Where to watch the late Queen’s funeral in London: the best vantage points and public screens


How long will the funeral last?

The funeral will take place from 11 a.m. to 11:55 a.m., after which the Last Post will be played, followed by a two-minute silence.

The Queen’s casket will then return to the carriage and will leave the Abbey at 12.15pm and continue on to Whitehall, led by Royal Canadian Mounted Police and then NHS personnel. Again, we don’t know yet to what extent the public will be able to limit this part of the route. The carriage will turn left under the Arch of Horse Guards, over Horse Guards Parade and on to The Mall, which offers one of the best chances to see the casket.

The procession passes in front of Buckingham Palace, loops south of the Queen Victoria Memorial before ascending Constitution Hill to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.

This last section may give mourners in Green Park a view of the coffin, which will arrive at Wellington Arch at 1pm. At this point it is transferred to a hearse and the journey to Windsor begins.

The hearse heads west along South Carriage Drive next to Hyde Park, then turns south at the Royal Albert Hall and passes through Queen’s Gate through Kensington.

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It heads west onto Cromwell Road (the A4) past the Natural History Museum, over the Hammersmith Flyover and along the A4 through Chiswick and Brentford.

The hearse arrives at Hounslow on the A30 and heads towards Staines-Upon-Thames. It then heads northwest on the A308, past Runnymede to Old Windsor, turning off onto Albert Road and arriving at Shaw Farm Gate in Windsor at 3:06 PM.

The hearse slowly moves up the Long Walk, which offers one of the best opportunities to see the coffin up close.

It will then enter Windsor Castle, the point at which the deceased queen’s body disappears from personal view forever.

Here is a list of the confirmed order of the most important procedures for the day.

  • 6.30 am: the lying in-state ends and Westminster Hall is closed to the public.
  • 10.44 am: the coffin will be loaded onto the gun carriage for the short procession to Westminster Abbey, followed on foot by the king and senior members of the royal family, arriving at 10:52 am.
  • 11 hours: funeral service begins.
  • 11.55 am: towards the end of the service, the Last Post will be played, followed by a two-minute national silence that will be observed in the abbey and across the country. A lament played by the Queen’s bagpiper will end the service.
  • Around noon: the coffin will then be placed back on the coach and taken in a procession to Wellington Arch led by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, along with NHS staff, officers from the Northern Ireland Police and the British Armed Forces.
  • 3:06 PM: the coffin arrives in Windsor at the Shaw Farm Gate, as the hearse slowly moves up the Long Walk, where the public is expected to drive along the route.
  • 4 p.m.: televised engagement ceremony in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, at the end of which the Lord Chamberlain will break his baton over the coffin and it will be lowered into the royal vault, out of sight.
  • 7.30 pm: A private funeral in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, the small place where Queen Elizabeth II’s casket will be reunited with Prince Philip’s casket and they will be buried.
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Can I attend the Queen’s funeral?

No, only 2,000 guests are specially invited to attend the private service at Westminster Abbey.

Where can I watch the funeral service on a big screen?

The funeral will be televised live and several large screens are also expected to be set up in London and the rest of the UK to allow people to watch the event.

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People in London can watch the funeral procession in person at ceremonial vantage points along the route or at a filming location in Hyde Park. These locations open at 11 a.m., people are admitted in order of arrival time.

Most British cinema chains plan to close on Monday so that workers can pay their respects to the late Queen on the day of her funeral.

Cineworld, Picturehouse, Odeon, Showcase and The Light have all announced that they will be closed on Monday, as a sign of respect to Her Majesty.

Those who remain open have said they will screen the television service for free. These include the cinema chains Curzon and The Arc, who also canceled the rest of their programming that day.

Cinema chain Vue has canceled scheduled screenings for the funeral date, but has said it will keep a select few locations open to show the funeral.