Queen’s funeral expected to be most-watched broadcast of all time

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Billions of people around the globe are expected to tune into the Queen’s funeral (Picture: Getty)

The Queen’s funeral is expected to become the most watched global broadcast in history with an approximate 4.1billion people watching.

The late monarch will be laid to rest on Monday, September 19, at Westminster Abbey, London, 10 days after her death on Thursday, September 9.

In the UK, coverage of Her Majesty’s funeral will air on BBC One, BBC News, and BBC iPlayer, while ITV will air the event live and uninterrupted on its main channel and simultaneously on all of its digital channels.

But, thanks to technology, it’s believed millions will also be watching the historic moment around the world too.

Carolina Beltramo, TV analyst at WatchTVAbroad.com, predicts: ‘Such is the love and admiration for Queen Elizabeth II around the world that her funeral is destined to be the biggest live TV event in history.

‘Generations of people across the globe won’t have been alive the last time pomp and pageantry were seen on this scale. While it’s a sad occasion, they can be forgiven for being enthralled by a spectacle that echoes throughout history. For that reason alone they’ll be drawn to witness the dawn of this new age in their billions.



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Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 191 – 1billion

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Assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 – 600million

Summer Olympics opening ceremony in 2008  – 593million

The Queen arriving at Buckingham Palace ahead of the Lying-in-State Procession in London (Picture: Getty)
The monarch’s death was announced by Buckingham Palace at 6.30pm on Thursday, September 9 (Picture: Getty)

‘No fewer than 4.1billion people are expected to tune in on Monday to witness this historic moment as half the people on planet Earth pause to pay their respects.’

There will be a national bank holiday to allow as many people as possible to watch the Queen’s funeral.

On Monday morning, the coffin will be taken in a grand military procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral.

Senior members of the family are expected to follow behind – just like they did for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.

King Charles III is expected to follow his mother’s coffin from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral on Monday (Picture: Getty)

The military will line the streets and also join the procession.

Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, European royals and key figures from public life will be invited to gather in the abbey, which can hold a congregation of 2,000.

After the service, the coffin will be taken in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and then travel to Windsor.

Once there, the hearse will travel in procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle via the Long Walk, after which a televised committal service will take place in St George’s Chapel.

Later in the evening, there will be a private interment service with senior members of the royal family.

The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel – where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.

The late Prince Philip’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.


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