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What happens next? How the Queen’s funeral day will play out

Britain enters the final day of Queen Elizabeth II’s lying in state ahead of a heavily choreographed funeral on Monday.


September 18, 2022
By Genevieve Holl-Allen
18 September 2022

Thousands of people continue to queue to pay their respects to the Queen as the final full day of her lying in state begins and heads of state continue to arrive in London ahead of Monday’s funeral.

Here is a breakdown of what will happen in the coming days.

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Sunday September 18:

Sunday marks the final full day of the lying in state and heads of state will continue to arrive for the funeral.

Irish president Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Micheal Martin are expected to join the list of heads of state who have signed a book of condolence at Lancaster House.

The King will hold an audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace.

The King and Queen Consort will host heads of state and official overseas guests at the palace, in what the King’s spokesman described as an “official state event”.

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The Kelpies in Falkirk. (Andrew Milligan/PA)

A service of reflection for the Queen at the Kelpies sculptures near Falkirk, Scotland, will see 96 lanterns, one for each year of Her Majesty’s life, being lowered into the pool of reflection at the foot of the Queen Elizabeth II Canal, before wreaths are placed into the water.

A pre-recorded tribute to the late monarch by the Queen Consort will be broadcast on the BBC shortly before 8pm.

Members of the public will be invited to observe a one-minute silence at 8pm to remember the Queen.

Monday September 19:

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Members of the public file past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II. (Chris Jackson/PA)

The lying in state period will end at 6.30am.

There will be a national bank holiday to allow as many people as possible to watch the Queen’s funeral.

The coffin will be taken in a grand military procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral at 11am.

Senior members of the family are expected to follow behind, just as they did for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The military will line the streets and also join the procession. Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, members of European royal families and key figures from public life will be invited to gather in the abbey, which can hold a congregation of 2000.

The service will be televised and a national two minutes’ silence will follow the Last Post being sounded at 11.55am.

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Reveille, the national anthem and a lament, played by the Queen’s Piper, will bring the state funeral service to an end about noon.

The funeral will be broadcast live at around 125 cinemas and several cathedrals throughout the UK, and on a big screen in Holyrood Park in front of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

After the service, at 12:15pm, the coffin will be taken in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and then travel to Windsor.

The hearse will then travel in procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle via the Long Walk, after which a televised committal service will take place in St George’s Chapel.

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Later in the evening, there will be a private interment service with senior members of the royal family.

The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel – where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.

Philip’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.

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