Queen Elizabeth II Funeral: 2,000 Guests, Large Screens in London, Livestream Across the World | Details

Queen Elizabeth II will finally be laid to rest on Monday, as the whole world watches the funeral of the 96-year-old monarch who died on September 8 after seven decades on the throne.

World leaders, including US president Joe Biden and Indian president Droupadi Murmu, have started arriving in London even as the queen’s funeral is being touted as the “biggest security operation” the British capital has ever seen. While the state funeral at Westminster Abbey will have 2,000 dignitaries and guests in attendance, a committal service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle will have 800 guests.

The funeral procession will be open for public viewing in London as it travels from Westminster Abbey to Windsor Castle, while viewers across the world can livestream the event on various platforms, including prominent media channels.

The funeral will cap 10 days of national mourning with hundreds of thousands queuing up to pay their respects at the queen’s lying-in-state.

Where to livestream, how to watch in India

The funeral ceremony will be livestreamed on YouTube and other platforms. Media channels like BBC, ITV and Sky News will cover the event in the UK. People can also watch the entire procession live from different parts of the world.

The funeral ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey. Duties will begin at 6.30 am BST (British Summer Time) and the funeral will begin at 11 am. Viewers in India can livestream the funeral from 3.30 pm IST (Indian Standard Time). The funeral will be livestreamed various channels, including BBC One, BBC News, BBC iPlayer, Sky News and Sky News App. People can also watch it on YouTube and Freeview.

The funeral in numbers

A total of 2,000 dignitaries and guests will be there at Westminster Abbey for the state funeral, ranging from King Charles III and other royals to world leaders including US President Joe Biden to members of the British public who helped battle the Covid-19 pandemic. Two minutes of silence will be observed at the end of the funeral at Westminster Abbey. There will be 800 guests at a committal service later in the day at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Over 5,000 military personnel have been deployed throughout the meticulously choreographed operation that began with the queen’s death on September 8 at her Balmoral Estate in the Scottish Highlands. There are 4,416 personnel from the army, 847 from the navy and 686 from the air force. In addition, around 175 armed forces personnel from Commonwealth nations have been involved.

At least 1,650 military personnel will be involved in a pomp-filled procession of the queen’s coffin from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch after her funeral. A further 1,000 will line the streets along the procession route when the coffin reaches Windsor: 410 military personnel will take part in the procession, 480 will line streets, 150 will be in a guard of honour and line steps and 130 more will fulfil other ceremonial duties.

Over 10,000 police officers have been a part of the security operation. Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Stuart Cundy said the “hugely complex” policing operation is the biggest in the London force’s history, surpassing the London 2012 Olympics that saw up to 10,000 police officers on duty per day.

Barriers have been erected in central London alone to control crowds and keep key areas around the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace secure. Close to one million people are expected to visit London on Monday, as per transport authorities. Around 250 extra rail services will run to move people in and out of the city.

A mammoth queue, stretching for 8 km, from the Houses of Parliament along the south bank of the River Thames to Southwark Park has prevailed as people visit the queen who is lying in state, which closes on Monday.

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