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Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, is being laid to rest in a historic state funeral today.

Around 2,000 mourners, including senior royals and world leaders, are paying their final respects to the late Queen at the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

Elizabeth II died on 8 September aged 96, triggering a 10-day period of national mourning. She was succeeded as monarch by her son King Charles III.

Here is everything you need to know about her funeral, including how to watch it live:

When and where is the Queen's funeral?

The historic ceremony is taking place at Westminster Abbey in central London, where the Queen was married and crowned.

The location marks a break from tradition, as royal funerals typically take place at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

A Bearer Party of The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards carries the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard, into Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, ahead of the State Funeral Service. - Leaders from around the world will attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The country's longest-serving monarch, who died aged 96 after 70 years on the throne, will be honoured with a state funeral on Monday morning at Westminster Abbey. (Photo by PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Queen's funeral is taking place at Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Phil Noble/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

How can I watch the funeral live on TV?

The state funeral is being shown live across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC News and iPlayer.

The broadcaster's coverage is led by Huw Edwards, Kirsty Young and David Dimbleby.

ITV is airing the service on all its channels, including ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and ITVBe, with a live stream available to watch on ITV Hub.

Read more: Start time and schedule for Queen's funeral

The funeral is also being shown on big screens in major UK cities, including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Manchester and Birmingham.

Vue, Curzon and Arc are screening the funeral for free in some cinemas across the country.

What is the schedule for the funeral?

At 8am the doors of Westminster Abbey opened for the congregation to take their seats.

At 10.44am, the King and his family marched behind the Queen's coffin as it was moved to the Abbey from Westminster Hall.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is placed on a gun carriage ahead of the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Emilio Morenatti - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Queen's coffin is placed on a gun carriage ahead of the state funeral. (Photo by Emilio Morenatti - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The service began at 11am and is being conducted by the Dean of Westminster, while the Archbishop of Canterbury is giving the sermon.

As the service ends the Last Post will sound at 11.55am, followed by a national two minutes' silence.

The Queen's coffin will be taken in procession to Wellington Arch and then travels to Windsor.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried by the Bearer Party into Westminster Abbey during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
The Queen's coffin with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried into Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

At 4pm, some 800 people will attend a committal service in St George's Chapel.

At 7:30pm, the Queen will be buried with the Duke of Edinburgh in a private service in King George VI's chapel.

What is a state funeral?

A state funeral is a rare honour usually reserved for a monarch. The only sovereign not to be given a state funeral in the last 295 years was Edward VIII, who abdicated.

In rare cases, state funerals have been held for non-royals, including Sir Isaac Newton, Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: The gun carriage bearing the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II departs Buckingham Palace, transferring the coffin to The Palace of Westminster on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Daniel Leal - Pool/Getty Images)
The Queen's final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel. (Photo by Daniel Leal/Pool/Getty Images)

The last state funeral in the UK was Churchill's in 1965. Princess Diana, Queen Mother and Prince Philip all had ceremonial funerals instead.

The last state funeral for a sovereign was for the Queen's father, George VI, in 1952.

Who is attending?

Around 500 dignitaries and world leaders are attending the funeral, making it one of the biggest diplomatic gatherings in decades.

They are being joined by senior royals – including King Charles and the Queen Consort – and prime minister Liz Truss and her predecessors.

Other high-profile names on the guest list include US president Joe Biden, France's Emmanuel Macron and Canadian leader Justin Trudeau.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive ahead of the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at the Queen's funeral. (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Due to political tensions, not every country is welcome. Invites were not to sent to officials from Russia, Belarus, Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan or Myanmar.

Iran, North Korea and Nicaragua are only being represented at an ambassadorial level.

Follow live updates from the Queen's funeral below

Live updates
  • Tom Parfitt

    Thanks for following today's coverage

    Following 70 years of service, the monarch has been laid to rest on an emotional day for the Royal Family and the country.

    Hundreds of thousands lined the funeral procession route from Westminster Hall to her state funeral and on to Windsor Castle.

    Senior royals, including King Charles, will say a final goodbye to Elizabeth II at a private service at 7:30pm tonight.

    Thank you for following our live coverage.

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  • Tom Parfitt

    Royals gradually leave St George's Chapel

    Members of the Royal Family gradually left St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle following the committal service for the Queen.

    The Prince and Princess of Wales left the chapel by car with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex departed separately shortly after.

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  • Tom Parfitt

    Queen's coffin lowered into Royal Vault

    The Queen's coffin has been lowered into the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel.

    As the coffin was lowered, the Dean of Windsor recited Psalm 103, which includes the traditional line: "Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul."

    He also offered the commendation – a prayer in which the deceased is entrusted to God's mercy.

    The Garter King of Arms then pronounced the styles and titles of the Queen.

    The King appeared emotional as those in attendance at St George's Chapel sang the National Anthem.

    Charles sat in the same seat the Queen had sat in for Prince Philip's funeral during COVID pandemic.

    Photo by PA Media

  • Tom Parfitt

    Crown, Orb and Sceptre removed from coffin

    The Imperial State Crown, Orb and Sceptre, have been removed from the Queen's coffin by the Dean of Windsor.

    The final hymn was sung as the King prepared to drape the Queen's Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin.

    Once in place, the colour was then accompanied by the Lord Chamberlain's Wand of Office, which he symbolically broke.

    The purpose of breaking the wand is to create a symmetry with the three Instruments of State that had been removed from the coffin.

    Photo by PA Media

  • Tom Parfitt

    Dean of Windsor praises Queen's 'calm and dignified presence'

    The Dean of Windsor, the Rev David Conner, praised the late Queen's "calm and dignified presence" in a "rapidly changing and frequently troubled world".

    He said the late monarch's disposition "has given us confidence to face the future, as she did, with courage and with hope".

    He then gave a reading from Revelation 21.1.

    The same passage was read at the funerals of the Queen’s father King George VI and her grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary.

    Photo by PA Media

  • Tom Parfitt

    Committal service begins

    The service has begun with the choir singing Psalm 121, set to music by Sir Henry Walford Davies.

    Following the psalm, the choristers sing The Russian Contakion of the Departed, which was also performed at Prince Philip's funeral last year.

    Photo by PA Media

  • Tom Parfitt

    Queen's coffin carried into St George's Chapel

    The Queen's coffin has been lifted from the state hearse and carried into St George's Chapel ahead of the committal service.

    The procession was led into the chapel by members of the Queen's royal household.

    Photo by PA Media

  • Tom Parfitt

    Queen's corgis make poignant appearance during funeral procession

    The Queen's beloved corgis and one of her favourite ever horses made a special poignant appearance at Windsor during the procession.

    The young dogs – Muick and Sandy – were brought out by two pages in red tailcoats for the arrival of the Queen's coffin.

    Emma, the Queen's Fell Pony, had greeted the procession, standing between the floral tributes along the Long Walk in honour of her late owner.

    Photo by Getty Images

  • Tom Parfitt

    King re-joins funeral procession behind Queen's coffin

    The King has re-joined the funeral procession behind the Queen's coffin.

    Also with him are the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex.

    The coffin is heading in the direction of the West Steps of St George's Chapel for the committal service.

    Photo by PA Media

  • Tom Parfitt

    Queen's coffin passes along Long Walk towards St George's Chapel

    Thousands of people fell silent, held their phones aloft and waved flags as the Queen's coffin passed along the Long Walk towards St George's Chapel.

    The crowd was so dense that those at the back could only view the procession through their phones held high on selfie sticks.

    Children sat on their parents' shoulders and some clapped as the procession passed by.

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