Queen Elizabeth II, who was a symbol of stability in a turbulent era that saw the decline of the British Empire and disarray in her own family, died on September 8 after 70 years on the throne. She was 96. The monarch’s state funeral will be held at 11am local time on Monday 19 September at Westminster Abbey in London. The Queen’s funeral is expected to be the largest gathering in decades as several world leaders and celebrities arrive in London next week. According to the BBC, almost 2,000 heads of state and foreign dignitaries were invited to the big event.
Details on how the public can follow Her Majesty The Queen’s State Funeral:
According to the plan published by the UK Government, large screens will be set up across the country, including in London’s Hyde Park, Sheffield’s Cathedral Square, Birmingham’s Centenary Square, Carlisle’s Bitts Park, Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park and the Coleraine Town Hall in Northern Ireland. Cinemas across the UK are also opening their screens to show the funeral – bringing local communities together to commemorate. The funeral service and processions will be streamed live on BBC One, ITV and Sky for those who wish to watch at home in the UK. Viewers can also tune into Republic World’s YouTube channel to watch the funeral live
Queen’s Funeral Details:
At 10.44am, the Queen’s coffin will be transferred from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral. Two thousand guests are expected at the service, which begins at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a national two-minute silence at 11:55 a.m. A public procession begins at 12.15pm as Her Majesty’s coffin travels from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch in London. The procession, conducted in seven groups and supported by a service band, will pass along Broad Sanctuary, Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade, Horse Guards Road, The Mall, Constitution Hill and Wellington Arch in London end up.
Her Majesty’s coffin is then transported by hearse from Wellington Arch to Windsor, where the Queen will be buried.
The hearse is due to arrive at Albert Road and proceed in procession down Albert Road and the Long Walk at 3.10pm before arriving at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle ahead of the Dedication service, where the Queen will be buried next to the Duke of Edinburgh , which is not open to the public.
There are a limited number of public viewing areas on Those wishing to line the procession route are urged to plan ahead and prepare for travel delays. A national moment of reflection will take place on Sunday 18 September at 8pm. Community groups, clubs and organizations, and people at home are encouraged to celebrate this moment with a minute’s silence.