Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral: What to Know
The United Kingdom is hosting Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
The British people are experiencing a very emotional moment as they say goodbye to their monarch. He died Sept. 8, at age 96. With schools and businesses closing, the country is at a standstill.
The funeral service is being held at Westminster Abbey—the Gothic church in central London where the Queen was crowned in 1953. Afterward, the Queen is to be interred at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor—a historic town some 26 miles (42 kilometers) from London that is the location of Windsor Castle, one of the royal residences.
Time.com allows you to watch the live streaming of the funeral. Here’s what to know about the proceedings.
Guests arrive at Westminster Abbey ahead of the Queen Elizabeth II State Funeral on September 19, 2022, in London.
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What is the attendance at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral?
The prominent mourners are naturally the Queen’s eldest son and successor, King Charles III, along with the Queen Consort, Charles’ two brothers, Princes Edward and Andrew, and his sister Princess Anne. Eight grandchildren are attending—among them Charles’ sons Prince William and Prince Harry and their respective wives the Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Other close family members are also present.
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Many other royals—from Europe and further afield—are prominent among the more than 2,000 people attending the Westminster Abbey service. They include Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde and King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands’ are in attendance, alongside Denmark’s Queen Margarethe II and King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway.
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are attending, as are Jordan’s King Abdullah, Malaysia’s Yang di-Pertuan Agong (the Sultan Abdullah of Pahang), and Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk.
As part of the State Funeral Service for Britain’s King Elizabeth II, police officers are seen patrolling Westminster Abbey in London.
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The funeral will include U.S. President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and other political figures. China is represented in Vice President Wang Qishan, and India by President Droupadi Mumu.
South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol is attending, as are Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand, and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia, among others.
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Invitations were reportedly not extended to the leaders of Russia and Belarus, on account of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine. A representative was not invited by the Myanmar junta, who seized power through a coup in 2021.
Jill Biden, First Lady of the United States, watches as Joe Biden, President of the United States of America signs a book in condolences at Lancaster House in London. This was after Queen Elizabeth II’s death on September 8th.
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Are you looking for the Queen’s burial place?
Queen Elizabeth is being interred at the late medieval St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where ten other monarchs lie buried.
While the royal vault is where many members of British royalty rest, the queen is currently being interred in an annex called the King George VI Memorial Chapel. The addition was made at the Queen’s request, in 1969. It is a place where her father can rest. His remains were transferred to it from their royal vault.
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Along with her husband, father, sister, and brother Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II will be buried in the same place. The royal vault where they were kept since April, will now be used to transfer his remains.
Wrapped in mourners, they wait in line to see the State Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II in London on September 19, 2022.
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What is the order of ceremony for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral?
Here is a complete schedule.
In brief, the Queen’s coffin is being taken in a solemn procession from Westminster Hall, where the Queen has been lying in state, to Westminster Abbey for a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. local time (6:00 a.m. ET). David Hoyle (Dean of Westminster) officiates this 55-minute service. U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss, whose meeting with the Queen was the monarch’s last official engagement, is to give a reading.
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Two minutes of silence is observed across the U.K. to mark the close of the service.
At 1:00 pm (8:00 am.), a gun-carriage transports the coffin through London’s streets. It arrives at Wellington Arch at Hyde Park. ET). There is a hearse that transports the coffin from there to Windsor, where it can be interred.
More than 800 mourners will attend the service. A private burial will be held at King George VI Memorial Chapel at 1:45 p.m. ET).
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