London: With world leaders and dignitaries flying in from around the world and an expected crowd of more than 2 million people, the Queen’s funeral will be, in all likelihood, the most attended event in United Kingdom history. Let’s see what will happen at the state funeral – a detailed step-by-step plan for Monday.
According to the New York Times, the funeral will begin at 11 am (London Time). According to Indian time, it will be at 4:30 in the evening. The funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey and according to Buckingham Palace officials, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, which is the residence of retired servicemen in West London, will host a gathering of heads of state and foreign royals before leaving for Westminster Abbey.
The New York Times cited some local UK media reports that claim that many world leaders are unhappy with community transport because they heard rumors that some of them would get preferential treatment and be allowed to drive their own cars.
Currently, the Queen’s coffin is in Westminster Hall and after 6 a.m. (London time) on 19 September, the doors will be closed to the public. After this, preparations will begin to move the Queen’s coffin to Westminster Abbey.
According to the New York Times, Westminster Abbey will open at 8:00 a.m. (London time) to those who have been invited to the funeral. The New York Times also reports that the coffin will be carried in a procession from Westminster Hall to the abbey. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines will be stationed on the way. Around 200 musicians, including pipes and drums from Scottish and Irish regiments, will lead the procession. King Charles III and other members of the royal family will board the carriage.
The funeral service will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster, and readings will be given by Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth and Prime Minister Liz Truss. The sermon will be delivered by the Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.
A two-minute silence will be observed across the UK at the end of the ceremony. Service is expected to end around 12 noon (UK time)
After the service is over, a procession of the coffin will travel to Wellington Arch in London after which it will be taken to Windsor. The New York Times also revealed that after the funeral, the head of state and government representatives will attend a reception hosted by the foreign secretary.
Now, after the Queen’s coffin reaches Windsor, the body will join a new procession on its journey to St. George’s Chapel. A commitment service will be held there. All members of the Queen’s staff, including those who have worked on private estates, will be in attendance.
The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service there. According to the online media portal, The Imperial State crown, orb, and scepter will be removed from the top of the coffin and placed on the altar by the crown jeweler before the final hymn is sung.
Then, the coffin would be lowered into the royal vault, which is a burial chamber beneath the chapel after the hymn. The New York Times cited a Buckingham Palace release that read, “The Queen is to be buried together with The Duke of Edinburgh”.
The blessing will be pronounced by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and then “God Save the King” will be sung. The funeral service will be private and will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor at 7:30 pm.