Royal Coverage on Freeview: The Queen’s funeral and other key events

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14 Sep • 5 min read

In many ways, it’s a day that no one actually thought would arrive. But as the royal family, the nation, and the rest of the world comes to terms with the death of Britain’s longest reigning monarch - here’s a guide to a timetable of the official funeral events and when they’re taking place.

Wednesday 14th September

This is a significant day in the mourning period. It will start with the Imperial State Crown, orb and sceptre plus flowers placed on the Queen's coffin, followed by some prayers led by the royal family.

Just after 2pm, the Queen's coffin will be carried in a gun carriage procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster. King Charles III will then lead members of the royal family walking behind the procession on foot.

The coffin will travel past Queen Victoria Memorial on to Pall Mall, through the Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, Parliament Square and into New Palace Yard during a 40-minute period.

The Lying in State will then begin at Westminster Hall. It will continue for five days, where hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit the Queen at Westminster Hall.

The Queen's coffin will be placed on a raised platform, known as a catafalque, where guards will stand at each of the four corners, 24-hours-a-day.

Friday 16th September

The Queen's coffin will lie in state for a second full day.

People will be able to arrive and pay their respects.

The King and Queen consort, Camilla, will travel to Wales, marking the final part of Charles’ visits to all four nations of the United Kingdom as King.

Monday 19th September

The period of lying in state will end in the morning.

The Queen's coffin will be taken in procession to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral, which is expected to start at around 10:50am.

After the funeral service, the coffin will travel in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. From Wellington Arch, the coffin will then make its way to Windsor. Once there, the state hearse will travel in procession to St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

A committal service will then take place at St George's Chapel, around. At the end of the service, the Queen's coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault.

A private burial will be held with the King and other members of the royal family that evening and the Queen will finally be laid to rest.

Where to watch

The day’s full schedule is yet to be confirmed. But full coverage of the funeral itself, plus the events leading up to it are scheduled to be available on both the BBC and ITV.

Aside from the funeral, there are plenty of tribute programmes to watch for free. Here are top picks of what to watch in the upcoming days, or on catch-up:

The Longest Reign: The Queen and her people: The BBC explores how the reign of Queen Elizabeth II has been a thread of continuity running through 70 tumultuous years of British history. We hear how Elizabeth II became a fixed focal point for many during these changing times; an anchor for the country - someone people looked to

The Queen and Us: Becoming Britain’s longest reigning monarch, the Queen showed no signs of slowing down as she approached her tenth decade on the throne. Each episode in the series takes a look at every decade Her Majesty spent as Queen, from her coronation in 1952, through to the present day.

The Queen in Her Own Words: Speeches, letters, broadcasts and personal memoirs are used to reveal the public and private side of Queen Elizabeth II over nearly a century of tumultuous change. The archive footage is a fascinating insight into the life of the late monarch.

The Queen's Green Planet: Charming and heartfelt documentary with Queen Elizabeth II & Sir David Attenborough discussing her legacy trees project. Its aim was to create a global network of protected forests in 53 countries across the globe.