Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: Ceremony will start soon – Prince George and Princess Charlotte will also be there

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will take place on Monday (September 19). The ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey. The news ticker for the Queen’s funeral.

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Update from September 19, 6:20 a.m.: The big day has come: Queen Elizabeth II is buried today. Nothing is left to chance at today’s ceremony – the Queen herself planned her funeral. At 7:30 a.m., the doors of Westminster Hall will be closed, marking the end of the four-day coffin laying in state.

The ceremony begins at 11:44 a.m. The coffin is carried to nearby Westminster Abbey by a gun carriage pulled by 98 marines. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be present as Germany’s representative. Finally, on Monday evening, the Queen will be buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The church is the seat of the traditional Order of the Garter, the burial place of English monarchs and the scene of numerous royal weddings and baptisms.

Prince George (9) and Princess Charlotte (7) will attend the funeral service for their great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II this Monday. This emerges from the program of the service in Westminster Abbey, which was published on Sunday evening. Accordingly, the two older children of Prince William and Princess Kate (40) join the procession behind the coffin inside the church. Around 2,000 guests, including heads of state and government and crowned heads from all over the world, are expected to attend the funeral service as part of the state funeral.

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First report from September 18th: London – Since Wednesday (September 14th) the coffin of the queen laid out in Westminster Hall in the London Parliament. Thousands of Londoners have already come to pay their last respects to Elizabeth II. This will be possible for the last time on Monday morning, because the big state funeral will take place around noon. State guests from all over the world are expected. The funeral will be broadcast on screens and in cinemas across the country.

The state funeral is considered one of the biggest international events that the British capital and the British royal family have experienced in recent decades. In advance there was already speculation about the guests of the ceremony. It has not yet been decided whether the second in line to the throne, Prince George, will take part. Megan and Harryfor whom there will be an exception to the uniform rule, are expected alongside the other members of the Royals in any case.

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Queen Elizabeth II loved dogs: a royal photo series

Queen Elizabeth II discovered her love for dogs from an early age.  Her heart beats above all for the Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
Queen Elizabeth II discovered her love for dogs from an early age. Her heart beats above all for the Pembroke Welsh Corgis. © Imago/courtesy Everett
Queen Elizabeth II loved dogs and dogs loved her.  Even when playing the piano with their sister Princess Margaret, they did not leave the monarch's side.
Queen Elizabeth II loved dogs and dogs loved her. Even when playing the piano with their sister Princess Margaret, they did not leave the monarch’s side. © United Archives International/Imago
Horses and dogs were Queen Elizabeth II's passions. In this photo she combined the two.  With her sister Princess Margaret, she sits next to one of her corgis in a carriage around 1940.
Horses and dogs were Queen Elizabeth II’s passions. In this photo she combined the two. With her sister Princess Margaret, she sits next to one of her corgis in a carriage around 1940. © Allstar/Imago
Queen Elizabeth II felt a particularly deep bond with the Welsh Corgis.  The dog breed has accompanied the Windsors since 1933.
Queen Elizabeth II felt a particularly deep bond with the Welsh Corgis. The dog breed has accompanied the Windsors since 1933. © dpa
Everywhere and right in the middle: what could be nicer than a walk with the dogs at Balmoral Castle? The children of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Charles and Anne, also loved playing with corgi Sugar and dog Candy.
Everywhere and right in the middle: what could be nicer than a walk with the dogs at Balmoral Castle? The children of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Charles and Anne, also loved playing with corgi Sugar and dog Candy. © Imago/United Archives International
In the late summer of 1960: Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip make themselves comfortable with their children on a blanket in front of Balmoral Castle. Of course, your dog should not be missing from the family circle.
In the late summer of 1960: Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip make themselves comfortable with their children on a blanket in front of Balmoral Castle. Of course, your dog should not be missing from the family circle. © dpa/Keystone, Str
Whenever Queen Elizabeth II saw a corgi, her heart leapt. Here the monarch was visiting the animal rescue center “Battersea Dogs and Cats Home” in London together with the British actor Paul O’Grady.
Whenever Queen Elizabeth II saw a corgi, her heart leapt. Here the monarch was visiting the animal rescue center “Battersea Dogs and Cats Home” in London together with the British actor Paul O’Grady. © dpa/Press Association
So much time was needed: Despite her busy schedule, Queen Elizabeth II always made time for a loving look or a little petting for her dogs.
So much time was needed: Despite her busy schedule, Queen Elizabeth II always made time for a loving look or a little petting for her dogs. © dpa
In November 2017, Queen Elizabeth II visited the aid organization Canine Partners in Midhurst, UK. A Labrador puppy put a smile on her face.
In November 2017, Queen Elizabeth II visited the aid organization Canine Partners in Midhurst, UK. A Labrador puppy put a smile on her face. © dpa/The Times, Richard Pohle
The love for the English herding dogs persisted into old age. The Queen celebrated her 70th anniversary with Corgi Candy in June 2022.
The love for the English herding dogs persisted into old age. The Queen celebrated her 70th anniversary with Corgi Candy in June 2022. © i-Images/Imago

Around 11 a.m. (local time) the ceremony will begin on Monday. The funeral will take place according to the Queen’s personal wishes. The process looks like this:

  • Procedure of the Queen’s funeral
  • Until 6.30 a.m. (local time): The coffin remains in state in Westminster Hall.
  • Just after 10.35am (local time): Bearers carry the Queen’s coffin from his catafalque in Westminster Hall and to a carriage outside the north gate of the building. This will be pulled from 10.44 a.m. by 142 young marines with ropes.
  • Funeral service at 11 a.m (Local time): Westminster Abbey can accommodate up to 2,200 people. In addition to members of the royal family, mourners include British Prime Minister Liz Truss and several predecessors, as well as more than a hundred queens, kings and other heads of state. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife will represent Germany. The service ends with the national anthem and funeral music.
  • 12.15 p.m. (local time): After the funeral service, the coffin is driven to St. George’s Chapel.
  • Funeral service at 4 p.m (Local time): A funeral service in St. George’s (5:00 p.m. CEST) is attended by more than 800 guests, members of the royal family and politicians as well as former Queen employees.
  • Funeral at 7:30 p.m (Local time): Only close family members will attend the Queen’s funeral in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, a special part of the church. Prince Philip’s coffin is now also being transferred from the royal tomb to the memorial chapel.

This ends the Queen’s funeral after her death on September 8 at the age of 96. More than 10,000 members of the British military will be at work at Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral. “It’s tremendous,” Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Tony Radakin said BBC. You can read everything else you need to know about the funeral here.(chd/dpa)

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