Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place today (Monday 19 September) at Westminster Abbey and be watched by millions, potentially billions, around the world.
The Queen’s coronation in 1953 was watched by more than 27 million people in the UK alone, at a time when fewer than two million homes had a TV set. The funeral today is likely to be the biggest TV event of the year in the UK, and possibly internationally.
Westminster Abbey has a capacity of 2,000 and every seat will be filled with world leaders, monarchs, members of the Queen’s household, and high ranking public figures attending.
The Queen passed away on 8 September at Balmoral at the age of 96. She was the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
The funeral service itself will last roughly one hour, but the coverage will last much longer.
A bank holiday has been declared for the day of the funeral in the form of a national day of mourning, and millions of people across the country will have the day off.
How can you watch the Queen’s funeral live?
The full funeral service will be streamed live on this page today (19 September).
What time is the Queen’s funeral?
The full timings for the state funeral:
- 8am – Heads of state and invited mourners will take to their seats for the state funeral service
- 10.44am – Royal Navy’s state gun carriage, drawn by 142 Royal Navy service personnel, will set off at 10.44am from Westminster Hall.
- 10.52am – The procession arrives at the West Gate of Westminster Abbey where the bearer party will lift the coffin from the state gun carriage and carry it inside for the state funeral service.
- 11am – The state funeral service begins.
- 11.55am – The Last Post will sound followed by a national two-minute silence.
- 12pm – Reveille, the national anthem and a lament, played by the Queen’s Piper, will bring the state funeral service to an end at approximately noon. The coffin will be carried to the state gun carriage.
- 12.15pm – The procession will set off for Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, following the route of Broad Sanctuary Parliament Square (south and east sides), Parliament Street, Whitehall, Horse Guards including Horse Guards Arch, Horse Guards Road, The Mall, Queen’s Gardens (south and west sides), Constitution Hill and Apsley Way.
- 1pm – The procession will arrive at Wellington Arch. The bearer party will lift the coffin from the state gun carriage and place it in the state hearse. The state hearse will then depart on its journey to Windsor as the parade gives a royal salute and the national anthem is played. The King and the Queen Consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales and members of the royal family will depart for Windsor by car.
- 3.06pm – The state hearse will approach Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road, Windsor, and join the procession, which will have been formed up and in position.
- 3.10pm – The procession will step off. The route will be: Albert Road, Long Walk, Cambridge Gate, Cambridge Drive, George IV Gate, Quadrangle (south and west sides), Engine Court, Norman Arch, Chapel Hill, Parade Ground and Horseshoe Cloister Arch.
- 3.20pm – The door of St George’s Chapel will open for the congregation for the committal service.
- 3.25pm – Members of the royal family who will not join the procession will arrive at St George’s Chapel for the service.
- 3.40pm – The King and other royal family members who are walking in the procession will join it at the quadrangle on the north side as it passes into Engine Court.
- 3.53pm – The procession will halt at the bottom of the West Steps of St George’s Chapel in Horseshoe Cloister. The bearer party will lift the coffin from the state hearse, from where it will be carried in procession up the West Steps.
- 4pm – The committal service will begin. The length of the service is not yet known but when it ends, the King and members of the royal family will depart from the Galilee Porch for Windsor Castle. It marks the end of public ceremonial arrangements.
- 7.30pm – A private burial service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, attended by the King and members of the royal family.
The Queen is to be buried together with the Duke of Edinburgh at the King George VI Memorial Chapel.
When will the Queen’s funeral take place?
The Queen’s funeral will take place on 19 September following the lying in state ceremony of the late monarch’s coffin.
The lying in state will end at 6.30am on Monday and at 8am Westminster Abbey will open for guests to begin taking their seats.
The funeral service will begin at 11am - prayers will be said and the Archbishop of Canterbury will deliver a sermon. A two minutes silence will be held and the service will end around 12pm.
After the service, the Queen’s coffin will travel in a procession to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park, before travelling by hearse to Windsor Castle.
The Queen will be interred with Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh in King George VI’s Memorial Chapel in St George’s Chapel at 7.30pm on Monday.
This service, conducted by the Dean of Windsor, will be entirely private and will not be filmed.
Who will attend the funeral?
The British Prime Minister Liz Truss, and leader of the opposition Keir Starmer will attend the funeral.
Members of the royal family including King Charles III, Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
Other world leaders who have confirmed their attendance include American President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska.
Commonwealth figures who will be there include New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has not been invited as UK relations with the country have been strained since the illegal invasion of Ukraine began this February.
China’s President Xi Jinping has been invited, in a move condemned by Conservative MPs, though it is not thought he will attend.