The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II 

26 December 2022 tbs.pm/77323

This article was edited on 28 December 2022 to correct two transcription errors. Details are in the footnote.

 

 

A comprehensive – though not exhaustive – record of television and radio schedules during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday 19 September 2022.

Details of the day’s events were announced on Saturday 10 September.

  • 8am: Gates to Westminster Abbey open
  • Approximately 10:30am: The Queen’s coffin is carried from Westminster Hall to the gun carriage
  • 10:44am: The procession leaves for Westminster Abbey
  • 10:52am: The procession arrives at Westminster Abbey
  • 11am: The State Funeral begins
  • 11:55am: The Last Post sounds, followed by a nationwide two-minute silence
  • 12noon: The National Anthem and lament ends the service
  • 1pm: The procession arrives at Wellington Arch then leaves for Windsor
  • 4pm: The Committal Service begins
  • 7:30pm: A private service takes place at Windsor Castle

 

 

United Kingdom

 

Television

The BBC broadcast continuous coverage of the Queen’s lying-in-state from 5pm on Wednesday 14 September until 6.30am on Monday 19 September; the BBC Red Button channel ended its coverage at precisely 6.30am, whilst BBC Parliament continued until the conclusion of the broadcast at 6.33am, switching to a simulcast of the BBC News Channel.

 


 

BBC Television, BBC iPlayer

 

 

BBC One’s schedule:

  • 6am Breakfast
  • 9am The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II – London
  • 1.40pm The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II – Windsor (billed as 1.15pm)
  • 5.05pm BBC News (billed as 5pm)
  • 5.55pm Regional News (billed as 5.50pm)
  • 6.20pm The One Show: Our Queen Remembered (billed as 6.15pm)
  • 6.50pm Paddington 2
  • 8.30pm The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II
  • 10pm BBC News at Ten
  • 11pm Regional News
  • 11.10pm Joins BBC News

Breakfast was anchored by Sally Nugent and Jon Kay from Westminster Abbey. Huw Edwards fronted the day’s main coverage alongside Kirsty Young, Fergal Keane, David Dimbleby, Sophie Raworth, Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers.

The BBC News Channel carried both Breakfast and the main 8am – 5pm coverage; as per other BBC outlets, these broadcasts were without the regular BBC News Channel graphics.

BBC Two simulcast the 8am – 5pm coverage with the addition of sign language, whilst the BBC Red Button broadcast commentary-free coverage, again from 8am to 5pm.

 

 

BBC Scotland and BBC Alba, prior to opening at 7pm, aired Radio Scotland and Radio nan Gàidheal coverage respectively, accompanied by the BBC Queen Elizabeth II ident.

BBC Three and BBC Four carried regular programmes from their normal on-air time of 7pm.

CBBC aired its usual output, though the channel switched from regular programming to films during daytime:

  • 8.25am Odd Squad: The Movie
  • 9.30am All Stars
  • 11.10am Olympians at Heart
  • 12.35pm The Boy in the Dress
  • 1.35pm Moomins on the Riviera
  • 2.45pm Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers (to 3.15pm)

CBeebies carried normal output throughout the day.

S4C aired children’s programming from 6am; Newyddion coverage of the service at Westminster Abbey began at 10.30am. Five editions of Glannau Cymru o’r Awyr – a series of aerial views of the Welsh coast – aired from 1.30pm to 3.45pm; following a repeat edition of the documentary 24 Awr, children’s programmes resumed at 4pm.

