Is the Queen’s funeral on TV? How to watch, is it on BBC, ITV, Sky News, presenters, live stream details
Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey today
The state funeral of the Queen will begin in just a few hours.
Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey today (19 September).
The Queen’s coffin was lying in state at Westminster Hall in London over the weekend and people queued for miles to be able to pay their respects.
Her state funeral will take place at 11am today (19 September) and it will take place at Westminster Abbey.
It will be a bank holiday, after King Charles III approved the plans.
But will you be able to watch the funeral on TV?
Here’s all you need to know:
Will the Queen’s funeral be televised?
The Queen’s state funeral will be shown live in the UK.
It will take place at 11am on Monday 19 September and will be broadcast around the world.
Her committal service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor will also be televised.
However, the interment service will be private and not broadcast live, it will be attended by senior members of the royal family.
How can you watch the Queen’s funeral?
It will be broadcast live on TV in the UK.
BBC will carry coverage of the funeral.
ITV will show the funeral across all of its channels.
Sky will broadcast it across all of its channels including the sports ones.
How to watch on BBC and who will present coverage?
BBC will carry coverage of the funeral across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC News and iPlayer.
Coverage on BBC One will start at 8am and run until 5pm.
BBC Two will carry coverage and have British Sign Language interpretation.
Will ITV cover the funeral and who are the presenters?
ITV will simulcast across its main channels and five digital channels and ITV Hub, for the first time in its history.
The coverage will be the same across all of ITV’s offerings from 6am until midnight.
There will be no adverts.
The ITV coverage will be as follows:
- 6am - Good Morning Britain
- 9.30am - Queen Elizabeth II: The State Funeral
- 7.30pm - Queen Elizabeth II: A Nation Remembers
- 9pm - Queen Elizabeth II: The Final Farewell
- 10pm - extended News at 10
Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham will present from 9.30am, with Mary Nightingale presenting from Westminster Abbey.
Will the funeral be on Sky?
Sky has announced that it will be showing coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral for free on Sky News and the Sky News App, YouTube and on Freeview.
Kamali Melbourne will be live from Westminster Abbey with early morning updates from 5am. Kay Burley will take over from 7am outlining how the day will unfold.
From 9am, Anna Botting and Dermot Murnaghan will begin a special broadcast of the funeral procession, Anna reporting live from Westminster, with coverage of the State Funeral Service at 11am and Dermot reporting live from Windsor Castle as the procession begins to make its way from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, before concluding at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle via the Long Walk.
Throughout the day, Sky Royal Events Commentator Alastair Bruce will provide analysis of the historic events as they unfold.
Jayne Secker will be live from Windsor Castle at 5pm and Mark Austin will reflect on the day from Buckingham Palace, looking back at the events and key moments from the day at 7pm, ahead of a daily round-up show with Johnathan Samuels at 9pm. Anna Botting will then return to conclude coverage for the day with the News at Ten live from Buckingham Palace.
Kay Burley, Sarah Jane Mee and Gillian Joseph will be in crowds in London and Windsor throughout the day.
Sky News will not carry advertising until after the funeral.
Sky will show the coverage across all of its channels.
Is there going to be a live stream of the funeral?
BBC iPlayer will show the live coverage of the funeral, if you aren’t able to watch it on a TV.
ITV Hub will also be showing the funeral live.
Sky News will show the funeral on its YouTube channel.
The Royal Family will also carry a livestream on its YouTube channel.
Where and when is the Queen’s funeral?
The Queen’s funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey at 11am today (19 September).
It will be the first time in over 260 years a sovereign’s funeral has taken place in the Abbey.
The last was George II’s in 1760.
For the Queen, the Abbey was where her most defining milestones took place, both in terms of her personal happiness and her public duty.
Princess Elizabeth was 21 when, on Thursday 20 November 1947, she married her prince in the surrounds of the central London church.
It was a morale booster in tough post-war years and millions of people listened on the radio.
More than 2,000 guests gathered inside, waiting for the royal bride, whose Norman Hartnell wedding dress was hand-embroidered with more than 10,000 pearls and crystals.
Just five years after she married, the princess became Queen Elizabeth II on the death of her father, George VI.
Some 16 months later, on 2 June 1953, she was crowned at the Abbey – the scene of coronations for some 900 years.
The Queen Mother’s funeral was held at the Abbey in 2002.