OPINION - The Leader podcast| Queen Elizabeth’s funeral explained: Our final goodbye

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On Thursday 8 September 2022, we lost Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Now, the United Kingdom prepare to say goodbye to our Queen.

As the Elizabethan era ends and the third Carolean age begins, we look at how the nation prepared for this historic day.

Experts Robert Hazell, Professor of Government & the Constitution at University College London, and the Evening Standard’s Royal Editor, Robert Jobson, walk us through the protocol, events that followed the death of Queen Elizabeth II and ultimately how we said our final farewell.

As a nation prepare for the sombre, unifying national event - and the world’s eyes turn to the United Kingdom - our experts walk us through how the day will unfold.

The Queen was there through it all, a pillar of strength, duty and continuity - from the changing of political leaders, numerous wars, prominent deaths, huge societal changes and global crises that rocked the UK, the Commonwealth and the wider world.

She was our ever-enduring head of state for 70 years, and worked with 15 prime ministers from Sir Winston Churchill to Liz Truss.

The Leader podcast looks at how the news broke of the Queen’s death and the reaction of the media to this major historic event.

It is a herculean task also for the army, police and security services to ensure hundreds of thousands of mourners expected to throng London’s streets as the funeral procession travels 23 miles from Westminster Abbey to Windsor Castle.

We also learn what will happens when the Queen is laid to rest, and about the secrets of the Royal Vault.

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