Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: what you need to know


Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral takes place in the UK.

It’s an emotional day for the British public as they bid farewell to their beloved monarch, who died on September 8 at the age of 96. The country is at a standstill, with businesses and schools closed.

The funeral service is held at Westminster Abbey, the gothic church in central London where the Queen was crowned in 1953. Afterwards, the Queen is to be buried at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, a historic town about 42 kilometers. from London, it is the location of Windsor Castle, one of the royal residences.

You can watch the funeral live on time.com. Here’s what you need to know about the procedure.

Guests arrive ahead of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England.

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Who attends the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II?

The main mourners are naturally the Queen’s eldest son and successor, King Charles III, as well as the Queen Consort, Charles’ two brothers, Princes Edward and Andrew, and his sister Princess Anne. Eight grandchildren are in attendance, including Charles’ sons Prince William and Prince Harry and their respective wives, Princess of Wales Kate Middleton and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle. Many other close relatives are among the bereaved.

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Many other members of the royal family – from Europe and beyond – are among the more than 2,000 people who attend the service at Westminster Abbey. They include King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium and King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands are present, alongside Queen Margarethe II of Denmark, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway.

Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are present, as are King Abdullah of Jordan, Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia (Sultan Abdullah of Pahang) and King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk.

Police officers patrol outside Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, ahead of the state funeral service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.  (HANNAH MCKAY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Police officers patrol outside Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, ahead of the state funeral service for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

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Among the political leaders present at the funeral are US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. China is represented by Vice President Wang Qishan and India by President Draupadi Murmu.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol is present, as are Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand and the Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia, among others. .

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Invitations were reportedly not extended to the leaders of Russia and Belarus, due to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Myanmar’s junta, which seized power in a 2021 coup, has also not been invited send a representative.

First Lady Jill Biden watches US President Joe Biden sign a condolence book at Lancaster House in London on September 18, 2022, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8.  (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

First Lady Jill Biden watches US President Joe Biden sign a condolence book at Lancaster House in London on September 18, 2022, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8.

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Where is the queen buried?

Queen Elizabeth is buried at the end of medieval St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where ten other monarchs are buried.

The Chapel Royal Vault is the final resting place of several members of the British Royal Family, but the Queen is buried in an annex known as the King George VI Memorial Chapel. This addition was unveiled at his request in 1969 as the final resting place for his father, whose remains were moved there from the royal vault.

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Queen Elizabeth II is to be buried there alongside her father, mother, sister and husband Prince Philip. Her remains will be transferred from the royal vault, where she has been held since her death in April.

Mourners waited to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England.  (Chris J. Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

Mourners waited to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England.

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What is the order of the funeral ceremony for Queen Elizabeth?

A detailed schedule is available here.

Briefly, the Queen’s coffin is taken in a solemn procession from Westminster Hall, where the Queen was laid out, to Westminster Abbey for a funeral service at 11 a.m. local time (6 a.m. ET). The 55-minute service is chaired by Dean of Westminster David Hoyle. British Prime Minister Liz Truss, whose meeting with the Queen was the monarch’s last official engagement, is due to give a reading.

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A two-minute silence across the UK marks the end of the service, accompanied by a wake-up call, the national anthem and a royal piper playing a lament.

A team carries the coffin through the streets of London, arriving at Wellington Arch, Hyde Park, at 1 p.m. (8 a.m. ET). From there, a hearse brings the coffin to Windsor for internment.

More than 800 mourners are due to attend the interment service, followed by a private burial at the King George VI Memorial Chapel at 7:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. ET).

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