The Queen’s funeral – what will happen today, where and when | UK News

Queen Elizabeth II is buried next to her beloved husband today after a day of historical and personal significance.

Tens of thousands of people have traveled to London and Windsor to attend the state funeral service, which will be watched on television by millions around the world.

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This will happen and when.

File photo dated 09/07/2021 of an aerial view of Westminster Abbey in central London, where the Queen's funeral will take place.  Issue date: Friday September 9, 2022.

8am Westminster Abbey opens

The doors of Westminster Abbey open and the first guests take their seats.

Among the 2,000 guests will be a total of 500 foreign dignitaries, including politicians, civil servants, some celebrities and many “ordinary” members of the public selected for charity or community work.

Many world leaders who have met the Queen throughout her long reign will be among those representing nearly 200 countries and territories.

Queen lies in state

10.35am The Queen’s coffin leaves Westminster Hall

Just after 10.35am the coffin is lifted and carried in procession to the Royal Navy Government Gun Car, which is outside the north door.

The route from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey

10.44am Procession to Westminster Abbey

The procession will draw a total of around 6,000 representatives from all three forces, with 98 Royal Navy seamen pulling the 123-year-old carriage that will carry the Queen’s coffin to Westminster Abbey.

This follows tradition at Queen Victoria’s funeral in 1902, when horses panicked and a group of sailors were ordered to pull the carriage through the streets of Windsor.

Originally built in 1899, the carriage has since been kept in an eco-friendly room on HMS Excellent in Portsmouth – where her steward, Lieutenant Commander Paul “Ronnie” Barker, spins her wheels a quarter turn every week to ensure they aren’t affected by gravity to be bent.

The Queen’s coffin is followed by the King and his siblings and the Queen’s grandchildren.

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They are succeeded by the Queen’s son-in-law, Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, her cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, and her nephew, the Earl of Snowdon.

Elderly Royals' formation behind the gun carriage carrying the Queen's coffin

10.52am Procession arrives at the Abbey

The procession, led by a mass of pipes and drums from the Scottish and Irish Regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas and the Royal Air Force and featuring 200 musicians, will arrive at 10.52am and the coffin will be carried to the Abbey for the service.

Floor plan of Westminster Abbey

11 a.m. Funeral service begins

The funeral will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster, with Prime Minister Liz Truss and the Commonwealth Secretary-General to read the lessons.

The Archbishop of York, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Moderator of the Free Churches will offer prayers.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will preach and give the commendation. The Dean of Westminster then pronounces the blessing.

11:55 am Last post and two minutes of silence

Towards the end of the ceremony, the Last Post sounds, followed by a two-minute silence to be observed throughout the Abbey and across the UK.

At the end of the service around noon, the national anthem will be played and a lamentation will be heard.

The processional route from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch

12.15pm Procession to Wellington Arch

The coffin is carried out of the Abbey and returned to the State Gun Carriage for another procession to Wellington Arch.

The King and members of the Royal Family will again walk behind Her Majesty. The Queen, Princess of Wales, Duchess of Sussex and Countess of Wessex will follow by car.

Formation for senior royals in procession

The procession will include detachments of Commonwealth forces.

Minute Guns will be fired in Hyde Park by The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery and Big Ben will ring the whole time, with a silencer to quiet the bell’s tone.

Image: AP
Wellington Arch Image: AP

1:00 pm The procession arrives at Wellington Arch

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At Wellington Arch the coffin is transferred from the gun carriage to the state hearse for the journey to Windsor.

As the procession departs, the parade gives a royal salute and the national anthem is played. The King and members of the Royal Family will then depart for Windsor.

People are expected to line the route from central London along the Great West Road, past Heathrow Airport and through Staines before reaching Windsor.

The route the Wellington Arch hearse will take on its way out of London
The route the hearse will take through West London
The route the hearse will take from West London to Windsor Castle
The route the procession will take to Windsor Castle

3.06pm Arrive in Windsor

The State Hearse will approach Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road, Windsor and join the procession which will be formed and in position.

It will drive all the way up to St. George’s Chapel for the committal service.

3.10pm Procession up the Long Way

There will be a procession led by a dismounted Household Cavalry appendix, with whistles and drums and a band from the Coldstream Guards. Members of the Queen’s personal staff will follow.

The route is lined by the armed forces.

3.40pm The Royal Family joins the procession

The King and members of the Royal Family will join the procession in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle.

Minute Guns are fired on the East Lawn by The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, while both the Sevastopol Bell – captured in Crimea in 1856 – and the Curfew Tower Bell ring simultaneously.

The procession will stop at the foot of the West Stairs of St George’s Chapel in the Horseshoe Cloister, where the party of bearers will lift the coffin from the State Hearse and carry it up the West Stairs in the procession.

A guard of honor from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards is formed and the Queen’s coffin is carried up the west stairs into the chapel.

Floor plan of St George's Chapel

4 p.m. commitment service

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Around 800 people, including members of the Queen’s household and the Windsor estate, will attend the posting service.

The Dean of Windsor will lead the service, with prayers said by the Rector of Sandringham, the Vicar of Crathie Kirk and the Chaplain of Windsor Great Park.

St George’s Chapel Choir will sing during the service.

Before the final anthem, the imperial crown, orb and scepter are removed from the queen’s coffin and placed on the altar.

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At the end of the closing anthem, the king will place the company camp color of the Queen’s Grenadier Guards on the coffin. At the same time, the Lord Chamberlain “breaks” his baton and places it on the coffin.

The coffin is lowered into the royal vault while the Dean of Windsor reads a psalm.

The Queen’s piper plays a lament when he walks away.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will give a blessing and the national anthem will be sung.

The service is expected to end around 4:30 p.m.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip over the years

7:30 p.m. The funeral

The funeral service will be a deeply personal family occasion and very private. It is chaired by the Dean of Windsor.

The earth strewn onto the coffin was collected from the royal mausoleum at Frogmore.

The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI Memorial Chapel, a small annex to the main chapel in Windsor – where her mother and father were buried and where the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret, are kept.

When Prince Philip died he was temporarily buried in the Royal Vault at St George’s but will now be moved to the Memorial Chapel to join the Queen where they will rest together.

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