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How to watch the Queen’s funeral online and on TV

Millions of people around the world will watch the service today

Ella Doyle
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Ella Doyle

The Queen’s funeral is finally take place. The service is at Westminster Abbey, making Elizabeth II the first British monarch to have her funeral there since 1760. She will then be buried at the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle alongside her parents and her late husband Prince Philip.

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If you want to watch the event, whether at home or in public, here’s everything you need to know.

When is the funeral?

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will take place today at Westminster Abbey, starting at 11am. It is a bank holiday meaning all schools in the UK will be closed, as will many places of employment (subject to employers). Supermarkets including Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Lidl will be shut too. Some pubs and restaurants will be open, and many will be showing the funeral on television. 

How can I watch the funeral?

Television cameras will be allowed inside Westminster Abbey so the funeral can be aired live on TV. Big screens will also be put up around London and the rest of the country so that people can watch the ceremony.

What channel will the funeral be on?

You can watch the funeral live on BBC One, BBC News and other major news channels such as Sky News and ITV. Other networks around the world are also likely to broadcast the event.

What time does coverage start?

The BBC will start coverage of the Queen’s state funeral from 8am on Monday September 19. The coverage will end around 5pm. 

Can I watch it online?

BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub will be broadcasting the funeral. The Times website will also show the state funeral in full. Social media sites are also likely to stream the event, including Twitter which sometimes showcases major live events on its Explore page.

Who will lead the broadcast?

Huw Edwards, Kirsty Young and David Dimbleby will lead the coverage on the BBC. There will be BSL coverage on BBC Two. Fergal Keane will join Huw Edwards in reporting from Windsor. ITV’s coverage will be hosted by Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham. 

Will the funeral be broadcast on radio?

The BBC Sounds app is likely to follow the funeral, as will the main BBC radio stations. Times Radio will also broadcast the funeral. 

Can I travel to see the funeral in person?

TfL has announced that public viewing areas to see the procession are already full and that there will be no entry to new arrivals. It has been advised for people already in the area to use dedicated walking routes to Hyde Park, where there will be public screens to watch the state funeral and procession.

What will happen after the funeral?

Immediately after the funeral, the BBC will show Paddington 2

Read more: here’s how to see the Queen lying in state.

Plus: where will the Queen be buried?

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