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The Queen's funeral: How to pay your respects and what we know

On Monday 19 September 2022, the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will take place. Here we list some helpful information for anyone hoping to pay their respects.

Published by
C. 'silver-tooth' Sharpe·14/09/2022

The service will take place in Westminster Abbey, and there will be a huge turnout across the capital, with crowds of people hoping to pay their respects to Britain's longest ever reigning monarch.

When and what time is the Queen's funeral?

The state funeral takes place on Monday 19 September 2022. At 9am, the Elizabeth Tower's Big Ben will chime with its bell hammer muffled. The Queen's funeral procession will then arrive at Westminster Abbey at 11am. At this point, there will be a minute of silence as she enters the abbey.

Can I attend the Queen's funeral?

No, the funeral service is invite only.

Where can I pay my respects?

From 15 September at 5pm, the Queen's coffin will lie in state in Westminster Hall, for four days. Mourners, including members of the public, can file past her coffin to pay their respects. The hall is open 24 hours a day. You can also leave flowers at Buckingham Palace.

Is there a bank holiday for the Queen's funeral?

Yes, the 19 September has been approved by King Charles III as a day off for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. This also means that banks, shops, offices and schools will likely be closed - please bear this in mind if you are planning on visiting London for the occasion.

Will there be a funeral procession?

Yes, before the funeral service, the Queen will travel from Westminster Hall, past Parliament Square to Westminster Abbey. Once the service is completed, the Queen's coffin will be part of a walking procession from the abbey to Wellington Arch, at London's Hyde Park Corner. At this point, she will travel to Windsor by hearse. On arrival at Windsor, the Queen's coffin will make its last journey, to Windsor Castle visa the three-mile tree-lined avenue of the Long Walk.

I want to travel into London for the funeral, do you have any advice?

Parts of London may be very busy, with large crowds and certain roads, train and tube stations expected to be very busy. The advice given by TFL is to avoid Green Park Tube station, if possible, as this will be exceptionally busy. Check your journey before you travel on the TFL journey planner, and allow extra time for your journey.

Where will the Queen be buried?

The Queen will be buried with her husband Prince Philip in St George's Chapel, in the Royal Vault, and finally inside King George VI memorial chapel.

Will there be a minute silence held?

The minute silence for the Queen will take place the day before her funeral, on Sunday 18 September at 8pm.

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