Updates: Queen Elizabeth’s funeral today, lying in state ends at 11 a.m.


Funeral Schedule of Queen Elizabeth (in IST)

11am – The ceremony of lying in-state formally ends at Westminster Hall and the doors closed to the public, ready for the transfer of her coffin to nearby Westminster Abbey.

12:30 p.m. – Doors at Westminster Abbey open to some 2,000 guests, including world leaders such as US President Joe Biden to the reclusive Emperor Naruhito of Japan.

3:05 PM (approximately) – Porters lift the coffin and carry it to the state cannon waiting outside the north door of Westminster Hall.

3.14pm – The State Gun Car departs in a short procession from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey, drawn by 142 junior enlisted sailors in the Royal Navy.

3:22 PM – The coach arrives at the West Gate of Westminster Abbey, followed on foot by King Charles and other members of the royal family. Porters lift the coffin and carry it into the abbey.

3:30 p.m. – State funeral begins, presided over by the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, while Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby delivers the sermon.

4:25 PM (approximately) – The Last Post’s horn sounds, followed by a two-minute national silence.

4:30 PM (approximately) – The service concludes with the national anthem “God Save the King” and a lament, a musical expression of grief.

4.45pm – The coffin is pulled on the gun carriage towards Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner near Buckingham Palace. It is followed by the king, senior royals and a procession with detachments of the armed forces of the Commonwealth grouping of 56 countries led by the queen. The “Big Ben” bell in the British Parliament and gun salutes at one minute intervals.

5:30 PM (approximately) – The coffin arrives at Wellington Arch, is moved to the royal hearse and departs for Windsor Castle, west of London.

7:36 PM – The hearse arrives in Windsor and makes its way to the castle via the expansive Long Walk Avenue to the castle.

8:10 PM (approximately) – The King and senior royals join the procession on foot from the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle before the procession stops at St George’s Chapel at 3:53 PM.

8:30 p.m. – The televised commitment service begins with the attendance of royals, prime ministers, and former and current members of the Queen’s household. After about 45 minutes, the coffin is lowered into the royal vault to the lament of a lone piper.

12:00 PM – A private funeral service is held at the King George VI Memorial Chapel, with the Queen buried next to the remains of her father, King George VI, her mother, also known as Queen Elizabeth, and the ashes of her younger sister, Princess Margaretha. At the same time, the coffin of her late husband Prince Philip will be buried there.

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