The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: what to expect

Renamed “Operation London Bridge” arrangements for Britain’s longest monarchy It was carefully orchestrated for years by the various agencies involved, with the Queen herself signing every detail before her death. However, the details were kept confidential until King Charles III gave each his final seal of approval.

After the Queen’s death, her oak coffin – draped in the royal standard of Scotland and a wreath – sat in Balmoral’s ballroom, where estate agents had the opportunity to offer their last greetings. On Sunday morning, six gamekeepers carried the coffin to a waiting session.

At 10 AM (5 AM ET), the beloved king’s coffin embarked on its journey to the nation’s capital. However, it will not go there directly. You will first take a six-hour trip to Edinburgh and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. The road trip will normally take about three hours, however, it will be pushed slowly to allow people to view the body along the road and bow their heads as it passes.

The honor guard made up of the Royal Scottish Regiment will give a royal salute to the funeral arriving in Edinburgh before being carried to the Throne Hall by a ceremony of a military bearer.

Meanwhile, back in London, the King will meet with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth before hosting the High Commissioners from the realms he now heads in the Arch Room at Buckingham Palace.

On Monday morning, the King will begin his day with a trip to Westminster Hall where the Houses of Parliament will express their condolences. he and him Camila’s wife They will then fly into Edinburgh, arriving at 12:45 PM (7:45 AM ET), where they will head straight to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

At 2:35pm (9:35am ET), the Queen’s coffin will head to St Giles’ Cathedral for prayer and meditation attended by the King, Queen and members of the royal family, as well as worshipers “from all walks of Scottish society,” a senior palace official said. The coffin will then rest there for 24 hours to allow the Scottish public to see it, in a tradition known as Lying in the State.

After the service, the King will return to Holyrood He will meet with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, followed by a meeting with the Speaker of the Scottish Parliament. Charles, accompanied by the Queen Consort, would later go to the Scottish Parliament to receive a condolence proposal.

That evening, at 7:20 p.m. (2:20 p.m. ET), the King and members of the royal family will set up their guards – or vigil – for the Queen’s coffin.

Then-Prince Charles and his brother Edward, left, stand vigil next to their grandmother's coffin as the Queen Mother lies in state at Westminster Hall in 2002.

On Tuesday, King and Camilla will take a trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland. The couple will visit Hillsborough Castle and see an exhibit on the Queen’s long association with Northern Ireland. The King is then scheduled to meet the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland as well as other party leaders, and receive a letter of condolence led by the Northern Ireland Speaker.

Back in Scotland, Princess Anne, the queen’s only daughter, will prepare to escort her mother’s body as it returns to London. At 5 p.m. (12 p.m. ET), the coffin will travel 8.2 miles (13.2 kilometers) via Habers to Edinburgh Airport, from where it will depart for RAF Northolt.

The state hearing will bring the king’s remains to Buckingham Palace, where the king and queen, as well as other members of the Windsor clan are waiting for the coffin to arrive at about 8pm (3pm ET). The Dean of the Royal Chapels will hold prayers and a bearer party hosted by The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards will set the coffin on stands in the center of the Bow Room to rest overnight.

Wednesday will see an extraordinary silent march taking the coffin on a rifle carriage from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster, where the Queen will lie until the morning of the funeral.

On this trip, the coffin will be decorated with the Imperial State crown and wreath. The procession route will set out at 2:22 PM (9:22 AM ET) along the Mall, through Horseguards Parade, past Downing Street towards Westminster.

In a likely touching moment, the royals will be walking behind their beloved mothers. They will be followed by senior officials from the royal families as well as close personal servants and members of the family department. As crowds watch the procession – which will take about 40 minutes – Big Ben and minute cannons of Royal Horse Artillery will kill in Hyde Park with echoes throughout the capital.

The queen’s coffin would be placed on a raised platform – or catafalque – in the middle of the hall and guarded around the clock by officers from the home department, the king’s bodyguard, or the royal company of archers.

On her arrival at Westminster Hall, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will conduct a short service, after which the hall will be opened to the public to pay their respects.

The funeral procession for the Queen's father, King George VI, at Marble Arch, London, on February 16, 1952.

Members of the public will be able to file in front of the Queen’s coffin during his first full day in the state at Westminster Hall on Thursday.

The copper plaques in the 11th Century Hall mark where Edward VII was placed in state in 1910, George V in 1936, George VI in 1952, and Queen Mary a year later. The hall, 900 years old, is also the residence of wartime British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the state in 1965.

On Friday, lying will continue for the whole second day. A large number of people are expected to line up in central London for a chance to visit the coffin and take part in this historic moment. The government will release details of how the public will participate in the coming days.

Separately, King Charles and Camilla will visit on Friday, ending their tour of all four countries that make up the United Kingdom.

The audience continues to fall into a lying state at the end of the week.

Sunday marks the last full day of the Queen’s body at Westminster Hall.

On the morning of Monday, September 19 – declared a public holiday across the UK – the Queen’s lying will end. The coffin will then travel in procession back to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral, details of which will likely come in the following days.

Westminster Abbey, founded by Benedictine monks in AD 960, is one of London’s most famous landmarks. The historic chapel has been the setting for every coronation since 1066, when then-Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip in 1947. But there hasn’t been a funeral for a king there since George II’s in 1760.

Heads of state and dignitaries from around the world are expected to be invited to the British capital to join members of the royal family to celebrate the life of the Queen and the unwavering service of the nation and the Commonwealth. While the list of invitees has not been announced yet, US President Joe Biden is planning to attend the funeral.

Other familiar faces in the televised service are some of the 15 prime ministers who have served under the Queen.

At its conclusion, the coffin will travel in procession to Wellington Arch, before making its final journey from London to Windsor.

George VI Memorial Chapel in St George's Chapel, Windsor, where the Queen's father and mother are buried.  A casket containing the ashes of the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret is also in the crypt.
Its destination is now familiar St. George’s Church Inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. It’s where Prince Philip’s memorial services were held, as well as more festive events such as the weddings of the Queen’s grandchildren.

After serving the Duke of Edinburgh in 2021, his coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault, located below the chapel, where many members of the royal family are buried. However, he is expected to be taken to lie with the Queen at King George VI Memorial Chapel, located elsewhere within St George’s Chapel.

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CNN’s Anna Brand and Henrik Peterson contributed to this report.

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