Plans have been set in motion for mourning procedures across the Commonwealth, including flags at half-mast, symbolic moments of silence and more.
The funeral will take place on Sept. 19 at Westminster Abbey in London. Members of the public in the UK were given several opportunities to see the late monarch’s coffin as it travelled from Balmoral Castle in Scotland to its final resting place in London. The Queen’s coffin will lie in state for several days at Westminster Hall.
Where can I watch in person on the day of the funeral?
For people who are watching in person in the UK, the Queen’s coffin will be carried by carriage from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey, before making its way by procession to Wellington Arch, at London’s Hyde Park Corner and then heading to Windsor by hearse.
The coffin will make its final journey that afternoon to St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where a committal service will be held. It’s where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were married and where Prince Philip’s funeral was held.
The Queen’s coffin will be lowered into the royal vault before being interred in the castle’s King George VI Memorial Chapel located inside St. George’s Chapel.
Watching in Canada
Most pubs and restaurants in Toronto will not be open at 6 a.m. EST for the start of the Queen’s state funeral. The Star reached out to several English pubs, almost all said the funeral will not be shown at their venues due to the early start time.
However, despite the early hour, the Bishop and Belcher pub on Bloor Street East in Toronto told the Star it will “absolutely” be screening the funeral.
The Monarchist League of Canada said in an email that most Canadians will likely watch the funeral from home “in some relative privacy.”
However, the League has also asked its members to invite friends, neighbours and newcomers to Canada into their homes to watch the funeral. “Nothing would please the Queen more,” said the league’s spokesperson.
The League also suggested members of the public might wish to bring food to shelters and unhoused communities as a way to honour of the Queen.
Where can I stream the Queen’s funeral online?
The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. local time (6 a.m. EST), the first held for a monarch at Westminster Abbey since King George II’s death in 1760. The Queen mother’s funeral was also held there in 2002.
The state funeral and committal service will be televised by a number of networks, most notably the BBC. Fomer CTV anchor Lisa LaFlamme is covering the events leading up to the funeral in London for CityNews, the media outlet owned by Rogers. LaFlamme made international headlines when she was fired by BellMedia, prompting frenzied discussions of sexism, ageism and controversy over grey hair.
Several news outlets are expected to livestream the funeral:
- BBC will livestream the funeral coverage.
- Sky News will stream the funeral live on YouTube.
- CBC will likely stream the funeral live.
- Lisa LaFlamme’s coverage of the Queen’s death for CityNews is available here.
- PBS will stream live, uninterrupted coverage of the funeral here.
What is being done in Toronto to honour the Queen’s funeral?
A number of Toronto institutions are participating in mourning activities, including a tribute at Casa Loma with the Queen’s Own Rifles.
- Mirvish Productions will dim the marquee lights at all four theatres for the 24 hours of Monday, Sept. 19, a representative for the company said in an email. Mirvish will also devote the digital billboards of the Princess of Wales and the CAA Ed Mirvish theatre solely to displaying a carousel of photos of the Queen.
- The City of Toronto has made available a book of condolences for mourners to sign both online and in-person.
- There will be a number of moments of silence on Monday, including a 96-second pause of TTC services.
Aisling Murphy is a reporter for the Star’s radio room based in Toronto. Reach her via email: firstname.lastname@example.org