London — Buckingham Palace shared more details about the plans forwhich begins at 11 a.m. local time (6 a.m. Eastern) on Monday, September 19. The service will take place at Westminster Abbey, in the heart of London.
The oldincluding that of the Queen in 1953, and is also where she married Prince Philip in 1947. The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II’s mother took place there in 2002, but there has been no funeral for a monarch since the 18th century.
Plans for the funeral, which the Queen herself consulted, have been ready for years.
On Monday morning, the Queen’s casket, currently in state in Westminster Hall for members of the public to pay their respects to the late monarch, will be processed on a carriage a short distance away to Westminster Abbey, where a sermon will be delivered by the Archbishop of Canterbury. King Charles III, along with other members of the royal family, will walk behind the coffin to Westminster Abbey.
Two minutes of silence will be held across the UK at the end of the service
After the service, the Queen’s casket will be taken in a walking procession to Hyde Park at around 12:00 pm locally (7am Eastern) and then by hearse to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the vast estate west of London home to the late monarch spent much of her life, and much of her final years, in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.
St. George’s Chapel is the final resting place of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, and her late husband, Prince Philip. It is the chapel often chosen by the royal family for events such as weddings and funerals. It is where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, were married and where Philip’s funeral was held.
Once her casket arrives, a televised commitment service will take place locally at approximately 4:00 pm (11 am Eastern). The cameras will then be turned off for a private service later in the evening for members of the royal family, around 7:30 p.m. local (2:30 p.m. East).
Who will be present?
The Queen’s funeral is expected to be one of the largest gatherings of royalty and politicians in the UK in decades. Invitations were sent out over the weekend, although the palace declined to confirm visitor numbers, Westminster Abbey can accommodate more than 2,000 people.
World leaders were reportedly asked to travel to London on commercial flights if possible and go to Westminster on the day of the funeral on special buses arranged especially for the occasion.
President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have confirmed they will attend the Queen’s funeral, along with leaders from across the British Commonwealth, including the Prime Ministers of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Bangladesh, and the Presidents of India and Sri Lanka. . French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are among the other political leaders expected to attend.
Non-UK royalties are also expected, including:the king and queen of Belgium, the king and queen of the Netherlands and the king and queen of Spain.
Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited and the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said it is considering sending a high-level delegation. BBC News quoted British government sources as saying Iran would be represented at the ambassadorial level.
Who is not invited?
Amid President Putin’s ongoingno one from Russia or its closest ally Belarus has been invited to attend the Queen’s funeral, nor have officials from Taliban-controlled , or according to the BBC.
Nicaragua andhave been invited to send ambassadors, but not heads of state, the BBC reported.
What else happens before the funeral?
The palace announced that King Charles III, who was busy catching up on state affairs on Thursday, will hold a vigil Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. locally (2:30 p.m. East) at the Queen’s casket in Westminster Hall, along with his siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. The vigil will last 15 minutes.
Earlier on Friday, the King and Queen Consort Camilla will travel to Cardiff in Wales, where they will receive condolences from the Welsh Senedd and attend a memorial service at Llandaff Cathedral.
On Saturday, King Charles III will conduct business of state at Buckingham Palace and then travel to police headquarters to thank emergency services involved in planning and executing the events leading up to the Queen’s funeral.
On Sunday, the King and Queen Consort will host an official state event for visiting heads of state and other official foreign guests at Buckingham Palace.