How and when will the wake and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: step-by-step guide

How and when will the wake and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
How and when will the wake and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
Khushbu Kumari

The public will be able to view the queen's coffin and pay their respects at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, and then at Westminster Hall in London.

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II of England will be held on Monday, September 19, at Westminster Abbey in London , Buckingham Palace confirmed.

It will be taken from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday, where the coffin will rest on a catafalque.

The queen will be in the funeral chapel for four days before her funeral , during which time the public will be able to say goodbye .

King Charles III will also embark on a tour of the four nations that make up the United Kingdom.

This is a day-by-day guide to what the funeral of Elizabeth II, who led the longest reign in British history, will be like.

The queen's oak coffin, which was in the ballroom of Balmoral Castle (Scotland), where she died on Thursday, September 8, was transported to a hearse.

His body left Balmoral at around 10:00 (local time), and began inching on a six-hour journey to Edinburgh, which is more than 100 miles away by road.

The coffin arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the official residence of the British monarchy in the Scottish capital - and rests in the Throne Room.

In London, the king met with the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, at Buckingham Palace.

Later he received the high commissioners of the countries of which he is head of state.

King Charles will start the day with a visit to Westminster Hall, where both Houses of Parliament will meet to express their condolences.

Accompanied by Camila, the queen consort, the king will travel by plane to Edinburgh. He is part of Operation Spring Tide, the code name for his first tour of the four nations of the United Kingdom as king.

In the afternoon, the queen's coffin will travel in procession to St. Giles' Cathedral, accompanied by the king and members of the royal family.

The queen's body will be in a funeral chapel at St. Giles for 24 hours and members of the public will be able to pay their respects.

The King will then return to Holyrood, where he will have an audience with Scotland's Chief Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. He and the queen consort will then attend the Scottish parliament, where they will receive a motion of condolence.

In the evening, King Charles will hold a vigil with members of the royal family at St. Giles Cathedral.

Princess Anne, the Queen's only child, will accompany the coffin from St. Giles Cathedral to Edinburgh Airport, and then, as planned, to RAF Northolt Royal Air Force Base.

The Queen of Scots' last flight to London is expected to arrive shortly before 7pm local time.

From there it will travel to Buckingham Palace, the official residence of British monarchs in London since 1837. The coffin's arrival at the palace will be witnessed by King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, before being taken to the Bow Room.

Before that, the king and Camilla will visit Belfast in Northern Ireland. They will then travel to Hillsborough Castle to see an exhibition about the queen's long association with Northern Ireland.

King Charles will then meet Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris MP, as well as other party leaders. He will also receive a condolence message from the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

After a meeting with religious leaders, the royals will attend a prayer service at St. Anne's Cathedral and then return to London.

The Queen's body will be moved in procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in the afternoon.

His coffin will be carried on a carriage of the King's Royal Horse Artillery Troop, and will be accompanied by a military parade and members of the royal family.

King Charles will lead the procession behind the carriage.

People will be able to see it as it walks the streets of London.

There will also be large television screens installed for the occasion especially in the royal parks of the capital.

The procession will travel through Queen's Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.

Once in Westminster Hall, the coffin will be placed on a raised platform known as a catafalque, draped in the royal standard, and the imperial crown of state, orb and scepter will be placed on top.

Each corner of the platform will be guarded by soldiers from units in the service of the royal house.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will hold a short church service attended by King Charles and other members of the royal family before the hall opens to the public.

This is the first of four days that the Queen's body will remain in Westminster Hall until the morning of the State Funeral.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pay their respects at the 11th-century building, the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster and the heart of British government.

The queen's coffin will remain for a second day in Westminster Hall, where people can pay their respects.

The king and Camilla will travel to Wales, the last of his first visit to the four nations of the United Kingdom as king.

During the morning the coffin will be carried in procession to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral.

The hearse will carry the coffin along the Long Walk to St George's Chapel at Windsor Chapel, where a religious burial service will be held.

There will be a period of national mourning until the day of the state funeral, the government announced. The royal family will observe a period of mourning for seven more days.

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