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Everything you need to know about the Queen’s funeral

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II is set to take place on Monday 19 September 2022. The late monarch passed away on Thursday 8 September at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

The funeral will be marked as a bank holiday in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and the events on Monday will begin with a funeral procession that will see the late Queen’s coffin conveyed from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abby.

According to BBC, the Queen’s coffin will be carried on the same gun carriage that was used for the funerals of Edward VII, George V, George VI and Sir Winston Churchill. The gun carriage will be carried by 142 Royal Navy Sailors. Towards the end of the procession, The Last Pope will be played, which will be followed by a national two-minute period of silence.

The funeral procession will be attended by the public, however only invited guests will be allowed into the service itself. The funeral will be attended by royalty, politcians and world leaders from the Commonwealth as well as former British colonies.

US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as Cyril Ramaphosa, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, as well as Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe will all be in attendance.

The state funeral is expected to begin at 11 am in the UK (12 pm SAST), which will be concluded by a lament played by the Queen’s piper.

The funeral will be broadcast on Showmax, BBC World News TV (DStv 400), Sky News (DStv 402), Al Jazeera (DStv 406), and CNN International (DStv 401). BBC and CNN will also be live streaming the funeral on YouTube.

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