On Monday, September 19, Queen Elizabeth will be laid to rest after her death on September 8, and for days people stood in line to pay their respects before her coffin. Not everyone can make it into the infamous Queue, but many who follow the royal family’s life will want to bid their adieus wherever they are. Here’s everything you need to know about the Queen’s funeral.
Where will Queen Elizabeth’s funeral be held?
Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey, the quaint church that is the traditional venue for elite weddings and funerals. Her coffin has been in place at nearby Westminster Hall since last Wednesday, and will be transported to the Abbey by Royal Navy Gun Carriage.
What will happen at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral?
Before the procession begins, the Queen’s royally decorated coffin will be placed on top with the Globe and Blade, symbols of her reign. The procession will be led by the newly crowned King Charles III, followed by Elizabeth’s remaining children, military uniforms and then palace staff, including the queen’s attire. They will make their way through the gathered crowds to pay their respects. The Monastery itself has a capacity of 2,000 people, most of which will be other high-ranking officials, relatives and favored members of the palace. To conclude the ceremony, the Archbishop of Canterbury will give a blessing and the national anthem will be played.
After the ceremony, the coffin will be moved to the Royal Funeral Carriage after a second procession to Wellington Arch and through Buckingham Palace.
Where will Queen Elizabeth be buried?
After the coffin is placed on the hearse, it will be taken to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. This is where her parents, King George VI and his consort, Queen Elizabeth, later Queen Mother, were also laid to rest. Beside them were her sister, Princess Margaret, and her husband, Philip. It will be done through the Long Walk and a second service called the commit service will take place. This part of the event will be private.
What time is Queen Elizabeth’s funeral?
Entrance to Westminster Hall closes at 6:30am UK time on Monday to clear the way for preparations. The invited guests will be allowed in at 8 a.m. The procession to the Monastery takes about ten minutes, and there are two minutes of silence scheduled at 12 p.m. to mark the end of the ceremony. The private part of the ceremony is scheduled for 7:30pm
Where can people watch Queen Elizabeth’s funeral?
Pretty much every network in the UK and many in the US will stream the events, but PBS especially the BBC broadcast started at 4am that day.
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamor, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, lonely hunter, will be released by Dial Press in February 2022.