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LONDON — Britain is bidding farewell to Queen Elizabeth II — and it’s doing it in fashion.
As world leaders collect in London for the monarch’s state funeral Monday, a lot of the nation will grind to a halt. Retailers and pubs will shut, Brits will take the time off work and faculty, and the nation will pause and replicate on a exceptional seven-decade reign with a nationwide second of silence.
It marks the primary state funeral to happen within the U.Okay. for the reason that dying of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1965, and actually the top of an period — so no element has been left to likelihood. Right here’s POLITICO’s information to what to anticipate.
How the day unfolds
Anticipate loads of pomp, a hearty dose of ceremony — and a uncommon second of quiet and tranquility for a rustic that’s spent a lot of the previous decade arguing with itself.
At 6.30 a.m. U.Okay. time Monday, the queen’s lying-in-state formally involves an finish, bringing to a detailed what has been an unprecedented present of affection for the monarchy from members of the British public — encapsulated, in fact, by that epic queue. Even for a nation of queuers, Brits outdid themselves, lining up for miles to file previous the late monarch’s coffin because it lay below the centuries-old hammer-beam roof of Westminster Corridor. Doorways shut Monday morning.
At 10.44 a.m., the queen’s coffin is loaded onto a gun carriage for the procession to close by Westminster Abbey. The brand new king will observe on foot, accompanied by senior members of the royal household.
At 11 a.m., the funeral service itself — attended by world leaders and overseas dignitaries (extra on that grumbling lot beneath) — begins. The dean of Westminster will conduct the service, and there can be readings from Prime Minister Liz Truss — appointed by the queen simply two days earlier than her dying — in addition to Patricia Scotland, secretary basic of the Commonwealth of Nations, and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the chief of the Church of England.
Anticipate an understated affair (by royal requirements, no less than) consistent with the queen’s needs. Former Archbishop of York John Sentamu, briefed on the preparations throughout his time in workplace, advised the BBC Sunday that the queen “didn’t like what she referred to as ‘lengthy, boring providers,’” and promised a ceremony rooted within the 1662 Ebook of Frequent Prayer, the normal prayer e book of the Anglican Church.
At 11.55 a.m., The Final Publish — a brief, conventional fanfare performed in remembrance — will sound, earlier than all of Britain involves a halt for a nationwide two-minute silence. The funeral itself attracts to a detailed — however there’s extra to come back.
At round 12 p.m., the queen’s coffin is transported to Wellington Arch on the nook of London’s Hyde Park in a procession led by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the army, Northern Eire’s police service, and employees from Britain’s much-loved Nationwide Well being Service.
After that, the remaining journey begins, because the coffin slowly winds its approach by state hearse to Windsor Fort, the royal residence 30 miles west of London within the leafy coronary heart of Berkshire.
Because of arrive in Windsor a bit after 3 p.m., the hearse will then journey via the city forward of the televised committal service. This begins at 4 p.m. inside St George’s Chapel and can be carried out by the dean of Windsor, with some 800 friends in attendance.
Anticipate a number of moments of very British ceremony on the committal. Earlier than the ultimate hymn, the imperial state crown, orb and scepter can be faraway from the queen’s coffin and positioned on the altar, to be later transported to the Tower of London, the place the crown jewels are saved.
Earlier than the queen’s coffin is lowered into the royal vault, custom dictates that the lord chamberlain — a job at the moment held by former spy chief Andrew Parker — ought to ceremonially “break” his wand of workplace and place it on the coffin, signaling the top of his service to the queen.
At 7.30pm, a non-public interment will happen on the King George VI Memorial Chapel, the ultimate resting place of the queen’s father, mom and sister.
The queen’s husband, Prince Philip — whose stays have been held within the royal vault since his dying final yr — can be interred within the chapel alongside her.
Just about anybody who’s anybody on the earth of world royalty and diplomacy — so preserve your eyes peeled for the same old heady mixture of protocol breaches, sizzling mic moments and presidents sitting within the improper chairs.
Round 500 leaders and dignitaries from the U.Okay. and internationally are anticipated to hitch the royal household for the funeral at Westminster Abbey, and there’s been frantic jostling for invitations forward of the occasion — in addition to loads of whining over the buses British officers have requested most world leaders to take for the funeral.
These invited vary from the comparatively uncontroversial — the kings and queens of Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands and Spain; U.S. President Joe Biden; European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen — to the considerably extra eyebrow-raising.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was invited, regardless of howls of protest from human rights campaigners and reporters nonetheless outraged on the state-ordered killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. U.Okay. overseas workplace sources stated Sunday he wouldn’t be attending, with Riyadh anticipated to be represented by Prince Turki bin Mohammed al Saud as a substitute.
Though Chinese language President Xi Jinping won’t be there, there’s anger from British MPs too on the attendance of a Chinese language delegation, given the sanctions Beijing has imposed on outspoken lawmakers within the U.Okay. And there’s an almighty row underway over the attendance of Spain’s exiled former king, Juan Carlos, branded a “legal on the run” by a spokesperson for junior governing occasion Podemos over fraud allegations.
Additionally notable by his absence is Vladimir Putin, or certainly any rep from Russia within the wake of its invasion of Ukraine. “We view this British try to make use of a nationwide tragedy that has touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands of individuals world wide for geopolitical functions to settle scores with our nation through the days of mourning as profoundly immoral,” Russian overseas ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated.
Past the diva world leaders, look out too for no less than a handful of representatives from planet earth. Anticipate to see army servicemen and ladies who’ve acquired the Victoria Cross and George Cross awards; numerous members of the queen’s workers; and 183 members of the general public. The latter group have been chosen for his or her service to the group, and acknowledged within the queen’s birthday honors listing.
How can I watch?
As is becoming of a large world information occasion, you’re not in need of viewing choices.
Traditionalists will need to stick with the BBC, the state broadcaster that can inevitably get a kicking from nearly all people for being both too patriotic or not patriotic sufficient in its protection, relying by yourself disposition.
The Beeb is offering full protection of the state funeral on tv, radio and its on-line iPlayer service, with a particular program — helmed by Huw Edwards, Kirsty Younger, Fergal Keane, David Dimbleby and Sophie Raworth — on air from 8 a.m. to five p.m.
Edgy different sorts can at all times go for Sky Information, which can roll from an ungodly 5 a.m. outdoors Westminster Abbey. Hosts on the day embody Kamali Melbourne, Kay Burley, Anna Botting, Jayne Secker and Mark Austin.
ITV can be broadcasting the service and procession stay. It’s tapped up Mary Nightingale, Chris Ship, Rageh Omaar, Nina Hossain and Charlene White for the day’s protection, and is working two particular documentaries — “Queen Elizabeth II: A Nation Remembers” and “Queen Elizabeth II: The Last Farewell” — from 7.30 p.m. In an indication of regular life returning, ITV will later this week start displaying commercials between reveals for the primary time for the reason that queen’s dying.
For these tuning in stateside, CNN’s Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper are in London for a day of protection, as are CBS’s Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell; NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb; and Fox Information’ Martha MacCallum — who will get to savor the infinite knowledge of star visitor and famed Meghan Markle fan Piers Morgan later within the day.
How can I not watch?
Feeling a bit queasy from weeks of royal protection? Don’t fear: Britain’s Channel 5 has you lined.
Whereas the remainder of the nation mourns, it’s broadcasting a somber mixture of “The Emoji Film,” “Stuart Little” and “Ice Age 3” as a substitute.
This text was up to date to right a misattributed quote relating to Juan Carlos.