Thousands of people have already settled in London and Windsor to get a close-up look at the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey in the heart of the British capital, accompanied by heads of state and dignitaries. from many countries.
Along the route that the procession will pass, thousands of people, many carrying British flags, spend the night occupying the best vantage point to view Coffin Pass, in a gun carriage, and accompanied by several members of the royal family. family, with the head King Carlos III.
With coats, hats and scarves, Britons and tourists also await the start of the state funeral – at 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT) due to the chill of the night and morning.
The coffin will be taken from Westminster Hall, the oldest chamber of Parliament and where the funeral chapel took place, to the Abbey in a navy gun carriage, which was already used for the funeral of King George VI, father of Elizabeth II.
After the religious service at Westminster Abbey, the funeral procession will proceed to Wellington Arch next to Buckingham Palace, the residence of the British royal family.
It is expected that the procession will have all the pomp reserved for this type of funeral, where in addition to the royal family, representatives of the three armed forces will take part: the Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force (RAF).
From Wellington Arch, the coffin, already in a hearse, will be taken to St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle (just outside London), where the Queen will be buried next to the tomb of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
State funeral of Elizabeth II
The Queen’s funeral will begin at 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT) this Monday at Westminster Abbey, after the funeral procession made the short journey from Westminster Hall to the central London shrine.
This is the scheduled agenda for the day:
– 6.30 local time (5.30 GMT).- Elizabeth II’s Chapel of Fire at the Palace of Westminster closes, through which thousands of people have passed since Wednesday to pay their last respects to the sovereign.
– 8:00 a.m. (7:00 GMT).- Participants in the funeral service began to arrive at Westminster Abbey, attended by the King of Spain, Philip VI and Letizia, and some major world leaders, such as the president of USA Joe Biden.
– 10.44 (9.44 GMT).- Elizabeth II’s coffin leaves the British Parliament and heads to the Abbey in a funeral procession. The new King Carlos III and his three brothers -Ana, Andrés and Eduardo-, as well as their children, Princesses Guillermo and Enrique, will walk after the body of the sovereign.
– 11:00 (10:00 GMT).- Dean of Westminster David Hoyle officiates before about 2,000 guests. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will give a speech and British Prime Minister Liz Truss will read a liturgy.
– 11.55 (10.55 GMT). A bugle call will mark the start of two minutes of silence which will be observed across the UK.
– 12.15 (11.15 GMT). The coffin will leave the funeral procession from the Abbey to Wellington Arch at the south-east corner of Hyde Park. Big Ben, the famous bell in the tower of the Palace of Westminster, will chime at one-minute intervals during the procession.
– 13:00 (12:00 GMT). The sovereign’s body will be transferred to a hearse for their final journey to Windsor Castle, about 35 kilometers west of London.
– 3:00 PM (GMT). The coffin arrives in the vicinity of the castle. A procession on foot will travel the 5 kilometers of the Long Walk, the characteristic tree-lined avenue that leads to the royal residence.
– 4:00 PM (3:00 PM GMT). Elizabeth II’s remains entered the castle’s St George’s Chapel, where around 800 guests attended a mass led by the Dean of Windsor, David Connie. At the end of the service, the coffin will be moved to the chapel’s royal crypt, where the remains of the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, who died in 2021 at the age of 99, are also buried.
– 7:30 PM (6:30 GMT). Elizabeth II will be buried next to Prince Philip in a private ceremony attended by members of the royal family. The marble slab at her tomb will be inscribed with the words: “Elizabeth II 1926-2022”.