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Queen Elizabeth’s funeral: What to expect and a timeline of Monday’s proceedings

Queen Elizabeth II will finally be laid to rest on Monday – a funeral that has been carefully planned for decades and is expected to be the most-watched live event in TV history.

After 10 days of tributes and ceremonies, King Charles III and his royal family will lead a final, all-day, pomp-filled sendoff that will include three somber ceremonies and an equal number of processions to his flag-covered coffin.

Here, The Post gives a comprehensive guide to the expected events marking the final day of “Operation London Bridge”.

The End of Lying in the Kingdom (1:30AM EST)

At 6:30 a.m. UK time (1:30 a.m. in New York) the doors of Westminster Hall will finally close, officially ending his state stay.

Just before that, the last group of thousands of well-wishers, who have stood in line for 14 hours, will be allowed to pay tribute to the Queen in her coffin draped with the royal standard.

By 8 a.m. – three hours before the service begins – the doors of Westminster Abbey will be opened to allow guests, including world leaders such as President Biden and his first lady.

Procession Begins (5:35 a.m. EST)

After 10:35 a.m. local time (5:35 a.m. in New York), a carrier party of The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards—the royal-protection unit known for its distinctive high-end furry hats—comes to the Queen. Will pick up the coffin from the coffin where it has been in the state.

The Coffin Of Queen Elizabeth Ii.
At 6:30 a.m. UK time, the doors of Westminster Hall will be closed, officially ending Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
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They would carry her coffin in the Royal Navy’s state cannon carriage – which was first removed from active service in 1901 for Queen Victoria’s funeral. It was also used for the funerals of King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI, Winston Churchill and Lord Louis Mountbatten.

The procession will begin at 10:44 a.m. local time – at 5:44 a.m. in New York – the new King Charles III and other senior royals will walk right past the late Queen’s coffin.

It will be led largely by pipes and drums from Scottish and Irish regiments, a brigade of Gurkhas and a Royal Air Force band.

Police Officers Patrol As The Public Gathers Outside Buckingham Palace.
Police officers patrol as the public gathers outside Buckingham Palace.
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The Royal Navy and Royal Marines will be among those passing the Guard of Honor and the Royal Marine Band along the procession route to Westminster Abbey in Parliament Square.

Exactly eight minutes later, the procession is due to arrive at Westminster Abbey, where the Queen also married Prince Philip in 1947 and was officially coronated in 1953. The carrier party would then lift the coffin from the State Gun Carriage to the abbey.

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Ceremony (6 a.m. EST)

The funeral is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. local time (6 a.m. in New York) to an abbey full of world leaders and dignitaries, as well as 200 citizens invited for their “extraordinary contribution” to British life.

The Flag-Hoisting Coffin Of Queen Elizabeth Ii Lies In The State On The Cathedral At Westminster Hall.
The flag-hoisting coffin of Queen Elizabeth II lies in the state on the cathedral at Westminster Hall.
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Members Of The Public Pay Their Respects As They Pass The Coffin Of Queen Elizabeth Ii.
The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards will lift the Queen’s coffin from the catacombs.
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The service will be led by Dean of Westminster David Hoyle, with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, giving sermons and praise.

New Prime Minister Liz Truss – the last person to be photographed with the Queen – will be one of the speakers. The Archbishop of York, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Moderators of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Free Church Moderators will also all pray.

Last post and two minutes silence

The end of the hour-long service will be marked by a traditional last post, followed by a national two-minute silence at approximately 11:55 a.m. local time (just before 7 a.m. in New York).

Queen’s Piper will end the funeral with lamentations and the national anthem in the afternoon (7 a.m. in New York).

The carrier party would then carry the coffin in the same gun carriage, followed by King Charles, Queen Consort Camilla and other senior royal relatives.

President Joe Biden And First Lady Jill Biden Pay Their Respects While Viewing The Coffin Of Queen Elizabeth Ii.
President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay tribute while viewing the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II.
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Windsor Castle Is Reflected On A Portrait Of Queen Elizabeth On September 18, 2022.
Windsor Castle is reflected on a portrait of Queen Elizabeth on September 18, 2022.
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Procession to Wellington Arch

The king would then lead his family in following the coffin in a second procession, this time to Wellington Arch, which was completed in 1830 as the original entrance to Buckingham Palace.

However, the Queen wife will instead walk in one car with Kate Middleton, the new Princess of Wales, and then Meghan Markle will be in another with Prince Edward’s wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

The procession – expected to take about an hour – will again be waved by military members, with others en route, some firing gun salutes.

The King’s Guard will emerge in the courtyard of Buckingham Palace and give the royal salute as the coffin of the Queen Victoria Memorial passes through.

At Wellington Arch, the coffin will be moved to the state mortuary prepared for the final visit of the Queen’s beloved to Windsor. His grieving relatives will follow him by car.

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Procession in Windsor (10:10 a.m. EST)

The chariot is expected to reach Windsor shortly after 3 p.m. local time (10 p.m. in New York) to prepare for the third procession.

In addition to his family, King Charles would attend her and her late mother’s homes, military members would again join the route and create a guard of honor for the procession.

At 3:53 p.m. local time – just before 11 a.m. in New York – the chariot will stop at the western steps of St. George’s Chapel in Horseshoe Cloister. The carrier party will then raise its coffin for committed service.

Dignitaries Arrive To Pay Their Respects To Queen Elizabeth As She Stays In The Kingdom.
Dignitaries arrive to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth as she stays in the kingdom.
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People Paying Tribute To Queen Elizabeth Ii At Buckingham Palace Try To Catch A Glimpse Of The Dignitaries Arriving To Meet King Charles On September 18.
People paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace try to catch a glimpse of the dignitaries arriving to meet King Charles on September 18.
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Committed Service (11 a.m. EST)

As well as the royals, guests at the service have included past UK prime ministers as well as past and present members of the late Queen’s household. Most may not have been in the earlier London service.

Before the final psalm, the deceased queen’s crown and orb and scepter will be removed from her coffin and placed on the altar.

The Lord Chamberlain Lord Andrew Parker – the most senior official in the royal family – would then formally “break” his “office wand” and lay it on the coffin.

Members Of The Public Queue Behind The Palace Of Westminster On The Banks Of The River Thames.
Members of the public, draped in the Union Jack flag, wait in line to view Queen Elizabeth’s coffin.
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The Dean of Windsor, David Conner, will then say the final hymn and praise as the Queen’s coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault.

The Sovereign’s Piper will play a lament, going slowly so that the music gradually fades.

The Archbishop of Canterbury would then pronounce the blessing, the service ending with the singing of “God save the king”.

It marks the end of public ceremonial events as the king and his royal relatives depart.

Private Burial (2:30 p.m. EST)

The service and burial at the King George VI Memorial Chapel “will be completely private, as it is a deeply personal occasion,” said a spokesman for the king.

King and his family will be together for a service operated by the Dean of Windsor at 7:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. in New York).

The nearly 1,000-year-old Gothic chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle is named after her father, who died of cancer in 1952 while his daughter and heir to the throne was just 25 years old.

It also contains the remains of the ashes of King George’s wife, Queen Mother Elizabeth, and their younger daughter, Princess Margaret.

The palace said she would eventually be buried with the Queen’s husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, who died last year before his 100th birthday.

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