Everything to know about Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral (2022)

The life of Queen Elizabeth II, who died Sept. 8 at age 96, will be celebrated in a funeral service Monday after more than a week of tributes honoring the long-reigning monarch.

The queen's funeral -- which she played a large role in planning -- will take place at Westminster Abbey.

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Here are all the details we know so far.

When and where the funeral will take place?

A state funeral for the queen will begin at 11 a.m. local time (6 a.m. ET) on Monday, Sept. 19.

The funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey, making the queen the first sovereign to have a funeral there since 1760.

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Around 2,000 invited guests will attend the funeral at Westminster Abbey.

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The day of the queen's funeral will be a public holiday in the U.K.

How the queen's coffin will arrive at Westminster Abbey

Just after 10:30 a.m. local time on the day of the funeral, a procession will begin to transport the coffin from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey for the funeral.

The queen's coffin will travel on the State Gun Carriage, which was also used for the funeral of the queen's father, King George VI, as well as the funerals for King Edward VII, King George V and Winston Churchill.

The vast procession will include musicians, members of the military and members of the royal family, including King Charles III; Anne, the Princess Royal; Princes Edward, Andrew, Harry and William; and Peter Phillips, who will all walk behind the coffin.

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Who is expected to attend the funeral?

Members of the royal family will all be in attendance at the funeral, including the queen's four children, her eight grandchildren and their spouses.

It is not yet known whether the queen's great-grandchildren, such as Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte, will attend with their parents.

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Other mourners at the queen's funeral will include over 500 heads of state and dignitaries from around the world, including President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden.

Also in the audience at Westminster Abbey will be some of the 15 U.K. prime ministers who served during the queen's reign, including current Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was the last public official to meet with the queen in person before her death.

How the queen's coffin will be adorned

The queen's coffin is draped with the Royal Standard, the flag representing the sovereign and the U.K. During her reign, the Royal Standard was flown on her car and aircraft on official journeys and at royal palaces when the queen was in residence.

The wreath atop the coffin is a collection of white roses, white dahlias and foliage from the gardens at Balmoral and Windsor.

Also atop the coffin, on a velvet cushion, lies the Imperial State Crown, the crown the monarch wears upon leaving Westminster Abbey after the coronation.

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The crown -- which contains 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 269 pearls and four rubies -- was made in 1937 for the coronation of the queen's father, according to Historic Royal Palaces, the organization that oversees the Tower of London, where the crown jewels are held.

The 317-carat Second Star of Africa, also known as the Cullinan II, is the most valuable stone in the crown, which the queen wore at her 1953 coronation, along with the St. Edward's Crown.

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The queen's coffin is also adorned with the Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross and the Sovereign's Orb, both part of the coronation regalia.

The sceptre has been used at every coronation since 1661 and features the 530-carat Cullinan I diamond, the largest gem-quality uncut diamond ever found. The diamond was discovered in a South African mine in 1905 owned by its namesake, Thomas Cullinan.

The orb, described as a "golden globe surmounted by a cross," is given to the monarch when they are crowned to remind them "that their power is derived from God," according to Historic Royal Palaces.

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With the crown jewels back in the spotlight following the queen's death, there have been renewed calls for some of them to be returned to their countries of origin.

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The Cullinan diamond was purchased by the government in Transvaal, South Africa, where it was found, and "presented (1907) to the reigning British monarch, King Edward VII," according to Encyclopedia Britannica

The Royal Collection Trust states that the diamond was presented to the king "as a symbolic gesture to heal the rift between Britain and South Africa after the Boer War."

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What will happen during the funeral

The tightly choreographed service is expected to last just over one hour. The service will be led by the Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle, the dean of Westminster.

Among those reading and saying prayers at the service are the archbishop of York, the U.K. prime minister and the secretary general of the Commonwealth, and the cardinal archbishop of Westminster.

Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, will deliver the sermon.

Near the end of the service, at around 11:55 a.m. local time, two minutes of silence will be observed inside Westminster Abbey and throughout the U.K.

The service will end with the national anthem and a lament played by the royal piper, Pipe Major Paul Burns of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The addition of Burns to the service came as a personal request from the queen, who liked to be woken every morning by bagpipe music, according to ABC News royal contributor Omid Scobie.

How to watch the funeral

The queen's funeral will be broadcast by television networks around the world and livestreamed online.

What members of the royal family will wear at the funeral

As working members of the royal family, Charles, Anne, Edward and William will be dressed in military uniform at the queen's funeral, according to Buckingham Palace.

Andrew and Harry, the queen's son and grandson, respectively, will not be in uniform as they are no longer working royals.

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Other members of the royal family, including Camilla, the Queen Consort; Kate, the Princess of Wales; Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex; and Sophie, the Countess of Sussex, will wear black, as they have since the queen's death was announced.

