The world will bid a final “goodbye and thank you, Ma’am” to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral on Monday, September 19 at London’s Westminster Abbey.
While the service for Her Majesty, who passed away September 8, will be attended by 2,000 family, friends, dignitaries, and heads of state, the event is expected to draw a record 4.1 billion viewers from around the world.
In the United States, every major network, broadcast outlet, and streaming service will provide coverage. And in Houston, viewers will need to get up before the sun to tune in live. The funeral starts at 5 am local time, with many noteworthy events happening before and after it (see schedule, below).
Networks (television and streaming):
- PBS: PBS will carry the BBC’s live coverage from London, starting at 3 am. A primetime special, The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II: Events of the Day, will then be broadcast at 7 pm.
- ABC: David Muir and Robin Roberts will anchor coverage, starting at 4:30 am.
- NBC: Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Lester Holt will anchor coverage, starting at 4:30 am.
- CBS: Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell will anchor coverage (time TBA).
Cable networks (television and streaming):
- BBC America: Coverage from London will start at 3 am.
- CNN: Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett will anchor coverage starting at 4 am, with additional anchors and reporters joining throughout the morning.
- MSNBC: Chris Jansing will anchor coverage, beginning at 2 am, following with a special edition of Morning Joe from London and continuing through services.
- C-SPAN: Live coverage will begin at 4:30 am.
- Bloomberg TV: Live coverage will run from 4-6:30 am.
- Fox News Channel: Martha MacCallum, Ainsley Earhardt, and Piers Morgan will anchor coverage, starting at 2 am.
Other streaming options:
- BritBox will stream BBC live coverage, starting at 3:30 am.
- BBC is live-streaming from London, 24 hours a day, on their news app and at www.bbc.com/news. (Click on the Queen Elizabeth II tab.)
- ITV News offers live-streaming at www.itv.com/news and through YouTube.
- Sky News offers live-streaming at news.sky.com, as well as through Peacock and YouTube.
- Subscription-based streaming platforms (with free trials available) will be streaming the funeral, including: FuboTV, Sling, YouTube TV, Peacock Premium, Hulu + Live TV, and Paramount+. The service will be available to stream on regular Hulu as soon as it concludes.
Schedule of events
The funeral service itself will begin at 11 am in London (BST), which is 5 am in Houston (CDT). The service is expected to last about an hour, but it’s preceded and followed by other events that also will be broadcast. Here is a schedule of events for the day, according to this handy guide from BBC. All times below are CDT.
12:30 am: The Queen’s lying-in-state at Westminster Hall will end. Hundreds of thousands (including soccer legend David Beckham) have been “queueing up” and waiting in line up to 14 hours to walk by her coffin and pay their respects. The BBC is live-streaming the lying-in-state here.
2 am: The doors of Westminster Abbey will open for guests to begin arriving for the state funeral. Heads of state — including U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden — will attend, as will royal family members from across Europe (many of whom were blood relatives of the Queen). Find the guest list here.
4:44 am: About 15 minutes before the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will be carried, via gun carriage, from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey. Senior members of the royal family (including King Charles and princes William and Harry) will follow the coffin in the procession.
5 am: The funeral at Westminster Abbey begins. It will be presided over by the Dean of Westminster David Hoyle and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
5:55 am: Near the end of the funeral, a bugle call called “Last Post” will be played, and two minutes of silence will be observed nationally across the UK. Then the “new” national anthem “God Save the King” will be sung and a lament will be played by the Queen’s piper.
6:15 am: A walking procession — including military bands and members of the armed services — will draw the coffin from the Abbey to Wellington Arch.
7 am: The coffin will be transferred to a state hearse for its final journey to Windsor.
9 am: The state hearse will arrive in Windsor for a walking procession up Windsor Castle’s Long Walk. Members of the armed forces will line the three-mile route, and members of the royal family will meet the cortege outside the castle.
10 am: The coffin will enter St. George’s Chapel for a committal service attended by a congregation of 800. At the conclusion of the 45-minute service, the Queen’s coffin will be lowered into the royal vault, and the royal family will leave the chapel. The service will include many traditions symbolizing the end of the Queen’s reign, including the removal of the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and scepter from the top of the coffin. (Read more about what to expect here.)
1:30 pm: The Queen will be buried together with her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the King George VI memorial chapel inside St. George’s Chapel. The private ceremony is just for family, and it is unclear whether any part of it will be made public.