Queen’s death: what will happen ahead of state funeral? | queen elizabeth ii

Details of how the public can attend the Queen’s state of repose have been released, warning people can expect long queues and should be prepared to stand for long hours throughout the night.

Those wishing to pay their respects at the late monarch’s coffin at London’s Westminster Hall will be able to make a formal deposit in the last 24 hours from 5pm on Wednesday 14 September until 6.30am. on the day of the funeral, Monday, September 19.

But the government has stressed that the queue will be constantly moving – with little chance for them to rest or sit down – and the long line of those waiting is expected to stretch into central London.

Plans for the recumbent state are an important part of official mourning. Here’s what to expect in the next few days:

Monday, September 12

The King and Queen will appear in Westminster Hall where members of the Commons and Lords will meet to offer their condolences.

The royal couple will then fly to Edinburgh, where they will visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the King will inspect the guard of honour. A ceremony of the keys will follow in the forecourt of the palace.

The Queen’s coffin will leave the Palace of Holyroodhouse at 2.35pm in procession to St Giles’ Cathedral, where it will be carried in at 2.55pm.

The king and queen consort, with members of the royal family, will follow the procession on foot before attending a memorial service for the queen’s life at the cathedral at 3pm. The prime minister will also attend the function.

The King will then return to Holyrood to hold an audience with the First Minister of Scotland, followed by an audience with the Speaker of the Scottish Parliament.

At 5.40 p.m. the king and queen will attend the scottish parliament to receive a condolence offer.

Along with other members of the royal family, they will hold a vigil at 7.20pm at St Giles’ Cathedral and stay in Edinburgh overnight.

The Queen’s coffin will lie in state in the cathedral, guarded by the Royal Society of Archers, to allow people to pay their respects.

Tuesday, September 13

The King and Queen Consort will fly to Belfast and travel to Hillsborough Castle to see an exhibition about the late Queen’s relationship with Northern Ireland.

The King will meet the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and party leaders. At 1.20pm he will receive a condolence message led by the speaker of the Northern Ireland assembly.

After a short reception in Hillsborough, the royal couple will travel to St Anne’s Cathedral for a service of reflection, where they will be joined by the Prime Minister.

Before the service, the King will meet leaders from all the major faiths in Northern Ireland. The King and Queen will then depart Belfast for London.

At 5pm, the Queen’s coffin will travel by road from St Giles’ Cathedral in Scotland to Edinburgh Airport, where it will be transferred to London, departing at 6pm. The royal princess will accompany the coffin.

After arriving at RAF Northolt at 6.55pm, the coffin will be taken to Buckingham Palace. His arrival at 20:00 will be watched by the King and Queen, along with other members of the royal family.

Wednesday, September 14

Wednesday will be the first major ceremony in London as the Queen’s coffin will be carried in a gun carriage from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall to lie in state.

The King will lead a procession behind the late Queen’s coffin. The coffin will leave Buckingham Palace at 14:22 and arrive at Westminster Hall at 15:00. The procession will travel through Queen’s Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.

After a short service, the Queen’s enshrinement will begin, which will last four days and end on the morning of the state funeral. The King and Queen will return to Buckingham Palace.

The state lie begins, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to pass the coffin to pay their respects over the next four days. At some stage, senior members of the royal family are expected to stand guard around the casket, in a tradition known as the Princes’ Vigil.

Members of the public will be able to pass by the coffin 24 hours a day during the repose from 5pm on Wednesday until 6.30am. on the day of the Queen’s funeral, Monday 19 September.

Lying in state, the Queen’s closed coffin will rest on a raised platform, called a catafalque, in Westminster Hall and be draped in the Royal Standard with the orb and scepter placed on top. Every corner of the platform will be guarded around the clock by a vigil of units from the Sovereign’s Bodyguard, the Household Division or the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London.

Those wishing to attend will have to queue for hours, possibly all night, as a large turnout is expected. There will be airport-style security and strict restrictions on what can be carried, with only small bags allowed. Details of what is and isn’t allowed can be found on the DCMS website.

Map of the main funeral locations in London

Thursday, September 15

The queen’s stay continues.

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September

On Friday 16 September the King and Queen will visit Wales. The Queen’s stay continues and is expected to end on the morning of her funeral.

Sunday, September 18

Heads of state and members of foreign royal families are expected to begin arriving in London for the state funeral.

Monday, September 19

The Queen’s state funeral will take place at 11am at Westminster Abbey. Lying in the situation ends at 6.30am.

At 10.44am the Queen’s coffin will be carried in a procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey in central London. Members of her family will process on foot from behind. The service will be televised and a two-minute national silence will be observed.

Following the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will travel in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. From there it will travel to Windsor Castle. Once there, the state hearse will travel in procession to St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, via the Long Walk. Afterwards there will be a ceremony in the chapel of Agios Georgios.

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