Funeral cortege to pass through area on way to Windsor burial
The state hearse on its way to Buckingham Palace
Brentford & Isleworth residents will have the chance bid farewell to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her final journey.
Her funeral cortege is set to drive through the area on the afternoon of Monday 19 September on its way to her burial at Windsor Castle.
Hounslow Council has now confirmed that the state hearse containing the Queen's coffin will remain on the A4 through Brentford, Isleworth and Osterley all the way to Henly's Corner where it will join the A30.
Thousands of people lined the side of the A40 last Tuesday evening as the state hearse was bringing the coffin from RAF Northolt to Buckingham Palace. As Monday is a public holiday with, the weather expected currently to be dry and mild, the numbers wishing to pay their respects to the Queen by the roadside is expected to be significantly higher.
It is understood that this route was chosen because it maximises the opportunity for people in the area to get a good view of the cortege. The authorities are hoping that giving an increased chance of seeing the Queen on her journey will reduce the number of people queueing to see her lying-in-state.
Local residents will be able to bid farewell to the Queen without a lengthy queue
The expectation is that the cortege will arrive in the area at some time after 1pm although it is almost definitely advisable to arrive at your chosen spot much earlier than that. Thousands of people lined the side of the A40 last Tuesday evening as the state hearse was bringing the coffin from RAF Northolt to Buckingham Palace. As Monday is a public holiday with, the weather expected currently to be dry and mild, the numbers wishing to pay their respects to the Queen by the roadside is expected to be significantly higher.
The latest official information on the arrangements for the day will be shared on the @MetPoliceEvents Twitter account.
Road closures on and around the route are expected to come into force at 11am and remain in place for around two and half hours after the procession has passed. Crossings, junctions and pedestrian over and underpasses will be closed to the public throughout the procession, until it is safe for them to be reopened.
Transport for London suspended roadworks in Chiswick on the A4 this week to enable the cortege to proceed more smoothly but these will resume on Sunday 25 September.
At 6.30am on the day of the funeral, the Queen’s lying-in-state will end. King Charles III will once again lead his family in marching behind the coffin when it is moved from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey at 10.44am. He will walk with the Princess Royal, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex and behind the quartet will be the Queen’s grandsons Peter Phillips, Duke of Sussex and the Prince of Wales
The Queen’s coffin will be carried during the procession on a 123-year-old gun carriage towed by 98 Royal Navy sailors in a tradition dating back to the funeral of Queen Victoria.
Guardsmen accompanying the Queen's coffin. Picture: Royal.uk
At 8am the doors of Westminster Abbey will open for the congregation to begin taking their seats. The funeral is set to take place at 11am with foreign royals, diplomats and heads of state having arrived from the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
The procession will arrive at the west gate of Westminster Abbey at 10.52am when the bearer party will lift the coffin from the gun carriage and carry it into the Abbey for the state funeral service,.
The service will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster with services read by the Prime Minister and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, while the Archbishop of York, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Free Churches Moderator will say prayers. The Archbishop of Canterbury will give the sermon.
At around 11.55am the Last Post will sound at which point a national two minutes of silence is to be observed.
Reveille, the national anthem and a lament played by the Queen’s piper will bring funeral service to an end at around noon.
The coffin will then be lifted again and walked in procession to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park with the route up Constitution Hill lined by the Armed Forces.
At Wellington Arch the coffin will be moved into the state hearse which will be driven out of London on the A4 and the M4 with the expectation that it will arrive at Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road, Windsor at 3.06pm. It will then join another procession to be taken to St George’s Chapel.
The Queen will be interred with the Duke of Edinburgh in King George VI’s Memorial Chapel in a private service at 7.30pm on Monday.
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September 16, 2022