LIVE – Elizabeth II: the funeral ceremony begins at St. George’s Chapel

The Queen’s funeral follows a meticulously prepared process. Here is the program, in local time, you have to add an hour to get French time.

· 10:35 a.m. (thus 11:35 a.m. in France): 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. At 10:44 a.m. the Royal Navy Gun Carriage set out for a short procession to Westminster Abbey, hauled by 142 sailors.

· 10:52: The coffin arrives at the west door of Westminster Abbey, followed on foot by the Queen’s eldest son and heir apparent, King Charles III and the other members of the Royal Family. The coffin is carried from the gun carriage inside the building.

· 11:00: 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.

· 11:55 a.m. (approx): The bugle sounds, followed by two minutes of silence across the UK. The ceremony then ends with the national anthem and a musical lament.

· 12:15 p.m.: 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.

· 1:00 p.m. (approx): coffin arrives at Wellington Arch, then placed in the royal hearse to head for Windsor.

· 3:06 p.m.: the hearse arrives at Windsor and enters “the Long Walk”, an impressive rectilinear path of more than 4 kilometers which leads to Windsor Castle. At around 3.40pm 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 3.53pm.

· 4:00 p.m.: the funeral ceremony begins at the chapel of Saint-Georges in the presence of members of the royal family and the 15 Prime Ministers of the kingdoms who exercised with the British sovereign as head of state. About 45 minutes later, the coffin descends into the royal crypt.

· 7:30 p.m.: A private burial ceremony is held at the King George VI Memorial at St. George’s Chapel. The Queen rests alongside her husband Prince Philip.

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