Queen’s funeral: State procession will see Elizabeth II in service at Westminster Abbey – latest updates | Queen Elizabeth II

A woman and her younger female companion became the last to join the lineup to see the Queen lying in state when a steward handed her a wristband.

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“You are the last person in the queue,” he told her, according to footage shown on Sky News on Sunday night.

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The woman said “Bless you” and received a round of applause from stewards and other people waiting as she filed through the cordon to take her place.

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Her relief was mirrired by groans from those just behind her who were turned away.

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“I’m absolutely gutted,” said one disappointed mourner.

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Here is a guide to today’s events. All times are BST.

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6.30am – The Queen’s lying-in-state will end

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The lying-in-state, in which the Queen’s closed coffin has been on view to the public at Westminster Hall since Wednesday, will come to an end.

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8am – Westminster Abbey opens

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Westminster Abbey will open to the congregation attending the Queen’s funeral. The funeral, which will be one of the largest gathering of heads of states and royalty the UK has hosted in decades, will include European royal families and world leaders.

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10.30am – Queen’s coffin carried to the Abbey

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The coffin will be carried by the gun carriage from Westminster Hall to the Abbey, being towed by 142 sailors from the Royal Navy. King Charles III, joined by royal family members as well as members of the royal household, will follow the coffin.

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10.52am – Procession arrives at Westminster Abbey

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The procession will arrive at the West Gate of Westminster Abbey, and the bearer party, which is made up by members of the Queen’s guard, will carry the coffin from the gun carriage.

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11am – Service begins

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The service, which will be led by the dean of Westminster, Dr David Hoyle, will begin. The sermon will be delivered by the archbishop of Canterbury.

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11.55am The last post

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The last post will be played, and will be followed by a two-minute silence.

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Noon – State funeral service ends

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The national anthem will be played, bringing the state funeral service to a close. The coffin will then be carried to the state gun carriage.

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12:15pm – Coffin procession to Wellington Arch

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The procession, led by the King, will be made up of several groups, with each accompanied by a service band. These groups include representatives from the NHS, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as detachments from the Armed Forces of the Commonwealth. Guns will be fired every minute in Hyde Park by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, while Big Ben will toll every minute as the procession makes its way through the streets.

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1pm – Coffin placed in the state hearse

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The procession will arrive at Wellington Arch, and the bearer party will transfer the coffin to the hearse before the car leaves for Windsor. There will also be a royal salute, and the national anthem will be played.

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3.06pm – Arrival at Windsor

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The hearse will arrive in Windsor and join a procession up Long Walk to Windsor Castle. It will be joined by the King and members of the royal family before moving to St George’s Chapel for the committal service.

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4pm – Committal service begins

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The committal service begins in St George’s Chapel attended by around 800 people, including the King, the royal family, Commonwealth leaders, governors-general and mourners from the Queen’s household past and present, including personal staff from across her private estates. It will be conducted by the dean of Windsor with a blessing by the archbishop of Canterbury. The Queen’s coffin will then be lowered into the royal vault.

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7.30pm – Private burial service

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A private service conducted by the Dean of Windsor, attended just by the King and the royal family. The Queen’s coffin will be laid to rest at St George’s chapel, alongside Prince Phillip and her parents, King George VI and the Queen Mother.

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After 10 days of official mourning, the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II takes place in London today.

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It will be a day of ceremony and tradition – as well as one of the largest gatherings of heads of state and other world leaders witnessed in years.

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The last of those queueing to see the Queen lying in state in Westminster Hall will pass by the catafalque at 6.30am BST. That will bring to an end days that saw queues of up to 5 miles (8km) winding along the Thames as members of the public came to pay their respects.

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This live blog will cover all the events of the day. Here is how some other Guardian readers are planning to spend it:

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main events

The Queen’s death has sparked a host of strange traditions and celebrations that have not been heard or seen since the death of her father, George VI, in 1952.

Among the more unusual protocols will appear at the commissioning service which will take place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at 4pm on Monday, after the Queen’s coffin has been moved there when the actual funeral service concludes at Westminster Abbey.

Windsor Castle, with St George's Chapel on the far left.
Windsor Castle, with St George’s Chapel on the far left. Photo: Gregorio Borgia/The Associated Press

This involves the charge “crown jewelry” The imperial crown is removed from the sarcophagus to symbolically separate the queen from her crown. It also has an extension room lordBaron Parker, the former head of MI5, broke the ‘stick of office’ and placed it on the coffin, signifying the end of his service to the Queen.

Palestinian Authority media reports:

During the referral service, which will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, Crown of the Imperial State, the orb and scepter will be lifted from the Queen’s coffin by the jeweler of the crown, separating the Queen from her crown for the last time, PA media reports.

With the help of the Bargemaster and Serjeant of Arms, the Crown Jewels will be passed to the Dean, who will place them on the high altar.

At the end of the last chant, the King will come forward and place the Queen’s Company camp color of the Grenadier Guard – a smaller version of the Royal Standard for a regiment – on the coffin.

The Grenadier Guards are the oldest of the infantry guard regiments and the Queen was their senior colonel.

Only one royal standard was introduced to the regiment during the reign of the king, and it served as the color of the queen’s company throughout her life.

