Queen Elizabeth II Is Being Laid to Rest at a State Funeral. Here’s What to Know

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The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II is taking place in the United Kingdom.

It is an emotional day for the British public as they bid a final farewell to their beloved monarch, who died on Sept. 8 at the age of 96. The country has come to a standstill, with businesses and schools closed.

The funeral service is being held at Westminster Abbey—the Gothic church in central London where the Queen was crowned in 1953. Afterward, the Queen is to be interred at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor—a historic town some 26 miles (42 kilometers) from London that is the location of Windsor Castle, one of the royal residences.
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You can watch the funeral being live streamed on time.com. Here’s what to know about the proceedings.

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Gareth Cattermole/Getty ImagesA general view inside Westminster Abbey ahead of the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England.

Who is attending the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II?

The prominent mourners are naturally the Queen’s eldest son and successor, King Charles III, along with the Queen Consort, Charles’ two brothers, Princes Edward and Andrew, and his sister Princess Anne. Eight grandchildren are attending—among them Charles’ sons Prince William and Prince Harry and their respective wives, Catherine the Princess of Wales, and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Many other close relatives are among the mourners.

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Many other royals—from Europe and further afield—are prominent among the more than 2,000 people attending the Westminster Abbey service. They include Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde and King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands’ are in attendance, alongside Denmark’s Queen Margarethe II and King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway.

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are attending, as are Jordan’s King Abdullah, Malaysia’s Yang di-Pertuan Agong (the Sultan Abdullah of Pahang), and Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk.

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DANNY LAWSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Guests take their seats inside Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, for the State Funeral Service for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

Among political leaders at the funeral are the current and several former British prime ministers. The U.S. is being represented by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. China’s Vice President Wang Qishan is attending, as is Indian President Droupadi Murmu.

South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol is attending, as are Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand, and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia, among others.

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Invitations were reportedly not extended to the leaders of Russia and Belarus, on account of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine. The junta in Myanmar, which seized power in a 2021 coup, has also not been invited to send a representative.

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OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images U.S. President Joe Biden arrives at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, for the State Funeral Service for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II

The significance of Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the funeral

The youngest generation of British royals are among the mourners who will have a highly visible place at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7, are attending the state funeral—a nod to their enormous significance in the royal family, despite their age.

They are the children of Prince William—the heir apparent to the throne—and Catherine Princess of Wales, and the great-grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II. Prince Louis, 4, however, is not attending.

With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George is second in line to the throne, while Princess Charlotte is third.

The youngest royal siblings, however, are expected to be absent at the committal service later in the afternoon at Windsor Castle.

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Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Catherine, Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales and Prince George of Wales arrive at Westminster Abbey for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England.

Where is the Queen being buried?

Queen Elizabeth is being interred at the late medieval St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where ten other monarchs lie buried.

The royal vault at the chapel is the final resting place of several members of the British royal family, but the Queen is being interred at an annex known as the King George VI Memorial Chapel. This addition was unveiled at her request in 1969 as a final resting place for her father, whose remains were moved to it from the royal vault.

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Queen Elizabeth II is to be buried there alongside her father, mother, sister and husband Prince Philip. His remains will be transferred from the royal vault, where they have been held since his death in April.

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JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images People gather in Hyde Park where the State Funeral Service of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will be shown on a large screen in London on September 19, 2022.

What is the order of ceremony for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral?

A detailed schedule is available here.

In brief, the Queen’s coffin is being taken in a solemn procession from Westminster Hall, where the Queen has been lying in state, to Westminster Abbey for a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. local time (6:00 a.m. ET). The 55-minute service is officiated by the Dean of Westminster David Hoyle. U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss, whose meeting with the Queen was the monarch’s last official engagement, is to give a reading.

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A two-minute silence across the U.K. marks the end of the service, along with a reveille, the national anthem, and a royal piper playing a lament.

A gun-carriage takes the coffin throughout the streets of London, arriving at Wellington Arch, Hyde Park, at 1:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m. ET). From there, a hearse brings the coffin to Windsor for internment.

Over 800 mourners are to attend the committal service, followed by a private burial at the King George VI Memorial Chapel at 7:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. ET).

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