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Monday, 8 April, 2002, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
Royal funeral: Timetable of events
Funeral rehearsal
Rehearsals for Tuesday's funeral have been held
Behind-the-scenes preparations for the Queen Mother's funeral are continuing around the clock, to ensure everything goes according to plan on Tuesday.

Here is a step-by-step guide to what will be happening on the day.


0400 BST - Troops taking part in the procession reveille and begin cleaning kit, grooming horses and polishing the gun carriage.

0600 BST - Westminster Hall, where the Queen Mother's body is lying-in-state, closes to the public.

0910 BST - The military route-lining party including buglers, ushers, capholders, car door openers and insignia bearers leave Wellington Barracks for Deans Yard near the abbey.

0945 BST - First of the 2,100-strong congregation arrive.

1030 BST The general congregation is seated.

1035 BST - Representatives from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force take up position each side of the pathway leading to the abbey while foreign heads of state, national representatives, governors-general and other VIPs arrive at the Great West Door.

1040 BST -The Irish Guards bearer party which will carry the coffin arrives at Westminster Hall.

1050 BST - A guard of honour is formed in Parliament Square facing the gates of New Palace Yard. Members of the Royal Family walking in the funeral procession arrive and the Dean of Westminster, Dr Wesley Carr, takes up position at the Great West Door.

1100 BST - The Royal Family moves to the north east corner of the catafalque where the Queen Mother's coffin rests.

1107 BST - Visiting clergy, taking part in the funeral service, including Archbishop of Canterbury Dr George Carey, process along the centre aisle of the abbey.

1110 BST - The bearer party lifts the coffin from the catafalque and carries it to the gun carriage outside the North Door.

1112 BST - The Queen leaves for the abbey from Buckingham Palace.

1118 BST - The royal procession along the abbey's centre aisle begins.

1130 BST - Coffin arrives at the Great West Door and the service begins.

1225 BST - Service ends.

1230 BST - Coffin placed in hearse.

1235 BST - Cars leave for Windsor.

1245 BST - The Queen and Prince Phillip arrive back at Buckingham Palace for an RAF fly-over.

1350 BST onwards The hearse's arrival at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, depends on the number of people lining the route to pay their last respects. It is expected at some time after 2pm.

Early evening: The Royal Family gather for a private committal in St George's Chapel. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, will be buried in the same tomb as her husband, George VI, along with the ashes of Princess Margaret, their daughter who died in February this year.


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