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Queen’s funeral plans: minute-by-minute guide as London pays tribute


Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest Monday in a state funeral that will be watched by billions around the world.

Here’s a minute-by-minute guide to the day’s events as London pays tribute to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

6:30 am Doors closed to the public for the Queen’s lie in Westminster Hall.

8am Westminster Abbey opens for the congregation to take place for the state funeral service. Heads of state and representatives of foreign governments, including foreign royal families, governors-general and prime ministers of the realm meet at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea and travel to the abbey under collective arrangements.

10:35 a.m. The party of pallbearers, drawn from the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards, lift the coffin from the catafalque. He carries it in procession from Westminster Hall to the Royal Navy State Carriage, which will be positioned outside the north door of the building.

Westminster Hall

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10:44 am The gun mount, hauled by 142 Royal Navy service personnel, departed at 10.44am. The King, members of the Royal Family, his Household and the Household of the Prince of Wales will follow the coffin.

10:52 The procession arrives at the west door of Westminster Abbey where the group of pallbearers will lift the coffin from the state gun carriage and carry it inside.

11 a.m. The state funeral begins.

11:55 a.m. The Last Post sounds followed by a two-minute nationwide silence.

12 p.m. Le Réveil, the national anthem and a lament played by the Queen’s piper, ends the state funeral at noon. The coffin will be carried to the state arms lookout.

Procession in Windsor

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12:15 p.m. The procession departs for Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, via Broad Sanctuary Parliament Square, Parliament Street, Whitehall, Horse Guards including Horse Guards Arch, Horse Guards Road, The Mall, Queen’s Gardens, Constitution Hill.

1 p.m. Procession arrives at Wellington Arch. The pallbearer group lifts the coffin from the gun carriage and places it in the state hearse. This departs for Windsor as the parade gives a royal salute and the national anthem is played. The King and members of the Royal Family leave for Windsor by car.

3:06 p.m. The State Hearse approaches Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road, Windsor, and joins in a procession.

3:10 p.m. The procession begins along 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.

3:20 p.m. The door to St. George’s Chapel opens to the congregation for the incarceration service.

3:25 p.m. Members of the Royal Family who will not join the procession arrive at St. George’s Chapel for the service.

3:40 p.m. The King and other members of the Royal Family walking in the motorcade join him at the north side quadrangle as he passes through Engine Court.

3:53 p.m. The procession stops at the bottom of the west steps of St. George’s Chapel. The group of pallbearers lift the coffin from the state hearse, from where it will be carried to the west steps.

4 p.m. Daycare will begin. The duration of the service is not yet known, but when it ends, the King and members of the Royal Family will depart from Galileo’s Porch for Windsor Castle. This marks the end of public ceremonial arrangements.

7:30 p.m. Private funeral service led by the Dean of Windsor, attended by the King and members of the Royal Family. The Queen is buried with the Duke of Edinburgh at the King George VI Memorial Chapel.