The death of Queen Elizabeth II continues to have ripple impacts all over the world. First, the surprising announcement of her death shook everyone to their core. Now, everyone is trying to process their complex feelings for this powerful matriarch during her mourning period.
One thing that can help mourners successfully move on is by attending or otherwise watching the Queen’s funeral. But where will it be, and when can you watch? And how has Elizabeth’s death continued to affect England? Keep reading to find out!
When is Queen Elizabeth’s funeral and how can you watch it?
Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will begin on Monday, September 19 at 11 a.m. British local time, 3 a.m. PT / 6 a.m. ET for those in the U.S.
Fifteen minutes before the service begins, her coffin will be transported from Westminster Hall, where it has been lying in State since Wednesday night, to Westminster Abbey, the 753-year-old church where royals are traditionally married and mourned. The Queen’s coffin, which is draped with the Royal Standard and topped with the Orb and the Scepter, will be transported by the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy.
The procession of the Queen’s coffin from Westminister Hall to Westminister Abbey will be led by King Charles III and his siblings. They will by joined by ranks of uniformed troops and senior palace officials. Hundreds of thousands of mourners are expected to line the streets as the procession goes by, and 2,000 guests will attend the Queen’s funeral service.
For those at home and around the world, the funeral service will be broadcast live across all major networks in the U.K. and the U.S. This includes ABC, CNN, Fox News, and NBC. The funeral will also be streamed live online via the BBC‘s YouTube channel.
Where will Queen Elizabeth be buried?
After the funeral service, the Queen’s coffin will be carried in another procession to the Wellington Arch, where it will be transferred to the Royal Hearse. Then it will be driven to Windsor Castle, where it will be carried into another procession to St. George’s Chapel via the Long Walk.
Once inside the chapel, a committal service will begin at 4 p.m. local time, 8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET.
At this private ceremony for the Queen’s family, household members, governors general and prime ministers, the State Imperial Crown, the Orb and the Scepter will be removed from the top of the Queen’s coffin and placed on the altar.
Then, the Queen’s coffin will be lowered into the royal vault in a chapel beneath the floor of St. George’s. This is where the Queen’s parents, sister, and husband are also buried. The service will end with the national anthem.
World leaders expected to attend the Queen’s funeral
Around 500 invitations to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral were sent to dignitaries all around the world. Of these dignitaries, which world leaders and former leaders are likely to attend?
According to Town & Country Magazine, we can expect to see Joe and Jill Biden. Also expected to appear are President Emmanuel Macron from France, Emperor Naruhito from Japan, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier from Germany, President Sergio Mattarella, and many more.
There is also speculation that Barack and Michelle Obama may make an appearance. And we think it’s a safe bet that we won’t see Donald or Melania Trump. The only way to see for yourself, though, is to watch the funeral live.
Details about the Queen lying in state
If you’ve been on social media in the past few days, you’ve likely read posts about the Queen lying “in state.” But what does this really mean, and what are the details you should know?
Previously, the Queen’s coffin was taken from Buckingham Palace over to Parliament via a gun carriage. Behind came a royal procession comprised of King Charles and several other members of The Firm.
Once her body was placed in Westminster Hall, there was a short service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury. After that, the Queen’s body was placed in state, and it will remain there until her funeral.
While she is in state, the public is allowed to come and pay their respects while her body is guarded by vigilant troops. And this has led to tens of thousands of people lining up to pay their final respects.
The 10-day mourning period, explained
The Queen’s death led to a 10-day mourning period in the U.K. This is meant to be a time of healing that allows England to come together. Unfortunately, some aspects of the mourning period have led to division throughout England and even throughout the world.
When it comes to the mourning period, Buckingham Palace has simple advice. “There is no expectation on the public or organisations to observe specific behaviours during the mourning period and there is no set way for the public to mark the passing of Her Majesty. Individuals, families, communities and organisations will want to mark Her Majesty’s death in their own way.”
In other words, the Royal Family doesn’t want the death of the Queen to disrupt England. Nonetheless, many businesses and organizations plan to shut down for the day of the Queen’s funeral. Some shut down earlier so they could stay closed throughout the duration of the mourning period. But when places like the Wimbledon Food Bank announced they would be closed for the day of the Queen’s funeral, many wondered why starving people should go hungry as part of an empty gesture of respect.
What happened to the Queen’s corgis when she died?
Animal lovers had a special reason to pay attention to the Queen’s funeral details. You see, Elizabeth bred corgis throughout the decades after receiving one as a gift from her father when she turned 18. But she stopped breeding them a few years ago, and she only had two corgis left behind after her death.
What, then, happened to these corgis? They are actually now in the care of the disgraced Prince Andrew. This came as a surprise to many, but these two particular corgis were a gift from Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah after Prince Philip died in 2021. Therefore, giving the corgis to Andrew is effectively returning them to where they came from.
When will King Charles’ face be on British currency?
Because Queen Elizabeth reigned for 70 years, the money in England has had her face on it for the better part of a century. As her funeral approaches, many around the world began to ask a natural question: when is the money going to change?
Not anytime soon. As New York Magazine reports, it’s going to take a minimum of two years to print and circulate new currency featuring King Charles. Everybody doesn’t have to rush out and change anything, though, since the money featuring Elizabeth’s face will still serve as legal tender.