 


 

Independent Television, ITV Hub

 

 

All ITV channels simulcast from 11.45pm Sunday to 6am Tuesday (CITV, during its regular broadcast hours of 6am – 9pm); throughout this period, no advertisements ran. The schedule was as follows:

  • 11.45pm The Queen Remembered
  • 6am Good Morning Britain
  • 9.30am Queen Elizabeth II: The State Funeral
  • 6pm Regional News (ITV only, other channels: ITV News London)
  • 6.30pm ITV Evening News
  • 7.30pm Queen Elizabeth II: A Nation Remembers
  • 9pm Queen Elizabeth II: The Final Farewell
  • 10pm News at Ten
  • 10.50pm Regional News (ITV only, other channels: ITV News London)
  • 11.05pm Queen Elizabeth II: The Final Farewell (as 9pm)
  • 12 midnight The Queen Remembered

Good Morning Britain was hosted by Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard, whilst Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham presented coverage from 9.30am, with James Mates, Mary Nightingale, Chris Ship, Rageh Omaar, Nina Hossain and Charlene White.

 


 

Channel 4

 

 

C4 did not broadcast live coverage of the funeral; instead, a mixture of royal-themed programming coupled with factual output and extended news bulletins aired.

  • 6.10am Britain’s Most Beautiful Landscapes (also 6.55am, 7.45am, 8.30am)
  • 9.20am Secrets of the Royal Gardens (also 10.05am)
  • 10.55am Her Majesty the Queen (obituary)
  • 11.55am HM The Queen: Two Minute Silence
  • 12noon A Queen is Crowned (1953 colour film of the Coronation)
  • 1.20pm Channel 4 News Summary
  • 2.50pm We’ll Meet Again (1943 film)
  • 4.10pm Secrets of the Royal Gardens
  • 5pm Coastal Railways with Julie Walters (also 5.45pm)
  • 6.35pm Devon and Cornwall
  • 7pm Channel 4 News (to 8.30pm, billed to 8pm)

Regular programming resumed from 8.30pm. The main channel, other C4 channels and All4 carried no advertising on Monday.

 


 

Channel 5

Likewise, C5 offered alternative output, with children’s programming from 5.30am then family films running for much of the daytime:

  • 11.10pm The Emoji Movie (2017)
  • 12.30pm Stuart Little (1999)
  • 1.50pm Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
  • 3.20pm Sing (2016)
  • 5pm 5 News (to 6.30pm, billed to 6.15pm)

Regular programmes resumed at 6.30pm with Traffic Cops. The main channel, other C5-branded channels and My5 carried no commercials throughout the day.

 


 

Sky

 

 

Sky News – as with all Sky channels – carried no commercials on Monday. Programmes throughout the day (aside from the main broadcast) were billed as The Queen’s State Funeral; principal presenters listed:

  • 5am Kamali Melbourne
  • 7am Kay Burley
  • 9am Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II – Anna Botting, Dermot Murnaghan, Alistair Bruce
  • 5pm Jayne Secker
  • 7pm Mark Austin
  • 9pm The Queen: A Life of Duty (to 10pm)

The channel’s regular scrolling text bar remained static throughout the coverage.

 

 

Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports News simulcast Sky News from 9am – 5pm; outside these hours, normal Sky Sports News output aired. Programme breaks on all Sky channels displayed a silent caption in place of adverts.

Sky Showcase simulcast Sky News from 5am until 7pm; this was followed by documentaries Elizabeth II: A Life of Duty and King Charles III: A Modern Monarch (8pm) until regular programming resumed at 8.45pm.

Sky Arts simulcast Sky News from 9am – 5pm.

All other Sky channels amended their schedules from 10.30am to 1.30pm, airing either the funeral or a slide advising viewers to switch to Sky News.

 

 

Sky channels airing the funeral service (simulcasting Sky News): Sky Witness, Sky Atlantic, Sky Max, Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime, Sky History, Sky H2, Sky Sci-Fi, Pick (Freeview), Challenge, Sky Cinema Premiere, Sky Cinema Mega Hits, Sky Cinema Hits, Sky Cinema Greats, Movies24+, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Arena.

Sky channels showing the In Memoriam caption: Sky Comedy, Sky Nature, Sky Replay, E!, Pick (satellite), Sky Cinema Animation, Sky Cinema Family, Sky Cinema Action, Sky Cinema Rom Coms, Sky Cinema Thriller, Sky Cinema Drama, Sky Cinema Sci-Fi Horror, Movies24, Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Golf, Sky Sports NFL, Sky Sports Racing, Sky Sports Mix.

