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Queen Elizabeth: How Her Majesty’s historic funeral will unfold


After leaving Balmoral and lying in state for several days in Westminster Hall with tens of thousands of people paying their respects, Queen Elizabeth II’s body will begin its final journey on Monday as part of a major state funeral.

The first stop will be at Westminster Abbey for a religious service in front of thousands of worshippers, then Windsor Castle for a more intimate service followed by a private burial.


It will be a day of emotion, pomp and ceremony not seen since Winston Churchill’s last state funeral in 1965.

Here’s a breakdown of the day, WA time.

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13.30 in the evening

The Queen’s work at Westminster Hall in the heart of London will come to an end. Tens of thousands lined up to see her coffin.


The doors of Westminster Abbey will open to allow guests to begin arriving ahead of the funeral service.

Heads of state from around the world flew in to join members of the royal family in commemorating the Queen’s life and service.

Also expected are Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, royals from across Europe, many of whom are blood relatives of the Queen, including Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Matilda, and Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia.

Camera iconThe Queen’s body will be taken to Westminster Abbey for burial. credit: Alex McBride/Getty Images


The ceremony begins in earnest as the Queen’s coffin is lifted from the hearse where she has been resting since Wednesday and taken to Westminster Abbey.

A group of pallbearers, made up of soldiers from the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, will lift the coffin from the hearse in Westminster Hall and carry it to the north door.

A state carriage of the Royal Navy will be waiting outside.

The carriage is a field carriage that has been in the care of the Royal Navy since 1901 when it was withdrawn from active service for the funeral of Queen Victoria – and since then it has been used for the funeral of King Edward VII in 1910. King George V in 1936, King George VI in 1952, Sir Winston Churchill in 1965 and Lord Mountbatten in 1979.


When the crew departs, they will be escorted in spectacular style by 142 members of the Royal Navy.

The route from New Palace Yard to Westminster Abbey will be paved by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

The procession will be led by a large number of trumpets and drums from the Scottish and Irish Regiments, the Gurkha Brigade and the Royal Air Force – 200 musicians – followed by chasers, heralds and kings of arms.


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