The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II takes place in the United Kingdom.
It’s an emotional day for the British public as they say goodbye to their beloved monarch who died on September 8 96 years old. The country is at a standstill, businesses and schools are closed.
The funeral took place at Westminster Abbey, the Gothic church in central London where the Queen was crowned in 1953. The Queen is then to be buried at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, a historic town about 26 miles (42 kilometers) from London that is home to Windsor Castle, one of the royal residences.
You can watch the funeral live on time.com. Here’s what you need to know about the production.
Guests arrive before the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England.
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Who will attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral?
The prominent mourners are naturally the Queen’s eldest son and heir, King Charles IIItogether with Queen consortCharles’ two brothers, Prince Edward and Andrew, and his sister Princess Anne. Eight grandchildren attend – among them Charles’ sons Prince William and Prince Harry and their respective wives the Princess of Wales, Kate Middletonand the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Among the mourners are many other close relatives.
Many other royals – from Europe and further afield – were prominent among the more than 2,000 people attending the service at Westminster Abbey. Among them are Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde and Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands are in attendance, along with Queen Margarete II of Denmark and King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway.
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are in attendance, as are Jordan’s King Abdullah, Malaysia’s Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Sultan Abdullah of Pahang) and Bhutan’s King Jigme Hesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
Police officers patrol outside Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, ahead of the state funeral service for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
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Among the political leaders at the funeral are US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. China is represented by Vice President Wang Qishan and India by President Draupadi Murmu.
President of South Korea Yoon Suk-yeol attended, as did Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, the Pres Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia, by the way.
Invitations were reportedly not extended to the leaders of Russia and Belarus due to the 24th of February. of Russian President Vladimir Putin invasion of Ukraine. The junta in Myanmar that seized power in a 2021 coupthere is also not invited to send a representative.
First Lady Jill Biden watches as US President Joe Biden signs a book of condolence at Lancaster House in London on September 18, 2022 following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8.
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Where is the queen buried?
Queen Elizabeth is buried in the late medieval St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where ten other monarchs are buried.
The Chapel Royal Vault is the final resting place of several members of the British royal family, but the Queen is buried in an annex known as the King George VI Memorial Chapel. This addition was opened at her request in 1969 as the final resting place of her father, whose remains were moved there from the royal vault.
Queen Elizabeth II will be buried there along with her father, mother, sister and husband Prince Philip. His remains will be moved from the royal vault, where they have been kept since his death in April.
Mourners wait to watch the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England.
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What is the order of ceremony for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral?
A detailed schedule is available here.
Briefly, the Queen’s casket is carried in a solemn procession from Westminster Hall, where the Queen lies in repose, to Westminster Abbey for a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. local time (6:00 a.m. ET). The 55-minute service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle. UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, whose meeting with the Queen was at the monarch’s last official engagementis to give a reading.
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A two-minute silence in the UK marks the end of the service, along with a celebration, the national anthem and a royal bagpiper playing a lament.
A hearse carries the casket through the streets of London, arriving at Wellington Arch, Hyde Park, at 1:00 pm (8:00 am ET). From there, a hearse took the coffin to Windsor for internment.
More than 800 mourners are expected to attend the announcement ceremony, followed by a private burial in the King George VI Memorial Chapel at 7:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. ET).
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