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News summary on the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

What will Elizabeth II’s mass funerals be like in the UK? 1:15

The meticulously planned details of the queen’s funeral are meant to be a fitting send-off for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

Speaking on behalf of the many agencies and departments involved in the funeral, the Earl Marshal, Duke of Norfolk, said orchestrating the event was “both humbling and overwhelming”.

He added that his goal was to “unite people from all over the world and resonate with people of all faiths, while also fulfilling the wishes of His Majesty and his family to pay proper tribute to an extraordinary reign.”

Here is a summary of what we expect:

At around 10:35 a.m. (5:35 a.m. ET), the coffin will be lifted from the catafalque where it has been resting by a group of bearers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards of the Queen’s Company, and carried in procession from Westminster. Hall to the Royal Navy State Carriage of Arms, a senior palace official said.

In keeping with tradition, the carriage of arms will depart at 10:44 am and begin the short journey from New Palace Yard to Westminster Abbey. The King, members of the royal family and members of both houses of the monarch and the Prince of Wales will follow directly behind the coffin.

The service will be led by the Rev. David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, in Westminster Abbey, beginning at 11 am British Prime Minister Liz Truss and Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, will give the readings. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will deliver a sermon.

Towards the end of the service, around 11:55 am, the Last message will play before a two-minute silence is observed. The state funeral will be concluded by the Queen’s Piper, who at noon will play a Diana, the National Anthem and a Lament.

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After the state funeral, the coffin will be carried from the hall to Wellington Arch, again with King Charles III leading the procession of some members of the royal family on foot, while Camilla, the queen consort and others will follow by car, before to make his last trip from London to Windsor.

Their destination: St George’s Chapel, within the grounds of Windsor Castle, where a burial service will be held around 4 pm (11 am ET), led by the Dean of Windsor.

A private burial service for the family will be held later, and the queen will be laid to rest with her husband of 73 years, the late Prince Philip, in the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

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