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'I thought it was a hoax...' pride and honour as Mancunians invited to Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

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Mancunians who've been invited to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II have expressed their shock and honour to be part of one of the biggest moments in the country's history.

The Queen's official state funeral will take place in Westminster Abbey at 11am on Monday (19 September), and is expected to be attended by hundreds of guests from across the globe.

Nearly 500 dignitaries are expected to join members of the Royal family, UK ministers past and present, and key figures from public life in what has been dubbed the 'biggest international event in decades.' READ MORE: Emotional image shows Queen's children standing vigil at her coffin Around 200 people recognised in the Queen's Jubilee Birthday Honours List this summer have also been invited to attend the funeral - including 10 from Greater Manchester.

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