The coffin will be brought to Westminster Abbey for today’s state burial of Queen Elizabeth II. Become familiar with all ceremony-related aspects.
The state burial of Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, will be placed on Monday at Westminster Hall, and many heads of state and other dignitaries from across the world have travelled to London to pay their respects. After four days, at 6.30 am today, the official lying-in-state phase will conclude, and hundreds of thousands of people will have filed past the casket of the deceased queen.
King Charles III, the Queen’s son and heir has ordered a week of national mourning to be observed after the funeral for the late monarch, who died on September 8 at the age of 96 at her residence in Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
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There will be about 2,000 people there, including over 500 world leaders including Biden, the Japanese Emperor Naruhito, the Vice President of China Wang Qishan, and the President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa. On Saturday, President Droupadi Murmu flew to London to take part in the royal funeral’s official ceremonies.
As reported by the PTI news agency, Mayor Sadiq Khan described the funeral security operation as the largest London has ever seen. He went on to say, “This is unprecedented… in respect to the numerous things that we’re juggling; it’s been years since this many global leaders were in one spot.” We are working tremendously hard — the police, the security agencies, and many, many others to ensure this state funeral is as perfect as it can be,” Khan added, Adding that “bad people may want to harm some of our world leaders or individuals,”
Location and Timing of the Funeral
At 11 a.m. on Monday, after the Queen’s casket has rested for four days at Westminster Hall, the state funeral will begin at Westminster Abbey (3.30 PM IST). At her funeral, her body will be laid in an oak coffin draped in the Royal Standard flag and crowned with the Imperial State Crown.
According to Reuters, David Hoyle, the Dean of Westminster, will preside over the funeral, while Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will deliver the sermon. Abbey’s Tenor Bell will ring out once every minute for 96 minutes before the service, representing one toll for each of Queen Elizabeth II’s 96 years on earth.
The queen will be taken from there to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where she will be laid to rest next to her parents, sister Princess Margaret, and husband the Duke of Edinburgh.
The funeral service will conclude with the customary lament “Sleep, Dearie, Sleep,” played on the bagpipes by the Sovereign’s Piper of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. After the Last Post trumpet salute, everyone in the church and the country will be asked to observe two minutes of silence.
When a state funeral is over, what comes next?
The funeral service will conclude, and the casket will be carried in the parade from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and on to Windsor. After that, the state hearse will drive the casket down the Long Walk to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle for a committal service at 4 p.m. The Dean of Windsor, David Conner, will preside over the service, which will be attended by 800 people.
At the end of the ceremony, the crown, orb, and sceptre—icons of the monarch’s authority and rule—will be brought out of the casket and put on the altar.
The funeral service will be shown on television. Elizabeth & her husband of more than seven decades, Prince Philip, who died last year at the age of 99, will be buried at the King George VI Memorial Chapel, where Elizabeth’s parents and sister, Princess Margaret, likewise repose, following a private family service in the late evening.
After resting in the Royal Vault in St. George’s Chapel, Prince Philip will be reinterred in the memorial chapel next to Queen Elizabeth II.
Funeral Procession: How to View it
The funeral procession from Westminster Abbey to Windsor Castle will be open to the public in London and will be broadcast live on several platforms and major media outlets throughout the world.
According to the UK government, several movie theatres and parks will be screening the state funeral on massive screens. Public viewing places will be set up in London and Windsor, where the queen will be put to rest later, according to the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS).
According to the Independent news website, plans for broadcasting Queen Elizabeth II’s burial have been made public. Reuters claimed that tens of millions of people in Britain and around the world are planning to tune in to the broadcast of the monarch’s funeral, which has never happened before.
Coverage of the event, which begins at 8 a.m. BST, will air on BBC One and BBC News and be available on the BBC iPlayer. On the day of the state burial for Queen Elizabeth II, ITV will broadcast live and uninterrupted coverage from Westminster Abbey. At 6 a.m. BST, all five channels & ITV Hub will begin broadcasting simultaneously.