DETAILS OF THE EVENT
Across the country big screens were erected, including in London’s Hyde Park, Sheffield’s Cathedral Square, Birmingham’s Centenary Square, Carlisle’s Bitts Park, Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park and Coleraine Town Hall in Northern Ireland. Cinemas across the UK also opened their screens to show the funeral – bringing together local communities to commemorate.
The funeral service and processions were shown live on BBC One, ITV and Sky for those who wished to watch at home.
At 10.44am, The Queen’s coffin moved from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral. Two thousand guests were expected to attend the service, which began at 11am and was followed by a national two-minute silence at 11.55am.
A public procession began at 12.15pm as Her Majesty’s coffin travelled from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch in London.
The procession, in seven groups, was supported by a service band, that travelled along Broad Sanctuary, Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade, Horse Guards Road, The Mall, Constitution Hill and ended up at London’s Wellington Arch.
Space dedicated for those with accessibility requirements was available at the Green Park side of The Mall and the St James’s Park side of The Mall. The Albert Memorial viewing areas had British Sign Language interpreters and a hearing loop.
Her Majesty’s coffin was then carried from Wellington Arch by the State Hearse to Windsor where The Queen was laid to rest.
The hearse arrived in Albert Road and, at 3.10pm, it travelled in procession along Albert Road and the Long Walk before arriving at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle ahead of the committal service, where The Queen was buried next to the Duke of Edinburgh. The events at St. George’s Chapel were a family affair and were not open to the public.
There was a limited number of public viewing areas on The Long Walk, including a number of viewing spaces for those with accessibility needs, and there were big screens for people to watch the services and procession from London.
Those who wished to line the processional route were encouraged to plan ahead and prepare for delays to travel.
A National Moment of Reflection took place at 8pm on Sunday 18 September 2022. Community groups, clubs and other organisations, as well as people at home were encouraged to mark the moment in the form of a one-minute silence.