A minute-by-minute guide to his state funeral on Monday

A minute-by-minute guide to his state funeral on Monday

Queen Elizabeth II A minute-by-minute guide to her state funeral on Monday - Yui Mok / PA

Queen Elizabeth II A minute-by-minute guide to her state funeral on Monday – Yui Mok / PA

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin was moved in procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where it will remain until the day of her funeral.

Britain’s longest-serving monarch will be honored with a full state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September, featuring every element of glitz with personal touches from his late Majesty.

Here’s everything we know about what will happen – and when – in the coming days.


The king and queen meet with members of the emergency services and attend a lunch for the Commonwealth Governors General.

Tonight, eight grandchildren – the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn – will form their own silent guard at the Queen’s coffin. in Westminister Hall for about 15 minutes.



The king and queen consort host heads of state and official overseas visitors at a state reception at Buckingham Palace.



The lie in the state ends when the doors of Westminster Hall are closed to the public.

8 in the morning

Westminster Abbey opens for congregation members to start taking seats.


Party bearer of the Queen’s Company, 1st Bn Grenadier Guards lifts the coffin from the bier and places it on a state carriage used for the first time for Queen Victoria’s funeral.


Coffin, attracted to 142 Royal Naval Ratings, begins a short journey to Westminster Abbey, followed on foot by members of the royal family.


The coffin arrives at the West Gate of Westminster Abbey, where it is brought inside for a state funeral and placed on a bier.

11 in the morning

The funeral service begins.


Last Post plays in Westminster Abbey, followed by two minutes of national silence.


The state funeral service ends with a lament played by the Queen’s bagpiper.


The coffin procession leaves Westminster Abbey for Wellington Arch.

1 pm

The coffin procession arrives at Wellington Arch, where the coffin will be placed in a state hearse to begin its journey to Windsor.


The hearse arrives at Shaw Farm Gate in Albert Road, Windsor, joining a procession already formed and in position.


The procession departs and continues along the long walk to Windsor Castle through George IV Gate.


The Governors General and Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth Kingdoms take their places in the central nave.


Members of the royal family who do not walk behind the coffin arrive and take their places in the notebook and in the nave.


The king and other members of the royal family join the procession on foot in the quadrangle of the castle.


The procession stops at the foot of the west staircase of the Chapel of San Giorgio. The bearer takes the coffin from the hearse and places it on a bier in the notebook.

4 pm

The television commissioning service begins, led by the Dean of Windsor. At the end of the service, the coffin is lowered into the royal crypt.


The private burial service is held in the Memorial Chapel of King George VI, in the presence of close family members. The queen’s coffin, along with that of the Duke of Edinburgh, is moved from the royal crypt to the chapel where she will be buried.

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