: BBC)

Another confirmed attendee was Killing Eve actress Sandra Oh, who attended the funeral as part of the Canadian delegation.

The star took part in a procession of national honours as part of the service, joining fellow Canadians musician Gregory Charles and Olympic swimmer Mark Tewkesbury.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, as well as current and former governors and leaders, also travelled to the UK to represent the North American country.

Founded by Queen Elizabeth in 1967, the Order of Canada recognises outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation across all sectors of society.

The Netflix actress was awarded an Order of Canada after raising her profile in the UK alongside Jodie Comer in BBC series Killing Eve in June.

Sophie Winkleman

Sophie Winkleman was in attendance after marrying into the Royal Family in 2009 (Picture: BBC)

Also spotted at the state funeral was Peep Show’s Sophie Winkleman, who married into the Royal Family in 2009.

She holds the title of Lady Frederick Windsor as she is married to Lord Frederick Windsor, the son of Prince Michael of Kent – a cousin of the Queen.

The Big Suze actress – who is also the half-sister of Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman – recently stunned those turning into the BBC’s live footage when she was seen standing with the royals on Friday, while the Queen’s coffin was lying in state.

Antony Cotton

Coronation Street star Antony Cotton, known for his role as Sean Tully, was also in attendance at the funeral.

He has a close association with the forces and was recognised in the 2022 Queen’s birthday honours for services to British Army, personnel and veterans.

Speaking out on the momentous day, Antony wrote on Instagram: ‘Well…where to begin?! I had the greatest honour of being invited to Her Majesty’s funeral.

‘So proud to see so many pals working on it, and doing their Queen and country proud. It was a day I will never forget.’

Antony cited the same quote from Hamlet used by the King during his first public broadcast as head of state: ‘May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest…’

He added: ‘The men and women of our armed forces were nothing short of magnificent today.

‘I’m so, so proud of all my pals who worked on giving Her Majesty such a wonderful send off. It was a remarkable service.’

Which celebrities viewed the Queen’s coffin?

The Queen died age 96 on September 8 (Picture: Getty)
Her coffin has been lying in state in Westminster Hall (Picture: Getty)

Over the past week, the likes of David Beckham, Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield, and Tilda Swinton were among those viewing the Queen’s coffin.

Footballing legend Beckham has been a vocal supporter of the Queen over the years, and received an OBE in 2013 for his services to the sport.

The sporting star queued for 13 hours to view the Queen’s coffin (Picture: Getty)
David Beckham received an OBE for his services to football (Picture: WireImage)

He was recently praised by fellow royal fans for queueing for 13 hours with members of the public before becoming tearful as he bowed his head to Her Majesty’s coffin in respect inside the Hall.

Actress Tilda also cut a sombre figure as she viewed the coffin after joining the queue when it was five miles long.

Meanwhile, This Morning presenters Holly and Phillip attended in a ‘professional capacity’, ITV bosses claimed, as they filmed a segment fo Tuesday’s show.

Tilda Swinton bowed her head in respect (Picture: BBC)
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield filmed a segment for This Morning at Westminster Hall (Picture: BBC)

Which celebrities were rumoured to attend the funeral?

Sir David Attenborough was born just weeks after the Queen (Picture: Getty)

There were some big names rumoured to be attending the Queen’s funeral, but none of them were seen, despite having royal connections.

Sir David Attenborough was top of the list, as the naturalist was born just weeks after the late monarch and the pair shared a close working relationship and friendship.

Speaking to the BBC during the Queen’s procession to Westminster Hall this week, he referred to the display of mourners as a moment of ‘sadness and thanksgiving’.

Sir Elton John had a close relationship with the late monarch (Picture: PA)

Sir Elton John was another who has worked closely with the Royal Family throughout his career.

The Your Song hitmaker was knighted by the Queen back in 1998 and recently paid tribute following her death, taking to the stage in Toronto to praise her ‘inspiring presence’.

Reflecting on the Queen’s life, he dedicated a rendition of his 1974 track Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me to her, while images of Queen were displayed on screens.

Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber performed a special gig for the Queen at his own home (Picture: Dave Thompson – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Gary Barlow has performed for the Queen several times (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

‘She led the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace and decency and a genuine caring warmth. I’m 75 and she’s been with me all my life and I feel very sad that she won’t be with me anymore, but I’m glad she’s at peace, and I’m glad she’s at rest and she deserves it’, he said.

Other names in the mix for the funeral guest list include racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart, who got to know the Queen through his friendship with her daughter Princess Anne.

He was friends with the Queen for decades and has been extremely emotional in the aftermath of her death, having been meant to visit Balmoral on September 8.

Sir Jackie Stewart was a close friend of the Queen’s (Picture: PA)

In a recent appearance on BBC, a grief-stricken Sir Jackie said it was a ‘kindness’ the Queen ‘slipped away’ and said she was ‘the most impressive woman I’ve ever known’.

Elsewhere, Andrew Lloyd-Webber was rumoured to be attending the monarch’s funeral, as was pop star and Take That member Gary Barlow.

The duo co-wrote the song Sing for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and performed it privately for Her Majesty at the composer’s own home in Hampshire, which he recently recalled as being a ‘wonderful evening’.

Millions are set to line the streets for the historic event (Picture: Colin McPherson/Sygma via Getty Images)
The Queen’s son King Charles III immediately became monarch after she died (Picture: PA)

There was further speculation around whether James Bond star Daniel Craig would show up, who famously appeared with the Queen at the opening of the 2012 London Olympics.

Other names swirling around the rumour mill included Stephen Fry and Dame Helen Mirren, but it’s likely many stayed home to watch the historic event, as it was broadcast across most TV channels.

Of course, there were plenty of world leaders in attendance, from recently-appointed Prime Minister Liz Truss to US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral was the first state funeral held in the UK since the televised funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.