When Is Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral? Arrangements Confirmed

Queen Elizabeth II's Funeral Arrangements Confirmed: What to Expect

Queen Elizabeth II

Two days after her death on Thursday, September 8, at the age of 96, Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral arrangements were announced on Saturday September 10.

Buckingham Palace confirmed that the monarch will be buried in London at Westminster Abbey on Monday September 19. She will be laid to rest in state in England and Scotland first, giving those in the U.K an opportunity to grieve her majesty.

“Prior to the State Funeral, The Queen will Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall for four days, to allow the public to pay their respects,” officials said in the announcement.

Her body will be moved to Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland where she died. The palace explained that her remains would first stop in Edinburgh at Holyroodhouse (the official royal residence in Scotland) at the bottom end of the Royal Mile.

“The Queen’s Coffin currently rests in the Ballroom at Balmoral Castle,” the statement explained. “Her Majesty’s Coffin will travel to Edinburgh tomorrow, Sunday 11th September, by road, to arrive at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where it will rest in the Throne Room until the afternoon of Monday 12th September.”

After she is taken to St. Giles Cathedral to be attended by a service, locals in Scotland will have the opportunity to pay their respects to her on Monday, September 12. King Charles IIIand other members of the royal family.

“A Procession will be formed on the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse to convey the Coffin to St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh. The King and Members of the Royal Family will take part in the Procession and attend a Service in St Giles’ Cathedral to receive the Coffin,” the palace confirmed. “Her Majesty’s Coffin will then lie at rest in St Giles’ Cathedral, guarded by Vigils from The Royal Company of Archers, to allow the people of Scotland to pay their respects.”

Princess AnneThe Royal Air Force will be accompanying the casket from Scotland back to England on Tuesday September 13th.

“The Queen’s Coffin will then be conveyed to Buckingham Palace by road, to rest in the Bow Room. On the afternoon of Wednesday 14th September, the Coffin will be borne in Procession on a Gun Carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster,” the announcement noted.

Queen Elizabeth II's Funeral Arrangements Confirmed: What to Expect

Queen Elizabeth II
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The queen will spend one night at her beloved home before she lies in state at Westminster Hall until the morning her funeral. The September 14 procession to Westminster Hall will take her coffin through Queen’s Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.

After the procession has ended at Westminster Hall, the procession will end at the Archbishop de CanterburyWill conduct a short service Reverend David HoyleDean of Westminster. Charles and members of the royal household will be there. The public will have the opportunity to say farewell for several more days before her final funeral service on September 19.

“During the Lying-in-State, members of the public will have the opportunity to visit Westminster Hall to pay their respects to The Queen. On the morning of Monday 19th September, the Lying-in-State will end and the Coffin will be taken in Procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey, where the State Funeral Service will take place.”

After the funeral, the sovereign will travel one last time to Windsor Castle for her final resting place.

“Following the State Funeral, the Coffin will travel in Procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch,” the statement explained. “From Wellington Arch, the Coffin will travel to Windsor and once there, the State Hearse 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.”