The world is about to say its final goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II. Funeral services for the world’s longest reigning monarch will be held Monday, Sept. 19 and Americans who hope to watch live will have to get up early, especially if they’re on the West Coast.
Queen Elizabeth’s long reign and very public presence made her a familiar figure to people around the world, so her death on Sept. 8 was felt far beyond the British Empire. As such, her funeral is expected to be one of the most watched television events of the year, with millions (and, by some estimates, billions) of people tuning in worldwide (and tens, if not hundreds, of thousands lining the streets of London).
Here are the details about when Elizabeth will be put to rest and how you can watch at home.
When is Queen Elizabeth’s funeral?
Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will be held on Monday, Sept. 19 and it will be a national holiday in the U.K.
What time will Queen Elizabeth’s funeral take place?
The funeral services will begin precisely at 11:00 a.m. local time, which is 6:00 a.m. on the east coast and 3:00 a.m. PT.
Coverage will begin at least 30 minutes earlier on most networks and C-Span and as much as two hours earlier on BBC America.
Where will Queen Elizabeth’s funeral take place?
The funeral services will be held at Westminster Abbey, where Elizabeth was crowned Queen in 1953.
She will be the first British monarch to have her funeral there since George II in 1760.
Who will attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral?
Around 2,000 guests will gather at the funeral and it’s expected to be a who’s who of world leaders. King Charles and the rest of the royal family will, of course, be there, though the cameras likely won’t focus on them much (another condition of Operation London Bridge). President Joe Biden plans to attend. And U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was installed by the Queen on Sept. 6, will there, along with all surviving former Prime Ministers.
Where will Queen Elizabeth be buried?
After the hour-long funeral service, Elizabeth’s body will be placed on the same green gun carriage that was used for the funerals of her father, grandfather and great grandfather. She will be taken to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and be interred in the royal vault’s King George VI Memorial Chapel, where her parents, sister, and late husband were previously laid to rest.
What is the timeline for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral?
The funeral will be a strictly timed event. Here’s how the day will go. (All times are in British Time):
6:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. ET) – Final members of the public admitted to the lying in state.
10:44-10:52 (5:44-5:52 a.m. ET) – Coffin transferred from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey
11:00 a.m. (6:00 a.m. ET) – Funeral services begin
11:55 a.m. (6:55 a.m. ET) – Last post, a bugle call of the British infantry, will play, followed by a two-minute long nationwide moment of silence
12:00-1:00 p.m. (7:00-8:00 a.m. ET) – 1.5 mile coffin procession to Hyde Park, where the coffin will be transferred to the State Hearse and travel to Windsor
3:06-3:52 p.m. (10:06-10:52 a.m. ET) – Coffin arrives at Windsor Castle and St. George’s Chapel
4:00 p.m. (11:00 a.m. ET) – A committal service will be held with 800 in attendance, mostly the Queen’s personal staff and people who worked on her estates. The Queen’s coffin will be lowered into the royal vault at this time.
Evening – At an undesignated time that evening, there will be a private burial service and Elizabeth will be interred next to her husband, Prince Phillip; sister, Princess Margaret; and parents.
Can I watch Queen Elizabeth’s funeral if I don’t have a cable subscription?
Major television networks are likely to cover the Queen’s funeral live over the air. The best way to watch any sort of network programming for free (without a cable subscription) on a big screen is with a good HD antenna. To ensure you’re getting the most reliable signal, be sure to test the antenna in multiple locations in your home.
Can I stream Queen Elizabeth’s funeral live online for free?
You can. Many online streaming services have live programming or will feature special coverage of the funeral—and most have free trials.
NBC’s streaming service offers a seven-day free trial, followed by a $5 or $10 monthly charge. (The free version of Peacock does not include live events.)
CBS’s streaming service will give you access to the network’s games coverage of the funeral. You can get a one-week free trial, followed by a $5 or $10 monthly charge.
Disney’s bundle of Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ no longer has a free trial, so you’ll have to pay $13.99 per month for all three combined (or $19.99 per month for no ads on Hulu). Including Live TV in the bundle bumps the price to $70 per month ($76 with no ads).
Hulu with Live TV
The free trial on this service is no longer offered, as well. It will cost you $70 per month.
After up to a two-week trial, you can expect monthly charges of $65.
Dish Network’s Sling lower-tiered “Orange” plan will run you $35 per month and features several news channels as well as BBC America. (Adding the more comprehensive “Blue” plan bumps the cost to $50 per month.) You’ll have a seven-day free trial first—and right now, the cord-cutting service is cutting the first month’s bill in half.
Formerly known as DirecTV Now, AT&T TVNow and AT&T TV, this oft-renamed streaming service will run you $70 per month and up after the free trial option.
Alternatively, given the historical context of this funeral, the Websites of most major news will stream it live as well.
Live streaming of BBC News coverage is available at the BBC website. The BBC YouTube channel is also streaming coverage. And Americans can watch on BBC America starting at 4:00 a.m. ET.
You can live stream coverage via the service’s website or YouTube. It’s also available on Peacock.
Live streaming of ITV News is available via the ITV News website or YouTube.
I missed the Queen’s funeral! Will any network be rerunning it?
Expect all of the news networks (and nightly news shows) to feature highlights from the funeral all day long. While no channel has announced plans to feature a complete encore of the services, PBS will air a BBC primetime special, The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Monday evening from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. ET.
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