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LONDON — Britain is bidding farewell to Queen Elizabeth II — and it’s doing it in type.
As world leaders collect in London for the monarch’s state funeral Monday, a lot of the nation will grind to a halt. Outlets and pubs will shut, Brits will take the time off work and college, and the nation will pause and mirror on a remarkable seven-decade reign with a nationwide second of silence.
It marks the primary state funeral to happen within the U.Ok. for the reason that loss of life of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1965, and actually the top of an period — so no element has been left to probability. Right here’s POLITICO’s information to what to anticipate.
How the day unfolds
Count on 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.Ok. time Monday, the queen’s lying-in-state formally involves an finish, bringing to an in depth 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 beneath 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 international dignitaries (extra on that grumbling lot under) — begins. The dean of Westminster will conduct the service, and there will likely be readings from Prime Minister Liz Truss — appointed by the queen simply two days earlier than her loss of life — in addition to Patricia Scotland, secretary normal of the Commonwealth of Nations, and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the chief of the Church of England.
Count on an understated affair (by royal requirements, a minimum of) 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 known as ‘lengthy, boring companies,’” and promised a ceremony rooted within the 1662 Guide of Frequent Prayer, the normal prayer e-book of the Anglican Church.
At 11.55 a.m., The Last Post — 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 an in depth — 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 closing 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.
As a consequence of arrive in Windsor somewhat after 3 p.m., the hearse will then journey by way of the city forward of the televised committal service. This begins at 4 p.m. inside St George’s Chapel and will likely be performed by the dean of Windsor, with some 800 company in attendance.
Count on a number of moments of very British ceremony on the committal. Earlier than the ultimate hymn, the imperial state crown, orb and scepter will likely 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 stored.
Earlier than the queen’s coffin is lowered into the royal vault, custom dictates that the lord chamberlain — a role currently 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 loss of life final 12 months — will likely be interred within the chapel alongside her.
Just about anybody who’s anybody on the planet of worldwide royalty and diplomacy — so hold your eyes peeled for the same old heady mixture of protocol breaches, sizzling mic moments and presidents sitting within the fallacious chairs.
Round 500 leaders and dignitaries from the U.Ok. and the world over 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 plenty of whining over the buses British officers have requested most world leaders to take for the funeral.
These invited range 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.Ok. international workplace sources mentioned Sunday he wouldn’t be attending, with Riyadh anticipated to be represented by Prince Turki bin Mohammed al Saud as an alternative.
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.Ok. And there’s an almighty row underway over the attendance of Spain’s exiled former king, whom the nation’s socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has branded a “felony on the run” 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 tens of millions of individuals world wide for geopolitical functions to settle scores with our nation in the course of the days of mourning as profoundly immoral,” Russian international ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova mentioned.
Past the diva world leaders, look out too for a minimum of a handful of representatives from planet earth. Count on to see army servicemen and ladies who’ve acquired the Victoria Cross and George Cross awards; quite a lot of members of the queen’s workers; and 183 members of the general public. The latter group had been chosen for his or her service to the group, and acknowledged within the queen’s birthday honors checklist.
How can I watch?
As is becoming of a large world information occasion, you’re not wanting viewing choices.
Traditionalists will wish to stick with the BBC, the state broadcaster that can inevitably get a kicking from nearly everyone 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 various varieties can all the time go for Sky Information, which will roll from an ungodly 5 a.m. outside 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 dwell. It’s tapped up Mary Nightingale, Chris Ship, Rageh Omaar, Nina Hossain and Charlene White for the day’s protection, and is operating 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 exhibiting commercials between reveals for the primary time for the reason that queen’s loss of life.
For these tuning in stateside, CNN’s Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper are in London for a day of coverage, 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 coated.
Whereas the remainder of the nation mourns, it’s broadcasting a somber mixture of “The Emoji Film,” “Stuart Little” and “Ice Age 3” as an alternative.