The ten days of public mourning after the death of Queen Elizabeth II will end on Monday, September 19 with a a full day of funeral procedureswhich begin in London and end in Windsor, where she will be laid to rest.
Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral at Westminster Abbey will be attended by world leaders, including President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, as well as representatives from across the Commonwealth of Nations – most of which were part of the former British Empire.
Guests will gather for the ceremony at 11am London time, which will conclude with two minutes’ silence for the UK Queen and the playing of ‘God Save the King’ – a change from 70 years of ‘God Save the Queen’.
Processions through the streets of London and then to the royal residence in Windsor will also take place until Queen Elizabeth II is laid to rest this evening at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Monday is a public holiday in the UK, with many businesses and schools closed so that citizens can watch broadcasts of the events, which start at 4am and continue past 7.30pm
Millions worldwide are expected to watch coverage of the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, where Elizabeth married Prince Philip and was crowned. It will be the first funeral of a British monarch to take place at the abbey since the 18th century, and the first time cameras will be allowed at a funeral ceremony for a British monarch.
Here’s the schedule for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, along with details of what to expect.
You can watch the funeral live on time.com.
Order of events
6:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. ET): The doors of Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament, where Queen Elizabeth II has been lying in stateclose to the public
10:44 a.m. (5:44 a.m. ET): The royal procession leaves from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey. The state carriage will carry Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, accompanied by musicians such as the Royal Marines Band, and the aisle will be lined with members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Members of the royal family, including King Charles III and Prince William, will follow behind the carriage.
10:52 a.m. (5:52 a.m. ET): Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrives outside the gates of Westminster Abbey and carried inside
11 a.m. (6 a.m. ET): The ceremony beginsled by the Dean of Westminster David Hoyle, and will include readings and prayers from political and religious leaders, including the new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss.
11:55 a.m. (6:55 a.m. ET): Two minutes of silence followed within the Abbey and in the United Kingdom
Noon (7 a.m. ET): The funeral is over with a reveille, the national anthem of the United Kingdom (“God Save the King”) and a lament from the Queen’s piper. The casket will go on another procession through the streets of London as Big Ben beats continuously.
1 p.m. (8 a.m. ET): The casket arrives at Wellington Arch in London, where he was loaded into a hearse. From here, the royal family departs for Windsor Castle, which is about 20 miles west of Buckingham Palace.
3:06 p.m. (10:06 a.m. ET): The state hearse arrives at Windsor, where he will join a procession heading towards Albert Road. The King and other members of the Royal Family will join the procession on foot to St George’s Chapel around thirty minutes later.
4 p.m. (11 a.m. ET): Committal service starts in the chapel of St. George, presided over by the Dean of Windsor and ending with a benediction by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
7:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. ET): Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest in a private ceremony in the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle. She will be buried with her late husband Prince Philip.
Which royals will be taking part?
Members of the royal family and King Charles III’s household are scheduled to have roles throughout the day, although not all details of where and how all the royals will be participating are public.
In some specific cases, the palace has detailed the times when King Charles III, Prince William, Princess Catherine, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take part in the proceedings. Spectators can expect to see members of the royal family, including King Charles III and Prince William in his role as heir apparent and Duke of Wales immediately after the coffin leaves Westminster Hall.
After the funeral at Westminster Abbey, a group including King Charles III, Queen Camilla, William, Kate, Harry, Meghan, Princess Sophie and other family members will follow the coffin on foot to Wellington Arch. This group will then join the official motorcade to Windsor.
Who will attend?
Westminster Abbey has approximately 2,000 seats to accommodate the extensive list of those who will pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth in person.
The royals themselves have not released a list of those attending, but many heads of state and other dignitaries have expressed plans to attend the ceremony at Westminster Abbey on the 19th. Biden said he would be there, along with the leaders of Italy, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, Canada, Kenya and Australia, among others.
Numerous members of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II’s children Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, will also populate the Abbey’s pews. A long list of royals from other European countries will also be there, including King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Harald V of Norway and King Philippe and the Belgian Queen Matilda.
Representatives from all parts of the Commonwealth are expected to attend, along with people the Queen has included in her annual honors list over the past year, which celebrates outstanding citizens and community leaders.
How to watch
In the States, several network news and cable news channels will broadcast the funeral service live at 6 a.m. ET, so viewers can tune in to their choice of ABC, BBC America, C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, NBC and PBS for the event. . In the UK, BBC One, BBC News and Sky News will cover the whole day.
Time.com will also live stream the event.
The BBC will stream its coverage live free worldwide, as well as ITV News and Sky News, so those with internet access can watch on their sites or on Youtube. News outlets around the world will also broadcast feeds: for example, Canadian viewers can tune in to the CBC, and ABC News in Australia will carry the program.
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