The world will say a final “goodbye and thank you, ma’am” to Great Britain Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey in London.
While the service for Her Majesty, who died on September 8, will be attended by 2,000 family, friends, dignitaries and heads of state, the event is expected to attract a record 4.1 billion viewers from around the world.
In the United States, every major network, broadcast outlet, and streaming service will provide coverage. And in Austin, viewers will have to get up before the sun to tune in live. The funeral begins at 5 a.m. local time, with many notable events taking place before and after (see schedule below).
Here’s a complete guide to network, cable and streaming service coverage according to LA Times and Hollywood Reporter. (All times are local to Austin.)
Networks (TV and Streaming):
- PBS: PBS will carry the BBC’s live broadcast from London starting at 3am. Primetime Special, The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II: Events of the Daythen it will air at 7 p.m.
- ABC: David Muir and Robin Roberts will anchor coverage starting at 4:30am.
- NBC: Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Lester Holt will anchor a report beginning at 4:30am.
- CBS: Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell will anchor the coverage (time TBA).
Cable networks (TV and streaming):
- BBC America: Coverage from London will begin at 3am.
- CNN: Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett will anchor the 4 a.m. coverage, with additional anchors and reporters joining throughout the morning.
- MSNBC: Chris Jansing will anchor coverage beginning at 2 a.m., followed by a special edition of the Good morning, Joe from London and continuing by services.
- C-SPAN: Live coverage will begin at 4:30 am.
- Bloomberg TV: The live broadcasts will take place from 4 to 6:30 am.
- Fox News Channel: Martha McCallum, Ainsley Earhardt and Piers Morgan will anchor a report starting at 2am.
Other streaming options:
- BritBox will broadcast live on the BBC from 3.30am.
- BBC is broadcast live 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 coverage on news.sky.com as well as via Peacock and YouTube.
- Subscription-based streaming platforms (with free trials available) will broadcast the funeral, including: FuboTV, Sling, YouTube TV, Peacock Premium, Hulu + Live TV and Paramount+. The service will be available to stream on regular Hulu as soon as it ends.
Schedule of events
The funeral itself will begin at 11am in London (BST), which is 5am in Austin (CDT). The service is expected to last about an hour, but is preceded and followed by other events that will also be broadcast. Here’s a schedule of the day’s events, according to this handy guide from the BBC. All times below are CDT.
12:30 am: The Queen’s Pardon at Westminster Hall will come to an end. Hundreds of thousands (including football legend David Beckham) “lined up” and waited in line until 2pm to walk up to her coffin and pay their respects. The BBC is live streaming the lay-in here.
2 am: The doors of Westminster Abbey will open for guests to begin arriving for the state funeral. Heads of state – including US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden – will attend, as will royals from across Europe (many of whom were blood relatives of the Queen). Find the guest list here.
4:44 am: Around 15 minutes before the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will be carried on a hearse 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 am: The funeral begins at Westminster Abbey. It will be chaired by the Dean of Westminster David Hoyle and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
5:55 am: Near the end of the funeral, a bugle call called “Last Post” will be played and two minutes’ silence will be observed across the country in the UK. Then the “new” national anthem, “God Save the King,” will be sung and a lament will be played by the Queen’s piper.
6:15 am: A walking procession – including military bands and members of the armed forces – will take the coffin from the Abbey to Wellington Arch.
7 am: The coffin will be transferred to a state hearse for its final journey to Windsor.
9 am: The state hearse will arrive in Windsor for a walking procession along Windsor Castle’s Long Walk. Members of the armed forces will line the three-mile route and members of the royal family will meet the motorcade outside the castle.
10 am: The casket will enter St George’s Chapel for a ceremonial 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 orb and scepter from atop the coffin. (Read more about what to expect here.)
1:30 p.m.: The Queen will be buried alongside her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in the King George VI Memorial Chapel at St George’s Chapel. The private ceremony is for family only and it is unclear if any part of it will be made public.