Two thousand guests, including several hundred presidents, heads of state and monarchs, will attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday. She will then be buried at Windsor Castle in the evening.
Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, one of the greatest logistical challenges in British history, will take place on September 19 at Westminster Abbey in London.
US President Joe Biden, Japanese Emperor Naruhito and French President Emmanuel Macron are among the 2,000 guests at the historic event. More than 10,000 police from across the country will be stationed in the capital as authorities expect record crowds along the funeral route.
In the afternoon, the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II will proceed to Windsor Castle for a religious service. She will then be buried in a private ceremony. FRANCE 24 unveils the program for this extraordinary day.
Procession with music
On Monday morning, the royal coffin, which is currently on display at the Palace of Westminster in London, will be moved to Westminster Abbey where the state funeral will take place. The procession will begin at 10:35 a.m. (11:35 a.m. in Paris) and the coffin will be placed on a gun carriage towed by 98 naval officersin a tradition dating back to Queen Victoria’s funeral in 1901.
The procession, followed by the King and members of the British Royal Family, will be led by a band of 200 Royal Air Force pipers and drummers to the doorstep of Westminster Abbey at 10.52am.
While the state funeral, led by the Dean of Westminster David Hoyle, will begin at 11 a.m., the doors of the Abbey will open three hours earlier to welcome the 2,000 people invited to the event.
While the final guest list is kept secret for security reasons, several heads of state, political representatives and monarchs have already announced their attendance. These include President Biden, President Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Indian President Draupadi Murmu.
Members of the Belgian, Dutch, Qatari and Saudi royal families will also be present, as well as several hundred anonymous people decorated by the Queen, including social workers and caregivers.
After Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s sermon, the bell will ring, followed by two minutes of silence to be observed around the Abbey and across the UK.
The Réveil, the national anthem and a lament sung by the Queen’s bagpiper will conclude the state funeral around noon.
Representatives of foreign heads of state and government will then attend a reception hosted by British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly at Church House, the seat of the Church of England, next to Westminster Abbey.
The Queen’s coffin will be paraded through the capital to Hyde Park Corner, to the sound of the bells of Big Ben, where it will be loaded into a hearse and driven to Windsor, a city in south-east England, some 30km from London.
Religious ceremony and b*rial in Windsor
From 3 p.m., a new procession, preceded by members of the Royal Cavalry, will cross the ‘Long walk‘ leading to Windsor Castle, the famous residence of the British Royal Family. The royal family will then join the procession to St. George’s Chapel.
Some 800 guests, including the Queen’s personal staff, will attend the service, led by Dean of Windsor David Conner.
Finally, at 7:30 p.m., the Queen will be laid to rest in a private funeral service attended by the King and members of the Royal Family.
Queen Elizabeth II will be buried with her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in the King George VI Memorial Chapel.
This article has been translated from the original in French.
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