LONDON: World leaders will join Britain’s royal family, its political elite and members of the military, judiciary and charitable organisations at the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II on Monday (Sep 19).
Below are details of what is expected:
- The queen’s lying in state at Westminster Hall will end at 6.30am (1.30pm, Singapore time) on Monday.
- Shortly after 10.35am, a bearer party will lift the coffin from the catafalque and carry it to the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy.
- The State Gun Carriage is a field gun carriage that has previously been used for the funerals of Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI, Winston Churchill, and Lord Louis Mountbatten.
- The gun carriage will be drawn by 142 members of the Royal Navy, setting off at 10.44am.
- The route will be lined by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. The procession will pass by Parliament Square where members of the navy, army and air force will form a Guard of Honour, accompanied by a band of the Royal Marines.
- The procession will be led by Scottish and Irish regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas and the Royal Air Force numbering 200 musicians. The gun carriage will be flanked by detachments of The King’s Body Guards of The Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, The Yeomen of the Guard and the Royal Company of Archers.
- The coffin will be followed by King Charles III and members of the royal family.
- The procession will arrive at the West Gate of Westminster Abbey at 10.52am.
- Heads of state and overseas government representatives, including foreign royal families, governors-general and prime ministers of the realm will gather at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea and travel together to the Abbey.
- The congregation will be made up of representatives of the realms, the Commonwealth, parliament, devolved parliaments, charities and institutions, plus the law and emergency services.
- The state funeral will begin at 11am, conducted by the Dean of Westminster. Prime Minister Liz Truss and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth will read lessons.
- The sermon will be given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who will also give the commendation. The Dean will pronounce the blessing.
- The last post will sound towards the end of the service at approximately 11.55am followed by a two-minute silence in the Abbey and throughout the United Kingdom. Planes will avoid flying over central London.
- Reveille, the national anthem and a lament played by the Queen’s Piper will bring the state funeral service to an end at approximately 12pm.