How to watch the Queen’s funeral on TV, on livestream, or in London

On Monday 19 September at 11:00 CET, 4.1 billion people – more than half the world’s population – are forecast to watch Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. The Queen died on September 8, having become the longest reigning monarch in the history of the United Kingdom and one of the best known and most loved (though not) in the world general liked), celebrities.

It’s no secret that the UK government formulated a comprehensive plan for this eventuality years in advance and dubbed it Operation London Bridge. The project, which is still in progress, began with the orderly announcement of Elizabeth II’s death, culminating in her carefully orchestrated state funeral and includes broadcast instructions.


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In short, as this funeral unfolds, we will see Operation London Bridge play out in full. Here’s how you can tune in, wherever you are, to grieve when you’re feeling this way, or simply witness this unique moment in history.

How to see the queen lying in state

Ahead of the funeral, the Queen lies at Westminster Hall in London, and mourners can come by and pay their respects, provided they’re willing and able to join the ultimate queue – a 22-hour wait by a five-mile -Walk, at the time of this writing. However, anyone can live stream this part of the national grieving process on the BBC News YouTube channel.

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How to watch the Queen’s funeral on American TV

A procession will carry the coffin to Westminster Abbey beginning at 10:44am BST (5:44am EST). So for those who don’t want to miss an important part of the event, this is the best time to tune in.

Unlike a sporting event, no US network has secured exclusive broadcast rights. Corresponding The sun, the funeral will be broadcast live on NBC, CNN, ABC and Fox News. If you have antenna or subscribe to pay TV, turn on your TV at 5:44 AM ET, find one of those channels and the funeral will be there.

How to watch the Queen’s funeral on British TV

It is broadcast on The BBC and ITV along with Sky News in the UK.

How to stream the Queen’s funeral online

For those without pay TV or an antenna, the officially announced live streams of the BBC iPlayer funeral in the UK and US include a live stream on the CNN website, which doesn’t require users to sign up through a cable provider.

There will no doubt be live YouTube streams as well, some of which may not be announced until Monday. You can find these by searching for ‘Queen’s Funeral’, clicking on ‘Filter’ and then under ‘FEATURES’ on ‘Live’. It stands to reason that reliable news outlets like the BBC, which were live-streaming the Queen in state, will most likely also be live-streaming the funeral itself.

How to watch the Queen’s funeral in London

The funeral service will be held at Westminster Abbey, the Washington Postup to 70 heads of state in attendance, two million citizens lined the streets, and 10,000 police officers and an unknown number of private security agents stood guard — not to mention building snipers, drones swarming around, trained bomb-sniffing dogs, and undercover officers who mingle with the crowd.

If you don’t feel comfortable lining the pavements near Westminster Abbey while the funeral is taking place inside, a good way to attend the funeral with fellow Londoners is to find a cinema, assuming you’re not invited. Most cinemas in the UK will be closed and many will show the funeral. You can also join the crowds in Hyde Park, near Buckingham Palace, where a giant screen is showing the funeral. Most sources suggest other parks and public places will also show the funeral on big screens, but these have not yet been announced.

The funeral ceremony will last one hour and will end with the sounding of the horn composition “Last Post” followed by the national observance of two minutes of silence. The evening after the funeral, a private service for the royal family will be held at Windsor Castle outside London, after which the Queen will be buried in St George’s Chapel, the church in the castle grounds.

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