The United Kingdom will bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II on Monday noon. In Westminster Abbey. Hundreds of statesmen from around the world come to the funeral, including US President Joe Biden and Japanese Emperor Naruhito. The Czech Republic will be represented by Prime Minister Petr Viala (ODS). London expects an influx of up to one million new people who will watch the state funeral. Live coverage will be provided by British broadcasters and cinemas.




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The audience came to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II. | Photo: Yui Mok | Source: Pool via Reuters

State funeral for Elizabeth II. It will take place at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday 19 September from 11:00 am (12:00 pm CET). The ceremony is preceded by a series of procedures as scheduled, including the transportation of the coffin with the Queen, and the ceremony will be followed by two minutes of silence, a funeral procession, and the placement of the coffin in the grave at Windsor Castle.

President Biden arrived in London late Saturday night | Photo: Kevin Lamarck | Source: Reuters

About 500 heads of state and government, high-ranking officials and members of foreign royal families are expected to attend the funeral. Other guests include French President Emmanuel Macron, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Irish President Michael de Higgins and Prime Minister Michel Martin. Several guests are expected to pay homage to the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Palace and sign a book of condolence before the funeral.

On the eve of the state funeral, a ceremonial reception organized by King Charles III was held at Buckingham Palace for foreign mourners. For many leaders, it was an exceptional opportunity to speak together.

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People waited in line for up to 14 hours to pay their respects at Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin. | Photo: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Images | Source: Reuters

Queen Elizabeth II. She passed away on Thursday, September 8, at the age of 96. She spent 70 years on the throne, making her the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

Since Wednesday, the Queen’s coffin has been on display at Westminster Palace, where the public can meet Elizabeth II. Say goodbye during Sunday afternoon, the streak was about two hours long. On Sunday, authorities called on people not to line up in the crowd. During the day, they decided to close the queue due to full capacity. According to estimates, 750,000 people could have come to pay their respects to the Queen. The coffin will be with the queen in the palace by 7.30 our afternoon.

The funeral will be broadcast live by the BBC, ITV and Sky, and the funeral service will be shown in about 125 cinemas across Britain, among others. The Cinematographic Society noted that some theaters are already fully booked. The funeral will also be shown on large screens in many parks, squares and cathedrals.

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