Entertainment How to watch the Queen’s funeral from UK, US and around the Commonwealth – global times and TV channels
How to watch the Queen’s funeral from UK, US and around the Commonwealth – global times and TV channels
The entire world will be watching the funeral of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on Monday, September 19. From reverential pageantry to personal reflection, the state funeral at Westminster Abbey will be a moment to pay our final respects to the 96-year-old Monarch. The ceremony starts at 11am local time and will be available online and on TV. This guide explains how to watch the Queen’s funeral in the UK, US, Commonwealth and beyond.
How to watch the Queen’s funeral
Monday’s events begin with the Queen’s funeral procession. Her Majesty’s coffin will be conveyed from Westminster Hall, where she is lying in state, to Westminster Abbey atop the gun carriage that was used for the funeral of her father, George V, and Sir Winston Churchill.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his brother, William, the new Prince of Wales, will once again walk side-by-side behind the Queen’s coffin.
The service will start at 11am BST and last for one hour. The order of service will feature music and readings chosen by the Queen herself. The Last Post will be played at around 11.55am.
The Queen’s funeral will finish at 12pm BST, whereupon the nation, the Commonwealth and the many millions watching around the world will observe a two-minute silence.
Britain’s longest reigning monarch will be buried alongside her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the King George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor. The Queen’s piper, Pipe Major Paul Burns, will play out the late Monarch as her coffin is lowered into its final resting place.
Read on for more details of how to watch the Queen’s funeral from wherever you are.
What time is the Queen’s funeral?
- London, England – 11am BST
- New York, US – 6am ET
- Los Angeles, US – 3am PT
- Canberra, Australia – 8pm AEST
- Auckland, NZ – 10pm NZST
- New Dehli, India – 3.30pm IST
- Beijing, China – 5am CST
- Tokyo, Japan – 7pm JST
- Islamabad, Pakistan – 3pm PKT
- Lagos, Nigeria – 11am WAT
- Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea – 8pm PGT
How to watch the Queen lying in state online
The BBC are broadcasting live from inside Westminster Hall as thousands of mourners queue up to see the Queen lying in state. If you’re un able to attend and wish to pay your respects virtually, you can watch the live stream on the BBC YouTube Channel (opens in new tab) from all over the world.
Can I attend the Queen’s funeral?
Both of Monday’s services will be closed to the public.
The general public will be able to watch the procession that takes place after the Queen’s funeral ends at 12pm BST. The coffin will be place on the gun carriage and taken to Wellington Arch.
Tube services will start at around 5.30am and will run for an extra hour in the evening to help crowds leaving central London. Westminster, St James’s Park and Hyde Park Corner tube stations will be closed for most of the morning.
London is expected to be “full” for the first time ever on Monday, so it may be best to watch the Queen’s funeral online.
The public will be invited to follow along behind NHS doctors and nurses as the coffin is conveyed to Windsor Castle.
How to watch the Queen’s funeral in the UK
How to watch a BBC stream from anywhere in the world
While the Queen’s funeral will be on TV networks all over the world, British citizens currently abroad may still wish to watch the coverage on the BBC instead. To do this, license fee payers will need to use a VPN to avoid being geo-blocked. That’s where the broadcasters prevent people abroad from watching their TV feeds.
VPN is software for your computer or smart device which allows you to stream as if you were in any location, in this case, the UK. There are many VPN providers out there. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service. We rate ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) as the best.
How to watch the Queen’s funeral in the USA
In the United States, viewers will be able to watch the Queen’s funeral live on NBC, CNN, ABC, and Fox News. BBC America will also air the state funeral at Westminster Abbey live from at 4am ET / 1am PT / 9am BST.
Britbox subscribers can access the BBC’s live stream, and C-SPAN will have live coverage from 2.30am PT, streaming here. You can also create a free Peacock TV account and watch Sky News’ international coverage.
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