The Queen’s funeral: The TV schedule
James R | On 18, Sep 2022
Monday 19th September marks the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, 10 days after she passed away at Balmoral. After a procession across the UK, and several days of lying in state with members of the public queuing to pay their respects, the Queen’s coffin will make its way to Westminster Abbey for the funeral, before a procession will take place in London, taking the Queen to Windsor, where she will be buried next to the Duke of Edinburgh.
With the day declared a Bank Holiday, thousands of people will be watching the event to mourn, pay their respects or witness a major moment in history. But what are the day’s events? When it is on TV? And when will it all finish? Here’s our guide to the Queen’s funeral:
Where is the funeral showing?
The Queen’s funeral will be shown on big screens around the UK, including London’s Hyde Park, Sheffield’s Cathedral Square, Birmingham’s Centenary Square, Carlisle’s Bitts Park, Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park and Coleraine Town Hall in Northern Ireland. Roughly 125 cinemas will also be screening the event for free.
On TV, the BBC will be broadcasting coverage throughout the day, starting at 8am. ITV will also be broadcasting live coverage, starting at 9.30am. Sky will be broadcasting live coverage too, starting at 9am on Sky Arts, with Sky Max joining in at 10.30am. BBC iPlayer will also be streaming a version of the coverage without any commentary.
What time does the funeral start?
The actual funeral will start at 11am, but events will begin at 6.30am, when the Queen’s lying in state at Westminster Hall will end. At 8am, the doors of Westminster Abbey will open for guests ahead of the funeral. At 10.45am, the Queen’s coffin will be carried from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey ready for the service.
The state funeral will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster David Hoyle, with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby giving the sermon. Prime minister Liz Truss will read a lesson.
When does the funeral end?
The funeral will draw to a close at noon, with the Last Post sounded at 11.55am – followed by a two-minute national silence.
When happens after the funeral?
At around 12.15pm, the coffin will be drawn in a walking procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, at London’s Hyde Park Corner. Camilla, the Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Sussex will join the procession in cars.
At 1pm, the coffin will be transferred to the new State Hearse for its final journey to Windsor Castle.
At 3pm, the hearse will arrive at Windsor, where a walking procession up Windsor Castle’s Long Walk will take place. This three-mile route will be lined with members of the armed forces, with King Charles and senior members of the royal family expected to join the cortege in the Quadrangle in Windsor Castle a little later.
At 4pm, the coffin will enter St George’s Chapel for a committal service. This will also be televised, with about 800 people in the congregation. It will be conducted by Dean of Windsor David Conner, with a blessing from Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
What time does the coverage finish?
The committal service will finish at approximately 4.45pm, with TV coverage due to end at 5pm.
The Queen will be buried in the evening at a private family service, which will not be televised.