Queen Elizabeth II: A Complete Guide to Funeral Ceremonies

Queen Elizabeth II: A Complete Guide to Funeral Ceremonies

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The Queen’s coffin is at Balmoral but will soon begin its journey to the nation’s capital ahead of her funeral on Monday, September 19.

During this period of national mourning, the population will have the opportunity to pay their respects to the Queen, as her body will be displayed in Edinburgh and later in London.

King Charles III will also embark on a tour of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom.

Here’s your guide to what’s coming day by day.

The Queen’s oak coffin in the ballroom at Balmoral Castle is carried in a hearse by her players.

His body will leave Balmoral at 10am and slowly continue the six-hour journey by road to Edinburgh, a distance of more than 100 miles.

The coffin will arrive at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the British monarch’s official residence in the Scottish capital, and rest in the throne room.

In London, the monarch will meet the Commonwealth Secretary-General at Buckingham Palace. He will then welcome the High Commissioners of the Head of State in the bow room of the palace.

King Charles will begin the day by visiting Westminster Hall, where both Houses of Parliament meet to offer their condolences.

The King will fly to Edinburgh with Queen Consort Camilla. It is part of Operation Spring Tide, the code name for his first trip to the UK’s Four Nations as monarch.

The Queen’s body will lie in repose at Saint-Gilles for twenty-four hours, when members of the public can pay their respects.

The monarch will later return to Holyrood, where she will hold an audience with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. She and the queen consort will travel to the Scottish Parliament, where they will receive a condolence motion.

In the evening, King Charles will hold a vigil at Saint-Gilles Cathedral with members of the royal family.

Accompanied by Camilla, the King will visit Belfast in Northern Ireland and continue his journey through four countries in the United Kingdom. They will then travel to Hillsborough Castle to see an exhibition about the Queen’s relationship with Northern Ireland.

King Charles will then meet Northern Ireland Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris and other party leaders. He will also receive a condolence message from the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

After meeting with religious leaders, King Charles and Consort Queen Camilla will return to London after attending a prayer service at St Anne’s Cathedral.

Meanwhile, in Scotland, the Queen’s coffin will be carried from St Giles’ Cathedral to Edinburgh Airport in the afternoon, from where it will depart by plane to RAF Northolt, escorted by Princess Anne.

The flight is expected to reach London before 7pm.

From there, proceed to Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the British monarchs in London since 1837. The arrival of the coffin will be attended by King Charles III and Queen Camilla. bow room

A military parade and members of the royal family will accompany the coffin. Crowds can see him walking through the streets of London draped in royal regalia. Large television screens will also be set up for the occasion, especially in the capital’s royal parks.

Once in Westminster Hall, the coffin rests on a raised platform called a catafalque, accompanied by the Imperial State Crown, Globe and Scepter.

All corners of the platform will be guarded by royal soldiers.

A small Mass will be held and the public will be admitted.

Rehearsals will take place between 2:00 and 5:00 a.m. for the coffin ride from New Palace Yard to Westminster Abbey and then to Wellington Arch.

Today marks the first of four full days when the Queen’s body will be on display at Westminster Hall.

Hundreds of thousands of people can pay their respects to the Queen at this 11th-century building, the oldest of the Palace of Westminster and the heart of the British government. Details on how people can participate will be shared later.

King Charles III is also expected in Wales.

The Queen’s funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey at 11am.

Heads of state from around the world will be invited along with members of the Royal Family to commemorate the Queen’s life and service.

Senior British politicians and former prime ministers are expected to attend the televised ceremony.

The funeral procession will then proceed along the Long Walk to Windsor Castle.

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