A minute-by-minute guide to her state funeral on Monday

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was moved in procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday, where it will lie until the day of her funeral.

Britain’s longest serving monarch will be honoured with a full state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19, featuring every element of pomp with personal touches from her late Majesty.

Here is everything we know about what will happen – and when – over the next few days.

Today

The King and Queen meet members of the emergency services and attend a lunch for Commonwealth Governors General.

This evening, eight grandchildren – the Prince of Wales, Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn – will form a own silent guard at the Queen’s coffin in Westminister Hall for around 15 minutes.

Sunday

Evening

The King and Queen Consort host heads of state and official overseas visitors in a state reception at Buckingham Palace.

Monday

6.30am

Lying in state ends as doors of Westminster Hall are closed to the public. 

8am

Westminster Abbey opens for members of the congregation to start taking their seats.

10.35am

Bearer party of Queen’s Company, 1st Bn Grenadier Guards lifts the coffin from the catafalque and places it on a state gun carriage first used for funeral of Queen Victoria.

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