Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on September 19: flights disrupted, a million people and the schedule

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More than 100 flights from Heathrow Airport will be canceled to prevent aircraft noise from disrupting the Queen’s funeral and burial service at Windsor Castle afterwards. West London Airport said 15% of its 1,200 flights due to take off or land on Monday would be disrupted.

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, will be honored with a full state funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19. Around 2,000 people are expected to attend the funeral at Westminster Abbey as Britain bids its final farewell to the Queen.

London’s transport authority said it was preparing for around a million people to visit the British capital on Monday for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

Across the country, some 250 additional rail services will run, including night trains. Peter Hendy, chairman of Network Rail, said Monday would see the biggest public transport operation since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

More than 100 flights from Heathrow Airport will be canceled to prevent aircraft noise from disrupting the Queen’s funeral and burial service at Windsor Castle afterwards. West London Airport said 15% of its 1,200 flights due to take off or land on Monday would be disrupted.

The event should be presented to the general public all over the world. Here’s what we know so far about the funeral service:

Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II will be transported to Westminster Abbey on the morning of September 19, where the funeral will begin at 11 a.m. local time.

The coffin, transported from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey at 10.44 a.m. local time, will be on the state carriage pulled by 142 soldiers. Prince William, accompanied by his brother Prince Harry and the oldest members of the royal family will follow the procession.

Historic Church of Britain

At around 8:00 a.m., the doors of Britain’s historic church, Westminster Abbey, will open to some 2,000 attendees. The abbey is historic because it is the place where the kings and queens of Brittany are crowned. Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation took place here in 1953. It’s also where she married Prince Phillip in 1947.

The funeral service

Ceremonial services will begin 15 minutes before the funeral service. It will be led by the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and new Prime Minister Liz Truss. The end of the funeral will be marked by a brief bugle call which will be played followed by a two minute nationwide silence.

How and where to attend the funeral?

Several platforms and stations will televise the funeral on Monday. Here’s how you can watch the September 19 events unfolding in Britain.

Television

The funeral is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. local time. On television, various broadcasting platforms such as British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC One, BBC News), National Broadcasting Company (NBC), Cable News Network (CNN), American Broadcasting Company, Sky News and Fox News will broadcast the event.

Diffusion

If not TV, you can also catch live coverage of the event on various streaming sources by Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN.org, C-SPAN Radio and the C-SPAN application). Other platforms that will show live coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral include the ITV News channel’s YouTube channels and Sky News. Additionally, YouTube TV, BBC and Peacock Premium will also cover the Last Rites live.

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