Queen Elizabeth II: This is how today's state funeral works


Queen Elizabeth II
This is how today's state funeral goes

The course of the day is regulated by the court protocol down to the smallest detail.

The course of the day is regulated by the court protocol down to the smallest detail.

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The world bids farewell to Queen Elizabeth II. An overview of the course of today's funeral service.

Great Britain experienced a today Monday state funeral, as was bestowed on former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) for the last time over 50 years ago. The daily routine is meticulously defined and regulated by the farm protocol.

7:30 a.m.: The public laying out of the deceased monarch ends

In the early hours of the morning, the public display of Queen Elizabeth II. (1926-2022) at Westminster Hall. An estimated 300,000 people said goodbye in front of the coffin over four days and paid their last respects to their monarch. The longest waiting time is said to have been 17 hours.

9am: Westminster Abbey is open to mourners

Although the funeral service begins at 12:00 p.m. in Westminster Abbey, mourners can be seated in the church in the heart of London from 9:00 a.m. 2,000 guests are expected, including Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (66), who represents Germany.

11:44 a.m.: The funeral procession through London begins

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is carried from Westminster Hall to the nearby on a carriage carried by 98 marines Westminster Abbey drawn. This tradition dates back to the times of Queen Victoria (1819-1901).

The new King Charles III. (73) walks behind the coffin of his deceased mother. Running next to him Princess Anne (72), Prince Andrew (62) and Prince Edward (58) the three other children of the Queen. This is followed by Prince William (40), the new heir to the throne, his brother Prince Harry (38) and Peter Phillips (44), Princess Anne's son, as well as other male royals and members of the royal household.

11:52 am: The Queen's coffin arrives at Westminster Abbey

Members of the Queen's Guard carry the coffin through the West Gate into Westminster Abbey.

12:00 p.m.: The funeral service begins

The service at Westminster Abbey will be led by David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster. Justin Welby (66), Archbishop of Canterbury, delivers the sermon. 2,000 guests, including US President Joe Biden (79) with his wife Jill (71) and Japanese Emperor Naruhito (62), are expected.

French President Emmanuel Macron (44), Italy's Head of State Sergio Mattarella (81), Israel's President Isaac Herzog (61), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (50) and his New Zealand colleague Jacinda Ardern (42) are also on the guest list - among many others heads of state.

The Danish Queen Margrethe (82) and the Dutch royal couple Willem-Alexander (55) and Máxima (51) have announced their arrival, as has the Spanish King Felipe VI. (54), Queen Letizia (50) and numerous other representatives of the European nobility.

12:55 p.m.: The "Last Post" horn sounds

At 12:55 p.m. the "Last Post" horn sounded. A two-minute silence will follow across the UK.

1:00 p.m.: The service ends

The service ends with the singing of the national anthem in Westminster Abbey.

1:15pm Procession to Wellington Arch

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is brought in a procession to Wellington Arch. The Royals follow on foot in the same order as before. King's wife Camilla (75), Princess Kate (40), Duchess Meghan (41) and Countess Sophie (57), Prince Edward's wife, drive by car.

Deputations from the armed forces of Great Britain and other Commonwealth countries also take part in the procession.

The route leads from Parliament via White Hall and Horse Guards Parade parade ground to The Mall. Then it goes past Buckingham Palace and Green Park.

Big Ben's bells chime every minute throughout the procession. Gun salutes are also fired every minute in Hyde Park.

2:00pm: The Queen's coffin arrives at Wellington Arch

After the procession through the center of the United Kingdom concludes, Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is transferred to a hearse and begins its journey to Windsor Castle.

4pm: The hearse arrives at Windsor Castle

The hearse carrying the Queen's coffin joins another procession at Windsor Castle. The funeral procession moves along the Long Walk, a long avenue, towards the castle.

4.40pm: The hearse arrives at Windsor Castle

The royals also join the procession in the courtyard of Windsor Castle.

5 p.m.: The service in St. George's Chapel begins

The funeral service begins at 5 p.m. in St George's Chapel, led by David Conner (75), Dean of Windsor. Members of the royal family attend, as well as the royal household and heads of government such as Justin Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern, whose head of state was Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen's coffin is then lowered into the royal tomb.

The service will be televised.

8:30 p.m.: Private funeral in the closest family circle

The private burial will take place in the King George VI side chapel in the presence of King Charles III. and members of the royal family. Queen Elizabeth II is buried next to her husband Prince Philip (1921-2021) and her parents King George VI. (1895-1952) and Queen Mother (1900-2002).

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