 


 

GB News

All GB News programmes were billed as Her Majesty’s State Funeral and carried no advertising; principal presenters listed:

  • 6am Eamonn Holmes, Isabel Webster
  • 10am Alastair Stewart, Anne Diamond, David Starkey
  • 2pm Mark Longhurst, Gloria De Piero
  • 6pm Michelle Dewberry
  • 7pm Nigel Farage
  • 9pm (to 11pm) Dan Wootton

TalkTV, simulcast on talkRADIO

The News UK channel’s schedule, which contained no commercials, was as follows:

  • 6.30am Farewell to Her Majesty – with Julia Hartley-Brewer
  • 10am The State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – with Tom Newton Dunn
  • 3pm Farewell to Her Majesty with Ian Collins
  • 4pm TalkTV Farewell to Her Majesty with Vanessa Feltz
  • 7pm TalkTV Farewell to Her Majesty with Piers Morgan
  • 9pm Remembering The Queen with James Whale (to midnight)

 

 

Bloomberg TV UK carried live coverage from 10am – 12.30pm; Al Jazeera English broadcast full coverage of the day’s events while CNBC Europe aired parts of the Westminster Abbey service during regular programming.

 


 

Entertainment

 

 

UKTV channels including GOLD, Dave, Yesterday and Drama ran normal schedules including programme trailers but without commercials; static idents ran prior to programming. Between programmes, a special slide aired.

 


 

Sport

 

 

Outside of the 10.30am to 1.30pm window, Sky Sports Racing aired its own tribute programming until midnight. Other Sky Sports channels carried regular schedules; likewise Eurosport, BT Sport and Premier Sports. No commercials aired during Monday.

 

 

Racing TV – which does not carry traditional advertising – suspended programming from 11am – 2.25pm.

 

 

MUTV and LFCTV did not carry advertisements on Monday; both observed the 11.55am two-minute silence.

 


 

Other Channels

 

Kids: Aside from CITV, children’s channels largely broadcast regular programming.

Music: various channels carried blocks of uninterrupted programming throughout the day, including Non-Stop 4Music, Non-Stop The Box, Non-Stop Kiss, Non-Stop Magic and Non-Stop Kerrang! – these were listed as running from 6am, 2pm and 10pm (except The Box, 6am, 2pm and 9.45pm). None of the channels carried advertisements. That’s TV broadcast Love Songs Non-Stop from 6am – 9pm.

 

 

Shopping: QVC channels did not air programming on Monday; likewise JewelleryMaker, HobbyMaker and Cruise1st TV. TJC was closed between 6am – 6pm; Ideal World from 9am – 7pm. Gems TV suspended broadcasting until 6pm; Create and Craft and Craft Extra paused their output from 10am to 5pm and broadcast pre-recorded output at other times.

 


 

Republic of Ireland

 

RTÉ One broadcast Coverage of the Funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II from 10.30am to 12.30pm, presented by Ray Kennedy with commentary from Kate Egan. Coverage also ran on RTÉ News Now from 11am – 1pm; the rolling news channel then aired the committal service from 4pm – 5pm.

 


 

United States

 

 

NBC‘s coverage, from 5.30am to 9am ET was chaired by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Lester Holt; TalkTV’s Daisy McAndrew also featured. The programme aired in the UK on NBC News Now.

ABC‘s broadcast – fronted by David Muir and Amy Robach – ran from 5.30am to 12noon; Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell presented CBS News Special Report from 5.30am to 9am. Some local Fox network stations simulcast Fox News from 5.30am to 8.30am.

PBS and BBC America carried BBC One’s coverage from 3am to 12noon ET.

C-SPAN‘s simulcast of the BBC coverage aired on the network’s main channel from 5.29am – 12noon, opting out between the State Funeral and the Committal Service for a Washington Journal phone-in on ‘The Legacy of Queen Elizabeth II’.

