When are the silences for Queen Elizabeth II?

The UK will hold the monarch's state funeral on Monday

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The UK will hold Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Monday, one of the biggest events ever staged in Britain, and observe a national silence as part of the final ceremonies.

While other parts of the funeral day are scheduled with military precision, a two-minute silence and Last Post, the bugle call that signifies the end of the service, are set for approximately 11.55am. This is to allow for delays or longer-than-expected speakers.

There is one-minute silence on the eve of the funeral, Sunday, at 8pm.

The silence, which will be widely observed around the country, will be the touching last goodbye where citizens can remember the queen.

Other key times are on the day of the funeral are:

8am The doors of Westminster Abbey open for the congregation to start taking their seats.

10.35am A bearer party from the Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, will lift the coffin from the raised platform known as a catafalque and carry it in procession from Westminster Hall.

10.44am King Charles III will lead his family in marching behind the queen’s coffin from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey.

After the funeral service, the king and his family will walk behind the coffin to Wellington Arch, near Green Park and a short distance from Buckingham Palace.

4pm A committal service will be held in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

7pm The queen's closest relatives will return to the chapel for a private burial service.

Updated: September 18, 2022, 12:36 PM
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