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THE STATE FUNERAL OF HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II BBC/ITV/SKY, from 8am

- Chris Bennion

The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II is set to become the world’s most watched television broadcast of all time, with 4.1bn people expected to be tuning in. That would eclipse the previous record by some margin – 3.6bn for the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. The BBC will begin its coverage at 8am – on BBC One and on the BBC iplayer, with BSL signed

coverage on BBC Two – finishing at 5pm. Huw Edwards and Fergal Keane will host from London, with Kirsty Young and David Dimbleby in Windsor, Sophie Raworth at Parliament Square, Anita Rani at the Long Walk in Windsor, and JJ Chalmers at Wellington Barracks.

Sky will begin its coverage at 9am, available for free on various Sky channels, Youtube and

Freeview. Dermot Murnaghan will be live from Windsor Castle and Anna Botting at Westminste­r Abbey, with correspond­ent Alastair Bruce providing analysis of the historic event throughout the day. In addition, Kay Burley, Sarah-jane Mee and Gillian Joseph will be among the mourners in London and Windsor. Sky News will not be running any advertisin­g.

ITV begin proceeding­s at 9.30am with Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham at Windsor Castle, Mary Nightingal­e at Westminste­r Abbey, Royal Editor Chris Ship in London, Rageh Omaar at Wellington Barracks, Nina Hossain on the Long Walk, as well as Charlene White, who will be among the mourners in London. Their live coverage will run to 6pm, on all ITV channels, and there will be no advertisin­g throughout the day.

The key timings for the day: at 10.44am the coffin will be loaded onto the gun carriage for the short procession to Westminste­r Abbey, followed on foot by the King and senior members of the Royal family. At 11am, the funeral service will begin. Towards the end of the hour-long service, a two-minute silence will be observed across the country. From midday, the coffin will be taken in a procession to Windsor, arriving at 3.06pm. At 4pm, there will be the committal ceremony at St George’s Chapel.

The BBC will be looking back on the day in Events of the Day at 8.30pm, while ITV will be reflecting on the past 10 days in A Nation Remembers at 7.30pm, before recapping the day’s events at 9pm with The Final Farewell. Sky News will be reflecting on the day with Mark Austin at Buckingham Palace at 7pm.

 ?? ?? Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest in a private ceremony in the King George VI Memorial Chapel
Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest in a private ceremony in the King George VI Memorial Chapel

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