Am Monday, September 19, will be the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II. held in London. She died on September 8th at her country home in Balmoral, Scotland, aged 96. As the palace recently announced, the Queen is to be buried with her family after a state ceremony on Monday evening in Windsor in St George’s Chapel. People in the UK get an extra day off in return. On FAZ.NET you can follow the funeral ceremonies on Monday in the live blog and in the live stream.
Queen Elizabeth II’s body is currently at Westminster Hall in London laid out. There the public has until Monday morning at 6:30 a.m. local time, that is 7.30 am German time, the opportunity to say goodbye to the deceased regent.
Around 11:44 a.m German time, the coffin is carried in a procession on a carriage drawn by 98 marines from Parliament’s Westminster Hall to nearby Westminster Abbey. Behind the coffin walk the four children of the queen: the new king Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. They are followed by heir to the throne Prince William, his brother Prince Harry and Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips, as well as other male royals and members of the royal household.
Around 11:52 a.m should the coffin at the Westminster Abbey where the funeral service will begin at 12 noon. Hundreds of heads of state and government from all over the world are expected to attend the state ceremony. Up to 2200 people can be accommodated in Westminster Abbey.
It was in this church that young Elizabeth was crowned Queen in 1953. She married her husband there six years earlier Prince Philip. The last time a monarch was buried at the Abbey was in the 18th century, but the last royal family funeral was held at the Abbey in 2002 for the Queen’s mother, the ‘Queen Mum’.
The funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II will be led by the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will preach. The scripture readings make prime minister Liz Truss and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland. “Elements of the service and associated ceremonies will recognize the Queen’s exceptional reign and distinguished life of service as head of state, nation and commonwealth,” the palace said in a statement.
Around 12:55 p.m the horn will then sound the “Last Post” after the whole country remains silent for two minutes. Around 13 o’clock the national anthem is intoned.
After the funeral service, the Queen’s coffin becomes a triumphal arch wellington Arch in Hyde Park Corner just behind Buckingham Palace. The route leads from Parliament via White Hall and the Horse Guards Parade parade ground to The Mall and past Buckingham Palace and Green Park. The royal family follows the coffin on foot in the same order. King consort Camilla, Kate, who now bears the title Princess of Wales, Duchess Meghan and Countess Sophie, 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. Big Ben bangs throughout the procession and a gun salute is fired in Hyde Park.
Around 14 o’clock the coffin arrives at Wellington Arch and is transferred to a hearse for transport to Windsor. The soldiers bid farewell to the Queen with a military salute and the national anthem. The Royal Family then makes their way to Windsor. On entering Windsor, the hearse slows and joins another procession a. The last stretch of Queen Elizabeth II will lead over the so-called Long Walk, up to the place where the Queen had spent the past few years, especially during the Corona pandemic. In the courtyard of Windsor Castle the coffin is awaited by the royal family and then escorted to Saint George’s Chapel.