Meanwhile, former MI5 chief Baron Parker – Lord Chamberlain and the late Queen’s most senior royal official – will “break” his desk wand and place it on the coffin.

The breaking of the ceremonial white cane marks the end of his service to the Queen as Sovereign.

When the coffin is lowered into the royal vault, the brigadier will say a psalm and tribute before the Garter King of Arms pronounces the Queen’s many styles and titles.

last in line

A woman and her younger companion became the last to join the line-up to see the Queen lying down when a hostess handed her her wrist.

He told her, “You are the last person in the waiting list,” According to the footage shown on Sky News Sunday night.

“God bless you,” the woman said and received a round of applause from the hosts and other people who were waiting as she stepped through the garland to take her place.

Barriers to control the queue were erected near the Tower Bridge after the last mourners had passed.
Barriers to control the queue were erected near the Tower Bridge after the last mourners had passed. Photograph: Nariman El-Mofty/Associated Press

Her relief was reflected in the groans of those directly behind her.

“I am very disappointed,” said one mourner in disappointment.

With the queue to see the Queen’s coffin lying in state now closed, final mourners will advance through Westminster Hall in less than two hours from now.

The Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports said after 10:30 p.m. Sunday that the last people on the waiting list had been accepted.

Mourners line the South Bank of the Thames as they wait to pay their respects at Westminster Hall on Sunday night.
Mourners line the South Bank of the Thames as they wait to pay their respects at Westminster Hall on Sunday night. Photo: Jack Dredd/Rex/Shutterstock
The queue for Westminster Hall as seen from the window of the Deanery of Southwark Cathedral.
The queue for Westminster Hall as seen from the window of the Deanery of Southwark Cathedral. Photo: Jill Meade/The Guardian
Mourners wait in line to offer their final greetings to the Queen on Sunday evening.
Mourners wait in line to offer their final greetings to the Queen on Sunday evening. Photo: Jack Dredd/Rex/Shutterstock

The ministry said, “The waiting list to attend Her Majesty the False Queen in the country is in its final capacity and is now closed to new arrivals.”

Please do not attempt to join the waiting list. Hosts will manage those already close.
thanks for understanding.”

What will happen today?

Here is a guide to today’s events. All times are GMT.

6.30 a.m. – The Queen’s lie will end

The period of lying in state will come to an end, as the Queen’s sealed casket has been on public display in Westminster Hall since Wednesday.

8 a.m. – Westminster Abbey opens

Westminster Abbey will open its doors to worshipers who will attend the Queen’s funeral. The funeral, which will be one of the largest gathering of heads of state and royals the UK has hosted in decades, will feature European royals and world leaders.

10:30 AM – The Queen’s coffin is taken to the monastery

The coffin will be carried by rifle wagon from Westminster Hall to the Abbey, where it is towed by 142 sailors from the Royal Navy. King Charles IIIwith members of the royal family as well as members of the royal family, the coffin will follow.

10.52 am – Procession arrives at Westminster Abbey

The procession will arrive at the West Gate of Westminster Abbey, and the stand, made up of members of the Queen’s Guard, will carry the sarcophagus from the carriage of Venice.

11 am – service begins

The service, which will be led by the Dean of Westminster, Dr David Hoyle, will begin. The sermon will be delivered by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

11.55 am last post

The last post will be played, followed by two minutes of silence.

Noon – State funeral service ends

The national anthem will be played to conclude the official funeral ceremonies. The coffin is then transferred to the government artillery vehicle.

12:15 p.m. – Coffin procession to Wellington Arch

The procession, led by the king, will consist of several groups, each accompanied by a service band. These groups include representatives from the NHS, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as detachments from the Commonwealth Armed Forces. Guns will be fired every minute in Hyde Park by King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, while Big Ben’s clock will kill every minute as the motorcade makes its way through the streets.

1 p.m. – coffin laid at state funeral

The procession will arrive at Wellington Arch, and the carrier will transport the coffin to the chair before the car leaves for Windsor. There will be a royal salute, and the national anthem will be played.

3.06 PM – Arrival in Windsor

Heaven will arrive in Windsor and join a long procession up to Windsor Castle. She will be joined by the King and members of the royal family before moving to St George’s Chapel for the commissioning service.

4 PM – Transfer service begins

The commissioning service begins at St George’s Chapel with around 800 attendees, including the King, Royal Family, Commonwealth leaders, Governors General and mourners from the Queen’s family past and present, including personal staff from across her private estates. It will be administered by the Dean of Windsor with the blessing of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The queen’s coffin is then lowered into the royal vault.

7.30 pm – Private burial service

A special service performed by the Dean of Windsor in the presence of the King and the Royal Family only. The Queen’s coffin will be placed in St George’s Chapel, along with Prince Philip and her parents King George VI and the Queen Mother.

Opening Summary

After 10 days of official mourning, a funeral Queen Elizabeth II It takes place in London today.

It will be a day of celebration and tradition – as well as one of the largest gatherings of heads of state and other world leaders he has seen in years.

The last of those lining up to see the Queen will pass by at Westminster Hall by the Catalanco at 6.30am BST. This would bring an end to the days that saw queues up to 5 miles (8 kilometres) meandering along the Thames as members of the public came to pay their respects.

This live blog will cover all the events of the day. Here’s how some other Guardian readers plan to spend it:

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