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The Queen’s funeral: what are the plans?

On Monday, 19 September, the Queen’s state funeral will be held, the first for more than 50 years.

She will then be buried next to her husband Prince Philip in a private family ceremony later that evening, Buckingham Palace revealed.

So what are the plans and timings for what is set to be a historic day?

The Queen’s state funeral

The day will begin shortly after 10:30am, as the Queen’s coffin will be carried from Westminster Hall to Westminster Palace.

It will be a military procession, with the state gun carriage of the Royal Navy carrying the coffin.

The procession, which will see the King and senior members of the royal family follow behind, will leave at 10:44 and arrive at Westminster Abbey at 10:52.

The Queen’s state funeral will begin at 11am, with the congregation able to take their seats from 8am.

The service will last approximately one hour, with the service culminating in a two-minute silence, a trumpet call, the national anthem and a lament from the Queen’s Piper.

Shortly after noon, following the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will then be taken on another procession, this time to Wellington Arch.

This procession, as with Wednesday’s, will see the King and the rest of the Queen’s children, as well as Princes William and Harry, walk behind the gun carriage.

The route will be back through Parliament Square, down past Whitehall and up along the Mall, before reaching the arch.

Once there, the coffin will be transferred to the state hearse, which will take Her Majesty on to her final destination: Windsor Castle.

Private ceremonies

At 4pm, a committal service will take place in St George’s Chapel and is expected to last about 45 minutes.

The service, which will be attended by around 800 people, including members of the Queen’s household and Windsor estate staff, will see the Queen’s coffin lowered into the Royal Vault – the royal burial chamber.

The Queen will then finally be laid to rest at the King George VI memorial chapel alongside the Duke of Edinburgh during a private burial ceremony at 7:30pm.

The burial ceremony is expected to only be attended by members of the royal family.

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