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Queen Elizabeth’s funeral to include 96 bell tolls, ‘God Save the King’

On Sept. 18, President Biden and first lady Jill Biden paid their respects to Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall. (Video: The Washington Post)

The night before Queen Elizabeth II was to be laid to rest, Buckingham Palace released details for her state funeral that will include 96 bell tolls to commemorate her 96 years of life.

The queen will be laid to rest at Westminster Abbey, where the tenor bells will toll once a minute for 96 minutes before the service scheduled for 11 a.m. London time. A Westminster choir will sing the Sentences — lines of Scripture set to music that have been used at every British state funeral since the 18th century, according to plans released by Buckingham Palace on Sunday night. After two minutes of silence, the congregation will sing “God Save the King” — an acknowledgment of King Charles III’s new reign.

Here’s what to know

  • The state funeral is expected to have the U.K.’s biggest post-WWII security detail. Find out the details here.
  • A royal surprise was in store for people lining up in “The Queue” this weekend as King Charles III and Prince William paid them an impromptu visit.
  • Here’s how you can watch the queen’s funeral Monday starting about 5:30 a.m. Eastern time.
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