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Direct – Funeral of Elizabeth II: the coffin, placed in the state hearse, heads for Windsor

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Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, a state funeral that could be among the most-watched television events in history, will begin at noon (1 p.m. in Brussels) on Monday. 2000 people are expected for a religious ceremony at Westminster Abbey: in attendance, many dignitaries from around the world will be present.

The coffin will leave Westminster hall at 11.35am to arrive at the Abbey in procession, followed by King Charles III and members of the Royal Family on foot. The ceremony will end around 1 p.m. with the national anthem. The coffin will then be fired from the gun carriage towards Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, near Buckingham Palace, followed by the Royal Family and a procession, to the sound of Big Ben and cannon shots. He will then take the direction of Windsor Castle.

A funeral ceremony will still take place at 5 p.m. in the Saint-Georges chapel in the presence of members of the royal family and the 15 Prime Ministers of the kingdoms who have exercised with the British sovereign as head of state. About 45 minutes later, the coffin descends into the royal crypt. A private burial ceremony will be held at 8:30 p.m.

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