Where is the Queen Lying-in-State and what does Lying-in-State mean?

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 Queen Elizabeth II's coffin
Queen Elizabeth II's coffin

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is now Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall. 

  • Her Majesty The Queen is Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall until the morning of her funeral on Monday 19 September.

  • The coffin of Her Majesty The Queen will be reposed at Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament 24 hours a day to allow the public to pay their respects.

  • This is how to pay respects to the Queen Lying-in-State.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the Queen's Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall, before Britain's longest-serving monarch's state funeral on Monday 19 September.

Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96 on Thursday, September 8, just hours after Buckingham Palace had announced she was being 'medically supervised' by royal doctors at Balmoral Castle.

The news marked the end of Her Majesty's 70-year-long reign and the beginning of a new one under her eldest son, King Charles III. Her death has also meant that many members of the Royal Family have had their titles change, as the line of succession moves forward for the first time in seven decades.

The Queen's coffin was flown into London from Scotland on Tuesday evening, after being temporarily deposed at St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh for the public to pay their respects. It is currently lying in the historic Westminster Hall following a sombre ceremonial procession this afternoon.

Britain's King Charles III (L), Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales (2L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walk behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II
Britain's King Charles III (L), Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales (2L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walk behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

King Charles III, Prince William and Prince Harry, along with other members of the Royal Family, followed the coffin on foot as it made its way past St. James's Park and towards the Houses of Parliament, arriving at Westminster Abbey at 3pm.

Westminster Abbey 
Westminster Abbey

Now the Queen's coffin has been positioned on a catafalque in Westminster Hall, where the Royal Family attended a short service held by the Archbishop of Canterbury on Wednesday afternoon. At 5pm on Wednesday September 14, the doors of Westminster Abbey will open for the public to pay their respects. The coffin will remain at Westminster Hall until 6.30am on the day of the Queen's funeral, Monday, September 19.

Westminster Hall will remain open for 24 hours to give as many people as possible the chance to say their goodbyes and pay their respects to the beloved monarch.

What does Lying-in-State mean?

Lying-in-State refers to the practice of placing the body of a deceased official, like a King or a Queen, in a state building so that the public can pay their respects. The body may be displayed in an open casket or concealed by a coffin, and is traditionally flanked by a unit of guards. In Britain, the tradition has been taking place at Westminster Hall since the death of King Edward VIII in 1910.