As dawn of a new era In the UK, preparations are underway for a final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II. her son, Charles IIIA statement from Buckingham Palace called for a period of royal mourning to be observed from Friday 9 September until seven days after the Queen’s funeral.
The funeral date will be confirmed “in due course,” the statement added. Here’s what to expect to happen in the next few days.
Here are some answers to common questions.
How will the Queen’s coffin return to London?
The coffin first leaves Balmoral, the Queen’s Scottish country retreat, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The property is the official residence of the British monarch of Scotland. Afterwards, St She in Edinburgh will travel in procession to Giles Cathedral, where the Queen will rest in peace before moving on to London.
Exactly how the coffin moves south is not yet known. Routes are available by both rail and air.
How can the public show respect?
Historical precedent suggests that the Queen would likely lie in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster, upon her arrival in London. The coffin of the past monarch is placed on a raised platform (or catafalque) in the center of the hall, guarded by her 24 hours a day by the sovereign’s bodyguards, footguards, or units of the Household Cavalry Regiment. .
The coffin will likely remain there for several days, at which point members of the public will be able to walk past the platform and view the monarch’s coffin. Some people may sleep through the night because of it.
What will the Queen’s funeral look like?
As monarch, Queen Elizabeth is automatically entitled to a publicly funded state funeral. The exact date will be confirmed in due course, but it will be held at Westminster Abbey within the next two weeks.
Founded by Benedictine monks in 960 AD, the Abbey is one of London’s most famous landmarks. Over the years, it has been the setting for milestone royal moments such as coronations, weddings and funerals.
Only a few days left until the guest list. head of state Dignitaries from around the world will also gather in the British capital to celebrate the Queen’s life and 70 years of service to her country. Other familiar faces are the Queen’s 15 former prime ministers and some of her senior MPs.