Fox News’ main coverage, with guests including Piers Morgan, ran from 3am – 9am. MSNBC‘s output encapsulated three programmes from 3am to 1pm; amongst the hosts were BBC reporter Katty Kay.

Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper led CNN‘s coverage (4am – 1pm ET) which also aired on CNN International; in the UK, a photo montage of the Queen was broadcast in place of advertisements.

 


 

International

 

BBC World News carried the main BBC 8am – 5pm coverage, without the regular BBC World News graphics.

 

 

Radio

 

BBC Radio, BBC Sounds

 

Radio 4‘s revised schedule for Monday:

  • 5.20am Shipping Forecast
  • 5.30am News Briefing
  • 5.43am Prayer for the Day
  • 5.45am Farming Today
  • 6am Today
  • 9am The State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  • 1.55pm The World at One (billed as 1.30pm)
  • 2.30pm The Service of Committal for Queen Elizabeth II
  • 5pm PM
  • 6pm Six O’Clock News
  • 6.30pm North by Northamptonshire (comedy, repeat from 2011)
  • 7pm The Archers
  • 7.15pm Front Row (repeat from August)

Regular programming continued from 8pm.

Hosted by Martha Kearney, presenters for The State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II included Allan Little, Jonny Dymond, Ken Bruce, Mishal Husain, Emma Barnett, Clive Myrie, Adele Roberts, John Murray, Mike Costello, Rachel Burden, Nuala McGovern, Chris Mason, Jamie Coomarasamy, Andrea Catherwood and James Naughtie.

The Service of Committal for Queen Elizabeth II was fronted by Eleanor Oldroyd, Naga Munchetty, Paddy O’Connell, Alistair Bruce-Ball, Julian Worricker, Anna Foster and Tony Livesey.

Both programmes were simulcast on Radio 5 Live, which opened with Breakfast at 6am (Rachel Burden and Rick Edwards), Nihal Arthanayake at 1.55pm and 5 Live Drive (Tony Livesey and Clare McDonnell) at 5pm. A round-up of the day’s events aired at 8pm before Colin Murray at 9pm. Radio 5 Sports Extra simulcast 5 Live all day.

Radio Scotland and Radio Wales also carried the network broadcasts at 9am and 2.30pm.

Radio Ulster‘s coverage of the State Funeral was hosted by Talkback presenter William Crawley (10.30am – 1.40pm) with the Committal Service carried on Evening Extra (3pm – 6pm).

BBC Local Radio in England aired The Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, hosted by Graham Liver, from 10am (10.30am on Radio Berkshire) to 2pm. Razia Iqbal hosted the day’s events on the BBC World Service.

Dewi Llwyd fronted Radio Cymru‘s programme Gwasanaeth angladd y Frenhines Elizabeth II from 10.15am to 1.45pm, with the Committal Service airing in Diwrnod angladd y Frenhines Elizabeth II – hosted by Dylan Jones – from 3.45pm to 6pm. On Radio nan Gàidheal, Cathy MacDonald presented Seirbheis Tiodhlacaidh A Mòrachd a’ Bhanrigh Ealasaid II from 10am to 12.30pm whilst the afternoon’s proceeding were covered in Aithris an Fheasgair (3.55pm to 5.30pm).

The main BBC radio coverage of the State Funeral also aired on Radio 2 (11am to 11.55am) and Radio 3 (11am – 12noon), with the latter carrying the Committal Service from 4pm to 5pm.

