Here's how Kiwis can watch Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

Publish Date
Monday, 19 September 2022, 2:15PM

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II is set to commence tonight.

It will be an emotional day for the Queen's relatives and for over 2,000 official guests at the funeral, with plenty of pomp and ceremony to farewell the UK's longest-reigning monarch.

And now more details about the Queen's funeral have been revealed.

The proceedings will open with a service at Westminster Abbey. A cortege and military procession across London will follow, before a final ceremony with family at a chapel in Windsor Castle.

It's expected that huge crowds will gather along The Mall to watch the procession and screens will be set up in the royal parks to broadcast coverage of the service.

What time will the funeral start?

The Queen's funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey at 11am BST on Monday 19 September (10pm NZT).

The event will begin at about 9.30pm NZT as her coffin is carried from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey, on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy. The gun carriage was last seen in 1979, used at the funeral of Prince Philip's uncle Lord Mountbatten.

Senior members of the royal family, including King Charles III, will follow in procession.

How long will the service be?

The service will only last for about an hour.

We'll have the sermon, the prayers and the Last Post will be played.

There will then be about two minutes of silence observed across the UK at midday (11pm NZT).

Where can you watch the funeral?

The funeral will be broadcast from 7.30 pm on TVNZ 1 and on Three. It will also be streamed on the royal family's YouTube channel, on NewstalkZB and on NZ Herald.

Where will the funeral be held?

The funeral service itself will be held at Westminster Abbey, the historic church where Britain's kings and queens are traditionally crowned.

Elizabeth was crowned there in 1953, and it was also there that she married Prince Philip in 1947.

Where will the Queen be buried?

Following the service, the Queen's coffin will be drawn in a walking procession from Westminster to Wellington Arch, at Hyde Park Corner in London, before travelling to Windsor via a hearse.

King Charles and other senior royals are expected to join the procession at the Quadrangle in Windsor Castle before the Queen's final journey ends at St George's Chapel.

At a committal service there, the casket will be lowered into the Royal Vault and interred in the King George VI memorial chapel inside St George's Chapel.

The Queen will be laid to rest alongside her mother and her husband Prince Philip, who are also buried in the memorial chapel.

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