Details of Queen’s funeral plan announced

Queen Elizabeth II will be buried next to the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor in a private ceremony attended by her family on Monday after her state funeral at Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace has said.

The Queen will be laid to rest in the King George VI Memorial Chapel during a service at 7.30pm.

Her state funeral, attended by more than 2,000 official guests including the heads of state of many nations, will end with the last post, a two-minute silence, and a lament played by the Queen’s personal piper.

Before the state funeral, her coffin will be transported to Westminster Abbey on the state gun carriage.

After the service, there will be a long procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, with King Charles leading members of the royal family walking behind the gun carriage.

Her coffin will then be transferred to the state hearse, and travel by road to Windsor. The committal service, attended by 800 people, will be held at St George’s Chapel. Later that evening her family will attend a private interment service.

At present, the coffin is lying in state at Westminster Hall. The Queen’s four children, led by the King, will perform a 15-minute vigil at the catafalque on Friday evening.

The Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk, who has responsibility for the funeral, said the task was “humbling and daunting” and that the state funeral would be a “fitting tribute to an extraordinary reign”.

“Of course, these events are taking place against the backdrop of an outpouring of grief, affection and gratitude from people in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and across the world – all united in paying tribute to the Queen’s life of dedicated service,” he said.

“As well as remembering the incredible reign of Elizabeth II, our monarch, and being full of hope for the start of the new reign of King Charles III, let us be proud of how our country has come together in recognition of her remarkable legacy; solemnly, respectfully and with such devotion.

“The events of recent days are a reminder of the strength of our constitution, a system of government which in so many ways is the envy of the world.”