Armed Forces personnel helped move The Queen’s coffin in procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall 14092022 CREDIT MOD Crown Copyright
More than 320 members of Armed Forces personnel helped move the Queen’s coffin in procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall (Picture: MOD).
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Queen's funeral: The military's involvement in numbers

Armed Forces personnel helped move The Queen’s coffin in procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall 14092022 CREDIT MOD Crown Copyright
More than 320 members of Armed Forces personnel helped move the Queen’s coffin in procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall (Picture: MOD).

Armed Forces personnel will have the final great honour and responsibility of participating in ceremonial activity surrounding the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In total, approximately 5,949 UK Armed Forces personnel will have deployed on ceremonial duties throughout the course of Operation London Bridge, the codename for the funeral plan following the Queen's death.

His Majesty the King and the Royal Family have shared their "sincere gratitude" for the messages of condolence received from around the world as they announced the military's pivotal role in the funeral service.

Operation London Bridge

Here is how the Armed Forces' contribution to Op London Bridge is broken down among the three services, although exact figures won't be known until the day:

  • 847 are from the Royal Navy
  • 4,416 are from the British Army
  • 686 are from the Royal Air Force

There will also be approximately 175 members of Armed Forces personnel from Commonwealth nations who will participate in the ceremonial activity.

Day of HM the Queen's funeral

In total, about 4,000 military personnel will be on parade throughout the day of the funeral, including Commonwealth personnel. This number does not include logistics and other supporting staff.

Watch: Military in pre-dawn rehearsals for Queen's funeral.

Central London

For the procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey, the state funeral, and the procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, there will be more than 3,000 military personnel involved.

More than 1,650 personnel will form part of the procession, with 1,500 being UK service personnel and around 175 being Commonwealth service personnel. 

In addition, there will be 1,000 military street liners and a further 380 service personnel in other ceremonial roles.

Windsor

There will be a procession from Albert Road, Windsor, to St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, followed by the committal service.

In Windsor, more than 1,000 military personnel will be involved in the ceremonial activity.

Of this number:

  • 410 are taking part in the procession
  • 480 will be street liners
  • 150 will form up in Horseshoe Cloister as a guard of honour or step liners
  • 130 will take up other ceremonial roles