Queen to Travel Through Hammersmith & Fulham on Her Final Journey

Funeral cortege to pass by on way to Windsor burial

The state hearse on its way to Buckingham Palace
The state hearse on its way to Buckingham Palace

Hammersmith and Fulham residents will have the chance bid farewell to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her final journey.

Her funeral cortege is set to drive along the A4 Talgarth Road on the afternoon of Monday 19 September on its way to her burial at Windsor Castle.

The state hearse is anticipated to arrive in the area at some point after 1pm and thousands of local people are expected to line the route and it is advisable to arrive early to get a good spot. You are asked to remain on the pavement and not to step on the road.

Thousands of people lined the side of the A40 last Tuesday evening as the state hearse was bringing the coffin from RAF Northolt to Buckingham Palace. As Monday is a public holiday with, the weather expected currently to be dry and mild, the numbers wishing to pay their respects to the Queen by the roadside is expected to be significantly higher.

The A4 (Great West Road/Talgarth Road) will be closed to traffic from 6am until later in the day when the police deem it safe to re-open.

Side roads leading to the A4 will also be affected. You are advised avoid the area particularly if you are driving. Restrictions may also affect pedestrian access. The roads that are likely to be closed include:

-Eyot Gardens
-Verbena Gardens
-South Black Lion Lane
-Oil Mill Lane
-Weltje Road (north and south)
-Rivercourt Road (north and south)
-Wilson’s Road
-Gliddon Road
-North End Road, between junctions with Talgarth Road and Gunterstone Road.

The A40 may also be closed without advance notice by the Met Police for security reasons.

Parking restrictions will also be in place for the entire day in Talgarth Road so you must move your car away from Talgarth Road before Monday. Vehicles that normally park in Talgarth Road will be allowed to park free of charge in a shared use parking bay in any parking zone across the borough. If you park near on a side road to the A4, access to your vehicle might also be affected. As it’s a Bank Holiday you can park anywhere else in the borough at no charge.

The cortege will remain on the A4 through Chiswick all the way to Henly's Corner where it will join the A30.

Local residents will be able to bid farewell to the Queen without a lengthy queue
Local residents will be able to bid farewell to the Queen without a lengthy queue

The latest official information on the arrangements for the day will be shared on the @MetPoliceEvents Twitter account.

At 6.30am on the day of the funeral, the Queen’s lying-in-state will end. King Charles III will once again lead his family in marching behind the coffin when it is moved from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey at 10.44am. He will walk with the Princess Royal, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex and behind the quartet will be the Queen’s grandsons Peter Phillips, Duke of Sussex and the Prince of Wales

The Queen’s coffin will be carried during the procession on a 123-year-old gun carriage towed by 98 Royal Navy sailors in a tradition dating back to the funeral of Queen Victoria.

Guardsmen accompanying the Queen's coffin
Guardsmen accompanying the Queen's coffin. Picture: Royal.uk

At 8am the doors of Westminster Abbey will open for the congregation to begin taking their seats. The funeral is set to take place at 11am with foreign royals, diplomats and heads of state having arrived from the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The procession will arrive at the west gate of Westminster Abbey at 10.52am when the bearer party will lift the coffin from the gun carriage and carry it into the Abbey for the state funeral service,.

The service will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster with services read by the Prime Minister and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, while the Archbishop of York, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Free Churches Moderator will say prayers. The Archbishop of Canterbury will give the sermon.

At around 11.55am the Last Post will sound at which point a national two minutes of silence is to be observed.

Reveille, the national anthem and a lament played by the Queen’s piper will bring funeral service to an end at around noon.

The coffin will then be lifted again and walked in procession to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park with the route up Constitution Hill lined by the Armed Forces.

At Wellington Arch the coffin will be moved into the state hearse which will be driven out of London on the A4 and the M4 with the expectation that it will arrive at Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road, Windsor at 3.06pm. It will then join another procession to be taken to St George’s Chapel.

The Queen will be interred with the Duke of Edinburgh in King George VI’s Memorial Chapel in a private service at 7.30pm on Monday.

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September 16, 2022