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Female family members will also likely follow tradition in wearing black veils, known as mourning veils, covering all or some of their faces.

Where the queen's coffin will be taken after the funeral

Following the funeral, the queen's coffin will travel in a procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.

Charles will again join his siblings Anne, Andrew and Edward, and his sons William and Harry, as well as his nephew Peter Phillips, in walking in the procession.

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From Wellington Arch, the state hearse will drive the queen's coffin to Windsor, with members of the royal family following by car.

Once in Windsor, the state hearse will carry the coffin along the Long Walk, with Charles and royal family members joining the procession by foot at the Quadrangle.

The procession will take the coffin to the queen's final resting place at St. George's Chapel, on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

What the queen will be buried with

At St. George's Chapel, a committal service will be held, attended by members of the royal family and personal staff who work or have worked for the queen.

Before the final hymn of the service, the Imperial State Crown, orb and sceptre will be removed from the queen's coffin and placed on the altar.

Following the hymn, Charles will place the Grenadier Guards' Queen's Company Camp Colour -- a smaller version of the Royal Standard -- on the coffin.

At the same time, Lord Chamberlain Andrew Parker -- the most senior official in the queen's royal household – will "break" his Wand of Office and place it on the coffin, signifying the end of the reign.

As the queen's coffin is lowered into the royal vault, the dean of Windsor will say the final prayers and the royal piper will play a final lament.

Where the queen will be buried

The queen will be buried at the King George VI Memorial Chapel at St. George's Chapel, alongside Prince Philip, her beloved husband, who died last year at the age of 99.

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The burial service will be private, attended only by members of the royal family.

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FAQs

What was Queen wearing in coffin? ›

The Queen will be laid to rest today wearing only two precious pieces of jewellery. Her Majesty, who will be buried next to her husband Prince Philip later today, will wear only her wedding band and a pair of pearl earrings, despite owning a collection worth millions of pounds.

Will the Queen be cremated or buried? ›

Pall Bearers carry the coffin of the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, followed by members of the Royal family into St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021. Yes, the Queen and Prince Philip will be buried together.

Who will inherit Queen Elizabeth money? ›

So what will Prince William inherit from Queen Elizabeth? After Queen Elizabeth's death, Prince William inherited the Duchy of Cornwall, a private estate worth around $1.2 billion.

How long do you mourn for when the Queen dies? ›

How long is the national mourning period? According to the official government guidance, the UK's period of national mourning lasts for ten days, from the day she died until the end of the day of the Queen's funeral, which took place on Monday September 19.

What happens to a body in a lead lined coffin? ›

As material in coffins, “lead helps keep out moisture and preserve the body for longer and prevent smells and toxins from a dead body escaping,” said Julie Anne Taddeo, a research professor of history at the University of Maryland.

Is the Queen buried with jewelry? ›

The sentimental pieces that will stay with the late monarch forever are revealed. The Queen was buried with a small handful of her most treasured and personal jewellery .

What is the stick that was broken at Queen Elizabeth's funeral? ›

What does the breaking of the wand mean? The ceremonial breaking of the white staff signifies the end of the Lord Chamberlain's service to the Queen as sovereign. The "breaking of the wand" is a traditional part of a sovereign's funeral, but this was the first time it had been seen by the public.

Why does the royal family sleep in separate beds? ›

Well, it's just practical. Prince Philip's cousin, Lady Pamela, explained in Sally's biography: “In England, the upper class always have had separate bedrooms. You don't want to be bothered with snoring or someone flinging a leg around. Then when you are feeling cozy you share your room sometimes.

What happens to the Queens jewels when she dies? ›

Following Queen Elizabeth II's death at the age of 96, the monarch's priceless jewels will likely be given to members of the royal family, including Queen Consort Camilla and Kate Middleton.

What was on top of the queens coffin? ›

While the Queen was lying in state, on top of her coffin rested the Imperial State Crown, perhaps the most familiar treasure in the Crown Jewels - a priceless collection of tens of thousands of gemstones collected over the centuries by British kings and queens.

What clothes are royals buried in? ›

It is also considered a sign of respect for the deceased and their loved ones. Many royal women wear black dresses, a hat or a fascinator and black tights at royal funerals. Above, Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Anne and Zara Tindall are pictured at the Princess of Wales' funeral in 1997.

What do the orb and sceptre represent? ›

The scepter is a symbol of a monarch's power. The orb and cross represent the power of God and it's a reminder to the monarch that their authority derives from above. It was first used by King Henry VIII in 1509 for his own coronation.

Why is the Queen's coffin lead lined? ›

The Queen's coffin is made from English oak and lined with lead, which is a traditional design choice for members of the Royal Family, according to reports. Using lead prevents air and moisture from building up, aiding preservation.

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