Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place on 19 September at Westminster Abbey, London (UK), at 11:00 (noon Paris time), announced (link in English) Saturday 10th September Buckingham Palace. Dignitaries from around the world should pay tribute to her who reigned for seventy years and seven months, who died Thursday at the age of 96 in her castle of Balmoral in the north of Scotland.
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Here is the sequence of events announced on Saturday by the royal family.
Sunday 11 September
The Queen’s coffin left at 10:00 (11:00 in Paris) from Balmoral Castle (Scotland) by road to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, via Aberdeen and Dundee. The royal hearse is expected to arrive in Edinburgh around 4pm (5pm in Paris). The royal remains will then spend the night in the throne room.
Waypoints were provided for the convoy and those en route were asked not to throw flowers as the convoy passed. The queen’s oak coffin was covered with the Scottish royal standard, upon which a bouquet of flowers had been placed.
Monday 12th September
King Charles III and queen consort Camilla will go to Parliament on Monday at 10am (11am in Paris) to receive condolences from the presidents of the two chambers. Then they will fly to Edinburgh and go to Holyroodhouse first.
There is a procession to St. Giles Cathedral, which will be joined by the king and queen consort. The coffin will arrive in the early afternoon for a religious ceremony scheduled for 3pm (4pm in Paris). The public can then come to pray in front of the coffin, which will rest in the cathedral until Tuesday.
A wake is scheduled for the royal family in the evening. Previously, the king had to go to the Scottish Parliament for a condolence session.
Tuesday 13th September
The king and queen consort will leave Edinburgh for Belfast on Tuesday, again to meet with politicians and receive condolences from the President of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
The Queen’s coffin will leave St. Giles’ Cathedral for Edinburgh Airport in the late afternoon. At 6pm (7pm in Paris), he will fly to London accompanied by Princess Anne, and will spend the night at Buckingham Palace, in the Bow Room. (link in English). Upon his arrival he will be greeted by King Charles III and members of the royal family.
Wednesday 14 September
After prayers at the palace in the presence of the king, queen consort and members of the royal family, a procession will take place on Wednesday afternoon to carry the queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster. The king, queen and royal family will join. The procession will notably pass through The Mall, Horse Guards, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.
The famous Big Ben bell will ring and cannons will be fired from Hyde Park. The Archbishop of Canterbury will lead a ceremony in the presence of the royal family. The Queen will then rest in Westminster Hall until the morning of the 19th on a purple-draped bier. The public will be able to come and gather there 23 hours a day. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected.
Friday 16 September
King Charles III and the queen consort will travel to Wales on Friday, completing their four-country tour of the United Kingdom.
Monday 19th September
The Queen will be treated at a state funeral with expected dignitaries from around the world, including US President Joe Biden, and a television audience of millions around the world. There is also a procession to carry the coffin to Westminster Abbey, before the ceremony scheduled for 11:00 (noon in Paris).
The Queen will be privately buried in King George VI’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, an annex to the main chapel, St George’s Chapel. The coffin of her husband Prince Philip, who died in 2021, will be moved there to be placed next to her.