MANCHESTER: The last formal tributes to Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the greatest England footballers of all time, were delivered at Manchester Cathedral.

The ceremony was attended by around 1,000 mourners, including family, friends, and leading figures from across the football world 123. The service was a celebration of his remarkable life as a husband, father, grandfather, and one of the finest footballers his country has ever produced.

As the cort├Ęge arrived at Old Trafford, thousands of fans lined the streets to pay their own tributes to the football legend 4. The funeral procession then proceeded slowly through a guard of honour, passing by the famous statue featuring Charlton himself, before arriving at Manchester Cathedral.

A scarf for the occasion . . . the United Trinity at Old Trafford

The service was led by Canon Nigel Ashworth and included eulogies and tributes read by David Gill, the former Manchester United ceo and John Shiels, former Manchester United Foundation ceo, as well as a personal tribute from the family.

Prince William, president of the Football Association, led the other mourners who included Sir Alex Fersguson as well as representatives from FIFA and UEFA and Emilio Butragueno on behalf of Real Madrid.

Music included the FA Cup Final hymn Abide with Me by Henry Francis Lyte.

The event was the stately send-off that he deserved. However, the Glazers, the owners of Manchester United, were not present at the service.

The funeral was a fitting tribute to his incredible life and career. He made 758 appearances for Manchester United, scoring 249 goals and winning three league titles, the FA Cup, and the European Cup.

He was also a key member of the England team who won the World Cup in 1966 then led United two years later to European Cup glory, scoring two goals in the final victory over Benfica, also at Wembley.