Queen’s funeral: timeline of today’s key moments |  Queen Elizabeth II

Queen’s funeral: timeline of today’s key moments | Queen Elizabeth II

Queen’s funeral: timeline of today’s key moments |  Queen Elizabeth II

The first state funeral since Winston Churchill’s in 1965 will take place on a bank holiday Monday for the late Queen Elizabeth II. Below is a guide to what will happen at key moments throughout the day.

06.30 (all times BST) – The Queen’s lie in state will end

The Queen’s lie-in-state, where her closed casket has been on view to the public in Westminster Hall since Wednesday, will end early on Monday morning. An estimated 300,000 people have queued to pay their respects, with waiting times reaching an estimated 17 hours.

08.00 – Westminster Abbey opens to the congregation

The monastery will open to the congregation that participates in the queen’s funeral. The funeral, which will be one of the largest gatherings of heads of state and royalty Britain has hosted in decades, will include European royals and world leaders.

10.30 – The Queen’s coffin will be carried by gun carriage to the monastery

The coffin will be carried on the State Funeral Arms from Westminster Hall to the Abbey, towed by 142 Royal Navy sailors. The tradition goes back to the funeral of Queen Victoria in 1901.

10.44 – The royal family will follow the coffin into the monastery

King Charles III, along with members of the royal family as well as members of the royal household, will accompany the coffin as it travels from Westminster Hall to the Abbey.

The funeral: how the day will unfold

10.52 – the procession arrives at Westminster Abbey

The procession will arrive at the west gate of the abbey, and the pallbearers – made up of members of the Queen’s Guard – will carry the casket from the hearse into the funeral service.

11.00 – The service starts

The service, which will be led by the Dean of Westminster, Dr David Hoyle, will start. The homily will be delivered by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

11.55 – The Last Post will be heard

The Last Post will be played, and will be followed by a two-minute silence.

Noon – The state funeral service ends

The national anthem will be played, ending the state funeral service. The casket will then be brought to the state armory.

12.15pm – The coffin will be part of a procession to Wellington Arch

The procession, led by the King, will consist of several groups, with each accompanied by a service band. These groups include representatives from the NHS and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as branches of the armed forces of the Commonwealth.

Guns will be fired in Hyde Park by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery every minute during the procession, while Big Ben will toll every minute.

1pm – The coffin will be placed in the state hearse at Wellington Arch

The procession will arrive at Wellington Arch and the pallbearers will transfer the coffin to the hearse before the hearse departs for Windsor. There will also be a royal salute and the national anthem will be played.


The hearse will reach Shaw Farm Gate in Albert Road, Windsor, just after 3pm and will join a funeral procession already formed and ready to make its way up the Long Walk to Windsor Castle.


The king, accompanied by other members of the royal family, will join the procession at the Quadrangle in the palace grounds, with members of the royal household placed at the back of the coffin.


The procession will reach the west steps of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The pallbearers will lift the coffin from the hearse and it will be carried in procession into the chapel before the wedding service.

4 p.m

The televised commitment service will begin at approx. 800 guests. It will be presided over by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, with a blessing from the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Queen’s coffin will then be lowered into the Royal Vault.


A private funeral conducted by the Dean of Windsor, attended only by the King and the Royal Family. The Queen’s coffin will be laid to rest in the George VI Memorial Chapel at St George’s Chapel, alongside Prince Philip and her parents, King George VI and the Queen Mother.

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