The world will say goodbye to the late Queen Elizabeth II on Monday in what could become the most-watched funeral in history.
The 2,000 guests attending the service at Westminster Abbey will include nearly 500 world leaders and foreign dignitaries, including US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and Japan’s Emperor Naruhito.
But millions of people across Britain and the rest of the planet are expected to attend the ceremony live on television.
Several thousand more will follow the route of the late monarch’s final journey as his coffin is carried on the State Carriage of Arms from the abbey to Wellington Arch, where it is driven by the State Horse from London to Windsor Castle for a private burial. Will go ,
As final preparations were made for the momentous day on Sunday night, world leaders enjoyed a reception hosted by the new King Charles III at Buckingham Palace.
In an effort to find a good place to pay tribute this Monday, thousands, for their part, were already camping along the path from which the procession would take place.
The historic day will begin with an already underway vacation at Westminster Abbey, ending at 6:30 a.m.
Shortly before 10:30 a.m., the casket of the Queen’s Oak will be lifted from the catafalque and still draped in the royal standard and placed on a carriage bearing the crown, orb and scepter of the royal kingdom.
Exactly 142 Royal Navy sailors would drive through Parliament Square to the Abbey.
He will be preceded by bagpipes and drummers from the Scottish and Irish regiments, around 200 musicians from the Gurkha Brigade and the Royal Air Force.
In the rear of the carriage will be the Queen’s four children, including King Charles and his grandchildren, including Prince William and Harry. This route, just 10 minutes long, will be full of military personnel.
From 11 a.m., the funeral will be given by David Hoyle, the Dean of Westminster, with readings by Prime Minister Liz Truss and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Scotland. The Archbishop of Canterbury will deliver the sermon.
The man in charge of organizing it all, the 18th Duke of Norfolk, the Earl Marshal of England, promised that it would be a ceremony to “bring people from all over the world together”.
“The Queen holds a unique and timeless place in the lives of all of us. It has been felt more deeply in recent times, as the world grapples with her passing.”
“Her Majesty’s passing has left many people on many continents with a deep sense of loss. The respect, admiration and affection shown to the Queen makes our task humble and difficult, an honor and a great responsibility.”
The ceremony will be followed by a two-minute silence at 11:55 a.m., followed by the playing of the “Last Post”, followed by the national anthem and lamentation by the Queen’s Piper.
The coffin will then be carried in a procession down Whitehall, down The Mall and from Constitution Hill to Wellington Arch in Hyde Park Corner, where it will be transferred to state chariots to travel to Windsor.
Once again, the King and the other royals will follow the coffin during a 45-minute walk, during which shots will be fired in Hyde Park and Big Ben will sound.
But this time the procession will be attended by representatives of the police, the armed forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Commonwealth forces. Bringing in the rear would be a civil service team made up of health workers and volunteers.
Travel to Windsor will be via the A4, A30 and A308 instead of the M4, allowing more people to line the streets for the final goodbye.
In Windsor, a second procession will take place, the coffin will eventually be lowered into the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel and a private burial will take place at 7:30 pm.