Royal Funeral in London – A Queen’s Last Walk – News

Great emotions, royal splendor, many ceremonies – the death of Queen Elizabeth II resulted in an event lasting several days, which culminated on September 19 with the state funeral. The day has been declared a national holiday in the United Kingdom. But what will this look like? Here are the main points.

When does the state funeral begin?

The celebrations will start at 11:44 am (CEST). After four days in Westminster Hall, the coffin is taken in a short procession to Westminster Abbey. It was here that Elizabeth married Prince Philip 75 years earlier and was crowned Queen in 1953. The State Funeral begins at 12pm, presided over by the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

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Who participates?

In addition to the royal family, 2,000 guests from all over the world are expected. In addition to Federal President Ignazio Cassis, almost all European heads of government and members of royal families are coming. Kings and queens from Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Japan have confirmed their presence.

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There will be heads of state from across the Commonwealth – such as Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Canada’s Justin Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern from New Zealand – and from countries closely linked to the British Empire, such as US President or Indian President Droupadi Murmu.

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Not all countries have received an invitation from Buckingham Palace. Representatives from Afghanistan, Belarus, Burma, Russia, Syria and Venezuela are undesirable.

What’s next?

After the funeral service, the “Last Post” horn will sound at 12:55 p.m., and there will be two minutes of silence nationwide. At 1 p.m. the national anthem is sung and at around 1:15 p.m. a procession to Wellington Arch starts.

The Queen’s coffin is pulled by marines on a gun carriage of the Royal Navy. The Queen’s four children follow the coffin on foot. Big Ben bangs throughout the procession and a gun salute is fired in Hyde Park.

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Sailors have been pulling the “state gun carriage” at every state funeral since 1901. The tradition goes back to Queen Victoria, whose coffin almost fell over when the horses were startled during the procession.

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Around 2 p.m., arriving at Wellington Arch, the coffin is moved to a hearse.

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The “state hearse” takes him to St. George’s Chapel, the chapel of Windsor Castle.

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The funeral service will be held here at 5:00 p.m. In addition to the Royal Family and members of the royal household, only heads of government whose head of state was Elizabeth II will take part. The private funeral will take place at 8:30 p.m.

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The Queen wanted a hearse where the coffin would be clearly visible to the public. She designed the “state hearse” in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover.

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Where is the Queen buried?

Queen Elizabeth II is buried next to her father in the royal crypt beneath St. George’s Chapel. Prince Philip’s coffin will then be moved to her side. For reasons of protocol, he was not allowed to be buried here before the monarch.

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It is traditional at royal funerals to lower the coffin into the royal tomb through an opening in the floor of St George’s Chapel. Elizabeth II will be buried here alongside her parents.

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Where can you watch the celebrations?

The great funeral procession will lead along the boulevard “The Mall” past Buckingham Palace. Here, as well as along “The Long Walk” in Windsor, hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to pay their last respects to the monarch. In addition, large screens are to be set up in the royal parks to show the broadcast of the service and other events.

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You can follow the state funeral and the subsequent coffin procession through London from 10 a.m. in a G&G special on SRF 1 or in the live stream on srf.ch/news/queen.

The funeral will be televised worldwide. With an estimated 4.1 billion viewers, more than half the world’s population, experts expect the memorial service to become the most watched televised broadcast in history.

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