The full timetable for the Queen's state funeral, and procession route map explained

by 24britishtvSept. 18, 2022, 9 p.m. 16
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Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest in a state funeral on Monday 19 September.

The coffin of the late monarch, who passed away in Balmoral on Thursday 8 September, has been moved several times ahead of the service as per Operation Unicorn and Operation London Bridge.

Since Wednesday, it has been lying in state at Westminster Hall, with tens of thousands of mourners braving lengthy queues to pay their respects, and the Queen’s close relatives observing poignant vigils by her side.

On Monday, the late monarch will make her final journey, before eventually being laid to rest alongside the Duke of Edinburgh – here’s how the day will unfold.

What are the times of the Queen’s funeral?

The funeral is set to take place at 11am on Monday 19 September at Westminster Abbey, but the day will start long before then.

At 6.30am on the day of the funeral, the Queen’s lying in state will end, and at 8am the doors of Westminster Abbey will open for the congregation to begin taking their seats.

The King will once again lead his family in marching behind the Queen’s coffin when it is moved at 10.44am from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s funeral service.

He will walk with the Princess Royal, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex and behind the quartet will be the Queen’s grandsons Peter Phillips, Duke of Sussex and the Prince of Wales.

The Queen’s coffin will be carried during the procession on a 123-year-old gun carriage towed by 98 Royal Navy sailors in a tradition dating back to the funeral of Queen Victoria.

The procession will be led by a massed Pipes & Drums of Scottish and Irish Regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas, and the Royal Air Force – numbering 200 musicians.

It will arrive at the west gate of Westminster Abbey at 10.52am when the bearer party will lift the coffin from the gun carriage and carry it into the Abbey for the state funeral service.

The service will begin at 11am and will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster.

At around 11.55am the Last Post will sound, followed by two minutes of silence to be observed in the Abbey and throughout the UK.

Reveille, the national anthem and a lament played by the Queen’s piper will bring the state funeral service to an end at around noon.

After the service the Queen’s coffin will be returned to the gun carriage by the bearer party and a procession will travel to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park.

At Wellington Arch the royal family will watch as the Queen’s coffin is transferred to the new state hearse, whose details the Queen approved, before it begins its journey to Windsor Castle.

At 3.06pm, the state hearse will approach Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road, Windsor, and join the procession which will be in position.

At 3.10pm the procession will step off via Albert Road, Long Walk, Cambridge Gate, Cambridge Drive, George IV Gate, Quadrangle (South and West sides), Engine Court, Norman Arch, Chapel Hill, Parade Ground and Horseshoe Cloister Arch.

At approximately 3.40 pm the King and other members of the Royal Family who are walking in the procession join it at the Quadrangle on the North side as it passes into Engine Court.

At 3.53pm, the procession will halt at the bottom of the West Steps of St George’s Chapel in Horseshoe Cloister.

The Queen will be laid to rest following a committal service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor castle, which will begin at 4pm.

She will be interred with the Duke of Edinburgh in King George VI’s Memorial Chapel in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in a private service at 7.30pm on Monday.

The burial service conducted by the Dean of Windsor and attended by the King and royals will remain entirely private, as a “deeply personal family occasion”.

What route is the Queen’s funeral procession?

The Queen’s coffin will be carried from Westminster Hall to the state gun carriage, which will be positioned outside the building’s North Door.

This procession will go from New Palace Yard through Parliament Square, Broad Sanctuary and the Sanctuary before arriving at Westminster Abbey just before the service starts.

When the funeral finishes, the coffin will be placed on the gun carriage outside the Abbey, and the procession will set off for Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.

At Wellington Arch, the Queen’s coffin will be transferred from the gun carriage to the state hearse just, ahead of the journey to Windsor.

The full route from Hyde Park Corner in central London to Long Walk Windsor is:

The final part of the procession’s route from Shaw Farm Gate is expected to be done on foot, up Windsor Castle’s famous three-mile Long Walk.

The state hearse will join the procession, which will have been formed up and in position, at Shaw Farm Gate before travelling to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The procession will halt at the bottom of the West Steps of St George’s Chapel in Horseshoe Cloister, where the bearer party will carry the coffin in procession up the steps into the chapel.

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