Queen’s funeral: what to expect

The Queen’s funeral takes place on Monday. Members of the Royal Family, including King Charles III, the Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales will attend, along with world leaders and heads of state.

By Emma Hudson, Editor at LinkedIn News

The UK is commemorating the late monarch with a bank holiday, and many businesses have decided to close so that employees can pay their respects. Here’s how the day will proceed:

  • 6:30am: The Queen’s lying-in-state ends, and the coffin begins its procession from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey for the funeral.
  • 11am: The service begins, led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
  • 12pm: A national two-minute silence in memory of the Queen.
  • After the funeral ends, the Queen’s coffin travels in procession to Wellington Arch, before continuing on to Windsor.
  • Finally, the Queen is laid to rest in St George’s Chapel in Windsor, in a private committal service.

The eyes of the world will be on Westminster Abbey for the funeral of the Queen but her burial is to be a private affair at her beloved home in Windsor.

By Sally Guyoncourt

After the pomp and ceremony of the state occasion attended by presidents, prime ministers, royals and dignitaries from across the globe, the interment will be a quiet, personal moment for the family to say their goodbyes.

It has been confirmed that the Queen’s committal service will take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle at 4pm on Monday. Later, the Queen will be buried with the Duke of Edinburgh in King George VI’s chapel at Windsor in a private service at 7.30pm.

Following the state funeral, the cortege will leave Westminster Abbey to make the final journey to the Queen’s resting place, along streets lined with hundreds of thousands of people.

King Charles and other members of the Royal Family will walk behind the Queen’s coffin to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, before being taken on to Windsor in Berkshire.

On arrival in Windsor, the state hearse ill travel in procession again along the Long Walk to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Once inside, the committal service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, David Connor, who was also present for Prince Philip’s funeral.

Some 800 people, including members of the Queen’s Household and Windsor estate staff, will attend the afternoon committal service.

But in the evening, after 70 years in the glare of the public eye, the monarch will be laid to rest in a “deeply personal family occasion” that will remain private.

A private ceremony for the Royal Family

It is understood that King Charles will scatter earth on the coffin, as the Queen did for her father George VI in 1952, before it is interred in a vault in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, a small side chapel within the main building.

Her coffin will join those of her father and the Queen Mother, who died in 2002, as well as a casket containing the ashes of her sister Princess Margaret, are also interred in the same vault.

Prince Philip’s coffin will then be moved from the Royal Vault, where he was laid to rest in April last year, to join his wife of 73 years.

Following the interment of the Queen Mother in April 2002, St George’s Chapel was opened to the public free of charge for a week to allow mourners to visit her final resting place.

Members of the public are usually only allowed into the chapel as part of a paid visit to the castle or if they are attending a service.

It remains unclear if this will happen following the Queen’s burial.

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