London to Windsor route revealed where thousands can see Queen's coffin on day of funeral – Sky News

Thousands of people are expected to turn out along the route to say goodbye to the Queen.
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Sunday 18 September 2022 18:44, UK
The route the Queen’s coffin will take from Wellington Arch to Windsor Castle for the committal service on Monday afternoon has been revealed – with thousands of people expected to turn out.
Here we look at the timings for the Westminster Abbey service and the route of the Queen’s final journey afterwards.
6.30: The Queen’s lying in state ends.
8.00: Doors to Westminster Abbey open to allow general congregation to take their seats.
9.30: World leaders and dignitaries begin to arrive.
10.35: Coffin lifted and carried in procession to the state gun carriage of the Royal Navy positioned outside the north door of Westminster Abbey.
10.44: Gun carriage will set off, pulled by 98 Royal Navy sailors using ropes in a tradition that dates back to the funeral of Queen Victoria. Following the Queen’s coffin will be the King, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Behind them will be the Queen’s grandsons Peter Phillips, the Duke of Sussex and the Prince of Wales.
10.52: The procession will arrive and the coffin will be carried into Westminster Abbey for the service.
11.00: Funeral service begins.
11.55: Last Post will sound followed by a two minute’s silence to be observed in the Abbey, and throughout the United Kingdom.
12pm: The national anthem will bring the state funeral service to a close.
1pm: Queen’s coffin arrives at Wellington Arch after being returned to the state gun carriage for the procession. The King and members of the Royal Family will again follow the Queen’s coffin. Minute guns will be fired in Hyde Park and Big Ben will toll throughout.
The coffin will then be transferred from the gun carriage to the hearse which will leave London for Berkshire.
It will travel west along the south edge of Hyde Park before passing through Queens Gate and heading along Cromwell Road.
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Continuing through the capital, it will pass Hammersmith and Chiswick along the north bank of the River Thames.
Taking the Great South West Road it will pass south of Heathrow Airport – under silent skies after a slew of flight cancellations – as it leaves London and goes past Staines.
The Queen’s coffin will enter the grounds of Windsor Castle through Shaw Farm Gate and head north before finally arriving at St George’s Chapel for the service which begins at 4pm.
Interest in saying goodbye to the Queen has been huge, with tens of thousands queuing to see the monarch lying in state at Westminster Hall.
It has been 70 years since the death of the previous monarch, Queen Elizabeth II’s father George VI, so the vast majority of people in the UK are unaccustomed to the traditions and pageantry that have been on display over the last few days.
Tens of millions of people around the world are expected to watch as the Queen’s funeral takes place.
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Procession at Windsor
As the coffin arrives in Windsor there will be a procession as it makes its way towards the chapel.
Walking behind the gun carriage will be King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and the Earl of Wessex.
Behind them will walk royal brothers Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as Peter Phillips.
Further back, a royal car will carry the Queen Consort and the Princess of Wales, and a second will carry the Duchess of Sussex and the Countess of Wessex.
Timings for Windsor ceremonies:
3.06pm: The state hearse will approach Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road, Windsor, and join the procession.
3.10pm: Procession will depart going up the Long Walk towards Windsor Castle
3.20pm: Governors general and realm prime ministers will begin to arrive at the West Door of St George’s Chapel for the committal service
3.25pm: Members of the Royal Family not involved in procession will arrive
3.40pm: The King and members of the Royal Family who are walking in the procession will join it at the quadrangle on the north side as it passes into Engine Court
3.53pm: The procession will halt at the bottom of the west steps of St George’s Chapel in Horseshoe Cloister. The bearer party will lift the coffin from the state hearse, from where it will be carried in procession up the west steps.
4pm: Committal service begins
4.30pm: Service ends. King Charles departs.
Among the congregation at the service will be past and present members of the Queen’s household, including from the private estates.
A private burial will take place in the King George VI memorial chapel later that evening, conducted by the Dean of Windsor.
The Queen is to be buried with the Duke of Edinburgh.
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