Queen Elizabeth II will be buried next to the Duke of Edinburgh in Windsor in a private ceremony attended by her family on Monday after her state funeral at Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace has said.
The Queen will be laid to rest in the King George VI Memorial Chapel during a service at 7.30pm.
Her state funeral, attended by more than 2,000 official guests including the heads of state of many nations, will conclude with the final post, a two-minute silence and a dirge played by the Queen’s personal piper.
Before the state funeral, her coffin will be transported to Westminster Abbey on the state hearse.
After the service, there will be a long procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, with King Charles leading members of the royal family walking behind the gun carriage.
Her coffin will then be transferred to the state hearse, and travel by car to Windsor. The obligatory service, attended by 800 people, will be held in St George’s Chapel. Later in the evening, her family will attend a private funeral service.
There were unconfirmed reports that the Duke of Sussex would be allowed to wear uniform at a lie-in-state vigil by the Queen’s grandson on Saturday night.
The Daily Mirror reported that the Queen’s eight grandchildren, including the Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, would set up a 15-minute vigil inside Westminster Hall.
The Duke of York, as a non-working royal, has been given permission to wear a uniform for the vigil by the Queen’s children on Saturday. But Harry, also as a non-working royal, had previously been expected to wear a morning dress during the funeral’s ceremonial events.
A royal source told the Mirror: “Common sense has prevailed. It was a ridiculous situation as the Duke of Sussex has served his country and is a highly respected member of the armed forces with all he has done for veterans.”
Buckingham Palace did not immediately confirm the reports.
During the state funeral – to be presided over by the Dean of Westminster – the Prime Minister, Liz Truss, and Patricia Scotland, as the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, will read lessons, while the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will deliver the homily. .
At the end of the service, the last post will be heard, followed by two minutes of silence. Reveille, the national anthem and a dirge played by the Queen’s pipes will conclude the service at around
The casket, draped in the Royal Standard, and topped with the instruments of state – the Imperial State Crown, Orb and Scepter – currently lies in state in Westminster Hall, with a continuous guard by the Household Department and sovereign bodyguards.
Her four children will set up their own vigil at 7.30pm on Friday, while the King, Princess Royal, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex stand in silence at the four corners of the catafalque. All will be in uniform, with Andrew, as a non-working royal, allowed to wear uniform only for this solemn occasion.
After the state funeral, the coffin will be taken in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, where it will be transferred to the state hearse and travel to Windsor by car.
In Windsor, during the committal services at St George’s Chapel, the Imperial State Crown, Orb and Scepter will be removed from the casket by the Crown Jeweler and, together with the barge and officers of arms, given to the Dean of Windsor, who will place them on the altar. They will later be taken to the Tower of London.
At the end of the last hymn, the King will place the Queen’s company clay color of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin. The Grenadier Guards are the most senior of the Foot Guard regiments, and the Queen was their Colonel-in-Chief.
At the same time, the chamberlain will “break” his official staff and place it on the coffin. As the coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault, the Dean of Windsor will say a hymn and the eulogy before the King of Arms pronounces the styles and titles of the Queen.
The sovereign’s piper will play a dirge from the doorway between the chapel and the provost’s cloister.
At 7.30pm, a private funeral service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, attended by the King and members of the Royal Family. The Queen will be buried with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the King George VI Memorial Chapel.
The Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk, who is in charge of the funeral, said the task was “humbling and terrifying” and that the state funeral would be a “fitting tribute to an extraordinary reign”.
“Of course these events are taking place against an outpouring of grief, affection and gratitude from people in the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world – all united in paying tribute to the Queen’s life of dedicated service,” he said.
“As well as remembering the incredible reign of Elizabeth II, our monarch, and being full of hope for the start of the new reign of King Charles III, let us be proud of how our country has come together in recognition of her remarkable legacy; solemnly, respectfully and with such devotion.
“The events of the past few days are a reminder of the strength of our Constitution, a system of government that is in so many ways the envy of the world.”
The king and the royal family expressed their “sincere gratitude” for the messages of condolence received from around the world. Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Royal Family has been deeply moved by the global response and affection shown for the Queen as people join them in mourning the loss of Her Majesty.”
State funeral and service
10.35is The procession from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey will begin at 10.35am on Monday, when a pallbearer party will place it on the state gun carriage of the Royal Navy, previously used for the funerals of King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI. , Sir Winston Churchill and Lord Mountbatten. As is traditional, 142 Royal Navy classifications will be drawn.
10.44 The procession will set off led by the massed pipes and drums of the Scottish and Irish Regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas and the Royal Air Force, a total of 200 musicians. Immediately behind will walk the King’s Heralds and Pursuers of Arms along with officers and senior members of the Queen’s household. Immediately following the coffin will be the king and members of the royal family.
10.52 The procession will arrive at the West Gate of Westminster Abbey, where the pallbearers will lift the casket from the State Armory and carry it into the Abbey for the State Funeral Service.
The congregation begins to take its place from Representatives of heads of state and foreign governments, including foreign royal families, governors-general and prime ministers of the realm will first gather at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, and travel under collective arrangements to Westminster Abbey.
After the state funeral, the coffin will be followed by the Queen’s children, led by the King, as well as the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex in the procession to Wellington Arch.
The route, through Parliament Square, the Mall and Constitution Hill, will be flanked by members of the armed forces. Minute guns will be fired in Hyde Park by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and Big Ben will toll throughout the procession, which will last an hour.
At Wellington Arch the casket will be transferred to the state hearse to begin its journey to Windsor.
As the hearse departs, the parade will give a royal salute and the national anthem will be played. The King and Queen, Prince and Princess of Wales and members of the Royal Family travel to Windsor by car.