Queen Elizabeth II will be buried following a funeral service after her state funeral today.
As of Wednesday, the Queen’s coffin lay in Westminster Hall and hundreds of thousands of people queued for more than 12 hours to pay their respects.
It was carried in a procession to Westminster Abbey on Monday morning. Thousands of military personnel took part in the march while members of the royal family, including the new king, walked behind the coffin.
During a performance of God Save the King at the end of the service, King Charles appeared to be fighting back tears before a lone piper played the traditional lament, “Sleep, Dearie, Sleep.”
The coffin makes its way to Windsor in another procession this afternoon as the Queen makes her final journey to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where she will be reunited with her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
While the funeral service will be televised live, the Queen’s actual funeral remains a private affair.
When is the Queen’s funeral today?
The Queen will be buried in a service in the King George VI Memorial Chapel at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle begins at 7:30 p.m.
Why isn’t the funeral on TV?
While most of the day of the Queen’s funeral will be televised live to audiences around the world, the funeral will be a completely private affair, away from the public eye. The King and key members of the royal family, including their children and grandchildren, will attend.
A senior palace official said: “The service and funeral will be completely private as it is a deeply personal family occasion.”
The tiny King George VI Memorial Chapel currently houses the remains of the Queen’s father, George VI, the Queen Mother, and Elizabeth’s sister, Princess Margaret, who was cremated in a break with royal tradition.
Prince Philip’s coffin was lowered into the royal vault beneath St George’s Chapel at the end of his funeral last year. The Queen will join her husband briefly in the crypt for the culmination of her funeral service on Monday, before being transferred to the King George VI Memorial Chapel for her funeral.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin is also transported to the chapel, where the royal couple will be permanently reunited.
What are the full times for the Queen’s funeral today?
The full times for the day of the Queen’s funeral are as follows:
- 6.30 a.m: the Queen completes her representation at Westminster Hall
- 8 o’clock: The doors to Westminster Abbey will open to allow the congregation to begin to take their seats
- 10:44 am: Charles will march with his family behind the Queen’s coffin when it is moved from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey
- Other royals not taking part in the procession are escorted by car
- 10:52 a.m: The procession arrives at Westminster Abbey
- 11 clock: the service begins
- 11:55 a.m.: The last post sounds
- 12 o’clock: The funeral will conclude with the Reveille, the national anthem and a lament from the Queen’s piper, and the King will then lead his family in procession to Wellington Arch
- 13 o’clock: The coffin is transferred to a hearse on the corner of Hyde Park before being driven from London to Windsor
- 3:06 p.m.: The funeral procession is due to arrive at Windsor Castle through Shaw Farm Gate
- 3:10 p.m.: The procession will set off and head up the Long Walk towards Windsor Castle
- 3:20 p.m.: People, including Governors-General and Prime Ministers of the Empire, will begin to arrive at the west door of St George’s Chapel for the surrender service, followed shortly by members of the royal family not involved in the procession
- 3.40 p.m.: The King and other royals will join the procession as it enters the Engine Court
- 3:53 p.m.: The procession stops at the foot of the west stairs into the chapel and the party of bearers lifts the coffin from the state hearse and carries it up the steps
- 4 p.m.: Around 800 people, including members of the Queen’s household and Windsor estate staff, will attend the dedication service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle afterwards
- 4:30 p.m.: The service ends and King Charles departs
- 19:30 o’clock: The Queen is greeted with the Duke of Edinburgh in King George VI’s Chapel. buried in Windsor in a private service
Most of the day is televised live to viewers around the world, while the processions are live streamed here.