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What to expect when watching Queen Elizabeth's funeral service

What to expect when watching Queen Elizabeth's funeral service

The Queen's funeral service will take place at Westminster Abbey.
19 September 2022 12:00PM

The funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will go ahead today 19.09.2022 at 10 pm NZT. 

Here's everything you can expect from timing to the procedures while watching Queen Elizabeth's funeral.     

All of these timings are in local NZT. 

Her Majesty has been Lying-in-State since 14th September and at 5.30 pm on Monday 19th September, the Lying-in-State will come to an end. 

At 9.44 pm the Queen's coffin will be carried from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the State Funeral via the Royal Navy's State Gun Carriage. It is the same carriage that carried her parents to their funerals. The coffin will be immediately followed by The King, Members of the Royal Family and members of The King's Household. 

The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will begin at 10 pm and last for an hour.  The service will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster and The Sermon.

At 10.55 pm a Two Minute's Silence will be observed in the Abbey and throughout the United Kingdom followed by a National Anthem to conclude the service. The State Funeral Service will be attended by Heads of State and Overseas Government Representatives, including Foreign Royal Families, Governors-General and Realm Prime Ministers. Nearly 200 people who were recognised in The Queen's Birthday Honours earlier this year will also be present including those who made extraordinary contributions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

After the Service ends at 11 pm, Her Majesty's coffin will be carried to Wellington Arch from Westminister Abbey on the State Gun Carriage. The carriage has not been seen on the streets of London since 1965 during Sir Winston's funeral. The carriage will be pulled by 98 Royal Navy sailors with another 40 marching behind acting as brakes. The King and Members of the Royal Family will follow The Queen's Coffin in Procession. During this procession through the streets of London, Big Ben is set to ring continuously. 

After the coffin arrives at Wellington Arch at 12am Tuesday 20.09.2022 , Her Majesty's queen will be placed on the State Hearse. The parade will then give a Royal Salute and the National Anthem will be played as the State Hearse makes its way to Windsor. King Charles and the Royal Family will make their way by car. 

Once the coffin reaches Windsor, the State Hearse at 2.06 am, the vehicle will slow down to allow members of the Royal Family to join the Procession on foot. Minute guns will be fired on the East Lawn, Windsor Castle. The Procession will halt at the bottom of the West Steps of St. George's Chapel where a Guard of Honour will be mounted. The Queen's coffin will be carried in Procession into the chapel. 

The Committal Service will start at 3 am alongside His Majesty The King and Members of the Royal Family. This gathering will consist of past and present members of the Queen's Household, including from the private estate. The service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor and will end with a blessing from the Archbishop of Canterbury. 

Before the final Hymn, the Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre will be removed from Her Majesty's coffin and will be placed on the Altar. 

At the moment that the Queen's coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault, the Dean of Windsor will say the Psalm. It will then be followed by The Sovereign's Piper playing a Lament and The Archbishop of Canterbury will be pronouncing the Blessing. The National Anthem will be sung to conclude the Commital Service. 

At 6.30 am a private burial will take place in The King George VI Memorial Chapel later which will also be conducted by the Dean of Windsor. The Queen will be buried together with The Duke of Edinburgh who died last year at the age of 99.