After a week of remembrance and mourning in Britain and beyond, Queen Elizabeth II will be buried on Monday.
A state funeral service in London is expected to gather huge crowds around Westminster Abbey, with royalty and world leaders among those attending the church.
The funeral takes place more than a week after the queen’s d*ath on September 8 at the age of 96, ending her record 70-year monarchy.
Here’s everything you need to know before Monday’s service.
Where it is?
The funeral begins at 11:00 local time – 6 a.m. EDT – at Westminster Abbey, a century-old church near Westminster Hall where the Queen’s coffin now lies in state as of Wednesday for members of the public to pay their respects.
The Queen will then be buried in the Chapel of St. George’s Church near Windsor Castle alongside her longtime husband, Prince Philip, who died last year at the age of 99.
Who is participating?
About 2,000 guests are expected to attend the funeral, including President Biden and other world leaders such as Canada’s Justin Trudeau, France’s Emmanuel Macron, and New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern.
About 500 members of the royal family were also invited, and Pope Francis will send a representative of the Vatican on his behalf.
About a million people are expected to arrive in London by Monday for the funeral, while the queue for the Queen’s Coffin at Westminster Hall before Monday morning has a waiting time of up to 24 hours.
Biden paid tribute on Sunday by visiting the coffin, saying later that it was “an honor” to meet the Queen and that she reminded him of his mother.
“The way she looked like” are you alright? ” Biden said.
How to watch
Many of America’s leading news networks will be broadcasting live from the funeral, including NBC and ABC. Coverage on both networks starts at 5:30 AM EDT.
In the UK, some 125 theaters will be broadcasting the funeral live and many cities will be hosting meetings for you to watch.
Crowds near Buckingham Palace will be able to tune in to the funeral on screens set up in Hyde Park, while viewing areas have also been created along the procession route.
What events have already happened?
Britain’s farewell to the Queen began last Monday with a procession through Edinburgh that ended with a service at St. Giles, where her coffin was in the state for 24 hours. All four of the Queen’s children walked in this procession.
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The procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster in London took place on Wednesday, and Prince William and Prince Harry joined the Queen’s children. There was a short service and her coffin has been in good condition ever since.
On Friday, King Charles III and his siblings, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, and Princess Anna were on the watch at the Queen’s coffin, while Prince William and Prince Harry attended the Saturday vigil with their other grandchildren.
What else is happening on Monday?
Two minutes of silence will be maintained across the UK around 11:55 local time as part of the funeral service.
After the funeral, there will be a coffin procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch in London, with King Charles among the walkers.
The queen’s coffin will then be lowered into the Royal Vault during a minor service at St. George, which is to be attended by about 800 people.
With News Wire services
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