A minute-by-minute guide to what will happen on the day of the Queen’s funeral on Monday

THE Queen will be reunited with her beloved husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, after a touching final farewell befitting their unprecedented and glorious 70-year reign.

After four days of being in state, the doors of Westminster Hall are closed to the public to allow preparations for a state funeral for 2,000 guests to begin.

Grenadier Guards practice carrying a coffin for Monday's funeral

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Grenadier Guards practice carrying a coffin for Monday’s funeralCredit: PA
We get a minute-by-minute look at what will happen on the day of the Queen's state funeral on Monday

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We get a minute-by-minute look at what will happen on the day of the Queen’s state funeral on Monday
Her Majesty's State Funeral begins at 11am at Westminster Abbey and ends at 12pm

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Her Majesty’s State Funeral begins at 11am at Westminster Abbey and ends at 12pmPhoto credit: Getty

The funeral begins at 11am in Westminster Abbey and ends at 12pm, marked by Last Post, a two-minute silence across Britain and the national anthem.

Her coffin is then driven to Windsor where it is lowered into the royal vault of St George’s Chapel.

She will then be buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel – alongside husband Prince Philip, who died last year.

Here we take an up-to-the-minute look at what’s set to happen on Monday.

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6.30 am: Westminster Hall will be closed to the public when the Queen’s State Funeral concludes after four days to prepare for the State Funeral.

8:00 am: Westminster Abbey will open to the congregation of 2,000, which will include heads of state and foreign royalty.

10:35 am: A carrier party from Queen’s Company 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards will lift the coffin from the catafalque in Westminster Hall and carry it in procession to the Royal Navy’s State Gun Carriage, which will be positioned outside the north door.

10:44 am: The gun carriage, pulled by 138 Royal Naval seamen, will set off from New Palace Yard via Parliament Square, the Broad Sanctuary and the Sanctuary to Westminster Abbey.

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King Charles and members of the Royal Family including Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Prince William and Prince Harry will follow on foot.

10:52 am: The procession will arrive at the west gate of Westminster Abbey where the coffin will be lifted from its carriage and carried ready for the funeral service.

11 clock: The service, led by the Dean of Westminster, begins. PM Liz Truss and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth will give readings.

11:55 am: Last Post sounds, followed by a two-minute silence to be observed at the Abbey and across Britain.

Midday: Reveille, the national anthem and a lament from the Queen’s Piper conclude the state funeral service.

The carrying party then lifts the coffin from the catafalque and moves in procession through the Great West Door to the State Gun Carriage, which is positioned outside the West Gate.

King Charles and the Queen consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales and other royalty will then follow the coffin on foot.

Household Cavalry Troopers attend a morning rehearsal for the Queen's funeral in London yesterday

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Household Cavalry Troopers attend a morning rehearsal for the Queen’s funeral in London yesterdayCredit: PA
Service staff rehearse ahead of Monday's funeral at The Mall

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Service staff rehearse ahead of Monday’s funeral at The MallCredit: PA

00:15: The procession, led by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and members of NHS staff, will set out for Wellington Arch. Minute Guns will be fired in Hyde Park by The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery and Big Ben will be rung throughout the procession.

13 o’clock: On arrival at Wellington Arch, the coffin is lifted into the state hearse, which begins its journey to Windsor. When the hearse departs, the parade gives a royal salute and the national anthem is played.

3:06 p.m.: The State Hearse approaches Shaw Farm Gate, Albert Road, Windsor and takes its place at the head of the procession.

3:10 p.m.: The procession heads to St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

3:20 p.m.: Governors-General and Prime Ministers will arrive and be escorted to their seats in the nave. A total of 800 people, including members of the Queen’s household and the Windsor estate, will attend the service.

3:25 p.m.: Royals not participating in the procession arrive at the chapel and are escorted to their seats.

3:40 p.m.: The King and other members of the royal family taking part in the procession join it at the Quadrangle on the north side as it transitions into Engine Court.

The route is lined with forces and tiny guns are fired from the East Lawn by the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery. The Sevastopol bell and the curfew tower bell are rung.

3:53 p.m.: The procession stops at the foot of the West Stairs of St George’s Chapel in the Horseshoe Cloister, where the group of bearers lifts the coffin from the hearse and carries it up the West Stairs.

4 p.m.: The funeral service begins with the entry of the coffin procession into the chapel to the catafalque in the choir room. The service will be led by the Dean of Windsor. Prayers are said by the Rector of Sandringham, the Minister of Crathie Kirk and the Chaplain of Windsor Great Park.

Before the closing song, the Imperial Crown, Orb and Scepter are taken from the coffin by the Crown Jeweler and, with the help of the Bargemaster and Serjeants-at-Arms, are presented to the Dean, who places them on the altar.

At the end of the final hymn, the king will place the camp color of the Queen’s Company of the Grenadier Guards, for which she was a colonel, on the coffin.

At the same time, the Lord Chamberlain breaks his staff of office and, according to tradition, places it on the coffin. The coffin is lowered into the royal vault while the Archbishop of Canterbury reads a benediction and the piper recites a lament to the queen.

At the conclusion of the service, the King and members of the Royal Family will depart for Windsor Castle from the Galilee Porch.

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19:30 o’clock: A private funeral attended by the King and members of the Royal Family is conducted by the Dean of Windsor.

Her Majesty is buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel with her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

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