State Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II
“As we all prepare to say our last farewell, I wanted simply to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those countless people who have been such a support and comfort to my Family and myself in this time of grief.”
- His Majesty The King
The State Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II will take place today at Westminster Abbey at 8.00pm AEST.
The event, which will see millions come together to commemorate The Queen’s remarkable life, will be broadcast live on Australian television and radio – please refer to your local programming guide for details.
Buckingham Palace has published the Order of Service for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, which will be held in Westminster Abbey from 8.00pm AEST (11.00am local time).
The service will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, who will say in his Bidding: 'In grief, to this House of God and House of Kings, where The Queen was married and crowned, we have come from across the nation, from the Commonwealth, and from the nations of the world, to mourn our loss, to give thanks to almighty God for her long life, and lovingly, confidently to entrust her immortal soul to the mercy of God, our Maker and Redeemer.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, will preach the sermon, while hymns will include: The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended; The Lord's my shepherd, sung at the wedding of the late Queen when she married The Duke of Edinburgh in the Abbey in 1947; and Love divine, all loves excelling, in an arrangement first sung at the wedding of The Prince and Princess of Wales in the Abbey in 2011.