LONDON: The meticulously planned events at Monday’s state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will follow a tight schedule.
The state ceremony officially ends at Westminster Hall and the doors close to the public, ready for the transfer of his coffin to nearby Westminster Abbey.
The doors open at Westminster Abbey for some 2,000 guests, including world leaders such as US President Joe Biden and the reclusive Emperor of Japan Naruhito.
Pallbearers lift the coffin from the Catafalque, a raised platform where the Queen’s Flag-draped coffin lay in state, and carry it to the State Arms Carriage which waits outside the north door of Westminster Hall.
The State Gun Carriage leaves for a short procession from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey, pulled by 142 young sailors enlisted in the Royal Navy.
The cannon carriage arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey, followed on foot by the Queen’s eldest son and successor, King Charles III, and other members of the Royal Family.
The pallbearers lift the coffin and carry it into the abbey.
The state funeral begins, led by the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby giving the sermon.
The bugle call of the last bell rang out, followed by a two-minute nationwide silence.
The service ends with the national anthem “God Save the King” and a lament, a musical expression of grief.
The coffin is pulled on the gun carriage towards Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner near Buckingham Palace.
It is followed by the King, members of the Royal Family and a procession comprising detachments from the armed forces of the 56-nation Commonwealth grouping which the Queen led.
The ‘Big Ben’ bell at the British parliament and the gunshots salute the fire at one-minute intervals.
The coffin arrives at Wellington Arch, is moved to the Royal Hearse and departs for windsor castlewest of London.
The hearse arrives at Windsor and heads towards the castle via the long avenue Long Walk to the castle.
The King and members of the Royal Family join the procession on foot from the quadrangle of Windsor Castle before the cortege stops at St George’s Chapel at 3.53pm.
The televised engagement service begins with the attendance of members of the Royal Family, Prime Ministers and former and current members of the Queen’s family.
After about 45 minutes, the coffin was lowered into the royal vault to the lamentations of a lone bagpiper.
A private funeral service is held at the King George VI Memorial Chapel, with the Queen interred alongside the remains of her father, King George VI, her mother, also called Queen Elizabeth, and the ashes of her younger sister, Princess Margaret.
Her late husband Prince PhilipThe coffin will also be interred there at the same time.

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