Buckingham Palace Confirms More Details About Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral

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Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is currently lying in state at the Palace of Westminster. On Monday, September 19, it will process to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral.

Buckingham Palace shared more details of the coming days and confirmed that the Queen’s state funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey at 11 a.m. BST on Monday September 19.

“As the person with overall responsibility for delivering the funeral, let me end by saying that, together with so many colleagues from within The Royal Household, the Armed Forces, the Police, and other institutions of Church and State, we will carry out our duty over the coming days with the heaviest of hearts,” the Earl Marshall, Duke of Norfolk, said. The Earl Marshall is responsible for the organization of state occasions. “But also, with the firmest of resolve to ensure a fitting farewell to one of the defining figures of our times; a monarch whom we were truly privileged to have had as the Head of State of our country and the Realms, and Head of the wider Commonwealth...I think we can, in some way, repay that debt by carrying out her last wishes in delivering Her Majesty The Queen’s Funeral.”

Queen Elizabeth approved the funeral plans, and all the arrangements for the days ahead. Following the funeral, she will be laid to rest alongside her parents, sister and husband in the King George VI memorial chapel in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

The schedule of events leading up to the Queen's funeral

Sunday, September 11

10am: The Queen’s coffin leaves Balmoral Castle on a Hearse and travels by road to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

4pm: The Queen’s coffin arrives at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and is taken to the Throne Room.

Monday, September 12

Am: King Charles and the Queen Consort will fly to Edinburgh. The king will take part in the ceremony of the keys on arrival at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

2.35pm: The Queen’s coffin leaves the Palace of Holyroodhouse and travels in a procession to St Giles’s Cathedral. The King and members of the royal family will follow on foot and in cars.

2.55pm: The Queen’s coffin will be carried into the Cathedral where it remain after the service.

The king and family members will hold an evening vigil.

Tuesday, September 13

Am: The King and Queen Consort will travel to Belfast.

5pm: The Queen’s coffin will travel in a Hearse to Edinburgh Airport, departing on an RAF plane at at 6pm.

6.55pm: The Queen’s coffin arrives in RAF Northolt.

8pm: The Queen’s coffin arrives in London and travels to Buckingham Palace where it is greeted by a Guard of Honor as the King and members of the royal family watch. The coffin will rest in the Bow Room.

Wednesday, September 14

Am: The Queen’s coffin is adorned with the Imperial State Crown and a wreath of flowers.

2.22pm: The Queen’s coffin is carried by a gun carriage in a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, traveling down the Mall with members of the royal family walking behind. Big Ben will toll and gun salutes will be fired.

3pm: The coffin arrives at the North Door of Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster and positioned in the center of Westminster Hall. A service will be held. For the next few days, the public will be able to travel through and pay their respects.

Friday, September 16

Am: The King and Queen Consort will travel to Wales.

7:30pm: A vigil around the coffin will be held by King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward

The official schedule for Queen Elizabeth's funeral

Monday, September 19

6:30am: Lying in state ends, as the final members of the public are admitted

10.44am: The Queen’s coffin is taken in a procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for her funeral. Immediately following the coffin will be King Charles, members of the royal family, and members of the King’s household.

11am: The Queen’s State Funeral begins. Royals from around the world will be in attendance, as will heads of state and other dignitaries.

11:55am: Last Post will sound followed by Two Minute’s Silence to be observed in the Abbey, and throughout the United Kingdom

12:00pm: National Anthem will bring the State Funeral Service to a close

12:00pm: The Queen’s coffin will travel in a procession to Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner, arriving around 1:00pm. King Charles and the royal family will again follow in procession.

Afternoon: The coffin be transferred to the State Hearse to travel to Windsor. When the coffin reaches Windsor, the State Hearse will slow to join a procession to travel via the Long Walk to St George’s Chapel, Windsor for the Committal Service. Members of the royal family will join the procession in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle.

4:00pm: A Committal Service will take place in St George’s Chapel. The congregation will be made up of past and present members of The Queen’s Household, and the royal family. The service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor.

7:30pm: A private burial will take place in The King George VI Memorial Chapel later that evening, attended by the King and members of the royal family.

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