In Pictures: A reign for the ages takes its place in the history books
The funeral rites for the Queen are the nation’s formal farewell to the woman who reigned for an unprecedented 70 years.
The Queen carried out her duties up until her death at Balmoral in Scotland, having also juggled a family life relentlessly exposed to the scrutiny of the press and, unlike her predecessors, television.
She reigned from a period when the nation was still recovering from the Second World War and was going through a period of intense social change.
The Empire’s transformation into the Commonwealth had already started but continued under her reign.
Princess Elizabeth learned she had become Queen in Kenya, in a tree-top hotel, when she was informed of the death of her father King George VI at a time when she was raising young children, and she returned to British soil to be greeted by her first prime minister Sir Winston Churchill and opposition leader Clement Attlee.
The advent of the 1960s brought in an era of change, with laws on the death penalty, same-sex relationships and abortion all changed during that decade and an explosion in youth culture in what had been a more genteel nation.
The Queen presented the World Cup to Bobby Moore but also had to deal with heartbreaking incidents such as the tragedy at Aberfan that claimed 144 lives, mainly children.
The 1980s saw the Queen’s children take big steps in their personal lives, with the weddings of Charles and Diana, and Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
Princess Anne had wed Captain Mark Phillips in the 1970s.
All of those marriages would later break down, and the Queen herself would describe the year 1992 as an annus horribilis.
The Queen continued to make overseas tours, including to Russia, which was more monarchy-friendly than the previous Soviet Union.
Her role as head of the Commonwealth also took her on long voyages.
The wedding of grandson William to the then Kate Middleton further secured the royal line, as did the birth of Prince George, who is expected to become king one day.
The Queen addressed the nation during the coronavirus lockdown with a message of We’ll Meet Again – she observed the rules in a bubble and one of her few public duties was to emerge from Windsor Castle to knight Captain Sir Tom Moore, who had kept up the nation’s spirits with his fundraising.
She also continued to follow guidance at the funeral of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, where she sat alone.
As the nation got back to normal, the feelgood factor returned with a Platinum Jubilee which saw the Queen joined on the royal balcony with three people also likely to occupy the throne, Charles, William and George.
The monarch could not attend all those events and went to spend her last summer in Balmoral, her Scottish retreat.
She carried out her last public duty in appointing Liz Truss as Prime Minister, having earlier accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson.
Her death at Balmoral at the age of 96 brought to an end a reign that had started as a young mother of 25, and a period of mourning ensued as her body travelled to Edinburgh and then London, with her journey ending in Windsor, where she will be laid to rest in a chapel alongside Philip, her parents and the ashes of her sister Margaret.
<p>A lost dog dubbed "wonder pup" walked himself home FIVE MILES across a busy city while his owner searched for him.</p><p>Pip wandered off while chasing squirrels on a walk with owner, Libby Bowles, 47.</p><p>And while she spent 90 minutes searching for him in Leigh Woods, in Bristol, the pup took to the streets, and strolled home.</p><p>He was caught on CCTV during his 4.6-mile walk home, which included a stroll across Clifton Suspension Bridge.</p><p>The pooch arrived home 20 minutes before Libby did - after she'd taken to local lost and found groups to track him down, on September 18.</p><p>Locals posted updates and CCTV grabs as he was spotted travelling across the city - outside his old home, in the park, and outside a local museum.</p><p>Pip, a pedenco, is a rabbit hunting hound rescued from Spain.</p><p>Now a therapy dog, he is well-known around Bristol because he sits in Libby's backpack as she cycles around the city.</p><p>Libby said: "The thing is, he's very calm and placid unless there's something furry to chase.</p><p>"He's run off before but he's always come back, so when he didn't I was quite worried.</p><p>"I spent an hour going up and down our walking route looking for him, and luckily ran into some friends who went round to the other side of the woods to see if they could find him.</p><p>"They actually did see him, but then at the last minute he zipped away from them under a fence."</p><p>His escape sparked a city-wide chase, and he was captured on CCTV in several places across the city, trotting along the pavement unaware of the search party.</p><p>Ms Bowles said: "At first I thought 'how on earth is he going to cross Bristol by himself?' </p><p>"But thankfully Pip has a good nose - he often takes me to his dog friends' houses on our walks.</p><p>"The dog community in Bristol is amazing, so I put him in one of the groups and I got constant updates of where he was seen. </p><p>"He went back to our old flat, past Bristol museum, literally all over Bristol.</p><p>"Eventually he was seen in the park near our house, so I breathed a sigh of relief because I knew he should be able to get home from there.</p><p>"I called our neighbours and they were all waiting for him when he got back.</p><p>"He apparently trotted round the corner fairly nonchalant. He had all his dog friends and lots of treats waiting for him."</p><p>Pip once belonged to a hunter in Spain.</p><p>After being found on the streets, he was rescued and adopted by Libby, who works in sustainability education.</p><p>Pip is now a therapy dog, and is part of a programme called Read2Dogs - where children can read to him rather than adults to boost their literacy skills.</p><p>Libby said: "I used to be a primary school teacher and I think it's such a valuable exercise, it has a profound effect on confidence in the classroom.</p><p>"I'm writing some books about Pip and his adventures, so kids can read to Pip about all his exciting stories."</p>
British Superbike rider Chrissy Rouse has died after a crash at Donington Park at the weekend. Organisers said the 26-year-old "passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family in hospital" on Thursday afternoon. Rouse was treated trackside and taken to the circuit's medical centre, where he was put in an induced coma.
The Opec+ cartel of oil-producing nations has announced a production cut of two million barrels per day. It is a big and dramatic move from the grouping which accounts for around 44% of global oil production. Although expectations had been growing in recent days of a major cut - first one million barrels, then one and a half and then two - it is nonetheless a loud message from Opec+ (Opec and allies such as Russia) that the fall in oil prices since May has gone too far and needs to be addressed.