Queen Elizabeth II's Funeral: Royal Family Outlines Week-Long Plans

By Rebekah Gonzalez

September 12, 2022

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The Royal Family has outlined plans for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral. Two days after the Queen passed in Balmoral on September 8th, the royals began detailing how the public will be able to pay their respects. The State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen is scheduled to take place in Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19th, at 1100 hours BST, which is 6:00 A.M. Eastern Time. In addition, the Queen will Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall for four days to allow the public to pay their respects.

Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Britain's King Charles III (obscured) walk behind the procession of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin, from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles Cathedral, on the Royal Mile o
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The Queen's coffin recently arrived at Edinburgh's Palace of Holyroodhouse from Balmoral Castle, where it will start an eight-day journey leading up to the state funeral.

Today, Monday, September 12th, members of the public will be able to watch as King Charles walks behind the Queen's coffin from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St. Giles' Cathedral. A service to celebrate the Queen's life will be held and the public will be able to view the coffin which will lie in the cathedral for 24 hours.

On Tuesday, September 13th, the Queen's coffin will be moved from St. Giles' Cathedral to Edinburgh airport where public viewing will be available along the route. The coffin will then be accompanied by the Princess Royal, Princess Anne to travel to London by plane. After arriving, the coffin will be taken to Buckingham Palace where it will be met by the King and Camila and other members of the Royal Family.

On Wednesday, September 14th, the Queen's coffin will move from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where the Queen will lie in state for four days. Lying-in-state is a tradition in which a coffin of an official is placed on view prior to the funeral ceremony. The public will be allowed to watch the procession through central London which will include the King, members of the Royal Family, gun firing at Hyde Park, and a toll from Big Ben.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: People queue to view the late Queen Elizabeth II's coffin at St Giles Cathedral on September 12, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. King Charles III joins the procession accompanying Her Majesty The Queen's coffin from the P
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Thursday, September 15th, will mark the first of four full days that the Queen's body will lie in state in Westminster Hall. Hundreds of thousands of mourners are expected to visit to pay their respects. The lying-in-state will continue from Friday, September 16th, to Sunday, September 18th.

On Monday, September 19th, the Queen's state funeral will take place, which will be a bank holiday in the UK. After the Queen's lying-in-state ends, the coffin will be taken in procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey. The ceremony will begin at 6:00 A.M. ET. Following the funeral, the coffin will travel in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. From there it will travel to Windsor and a state hearse will take the coffin along the Long Walk to St. George's Chapel in Windsor Chapel where a committal service will take place.

Check back for further details about the state funeral.

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