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Sky News' Queen's funeral coverage to start at 5am as plans announced

Sly News will start its coverage of The Queen's funeral before sunrise, with the live broadcast kicking off at 5am.

Her Majesty's death was confirmed to the nation at 6.30pm on Thursday, September 8, with newsreaders across the UK and the world delivering the news to viewers and listeners, after a statement had arrived from Buckingham Palace to the 96-year-old had passed away peacefully at her Scottish residence, Balmoral.

Many major channels, including Sky News have devoted plenty of airtime to the events that have followed the Queen's death and the many tributes that have poured in for her.

Queen Elizabeth II's funeral will take place on Monday, September 19, with a number of high street stores and supermarkets confirming that they'll be closing their doors for the sad but momentous occasion.

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Viewers across the country will tune into live coverage of the state funeral and broadcasters, including Sky News, have now revealed just how they will cover it.

Sky News' Queen's funeral coverage

The channel has confirmed that well known news anchor Kay Burley will be live from Westminster Abbey with early morning updates from 5am outlining how the day will unfold.

From 9am, Anna Botting and Dermot Murnaghan will begin a special broadcast of the funeral procession, starting with Anna reporting live from Westminster, with coverage of the State Funeral Service at 11am.

At 2pm Dermot will takeover to report live from Windsor Castle as the procession begins to make its way from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, before concluding at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle via the Long Walk.

Throughout the day, Sky Royal Events Commentator Alastair Bruce will provide analysis of the historic events as they unfold. While Kamali Melbourne and Gillian Taylor will be at Windsor Castle and in London respectively, speaking to the crowds who have come to pay their respects.

At 7pm, Sky presenter Mark Austin will reflect on the day's events.


*Prince William pays heartfelt tribute to The Queen

* Prince Harry pays heartfelt tribute to Queen's 'everlasting legacy'

*Meghan Markle cancels TV appearance after King Charles 'olive branch'

*Prince Harry and Meghan join Prince William and Kate in Windsor

* ITV confirms 'biggest broadcast' in its history for Queen's funeral

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