The Queen is being laid to rest today (19 September) following a state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
The occasion will see the Queen’s coffin carried through London on top of the state gun carriage, which is being drawn by sailors from the Royal Navy.
King Charles III and other key members of the Royal Family are set to play a key role in proceedings that are expected to be viewed by millions of people both in the UK and abroad.
But what are the exact timings for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral and the subsequent events today?
When is the Queen’s funeral?
The Queen’s funeral marks the culmination of the period of national mourning that has come in the wake of her passing.
At 6.30am on the morning of the state funeral, entry to the Palace of Westminster to see the Queen’s coffin - which had been lying in state since Wednesday (14 September) - was stopped for a final time.
The queue of mourners who wished to pay their respects to the deceased monarch stretched back so far that the wait to see Her Majesty’s coffin was 24 hours at one stage.
How long is the Queen’s funeral?
Around 2,000 people had to be seated inside Westminster Abbey before the Queen’s state funeral could begin.
Attendees include the Prime Minister Liz Truss and her predecessors, leading figures in UK public life, as well as foreign heads of state, royals and other dignitaries from abroad.
Doors to the central London religious site opened at 8am. The Queen’s coffin travelled the short distance from the Palace of Westminster to the Abbey at 10.35am.
A bearer party from the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards carried Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin to the Royal Navy’s state gun carriage outside the building. At 10.44am, the carriage set off - drawn by 142 Royal Navy service personnel.
The King and other key members of the Royal Family followed in the coffin’s wake. The procession arrived at Westminster Abbey at 10.52am. The coffin bearers then carried the Queen into the Abbey and the service began at 11am.
At 11.55am, the Last Post will be sounded and two-minutes of silence will be observed across the UK.
After the Reveille (the piece of music denoting the end of minutes of silence) has been sounded, the national anthem and a lament will be played by the Queen’s piper. This will bring the state funeral to a close at approximately 12pm.
Where will Queen’s funeral procession go?
After the Queen’s state funeral has ended, her coffin will be carried back to the state gun carriage.
At 12.15pm, the carriage will set off followed by the Royal Family. The route will follow this course over the next 45-minutes:
- Parliament Square (south and east sides)
- Parliament Street
- Horse Guards Parade (via Horse Guards Arch)
- Horse Guards Road
- The Mall
- Queen’s Gardens (south and west sides)
- Constitution Hill
- Apsley Way
- Wellington Arch
After the procession reaches Wellington Arch at roughly 1pm, the bearer party will lift Her Majesty’s coffin from the state gun carriage and will place it into the state hearse.
The vehicle will then head 25-miles to St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, and will be followed by cars containing the King and other key members of the Royal Family.
The exact route the cars will follow has not been disclosed in advance.
Once the vehicles reach Windsor at around 3pm, a procession will form at Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road. At 3.06pm, the hearse will arrive and four minutes’ later the procession will set off along this route:
- Albert Road
- Long Walk
- Cambridge Gate
- Cambridge Drive
- George IV Gate
- Quadrangle (south and west sides)
- Engine Court
- Norman Arch
- Chapel Hill
- Parade Ground
- Horseshoe Cloister Arch
Members of the Royal Family and other individuals who are not involved in the procession will arrive at St George’s Chapel from 3.20pm.
They will be joined by the coffin and the procession at 3.53pm, with the bearer party lifting the coffin up the West Steps and into the Chapel for a 4pm start to the Committal Service.
The length of time for which this service will take place has not been revealed.
But at 7.30pm, a private burial service for Elizabeth II will be held in the King George VI Memorial Chapel. It will see the Queen buried alongside her late-husband Prince Philip and will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor.