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Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral: New details confirmed

London — Buckingham Palace shared extra details on Thursday concerning the plans for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, which can begin at 11 a.m. native time (6 a.m. Eastern) on Monday, September 19. The service will happen at Westminster Abbey, within the coronary heart of London.

The historical abbey has been the setting for royal coronations for a whole bunch of years, together with the queen’s personal in 1953, and can also be the place she married Prince Philip in 1947. The funeral for Queen Elizabeth II’s mom was held there in 2002, however there hasn’t been a funeral for a monarch there for the reason that 18th century.

Plans for the funeral, which the queen herself consulted on, have been in place for years.

On Monday morning, the queen’s coffin, which is at the moment mendacity in state at Westminster Hall so members of the general public pays their respects to the late monarch, will likely be processed on a gun carriage the quick distance to Westminster Abbey, the place a sermon will likely be given by the Archbishop of Canterbury. King Charles III will stroll behind the coffin to Westminster Abbey, together with different members of the royal household.

At the conclusion of the service, two minutes of silence will likely be held throughout the U.Okay.


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Following the service, at round 12 p.m. native ( 7 a.m. Eastern) the queen’s coffin will likely be taken in a strolling procession to Hyde Park, after which by hearse to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the sprawling property west of London the place the late monarch spent numerous her life, and far of her previous couple of years isolating amid the coronavirus pandemic.

St. George’s Chapel is the ultimate resting place of the queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, and her late husband, Prince Philip. It is the chapel usually chosen by the royal household for occasions like weddings and funerals. It is the place the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, acquired married, and the place Philip’s funeral was held.

Once her coffin arrives, at roughly 4 p.m. native (11 a.m. Eastern) a televised committal service will happen. The cameras will then be switched off for a non-public service to be held later within the night for members of the royal household, at round 7:30 p.m. native (2:30 p.m. Eastern).

Who will attend?

The queen’s funeral is predicted to be one of many largest gatherings of royalty and politicians within the U.Okay. in many years. Invitations had been despatched out over the weekend, whereas the palace wouldn’t verify attendance numbers, Westminster Abbey can maintain over 2,000 folks.

World leaders had been reportedly requested to journey to London on industrial flights if attainable, and to make their option to Westminster on the day of the funeral on particular buses organized particularly for the event. 


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President Biden and first woman Jill Biden have confirmed they’ll attend the queen’s funeral, together with leaders from throughout the British commonwealth, together with the prime ministers of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Bangladesh, and the presidents of India and Sri Lanka. French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are among the many different political leaders anticipated to attend.

Non-British royalty are additionally anticipated be there, together with Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, the king and queen of Belgium, the king and queen of the Netherlands and the king and queen of Spain.

Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited and China’s international ministry has mentioned it’s contemplating sending a excessive degree delegation. BBC News quoted British authorities sources as saying Iran can be represented on the ambassadorial degree.

Who’s not invited?

Amid President Putin’s ongoing battle in Ukraine, nobody from Russia or its shut ally Belarus has been invited to attend the queen’s funeral, nor have any officers from Myanmar, Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, Syria, or Venezuela, in line with the BBC.

Nicaragua and North Korea have been invited to ship ambassadors, however not heads of state, the BBC reported.

What else is occurring earlier than the funeral?

The palace introduced that King Charles III, who was spending Thursday catching up on state business, will mount a vigil on the queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. native (2:30 p.m. Eastern), alongside his siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. The vigil will final for quarter-hour.

Earlier on Friday, the king and Camilla, Queen Consort, will journey to Cardiff in Wales, the place they’ll obtain condolences from the Welsh Senedd and attend a service of remembrance at Llandaff Cathedral.


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On Saturday, King Charles III will perform state business at Buckingham Palace after which journey to police headquarters to thank the emergency providers concerned in planning and delivering the occasions through the interval main as much as the funeral of the queen.

On Sunday, the king and the queen consort will host an official state occasion for visiting heads of state and different official abroad visitors at Buckingham Palace.

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