The state funeral of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch begins Monday at 11 a.m. local time and concludes with a two-minute national silence, with the order of the service determined to reflect the Queen’s personal details.
The doors of Westminster Abbey will open at 8 a.m. local time on the day of the funeral, seating around 2,000 guests, comprising nearly 500 world leaders, including Indian President Droupadi Murmu. According to the plans for that day, all heads of state and representatives of foreign governments, including foreign royal families, will gather at a central location and travel to the abbey under “collective arrangements”.
Nearly 200 people recognized in the Queen’s Birthday Honors earlier this year will also join the congregation, including those who have made outstanding contributions to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and who have volunteered in their local communities. communities,” Buckingham Palace said.
From the Abbey, the Queen’s casket will be transported to Windsor Castle for a service at St. George’s Chapel, where a private funeral service is attended by the King Charles III and other senior members of the royal family will see the coffin resting with that of Prince Philip, who died last April, at the King George VI Memorial Chapel Monday night.
“The events of the past few days are a reminder of the strength of our Constitution, a system of government that the world envies in so many ways,” said Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk, who holds the hereditary role with responsibility for delivering of state affairs such as the state funeral.
“The respect, admiration and affection in which the Queen was held make our task both humble and discouraging – an honor and a great responsibility. It is our aim and belief that the state funeral and the events of the coming days will bring people to entire world will unite and resonate with people of all faiths as they fulfill Her Majesty and her family’s desire to pay due tribute to an extraordinary government,” he said.
The Queen’s casket lies in state in Westminster Hall, with thousands of members of the public queuing for hours to pay their respects. Buckingham Palace has said that the Queen’s four children – King Charles III, the Princess Royal Anne, the Duke of York Andrew and the Earl of Wessex Edward will hold a 15-minute vigil around the Queen’s coffin at 7.30pm local time on Friday.
The Lying-in-State will close to visitors at 6:30 a.m. local time Monday, when preparations for the state funeral begin. The coffin will be carried in procession to the state gun carriage of the Royal Netherlands Navy. King Charles and his sons, Princes William and Harry, will follow the coffin as it is carried to the abbey for service, which will be conducted by the dean of Westminster and British Prime Minister Liz Truss and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, among those who gave lectures.
At the end of the service, the coffin is followed by the King, the Queen Consort and members of the Royal Family.
The senior royals will once again walk in procession from the Abbey to Wellington Arch in central London, with Big Ben taking a toll during this procession. At Wellington Arch, the coffin will be moved to a state hearse and taken by road to Windsor in Berkshire, approximately 25 miles.
Once in Windsor, another procession will take the coffin to St. George’s Chapel on the Windsor Castle estate for a service attended by approximately 800 members of the Queen’s Household and estate staff.
After a dedication service at 4 p.m. local time, the coffin is lowered into the royal vault while the Dean of Windsor reads a psalm. The Queen’s bagpiper will play a lament and the Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce a blessing and the national anthem will mark the end of the public aspect of the funeral.
The final funeral service will be completely private to the Royal Family and will take place at 7:30pm local time and led by the Dean of Windsor. The earth to be strewn on the Queen’s coffin has been collected from the Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore on the Sovereign’s Estate at Windsor.