TV coverage, start time and schedule for BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4

Huge crowds are expected to descend on London for the Queen’s funeral on Monday, with an estimated 500 heads of state and foreign dignitaries expected at the ceremony in Westminster Abbey.

For those that cannot brave the Mall but still want to witness the funeral, there will be continuous coverage of the ceremonies throughout the day, starting hours before the state funeral and ending long after the Queen’s private burial.

What time is the Queen’s funeral procession?

The Queen’s funeral procession will start at 10:35 when her coffin will be lifted from the catafalque, where her body has been lying in state since Wednesday.

The lying-in-state will have officially ended by 6.30am on Monday morning.

At 10.44am, the gun carriage, drawn by 142 Royal Navy personnel, will be taken on the short journey to Westminster Abbey where the state funeral service will take place.

The King and other members of the Royal Family will follow the coffin, alongside members of the King’s Household and the Household of the Prince of Wales.

You can watch the Queens funeral procession on BBC, ITV and Sky. The BBC will be providing full coverage on TV and radio from 8am.

What time is the Queen’s funeral?

The state funeral will begin at 11am at Westminster Abbey.

At 11.55am, the Last Post, a short fanfare associated with military funerals, will sound followed by a two-minute silence.

Around noon, the Queen’s piper will play Reveille, a musical signal typically used to wake up military personnel in the morning, as well as the national anthem and a lament.

The coffin will then be carried back to the state gun carriage.

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After the funeral service, the Queen’s coffin will be taken in procession to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park corner, via Broad Sanctuary Parliament Square (south and east sides), Parliament Street, Whitehall, Horse Guards including Horse Guards Arch, Horse Guards Road, The Mall, Queen’s Gardens (south and west sides), Constitution Hill and Apsley Way.

The full timings for the day of the Queen’s funeral are as follows:

  • 6.30am: the Queen ends her lying-in-state at Westminster Hall
  • 8am: the doors to Westminster Abbey will open for the congregation to begin taking their seats
  • 10.44am: Charles will lead his family in marching behind the Queen’s coffin when it is moved from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey
  • Other royals who are not in the procession will be escorted by car
  • 10.52am: the procession arrives at Westminster Abbey
  • 11am: the service begins
  • 11.55am: The Last Post sounds
  • 12pm: the funeral will be brought to an end by Reveille, the national anthem and a lament played by the Queen’s piper and the King will then lead his family in a procession to Wellington Arch
  • 1pm: the coffin will be transferred to a funeral hearse at the corner of Hyde Park, before being driven from London to Windsor
  • 3.06pm: the funeral cortege is due to arrive at Winsdor Castle through Shaw Farm Gate
  • 3.10pm: the procession will set off, going up the Lond Walk towards Windsor Castle
  • 3.20pm: people including governors-general and realm prime ministers will begin to arrive at the West Door of St George’s Chapel for the committal service, shortly followed by members of the Royal Family not involved in the procession
  • 3.40pm: The King and other royals will join the procession as it passes into Engine Court
  • 3.53pm: the procession will stop at the bottom of the west steps into the chapel and the bearer party will lift the coffin from the state hearse and carry it up the steps
  • 4pm: some 800 people, including members of the Queen’s Household and Windsor estate staff, will attend the committal service afterwards at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
  • 4.30pm: the service ends and King Charles departs
  • 7.30pm: the Queen will be buried with the Duke of Edinburgh in King George VI’s chapel at Windsor in a private service

BBC, ITV and Sky will all be broadcasting the state funeral, as well as all the other ceremonial events.

The BBC will be providing full coverage of the funeral across television, radio, iPlayer and BBC Sounds. A special programme will be on air from 8am to 5pm on BBC One, BBC Two and iPlayer, followed by a news bulletin and then a special episode of The One Show called Our Queen Remembered.

ITV will broadcast the service and procession live as part of a special programme with a documentary film broadcast at 7.30pm and a special programme at 9pm.

Coverage of the funeral will also be available for free throughout the day on Sky News, the Sky News App, YouTube and on Freeview.

Channel 4 has annouced that it will not be broadcasting the funeral, and instead will show 1953 documentary A Queen Is Crowned.

The programme, narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier, was previously nominated for an Oscar.

A Channel 4 spokesman told “On the day Britain says farewell to its longest-serving monarch, Channel 4 will be airing A Queen Is Crowned, the classic 1953 documentary about her coronation, so that viewers can experience both the beginning and end of her remarkable reign.

“Following the service, Channel 4 will also broadcast two extended editions of Channel 4 News as well as the 1943 Vera Lynn film, We’ll Meet Again.”

The full TV schedule for the Queen’s funeral


6am Breakfast

8am The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II

5pm BBC News

5.50pm BBC London News

6:15pm The One Show: Our Queen Remembered

6.50pm Film: Paddington 2

8.30pm The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II: Events of the Day

10pm BBC News and Weather

11pm BBC London News


6am Good Morning Britain

9.30am Queen Elizabeth II: The State Funeral

7.30pm Queen Elizabeth II: A Nation Remembers

9pm Queen Elizabeth II: The Final Farewell

10pm News At 10 Extended Edition

Sky News

5am Kay Burley live from Westminster Abbey

9am Coverage of the funeral procession

11am The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II

2pm Dermot Murnaghan live from Windsor Castle

7pm A look back at the events and key moments from the day

10pm News at Ten

Public funeral screenings

On big screens

For those who want to witness the funeral in a communal environment, there will have the option of watching the historical event on big screens that are being put up across the country.

Screens will be erected in cities across the UK, including:

  • Edinburgh, in Holyrood Park
  • Newcastle, at Old Eldon Square
  • Birmingham, in Centenary Square
  • Manchester, Cathedral Gardens and Exchange Square
  • Leeds, Millennium Square
  • Hull, Queen Victoria Square
  • Hastings, Alexandra Park

Several cathedrals have announced plans to stream the ceremony, including Manchester, Sheffield, Bradford, Lincoln and Truro cathedrals.

Various cinema chains will also be broadcasting the event for free in selected cities, including Vue, Curzon and Arc. However, the UK’s largest cinema chains, Odeon and Cineworld, will be closed for the day.


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