Details of the service

September 05, 1997

These details of Princess Diana's funeral tomorrow at Westminster Abbey were released yesterday by Buckingham Palace:

The service begins with organist Martin Baker playing music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, Antonin zTC Dvorak, Johann Pachelbel, Edward Elgar and William Harris.

The members of the Spencer family are received at the Great West Door by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster.

All stand as they are conducted to places in the North Lantern and then sit.

All stand as the Procession of Visiting Clergy moves to places in the Sacrarium and then sit.

Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Princes William and Harry are expected along with other members of the royal family to be received at the Great West Door by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster and conducted to St. George's Chapel.

All stand as they are conducted to places in the South Lantern and then sit.

Her Majesty the Queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, are received at the Great West Door by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster.

All stand as Their Majesties and His Royal Highness are conducted to their places in the South Lantern.

All remain standing as the cortege enters the Great West Door.

The Collegiate Body of St. Peter in Westminster moves into place in the nave.

All sing the British national anthem.

The cortege, preceded by the Collegiate Body, moves to the Quire and Sacrarium, during which the choir sings.

All remain standing. The Very Reverend Dr. Wesley Carr, Dean of Westminster, says the Bidding.

All sing a hymn.

All sit. Lady Sarah McCorquodule, one of Princess Diana's two sisters, reads.

The BBC Singers, together with soprano Lynne Dawson, sing.

Lady Jane Fellowes, Princess Diana's other sister, reads.

All stand to sing a hymn.

All sit. The Right Honourable Tony Blair, MP, Prime Minister reads I Corinthians 13.

Elton John sings.

Tribute by the Earl Spencer, Princess Diana's brother.

All stand to sing a hymn.

All sit. The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr. George Carey, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, leads the prayers for: Diana, Princess of Wales; for her family; for the royal family; for all who mourn (includes mention of "her friend, Dodi al-Fayed," and chauffeur Henri Paul); for her life and work; for ourselves.

The Choristers sing.

The Archbishop offers the Lord's Prayer; says the Blessing.

All stand to sing a hymn.

Standing before the Catafalque, the Dean says the Commendation.

All remain standing as the Cortege leaves the church, during which the choir sings.

At the west end of the church, the Cortege halts for the minute's silence, observed by the nation.

The half-muffled bells of the abbey church are rung.

All remain standing as the Processions move to the west end of the church.

Diana's coffin is taken by road to her family home at Althrop, 80 miles north of London for a private interment in the Spencer family chapel. Prince Charles and his sons are expected to attend the private ceremony.

Pub Date: 9/05/97

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