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Viewer's Guide

September 05, 1997

The ceremony for Princess Diana on Saturday will begin at about 1 a.m. PDT with a coffin procession through the streets to Westminster Abbey. Once there, the coffin will be placed near the altar. The service is expected to take about an hour. The body will then be taken 80 miles to the Spencer family home in Great Brington, Northampton.


The site of the services, built between the 13th and 16th centuries, is considered an architectural masterpiece. It has been the setting for every coronation since 1066 and for numerous other royal occasions.


The Right Rev. Arthur Wesley Carr, canon of Westminster and George Carey, the archbishop of Canterbury

Prime Minister Tony Blair: reading from the Bible

Diana's brother, Charles: personal tribute

Diana's sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes: selected readings

Elton John: "Candle in the Wind"

The abbey's choir: hymns

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday September 6, 1997 Home Edition Part A Page 3 Foreign Desk 2 inches; 57 words Type of Material: Correction
Westminster Abbey--The "Viewer's Guide" that appeared in Friday's Times failed to make clear that a church existed at the site hundreds of years before construction work between the 13th and 16th centuries created the present Westminster Abbey. In some editions, this graphic also misstated where the late Princess Diana was married to Prince Charles. That ceremony occurred at St. Paul's Cathedral.

Soprano Lynne Dawson: portion of Giuseppe Verdi's "Requiem"

Schedule and TV Coverage


9:08 a.m. (1:08 a.m. PDT): Procession leaves Kensington Palace.

9:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. PDT): Doors open at Westminster Abbey for invited guests.

10:15 a.m. (2:15 a.m. PDT): VIPs arrive at abbey.

10:26 a.m. (2:26 a.m. PDT): Five representatives each from 100 charitable organizations join procession.

10:35 a.m. (2:35 a.m. PDT): Spencer family arrives at abbey.

10:40 a.m. (2:40 a.m. PDT): Royal family arrives.

10:50 a.m. (2:50 a.m. PDT): Senior members of royal family arrive.

10:55 a.m. (2:55 a.m. PDT): Coffin arrives at abbey.

11:00 a.m. (3 a.m. PDT): Funeral begins.

11:50 a.m. (approximate) (3:50 a.m. PDT): End of service.



NBC 12:55-7 a.m., anchored by Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric

ABC 1-5 a.m., anchored by Peter Jennings with Barbara Walters

Fox 1-5 a.m., live coverage anchored by Brit Hume and Catherine Crier

CNN 1-6 a.m., live coverage anchored by Bernard Shaw

CBS 1:30 a.m.-5 a.m., anchored by Dan Rather

C-SPAN 1:30 a.m. to end, simulcast of BBC coverage



CBS: 5 a.m.

CNN: 6 a.m.

ABC: 7 a.m.

NBC: 7 a.m.

C-SPAN: 5 p.m.

Researched by CHRIS ERSKINE

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