The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will take place on September 19 at Westminster Abbey, London (United Kingdom), at 11 a.m. (noon Paris time), announced (link in English) Saturday, September 10 Buckingham Palace. Dignitaries from around the world are expected to pay tribute to the one who reigned for seventy years and seven months, died Thursday at the age of 96 in her castle of Balmoral in the north of Scotland.
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Here is the sequence of events announced on Saturday by the royal family.
Sunday September 11
The Queen’s coffin left at 10 a.m. (11 a.m. in Paris) Balmoral Castle (Scotland) by road to go to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, via Aberdeen and Dundee. The royal hearse is due to arrive in Edinburgh around 4 p.m. (5 p.m. in Paris). The royal remains will then spend the night in the throne room.
Waypoints were provided for the convoy and those along the route were asked not to throw flowers as the convoy passed. The queen’s oak coffin was covered with the Scottish royal standard, on which had been placed a bouquet of flowers.
Monday September 12
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla will go to Parliament on Monday at 10 a.m. (11 a.m. in Paris) to receive condolences from the presidents of the two chambers. They then fly to Edinburgh and will go first to Holyroodhouse.
A procession is planned to St. Giles Cathedral which will be joined by the King and Queen Consort. The coffin will arrive there in the early afternoon for a religious ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m. (4 p.m. in Paris). The public will then be able to come and pray in front of the coffin, which will rest in the cathedral until Tuesday.
For the royal family, a funeral wake is scheduled for the evening. Previously the king must go to the Scottish Parliament for a session of condolences.
Tuesday September 13
The king and queen consort are due to leave Edinburgh for Belfast on Tuesday, again to meet politicians there and receive condolences from the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
The Queen’s coffin will leave St. Giles Cathedral for Edinburgh Airport in the late afternoon. At 6 p.m. (7 p.m. in Paris), he will fly to London accompanied by Princess Anne, and will spend the night at Buckingham Palace, in the Bow Room (link in English). He will be welcomed on his arrival by King Charles III and members of the royal family.
Wednesday September 14
After prayers at the palace in the presence of the king, queen consort and members of the royal family, a procession will take place early Wednesday afternoon to bring the queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster. The King, Queen and Royal Family will join. The procession will notably pass through The Mall, Horse Guards, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.
Big Ben’s famous bell will ring and cannons will be fired from Hyde Park. The Archbishop of Canterbury will lead a ceremony attended by the Royal Family. The Queen will then rest in Westminster Hall until the morning of the 19th on a catafalque draped in purple. The public will be able to come and gather there 23 hours a day. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected.
Friday September 16
King Charles III and the Queen Consort are scheduled to travel to Wales on Friday, completing their four-nation tour of the UK.
Monday, September 19
The Queen will be treated to a state funeral with expected dignitaries from around the world, including US President Joe Biden, and a television audience of millions around the world. A procession is also planned to transport the coffin to Westminster Abbey, before the ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. (noon in Paris).
The Queen will be buried privately in King George VI’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, an annex to the main chapel, St George’s Chapel. The coffin of her husband Prince Philip, who died in 2021, will be moved there to be placed by his side.