The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, the first in the United Kingdom since that of Winston Churchill in 1965, follows a meticulously prepared course. Here is the program, in Luxembourg hours.
-7:30 a.m. (05:30 GMT): The coffin viewing ends at Westminster Hall, which closes to the public, for its transfer to nearby Westminster Abbey.
-9:00 a.m.: Doors open at Westminster Abbey.
-11:35 a.m.: the coffin is carried from the catafalque, the imposing platform where it rested, to the gun carriage which will be waiting in front of the north door of Westminster Hall.
-11:44 a.m.: The Royal Navy gun carriage sets out for a short procession to Westminster Abbey, hauled by 142 sailors.
-11:52 a.m.: The coffin arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey, followed on foot by the Queen’s eldest son and heir, King Charles III and other members of the Royal Family. The coffin is carried from the gun carriage inside the building.
-12:00 p.m.: The state funeral begins, conducted by the Dean of Westminster David Hoyle. The sermon will be delivered by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the Anglican Church of which the British sovereign is the formal head.
-12.55pm (approx): The bugle sounds, followed by two minutes of silence across the UK.
-1:00 p.m. (approximately): the ceremony ends with the national anthem and a musical lamentation.
-1.15pm: The coffin is pulled from the gun carriage towards Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, near Buckingham Palace, followed by the Royal Family and a procession, to the sound of Big Ben and cannon shots.
-2:00 p.m. (approx): The coffin arrives at Wellington Arch, then placed in the royal hearse to depart for Windsor.
-4:06 p.m.: the hearse arrives at Windsor and sets off on « the Long Walk », an impressive straight alley of more than 4 kilometers which leads to Windsor Castle.
-4.40pm (approx): The King and senior members of the Royal Family join the procession on foot from the Quadrangle, the Great Court of Windsor Castle, before the procession stops at the Chapel at 4.53pm.
-5:00 p.m.: the funeral ceremony begins at the Saint-Georges chapel in the presence of members of the royal family and the 15 Prime Ministers of the kingdoms who have exercised with the British sovereign as head of state. About 45 minutes later, the coffin descends into the royal crypt.
-8:30 p.m.: a private burial ceremony is held at the King George VI Memorial in St. George’s Chapel. The Queen rests alongside her husband Prince Philip.