Queen Elizabeth II will finally be buried on Monday – a funeral that has been meticulously planned for decades and is expected to be the most watched live event in television history.
After 10 days of homage and festivities, King Charles III and his royal family will lead an all-day final farewell full of pomp that includes three sombre ceremonies and the same number of processions to her flag-covered coffin.
Here, The Post provides a comprehensive guide to expected events marking the last day of Operation London Bridge.
End of laying in state (1:30 a.m. ET)
At 6:30 a.m. UK time (1:30 a.m. in New York) the doors of Westminster Hall will finally close, officially ending it. Lying in the state.
Just before, it was the last group of thousands of well-wishers who lined up to participate for 14 hours They will be allowed into the Queen in her coffin covered with the royal standard.
By 8am London time – three hours before the service begins – the doors of Westminster Abbey will open to begin letting in guests, including World leaders like President Biden And the first lady.
Operation begins (5:35 a.m. EDT)
After 10:35 a.m. local time (5:35 a.m. in New York), a carrier group from The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards – a royal protection unit known for their distinctive high-fur hats – will raise the Queen’s coffin from the casket where it was in the state.
They will carry her coffin to the Royal Navy’s state gun carriage – which was first removed from active duty in 1901 for Queen Victoria’s funeral. It was also used at the funerals of King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI, Winston Churchill and Lord Louis Mountbatten.
The procession will begin at 10:44 a.m. local time – 5:44 a.m. in New York – with new King Charles III and other senior royals walking behind the late Queen’s coffin.
It will be commanded by tubes and barrels assembled from the Scottish and Irish Regiments, the Gurkha Brigade, and the Royal Air Force Division.
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines will be among those lining the motorcade route to Westminster Abbey, passing the Guard of Honor and the Royal Marines Corps in Parliament Square.
Just eight minutes later, the procession is due to arrive at Westminster Abbey, where the Queen also married Prince Philip in 1947, receiving an official coronation in 1953. The coffin carrier will then transport the coffin from the government cannon cart to the Abbey.
Concert (6 a.m. ET)
The funeral is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. local time (6 a.m. in New York) as the Abbey is filled with world leaders and dignitaries, as well as 200 citizens invited for their “extraordinary contributions” to British life.
The service will be led by Dean of Westminster David Howell, with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, delivering the sermon and commendation.
New Prime Minister Liz Truss – The last person photographed with the Queen – It will be a speaker. The Archbishop of York, Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal, Director of the Plenary of the Church of Scotland and Director of the Free Churches will all arrive as well.
Last post and two minutes of silence
The end of the one-hour service will be marked by the traditional last post, followed by two minutes of silence at approximately 11:55 a.m. local time (before 7 a.m. in New York).
Queen Piper will conclude the funeral at midday (7 a.m. in New York) with lamentations and the national anthem.
The party carrying the coffin will be taken back to the same Venetian carriage, followed by King Charles, Queen Camilla and other senior relatives of the royal family.
Moving to Wellington Arch
The king will again lead his family in following the sarcophagus in a second procession, this time to Wellington Arch, which was completed in 1830 as the original entrance to Buckingham Palace.
However, the Queen will do instead Follow in the car With the new Princess of Wales Kate Middleton, then Meghan Markle will be in another with Prince Edward’s wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
The procession – which is expected to take about an hour – will again be surrounded by military personnel, while others line the road, some shooting at them.
The King’s Guard will go out in the front yard of Buckingham Palace and perform the royal salute as the coffin passes the Queen Victoria Memorial.
At Wellington Arch, the coffin will be transported to the state winery ready for the final voyage to the Queen’s beloved Windsor. Her heartbroken relatives will follow her by car.
Operation in Windsor (10:10 a.m. EST)
The funeral is expected to arrive in Windsor after 3 p.m. local time (10 a.m. in New York) in preparation for a third procession.
In addition to his family, King Charles will be joined by members of his family and his late mother, with military personnel rejoining the road and forming guards of honor for the procession.
At 3:53 p.m. local time — just before 11 a.m. in New York — the hearing will stop at the western steps of St. George’s Chapel in Horseshoe Abbey. The bearer will again raise her coffin for the referral service.
Commitment Service (11 a.m. EST)
In addition to members of the royal family, guests of the ceremony include former Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom as well as past and current members of the late Queen’s family. Most of them will not be in the former London service.
Before the last chant, the late queen’s crown, orb, and scepter will be removed from her coffin and laid on the altar.
Lord Chamberlain Lord Andrew Parker – The most senior officer in the royal house – He will festively “break” the “office wand” and put it on the coffin.
The Dean of Windsor, David Conner, will then say a final psalm and tribute as the Queen’s coffin is lowered in the Royal Vault.
The King’s Passage will play lamenting, slowly turning away until the music slowly fades away.
The blessing will then be announced by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the service will end with the translation of “God save the King”.
With the King and his royal relatives departing, it marks the end of public festivities.
Private burial (2:30 p.m. EST)
Service and burial in King George VI Memorial Church “It will be completely private, as it is a very personal occasion,” a King’s spokesperson said.
The King and his family will be together for the service, which will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, at 7:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. in New York).
The Gothic church, on the grounds of Windsor Castle that is nearly 1,000 years old, is named after her father, who died of cancer in 1952 while his daughter and heir to the throne was only 25 years old.
It also houses the remains of King George’s wife, Queen Mother Elizabeth, and his youngest daughter, Princess Margaret.
The palace said she would eventually be buried alongside Prince Philip, the 73-year-old husband of the Queen who died last year before the 100th anniversary of his birth.