Queen’s death: what will happen in the run-up to the state funeral? | Queen Elizabeth II

Here is what to expect in the next few days following the death of the Queen

Saturday 17 September

The Queen’s lying in state continues, with representatives from the Commonwealth realms invited to pay their respects.

The King will meet the chiefs of staff at Buckingham Palace before visiting police headquarters to thank representatives from the emergency services involved in the planning and delivery of the events during this period.

The King and Queen Consort will attend a lunch for governor generals. The King will then meet realm prime ministers at Buckingham Palace.

On Saturday evening, the Queen’s eight grandchildren will stand vigil beside her coffin. The Prince of Wales will stand at the head and the Duke of Sussex at the foot. At the King’s request, they will both be in uniform with Harry, as a nonworking royal, granted permission for the solemn occasion. The other grandchildren will be in morning coats and dark formal dress with decorations.

A rehearsal for the funeral service will take place inside Westminster Abbey.

Sunday 18 September

Heads of state and members of foreign royal families are expected to start arriving in London for the state funeral.

The King will hold an audience with Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace.

The King and Queen Consort will host heads of state and official overseas guests at the palace, in what the King’s spokesman described as an “official state event”.

A service of reflection will be held for the Queen at the Kelpies sculptures near Falkirk, Scotland.

Members of the public are invited to observe a one-minute silence at 8pm to remember the Queen.

Monday 19 September

The Queen’s state funeral will begin at 11am at Westminster Abbey. The lying in state ends at 6.30am.

At 10.44am the Queen’s coffin will be taken in procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey in central London. Members of her family will process on foot behind. The service will be televised.

At the end of the service the last post will sound, followed by two minutes’ silence.

After the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will travel in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. From there, it will travel to Windsor Castle. 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.

Later that evening her family will attend a private interment service.

The Queen is to be buried with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the King George VI memorial chapel.

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