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Where to watch the Queen’s funeral in the UK

Here are all the pubs, cinemas and public screens that will be showing the service

Chiara Wilkinson
Ella Doyle
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Chiara Wilkinson
Ella Doyle

The countdown to the Queen’s funeral has well and truly begun. The service will take place at Westminster Abbey in London today, and many venues, shops and even food banks will be closed for the funeral.

The Queen’s funeral cortege arrives at Westminster Abbey at 11am. The whole thing will be broadcast live by the BBC, and while some people will prefer to watch the Queen’s funeral in the comfort of their own homes, the ceremony will also be shown in some public places around the UK.

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Here’s everything we know about where to watch the Queen’s funeral, wherever you are in the UK. 

Are cinemas showing the Queen’s funeral?

While some cinema chains are closing for today, Vue cinemas across the country have cancelled all film showings and will be screening the Queen’s funeral for free on the big screen, providing a free bottle of water to all attendees. 

Cinema chains Curzon, The Arc and Vue have said they will be screening the event for free. Cinemas including Odeon, Cineworld, Picturehouse, The Light and Showcase, however, will all be closed today out of respect to the Queen. 

Can I watch the Queen’s funeral outside?

Councils up and down the UK are also installing large outdoor screens to show the funeral. In Exeter, the funeral will be shown on a large screen at Northernhay Gardens in the city centre. In Hull, a 20-metre screen will be installed on the balcony of Hull City Hall and the service will be shown live in Millennium Square in Leeds.

Birmingham City Council has confirmed that the funeral will be broadcast in Centenary Square, and people in London will be able to watch it at a screening site in Hyde Park. Unsure if your local area is showing the funeral publicly? Check your council’s website or social media to find out.

Are pubs showing the Queen’s funeral?

While many hospitality businesses have said that they will shut on Monday, several will remain open so people can watch the funeral. The majority of Greene King’s 2,600 pubs and venues owned by Stonegate group, which has more than 300 bars and pubs including Slug and Lettuce and Walkabout, will remain open to show the funeral.
Wetherspoons will open the majority of its pubs after 1pm on Monday, but selected branches will open at 8am and close at midnight. 
Mitchell and Butler, which owns around 1,700 of the UKs pubs, restaurants and bars (including All Bar One and O’Neills), will keep its venues open on Monday and said it will show the funeral where possible

Can I watch the Queen’s funeral online?

If you want to watch the funeral online, you can watch it live on BBC One, BBC News and other major news channels, with coverage starting from 11am. You can also watch the Queen’s body lying in state online, and track the queue to get into Westminster Hall, which will be open to the public until 6.30am on the day of the funeral. 

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