Buckingham Palace announces details of Queen’s funeral service

King Charles III will be joined by Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward around the coffin, which is currently in the state of Westminster Hall in London.

The palace also revealed the king will host a reception for visiting heads of state at Buckingham Palace on Sunday, ahead of the state funeral.

The Queen died a week ago aged 96 at her country home at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

The palace outlined what to expect at Monday’s ceremonies for the late monarch during a Thursday briefing.

The procession to Westminster Abbey

On the day of the funeral at approximately 10:35 a.m. (5:35 a.m. ET), the coffin will be lifted from the catafalque where it rests by a group of pallbearers funded by the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, and carried in a procession from the hall to the State Gun Royal Navy carriage, a senior palace official said.

The gun carriage has also been used for the funerals of previous monarchs including those of King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI. It was also used for the funerals of the Queen’s first Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and his cousin, Lord Louis Mountbatten.

In keeping with previous tradition, the gun carriage will depart at 10:44 a.m. (5:44 a.m. ET) and will be fired by 142 Royal Naval Ratings, who are service personnel, according to the senior palace official.

It will then make the short journey from New Palace Yard to Westminster Abbey, which will be flanked by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. The procession will be led by a pipe and drum band from the Scottish and Irish Regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas and the Royal Air Force with musicians numbering 200 in total.

The King, members of the Royal Family and members of both families of the Monarch and Prince of Wales will follow directly behind the coffin.

For the journey, the coffin will be flanked by the party of pallbearers, founded pallbearers from the service of squires to the Queen, in addition to detachments of the King’s Bodyguards from the Honorable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, the Yeomen of the Guard and of the Royal Company. of Archers.

The service will be led by the Reverend David Hoyle, the Dean of Westminster at Westminster Abbey, from 11 a.m. (6 a.m. ET).

British Prime Minister Liz Truss and Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary General, will give lessons. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will deliver a sermon.

Towards the end of the service, around 11:55 a.m. (6:55 a.m. ET), the last bell will ring before the two-minute silence is observed.

The state funeral will be concluded by the Queen’s Piper, who at noon (7 a.m. ET) will play a revival, the national anthem and a lament.

This is a developing story – more to come


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