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Details of Royal Family’s intimate private burial service for Queen

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Buckingham Palace revealed that the late sovereign will be laid to rest in the King George VI Memorial Chapel during a third and final service, expected to take place at 7:30pm. Following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey, her four children, King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and other members of the Firm will attend the private service. The burial service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor.

The Queen is to be buried with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the King George VI memorial chapel.

The hour-long state service at Westminster Abbey initiated a three-part funeral ceremony due to conclude in Windsor this afternoon.

Having now left the Abbey, the Queen’s casket is now en route to her ancestral seat via London’s Wellington Arch. 

With her procession following behind, the coffin will enter a hearse bound for Windsor. 

The hearse carrying the Queen’s coffin will drive the following route: 

  • Apsley Way
  • South Carriage Drive
  • Queen’s Gate
  • Cromwell Road
  • Talgarth Road (via Hammersmith Flyover)
  • Great West Road (A4)
  • Great South West Road (A30)
  • London Road (A30) (via under Chiswick Flyover)
  • Staines Road (A30)
  • Windsor Road (A308)
  • Albert Road (A308) to Shaw Farm Gate

The hearse should reach Windsor by approximately 3.06pm, after which it will travel through the Long Walk.

Public coverage of the path will continue, with people lining the route.

The Committal Service, the second of the day, is due once the Queen’s body arrives at St George’s Chapel around 4pm. 

A smaller congregation of 800 will line stands in the chapel, with proceedings conducted by David Conner, the Dean of Windsor.

Those present will include people with official and intimate links to the Firm. 

Governors general of the Commonwealth and other premiers will join the Royal Family and past and present household staffers. 

The service will adhere to the following schedule: 

  1. Members of the Royal Family not in procession enter West Door from 3.25pm
  2. Procession arrives at West Steps from 3.53pm and enters chapel from 4pm
  3. Coffin is carried through the nave and placed on catafalque
  4. Procession royals take their seats in the choir
  5. Dean of Windsor conducts committal service
  6. Coffin lowers through the floor to the royal vault below
  7. The Sovereign’s piper plays a lament from the doorway separating the chapel and Dean’s cloister
  8. Royal Family leaves via Galilee porch at the end of the service

The third and final service – a private untelevised interment in the King George VI Memorial Chapel – will begin at 7.30pm.

The service, also conducted by the Dean of Windsor, is open only to the King and Royal Family. 

They will lay the Queen’s coffin to rest in the George VI memorial chapel alongside her deceased relatives. 

She will join her parents King George VI and the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and her husband, Prince Philip. 

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