Queen Elizabeth wasn’t just loved by her subjects. Her long reign and very public presence made her a familiar figure to people around the world. So her death on September 8 was felt far beyond the British Empire.
With that in mind, it’s not really surprising that her funeral will be an event watched by millions of people worldwide. Here are the details we know so far about when Elizabeth will be put to rest and how you can watch at home.
Buckingham Palace has not yet confirmed an exact date, but the terms of Operation London Bridge, the long-held plan for the monarch’s death, call for Elizabeth to be buried 10 days after her death. However, since she died at Balmoral instead of Buckingham Palace, this might slightly affect the timeline.
How long will Queen Elizabeth be in state?
After traveling from Scotland, Queen Elizabeth’s coffin will be taken to Westminster Hall, where she is expected to lie in state for four days. Up to half a million people are expected to pay their respects. The visits take place 23 hours a day. And members of the royal family are expected to arrive unannounced and stand guard, as George V’s sons did in 1936. (This time women of the family are also expected to stand guard for the first time.)
Where will Queen Elizabeth’s funeral take place?
The funeral services will take place in Westminster Abbey, where Elizabeth was crowned Queen in 1953.
She will be the first British monarch since George II in 1760 to have her funeral there.
When is Queen Elizabeth’s funeral?
This has not yet been officially announced either. But it’s likely an early event for US viewers. The terms of Operation London Bridge stipulate that the burial begins at exactly 11:00 a.m. local time, which is 6:00 a.m. on the east coast.
Who will attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral?
2,000 guests will gather at the funeral expecting it to be a who’s who of world leaders. King Charles and the rest of the royal family will of course be in attendance, although the cameras are unlikely to focus on them very much (another requirement of Operation London Bridge). President Joe Biden has announced that he will attend. And British Prime Minister Liz Truss, installed by the Queen on September 6, will be there along with all surviving former Prime Ministers.
The rest of the guest list is still being compiled.
Where is Queen Elizabeth buried?
After the hour-long funeral service, Elizabeth’s body is placed on the same green carriage used for her father, grandfather and great-grandfather’s funerals. She is taken to St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle and interred in the King George VI Memorial Chapel of the Royal Vault, where her parents, sister and late husband were previously buried.
Can I watch Queen Elizabeth’s funeral if I don’t have a cable subscription?
Major TV stations are likely to broadcast the Queen’s funeral live. The best way to watch any kind of network programs for free (without a cable contract) on a big screen is with a good HD antenna. To ensure you are getting the most reliable signal, you should test the antenna in multiple locations around your home.
Can I stream Queen Elizabeth’s funeral online for free?
You can. Many online streaming services have live programs or will offer special coverage of the funeral – and most have free trials.
NBC’s streaming service offers a seven-day free trial followed by a monthly fee of $5 or $10. (The free version of Peacock does not include live events.)
CBS’s streaming service gives you access to the network’s game coverage of the funeral. You can get a week-long free trial followed by a monthly fee of $5 or $10.
Disney’s bundle of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ no longer has a free trial, so you’ll have to pay $13.99 a month for all three together (or $19.99 a month with no ads on Hulu). Including Live TV in the package bumps the price up to $70 per month ($76 without ads).
Hulu with Live TV
The free trial version of this service is also no longer offered. It will cost you $70 per month.
After up to a two-week trial, you can expect monthly fees of $65.
Dish Network’s lower-tier “Orange” Sling plan costs $35 per month and includes multiple news channels as well as BBC America. (Adding the more comprehensive “Blue” plan brings the cost to $50 per month.) You start with a seven-day free trial — and already the cord-cutting service is halving the first month’s bill.
Formerly known as DirecTV Now, AT&T TVNow, and AT&T TV, this often-rebranded streaming service costs $70 per month and up after the free trial option.
Alternatively, given the historical context of this funeral, most important news sites will also be broadcast live.
Live streaming of BBC News coverage is available on the BBC website. The BBC YouTube channel is also likely to stream coverage.
You can live stream the coverage through the service’s website or YouTube. It’s also available on Peacock.
Live streaming of ITV News is available via the ITV News website or YouTube.
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