Queen’s funeral: where to watch them – and ways to avoid them | Queen Elizabeth II

On Monday, Queen Elizabeth II will become the first monarch since George II in 1760 to have her funeral at Westminster Abbey.

The service is due to take place at 11 a.m., after which his coffin will be taken in a procession on foot from the Abbey to Wellington Arch, to Hyde Park Corner in London, and will be transported by hearse to Windsor Castle and its final resting place. at St George’s Chapel.

The abbey has a capacity of 2,000 mourners, but unless you are one of the heads of state, prime ministers, presidents, European royals or key figures in life specifically invited, you will not be able to attend the service in person.

Thousands are expected to head into London, particularly the Mall, to say their final farewells during the funeral procession, but outside the capital hundreds of thousands more are expected to gather to attend the Queen’s funeral in cathedrals, parks and other public places across Britain.

More than 20 cathedrals – including Chester, Guildford, Manchester, Norwich and Winchester – are holding events to show off the service.

Large screens will be erected in towns and cities to broadcast the service, including at Hull Town Hall, Bradford Cathedral, Manchester’s Exchange Square, Millennium Square in Leeds, Lincoln Cathedral, the Ripon Cathedral and Cornhill in Ipswich.

In Birmingham, the ceremony will be broadcast on a big screen in Centenary Square. Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Many people will want to travel to London to observe this moment, but getting to the capital will not be easy or cheap, [so] the square will be a local space, easily accessible, where people can reflect.

In Coventry, the council installs a screen in University Square. This week he urged people wishing to attend to ‘dress for the weather and think of others and don’t bring golf umbrellas if it’s raining to ensure views aren’t obscured’ .

Meanwhile, Exeter Council is showing the funeral on the big screen at Northernhay Gardens and Exeter City Football Club. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with doors opening at 9:00 a.m. People will be allowed to bring their dogs, but alcohol is prohibited.

Several movie chains are showing the funeral, but no popcorn will be available. Vue said most of its 91 venues would hold screenings, but retail booths would be closed. However, guests will be offered a free bottle of water during the broadcast.

Both Vue and Curzon said most of their sites had already reached capacity. Cinema chain Arc announced on Twitter: “This is a free event, but pre-booking your seat is essential. There will be no other shows during the funeral broadcast.

Most pubs should be open and showing service. Stonegate Group, Britain’s biggest pub operator – which runs brands such as Slug & Lettuce and Walkabout – has already confirmed its venues will show the funeral, as will brewery Fuller’s.

JD Wetherspoon said most of its pubs would be closed for the service, not opening until 1 p.m. after the funeral was over. The exception will be its pubs in train stations and airports, and central London venues.

Prefer to skip the funeral altogether?

After 10 days of 24-hour royal cover – not to mention the ‘queue’ phenomenon – you may prefer to spend the holiday at something other than the funeral.

With most sports centres, high street shops, theatres, supermarkets and museums closed, your choices may seem limited. Even theaters that have announced their opening are limited to funeral coverage.

However, there are several ways to avoid royal prosecution.

You might like to get out into nature for a long walk, test your baking skills, or head to the pub (as long as it’s not one of those planning the ceremony).

Bike rides on public holidays are allowed – after British Cycling made a quick U-turn on its initial guidelines recommending cyclists not to use their bikes during funerals.

Blackpool’s illuminations will turn off for the night, but if you’re in the North West, Anglesey Sea Zoo will be open.

Many beaches across the country will be open, but the Met Office has forecast only intermittent sunshine, with cloud cover and drizzle.

Other social media suggestions include doing an online art class, “indulging in some light DIY,” getting your garden ready “for fall,” and “finally getting to categorizing those vacation photos.”

If you’re really stuck, you can always resort to a box set. A few episodes of The Crown, anyone?