World leaders, dignitaries, politicians, public figures and European royalty are expected to be among the 2,000 attendees.
The service will be conducted by the Rev. David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, at Westminster Abbey beginning at 11:00 a.m. (6:00 a.m. ET). UK Prime Minister Liz Truss and Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland will read the lessons. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will deliver the sermon. Towards the end of the service, the Last Post will sound before a two minute silence. The state funeral will be concluded by the Queen’s Pipers, who will play a dirge, the national anthem and a lament at noon (7:00 a.m. ET).
Invitations were sent over the weekend to the heads of state of countries with which the UK has diplomatic relations. The list of leaders who attend state funerals is long, and includes leadership from the Commonwealth and around the world. Representatives from Syria, Russia, Belarus, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Venezuela will be absent. For most invited nations, participation extends to the head of state plus one guest.
After the state funeral on Monday, the coffin will be moved from the hearse to Wellington Arch before making the final journey from London to Windsor. The Queen’s journey will end at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where her coffin will enter the Royal Vault beneath the chapel.
Monday’s ceremonial events are the culmination of almost two weeks of public events, code-named “Operation London Bridge”.
Plans for the Queen’s funeral have been in the works for years, allowing American advisers to know exactly what will happen in the coming days while taking security precautions. The White House said it only extended invitations to the president and first lady, managing to slim down the American footprint.
Security in the British capital is at its highest level in memory as dozens of world leaders gathered over the weekend and on Monday to remember the late Queen, joined by 13 sitting US presidents during her tenure.
In an interview with Sky News last week, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said of the scale: “The London Marathon, the carnival, previous royal weddings, the Olympics — that’s all if you think about it.”
Biden will return to Washington Monday afternoon after the funeral. During their brief visit to London, President Jill Biden and First Lady paid their respects to the Queen as she lay in state, signed books of condolence and attended a reception with other leaders and King Charles III.
The funeral comes the same week world leaders gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, where Biden will hold his first bilateral meeting with Truss on Wednesday.