Radio 2 Schedule:

  • 6.30am Zoe Ball
  • 9.30am Gary Davies
  • 10.45am – 11am & 11.55am Jeremy Vine
  • 2pm Steve Wright
  • 5pm Sara Cox
  • 7pm Jo Whiley
  • 9pm Trevor Nelson

Radio 3 Schedule:

  • 6.30am Breakfast (Petroc Trelawny)
  • 9am – 11am & 12noon Essential Classics (Georgia Mann)
  • 1pm – 4pm A Sequence of Music (Penny Gore)
  • 5pm In Tune
  • 7pm In Tune Mixtape: “A sequence of pieces with links to British royalty down the age, including music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and John Wilbye.”
  • 7.30pm BBC Singers: Songs of Farewell: “On the evening of the state funeral for her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a programme of reflective choral music sung by the BBC Singers.”

Regular programming continued from 9pm.

Radio 1 – joining with Radio 1 Dance and Radio 1 Relax – carried an extended Newsbeat bulletin at 12.40pm (also airing on 1Xtra and the Asian Network) as part of an amended schedule:

Radio 1 Schedule:

  • 6am Radio 1 Relax
  • 7am Arielle Free
  • 10am Greg James
  • 12.40pm Newsbeat
  • 1pm Kate Thistleton
  • 3.30pm Vick and Jordan
  • 5.45pm Newsbeat
  • 6pm Clara Amfo
  • 9pm & 10pm Radio 1’s Power Down Playlist with Sian Eleri
  • 11pm & midnight Radio 1’s Wind Down Presents…

Lauren Laverne, Craig Charles and Steve Lamacq hosted a revised daytime line-up on 6 Music.

 


 

Commercial Radio

 

All Global stations – Heart, Capital, Capital Xtra, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X and Gold – broadcast a special LBC programme, The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II, from 10am to 1pm, hosted by Nick Ferrari, Andrew Marr, Shelagh Fogarty, Martin Stanford and Sangita Myska.

LBC’s own schedule was as follows:

  • 6am Nick Ferrari
  • 10am The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II
  • 1pm Shelia Fogerty
  • 4pm Tom Swarbrick
  • 6pm Tonight with Andrew Marr
  • 7pm Iain Dale
  • 10pm Ian Payne (to 1am)

LBC News covered the day’s events within its regular format of rolling news.

Bauer stations including Absolute, Clyde, Cool FM, Forth, Hits Radio, Jazz FM, Kerrang!, KISS, Magic, Metro, Northsound, Planet Rock, Radio City, Scala Radio, TFM and Wave did not carry the funeral service, instead airing music and news bulletins before observing the two-minute silence at 11.55am.

News UK’s Times Radio largely maintained its normal presenter roster:

  • 6am Aasmah Mir and Stig Abell with Times Radio Breakfast
  • 10am Matt Chorley with live coverage of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
  • 1pm Mariella Frostrup with live coverage of the procession of the Queen’s coffin
  • 4pm John Pienaar with live coverage of the Committal service
  • 7pm Ed Vaizey and Calum Macdonald reflect on a historic day
  • 10pm Carole Walker (to 1am)

Sister station talkSPORT‘s line-up:

  • 6am talkSPORT Breakfast with Laura Woods
  • 10am Queen Elizabeth II: The State Funeral (Times Radio simulcast)
  • 1pm talkSPORT’s tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
  • 4pm Adrian Durham
  • 7pm PressBox Special
  • 10pm talkSPORT’s tribute to Queen Elizabeth II (to midnight)

talkSPORT 2 simulcast the main channel from 10am – 7pm.

Independent Radio News provided subscriber stations with both Sky News Radio (carrying Alastair Bruce’s television commentary) and a clean feed of the service from Westminster Abbey.

 


 

Newspapers, Social Media

 

The national newspaper websites of News UK, Telegraph Media Group, Guardian Media Group, DMG Media and Reach plc all carried live video streams of the day’s events, as did Twitter and The Royal Family social media channels. Various broadcasters streamed their coverage on YouTube.

 


 

Errata

 

This article was amended on 28 December 2022 to correct two transcription errors:

  • BBC One: The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II – London began at 8am, not 9am
  • BBC One: The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II – Windsor was billed as 1:15pm but actually began at 1:40pm

We regret the errors.

 

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