Queen Elizabeth’s funeral: full timeline of events


Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral will be a well-choreographed event.

More than 2,000 people from around the world are due to gather at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday to honor the late monarch, who died “peacefully” on September 8 at the age of 96, at her beloved Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Members of the Queen’s family are set to process the coffin three times: as it moves to Westminster Abbey, then over a mile to Wellington Arch and finally to Windsor Castle, where she will be buried after 70 years as sovereign.

“Her Majesty The Queen’s State Funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday September 19 at 11.00am BST,” read an official statement from the Royal Family. “A commitment service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, will be held later the same day at 4:00 p.m..”

As is required of the monarch, the queen was consulted on all funeral arrangements before her death.

Read on for a full timeline of Monday’s state funeral events for Queen Elizabeth, presented in local time (BST).

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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth.

6:30 a.m .: The last members of the public admitted to lying in state

“On the morning of the state funeral, the staging will conclude at 6:30 a.m. when the last members of the public are admitted,” the statement said.

The Queen’s coffin has been laid in Westminster Hall since Wednesday, when it traveled from Buckingham Palace in a procession through London, followed by members of the Royal Family.

10:44 a.m. to 10:52 a.m.: Coffin transfer from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey

The funeral begins at 10.44 a.m. local time, when the Queen’s coffin “will be carried in procession on the Royal Navy’s State Gun Carriage”, the statement said.

“Immediately after the coffin will be [King Charles III]members of the royal family and members of the king’s household,” the statement read.

It will travel approximately 500 feet through the Palace of Westminster complex to Westminster Abbey, where the state funeral is due to begin. Presidents, foreign royals and relatives of Queen Elizabeth will attend the service in the Old Church.

11 a.m.: Beginning of the funeral

“The cortege will arrive at the West Door of Westminster Abbey at 10:52 a.m. where the group of pallbearers will lift the coffin from the State Gun Carriage and carry it into the Abbey for the State Funeral Service,” the statement said. .

The Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, will lead the funeral service, which will also include lesson readings from new Prime Minister Liz Truss and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.

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11:55 a.m.: British infantry bugle call

The last message – the traditional British infantry bugle – will sound at 11.55am, before a two-minute silence is observed across the UK. The service should end around noon.

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Procession of coffins to Hyde Park

The coffin will then travel 1½ miles to Wellington Arch in Hyde Park in central London, arriving at 1pm, before leaving the capital.

“At Wellington Arch, the coffin will be transferred to the State hearse on its way to Windsor,” the statement read. “As the State Hearse leaves Wellington Arch, the parade will give a Royal Salute and the National Anthem will be played. His Majesty the King and Members of the Royal Family will then depart for Windsor.”

3:06-3:52 p.m.: Coffin arrives at Windsor Castle and St. George’s Chapel

Queen Elizabeth’s coffin will then be taken west to Windsor, where the next procession will begin at around 3.06pm.

Around 3.40pm, King Charles, Queen Camilla and the rest of the family join the coffin procession, which is expected to reach St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle around 3.52pm. More than 800 people are expected to attend the Queen’s burial service. there, and the event will have a more intimate feel than a state funeral.

Guests present at Westminster Abbey will not follow for the ceremony in Windsor. Instead, the pews will be filled with some of the people who knew the Queen best: her personal staff and those who worked on her estates.

Queen Elizabeth II.
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4:00 p.m.: start of the Queen’s burial ceremony

“The Pledge Service will begin at 4 p.m., and alongside His Majesty the King and members of the Royal Family, the congregation will be made up of past and present members of the Queen’s Household, including private estates. Governors will also attend Prime Ministers General and of the Realm,” according to the statement.

Dean of Windsor David Conner will lead the service, with prayers from minister Crathie Kirk, chaplain of Windsor Great Park and rector of Sandringham, as well as music from the chapel choir, the statement said. Queen Elizabeth’s personal bagpiper will also play a lament in her honour.

The Queen’s coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault during the interment service.

Later that evening: The Queen is laid to rest at the King George VI Memorial Chapel

“A private burial will take place in the King George VI Memorial Chapel later this evening, conducted by the Dean of Windsor,” the statement read.

Queen Elizabeth will be buried alongside Prince Philip — her beloved husband of 73 years, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99 — and next to her sister, Princess Margaret, and her parents, King George. VI and the Queen Mother.


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