Queen Elizabeth II, who sat on the throne for 70 years, has died at age 96 in Scotland, according to an official statement from the Royal Family. "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," the tweet said. "The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."
With the public announcement of the Queen's death, many are now wondering when the funeral for Britain's longest-reigning monarch will take place.
When is Queen Elizabeth II's funeral?
According to Politico, plans have long been in place for what will happen after Queen Elizabeth II dies — a sequence of events known as "Operation London Bridge."
Per Operation London Bridge, British Prime Minister Liz Truss was the first person to be notified of the Queen's death, followed by other high-ranking members of the government. Then, the news was announced to the public, kicking off a national period of mourning.
"The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family," said her eldest son Charles — now King of England — wrote in a statement. "We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world. During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held."
Queen Elizabeth II's funeral is expected to take place ten days after the public announcement of her death. The funeral is reportedly expected to be held at Westminster Abbey, and her body is expected to be laid to rest at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The funeral will honour the Queen's life and history-making reign, which began in 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II was just 25 years old when she took the throne.
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