Her Majesty The Queen’s state funeral

Full details of how the public can watch Her Majesty The Queen’s state funeral and the ceremonial processions can be found here. The funeral will be held on Monday 19th September.

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6.30am – The public lying in state ends.

8am  Doors open at Westminster Abbey for the congregation to take their seats for the funeral. Coverage starts on all major TV channels for those watch online.

10.35am – Just after 10.35am the Queen’s coffin will be lifted from the catafalque by a group from the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. It will then be carried in procession from Westminster Hall to the Royal Navy’s state gun carriage, which will be waiting outside the building’s North Door.

10.44am – The gun carriage, drawn by 142 Royal Navy service personnel, will set off at 10.44am, 16 minutes before the state funeral begins.

10.52am – The procession will arrive at the West Gate of Westminster Abbey, where the bearer party will lift the coffin from the state gun carriage and carry it inside for the state funeral service. King Charles III will lead the procession behind. 

11.00am – The state funeral service will begin.

11.55am – The Last Post will sound followed by a national two-minute silence.

12.00pm – Reveille, the national anthem and a lament, played by the Queen’s Piper, will bring the state funeral service to an end at around 12pm. The coffin will be carried to the state gun carriage.

12.15pm – The procession will set off for Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, going via Broad Sanctuary Parliament Square (south and east sides), Parliament Street, Whitehall, Horse Guards including Horse Guards Arch, Horse Guards Road, The Mall, Queen’s Gardens (south and west sides), Constitution Hill and Apsley Way. 

Members of the royal family, including the Queen’s children, will walk behind her coffin. 

1.00pm – The procession will arrive at Wellington Arch, which marks the end of the proceedings in London. Her coffin will then be moved onto the State Hearse. The coffin will then begin its journey to Windsor for the second procession. 

The King and the Queen Consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales and other members of the royal family will depart for Windsor by car.

The full route the hearse and the royals will take from London to Windsor is as follows:

  • Apsley Way
  • South Carriage Drive
  • Queens Gate
  • Cromwell Road
  • Talgarth Road (via Hammersmith Flyover)
  • Great West Road (A4)
  • Great South West Road (A30)
  • London Road (A30) (via under Chiswick Flyover)
  • Staines Road (A30)
  • Windsor Road (A308)
  • Albert Road (A308) to Shaw Farm Gate

3.06pm – The State Hearse will approach Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road, Windsor. There will be public viewing areas throughout the following procession, though it won’t pass through the centre.

3.10pm – The procession will head towards St George’s Chapel via the Long Walk. 

3.20pm – The congregation can begin to enter St George’s Chapel for the committal service.

3.25pm – Some members of the royal family who didn’t join the procession will arrive at St George’s Chapel for the service.

3.40pm – King Charles III and other royal family members who are walking in the procession will join it at the quadrangle on the north side as it passes into Engine Court.

3.53pm – The procession will arrive at the bottom of the West Steps of St George’s Chapel in Horseshoe Cloister. The bearer party will lift the coffin out of the hearse and take it up the West Steps. 

4.00pm – The committal service begins. It will be attended by mourners from the Queen’s household and her family and friends. The length of the service is still to be confirmed.

It will involve the instruments of state (the Imperial State Crown, the orb and sceptre) being removed from her coffin by the crown jeweller. At the end of the final hymn, the King will take the Grenadier Guards’ Queen’s Company Colour and place it on the Queen’s coffin. 

Lord Chamberlain Baron Parker (the most senior official in the Queen’s royal household) will break his Wand of Office, which will then be placed on her coffin. The coffin will then be lowered into the royal vault. 

7.30pm – The Dean of Windsor will conduct a private burial service. The King and members of the family will be attending. Charles will put a handful of earth onto the coffin, before it is sent down the vault. 

The Queen will be buried with her mother, father and sister. She will joined at the King George VI Memorial Chapel by her late husband Prince Philip whose body will be removed from the Royal Vault to be laid next to her.