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How long will the funeral last?

The funeral will last from 11am until 11.55am when the Last Post will be played, followed by a two-minute silence.


The Queen’s coffin will then return to the gun carriage, and at 12.15pm will leave the Abbey, and proceed up Whitehall, led by Royal Canadian Mounted Police, then NHS staff. Again, we do not yet know to what extent the public will be able to line this part of the route. The carriage will turn left under the Arch of Horse Guards, across Horse Guards Parade and on to The Mall, providing one of the best opportunities to see the coffin.

The cortège will pass in front of Buckingham Palace, looping to the south of the Queen Victoria Memorial before processing up Constitution Hill to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.

This last section could give any mourners in Green Park a view of the coffin, which will arrive at Wellington Arch at 1pm. At this point it will be transferred to a hearse and begin the journey to Windsor.

The hearse will travel west along South Carriage Drive beside Hyde Park, then turn south at the Royal Albert Hall and proceed down Queen’s Gate through Kensington.

It will head west on to Cromwell Road (the A4) past the Natural History Museum, over the Hammersmith Flyover and along the A4 through Chiswick and Brentford.

The hearse will join the A30 at Hounslow and proceed in the direction of Staines-Upon-Thames. It will then drive north west on the A308, past Runnymede to Old Windsor, turning on to Albert Road and arriving at Shaw Farm Gate in Windsor at 3.06pm.

The hearse will slowly drive up the Long Walk, providing one of the best opportunities to see the coffin up close.

It will then enter Windsor Castle, the point at which the late Queen’s body passes from in-person public view forever.

Here’s a list of the confirmed order of key dates for the day.

  • 6.30am: The lying-in-state ends and Westminster Hall is closed to the public.
  • 10.44am: The coffin will be loaded onto the gun carriage for the short procession to Westminster Abbey, on foot by the King and senior members of the Royal family, followed at 10.52am.
  • 11am: funeral service begins.
  • 11.55am: Towards the end of the service, Last Post will be played followed by a national two-minute silence that will be observed in the Abbey and across the country. A lament played by the Queen’s piper will bring an end to the service.
  • Around midday: the coffin will then be placed back on the gun carriage and taken to Wellington Arch in a procession, led by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, together with NHS workers, officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the British Armed Forces.
  • 3.06pm: the coffin arrives at Windsor at the Shaw Farm Gate, with the hearse driving slowly up the Long Walk where the public are expected to line the route.
  • 4pm: televised committal ceremony in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, at the end of which the Lord Chamberlain will break his stick of office over the coffin and it will be lowered into the royal vault, out of view.
  • 7.30pm: A private interment in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, the tiny venue where Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin will be reunited with Prince Philip’s coffin and they will be interred.

Can I watch the funeral service from the US?

The late Queen’s funeral will take place at 3am PT or 6am ET in the USA.

The televised service will air on NBC New Now, CNN, ABC, Fox News and other major news outlets.

Should you not have access to these channels, it is possible to watch the funeral for free via a trial offer from Paramount+ and FuboTV streaming services.

This article is kept updated with the latest information.



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