The Daily Telegraph

Plan for last farewell

This weekend’s official royal engagement­s and timings for state funeral



The King and Queen fly to Wales to attend a service of prayer and reflection at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff. They then travel to the Welsh Parliament to receive a motion of condolence


The King and Queen visit Pirbright Army Training Centre in Surrey to meet members of the Armed Forces taking part in the state funeral


The King, Princess Royal, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex stand guard over Queen Elizabeth II’S coffin in a 15-minute family vigil


The King and Queen meet members of the emergency services and attend a lunch for Commonweal­th Governors-general



The King and Queen host heads of state and official overseas visitors in a state reception at Buckingham Palace

Monday 6.30am

Lying in state ends as doors of Westminste­r Hall are closed to the public


Westminste­r Abbey opens for congregati­on to start taking their seats


Bearer party of Queen’s Company, First Battalion Grenadier Guards lifts coffin from catafalque and places it on state gun carriage first used for funeral of Queen Victoria


Coffin, drawn by 142 Royal Naval Ratings, begins short journey to Westminste­r Abbey, with members of the Royal family following on foot


Coffin arrives at West Door of Westminste­r Abbey, where it is carried inside for the state funeral and placed on a catafalque


Funeral service begins


Last Post is sounded in Westminste­r Abbey followed by national two minutes’ silence


State funeral service ends with a lament played by the Queen’s piper


Coffin procession leaves Westminste­r Abbey for Wellington Arch


Coffin procession arrives at Wellington Arch, where the coffin will be placed in a state hearse to begin its journey to Windsor


Hearse arrives at Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road, Windsor, joining a procession already formed up and in position


Procession steps off and proceeds up the Long Walk to Windsor Castle via the George IV Gate


Governors general and prime ministers of the Commonweal­th realms take their seats in the nave


Members of the Royal family not walking behind the coffin arrive and take their seats in the quire and the nave


The King and other members of the Royal family join the procession on foot in the quadrangle of the Castle


Procession halts at the bottom of the West Steps of St George’s Chapel. Bearer party carries the coffin from the hearse and places it on a catafalque in the quire


Televised committal service begins, conducted by the Dean of Windsor.

At the end of the service, the coffin is lowered into the royal vault


Private burial service is held in King George VI Memorial Chapel, attended by close family members. The Queen’s coffin, along with that of Prince Philip, is moved from the royal vault to the chapel where it will be interred

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