Late Queen’s burial set for Sept 19, interment at Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state for four days before her funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, 19 September.

The public will be allowed to view the coffin during that time.

Before this, the Queen will be at rest in St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh for 24 hours from Monday 12 September, with people able to pay their respects.

Her family, politicians, and world leaders will attend her state funeral, which commences at 10:00 GMT. It will be a public holiday in the United Kingdom.

The Queen’s final journey began on Sunday, with her oak coffin being carried by her Balmoral gamekeepers – her own staff bringing her to a hearse that took her to Edinburgh.

The coffin drove slowly to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

On Monday afternoon, it will proceed to St Giles’ Cathedral, with members of the Royal Family.

There will be a service and the coffin will rest here for 24 hours, for people to pay their respects.

The following day, Princess Anne will accompany her mother’s body as it is flown back to London. The Queen’s coffin will be taken from Edinburgh Airport to Buckingham Palace via RAF Northolt.

On Wednesday afternoon, it will be taken to Westminster Hall, arriving at 15:00 BST. Four clear days of lying in state will happen from Thursday, before the funeral.

Monday 19th’s state funeral will be followed by a procession from London to Windsor Castle. The Queen will be laid to rest at King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor next to her late husband, Prince Philip who died in April 2021 at age 99.

Her journey, beginning in simplicity, will end with the sombre grandeur of the first state funeral that many people will have seen – the last being Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.

Ahead of the funeral, the new King will visit Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Prime Minister Liz Truss will accompany him.

A period of national mourning will last until the day of the state funeral, the government has announced. The Royal Family will observe a further period of mourning for seven days afterward.

Westminster Abbey is the historic church where Britain’s kings and queens are crowned – but there has not been a monarch’s funeral service there since the 18th Century.

Funerals for the Queen’s father, grandfather, and great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, in the 1900s, were all held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Heads of state from across the world will be invited to join members of the Royal Family to remember the life and service of the Queen.

Senior UK politicians and current and former prime ministers are also expected at the televised service.

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