The world will say one last “goodbye and thank you, ma’am” to the British… Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral on Monday, September 19 in London’s Westminster Abbey.
While the service for Her Majesty, who passed away on September 8, will be attended by 2,000 family, friends, dignitaries and heads of state, the event is expected to draw a record 4.1 billion viewers from around the world.
In the United States, every major network, broadcaster, and streaming service will provide coverage. And in Austin, viewers have to get up before the sun to tune in live. The funeral will begin at 5 a.m. local time, with many notable events before and after (see schedule below).
Here’s a complete guide to network, cable, and streaming service coverage, according to the LA Times and Hollywood reporter. (All times are local to Austin.)
Networks (television and streaming):
- PBS: PBS will broadcast the BBC’s live coverage from London from 3am. A prime-time special, HM Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral: Events of the Daywill be broadcast at 7 p.m.
- ABC: David Muir and Robin Roberts will anchor the coverage, starting at 4:30 a.m.
- NBC: Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Lester Holt will drop anchor at 4:30 AM.
- CBS: Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell will anchor the coverage (time TBA).
Cable networks (television and streaming):
- BBC America: Coverage from London starts at 3am.
- CNN: Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett will drop anchor from 4 a.m., with additional anchors and reporters joining in all morning.
- MSNBC: Chris Jansing will anchor the coverage, starting at 2 a.m., followed by a special edition of Tomorrow Joe from London and through services.
- C-SPAN: Live coverage starts at 4:30 AM.
- Bloomberg TV: The live coverage is from 4-6:30 pm.
- Fox News Channel: Martha MacCallum, Ainsley Earhardt and Piers Morgan will drop anchor from 2 a.m.
Other streaming options:
- BritBox will stream BBC live coverage, starting at 3:30am.
- BBC is live streaming from London, 24 hours a day, on their news app and at www.bbc.com/news. (Click on the Queen Elizabeth II tab.)
- ITV News offers live streaming at www.itv.com/news and via YouTube.
- Sky News offers live streaming on news.sky.com, as well as via Peacock and YouTube.
- Subscription-based streaming platforms (with free trials available) will stream the funeral, including: FuboTV, Sling, YouTube TV, Peacock Premium, Hulu + Live TV, and Paramount+. The service will be available to stream on regular Hulu once it ends.
The funeral itself will begin at 11 a.m. in London (BST), which is 5 p.m. in Austin (CDT). The service is expected to last about an hour, but it will be preceded and followed by other events that will also be broadcast. Here’s a schedule of events for the day, according to this handy guide from BBC. All times below are CDT.
12:30 pm: The Queen’s State at Westminster Hall will end. Hundreds of thousands (including football legend David Beckham) are “queuing up” and waiting in line for up to 14 hours to walk past her casket and pay their respects. The BBC is streaming it here.
2 o’clock: Westminster Abbey doors open for guests to arrive for the state funeral. Heads of state — including US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden — will attend, as well as members of the royal family from across Europe (many of whom were blood relatives of the Queen). Find the guest list here.
4:44 am: About 15 minutes before the funeral, the Queen’s casket is transported by coach from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey. Senior members of the royal family (including King Charles and Princes William and Harry) will follow the coffin in the procession.
5 hours: The funeral in Westminster Abbey begins. It will be chaired by the Dean of Westminster David Hoyle and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
5:55 am: Towards the end of the funeral a bugle call called “Last Post” will be played and a two minute silence will be observed across the UK. Then the “new” anthem “God Save the King” is sung and a lament is played by the Queen’s bagpiper.
6:15 am: A walking procession – including military bands and members of the armed forces – will pull the coffin from the abbey to Wellington Arch.
7 hours: The coffin will be transferred to a state hearse for its final journey to Windsor.
9 o’clock: The state hearse arrives in Windsor for a walking procession on Windsor Castle’s Long Walk. Members of the armed forces will walk along the three-mile route and members of the royal family will meet the procession outside the castle.
10 hours: The coffin will enter St. George’s Chapel for a devotional service attended by a congregation of 800 people. At the end of the 45-minute service, the Queen’s coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault and the Royal Family will leave the Chapel. The service will include many traditions symbolizing the end of the Queen’s reign, including the removal of the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s sphere and scepter from the top of the coffin. (Read more about what to expect here.)
1:30 PM: The Queen will be buried with her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in the King George VI Memorial Chapel in St George’s Chapel. The private ceremony is for family only and it is unclear if any part of it will be made public.