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When news broke of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96 on 8 Sept., the nation began to grieve. Concerns were raised earlier in the day when a Buckingham Palace statement was released detailing that the monarch was under medical supervision as her family rushed to be by her side in Balmoral. As is protocol, later that evening, a formal framed announcement declaring her death was fixed to the railings of Buckingham Palace.
Friday, 9 Sept., was the official first day of mourning as the world remembered the longest-serving British monarch and her seven decades of service. Ceremonial gun salutes were fired at Hyde Park, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Woolwich, Cardiff, Belfast, Plymouth, Dover Castle, York, and Gibraltar. Preparations are now underway for the Queen's funeral as the new King Charles III has signed off plans. So what can we expect?
Will the Queen Have a State Funeral?
Yes, the Queen will receive a state funeral. These occasions are usually reserved for monarchs, but the last state funeral in the UK was in 1965 for Sir Winston Churchill.
When Is the Queen's Funeral
It has been confirmed that the funeral will take place on Monday, 19 Sept., at 11 a.m. and will mark the last day of the period of national mourning.
Will the Queen's Funeral Be a Bank Holiday?
While Operation London Bridge, the code name for the Queen's death and related arrangements, stated there would be no guarantee that it would be a national bank holiday, King Charles III met with the privy council on Saturday, 10 Sept., for the first time to officially be proclaimed the new monarch. During the ceremony, he approved a bank holiday for the Queen's funeral meaning schools and many business will be closed. The day will operate in the same way as other bank holidays, although don't assume you will get the day off work. There is no statutory entitlement, so employers can opt to give employees the day off at their discretion.
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When Will the Queen Be Moved to London?
As the Queen passed away in Scotland, Operation Unicorn was triggered to move her coffin to London. It left Balmoral and was taken to the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Sunday, 11 Sept., passing through Scottish cities that saw mourners line the streets. A procession along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh happened on Monday, 12 Sept., before the Queen was moved to St Giles's Cathedral for 24 hours for people to pay their respects.
On Tuesday, 13 Sept., Princess Anne will accompany the Queen, via air, as she is transported to Buckingham Palace where members of the royal household can pay their respects. On the afternoon of Wednesday, 14 Sept., the Queen's coffin will lie in state at Westminster Hall for four days, from Thursday, to allow the public to visit. On the morning of the funeral, the coffin will then be transported to Westminster Abbey.
What are the plans for the Queen's funeral?
A minute's silence will take place at 8 p.m. on the day before the funeral, Sunday, 18 Sept., Downing Street announced that this gives the public an opportunity to "mourn and reflect on the life and legacy" of the Queen. The statement reads, "The silence can be marked privately at home, with friends and family, out on doorsteps or the street with neighbours, or at locally arranged community events and vigils."
The state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey the following day at 11 a.m. The coffin will be taken in procession to the Abbey where the service will ensue. Following this, the coffin will travel in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. It will travel to Windsor by State Hearse and once there, it will travel in Procession to St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle via the Long Walk. A Committal Service will then take place in St George's Chapel.
Where Will the Queen Be Buried?
The Queen will then be laid to rest in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, with her father, King George VI; her mother; and her sister, Princess Margaret. Her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, who died in April 2021, will be moved from the Royal Vault to be laid to rest with his wife.