King Charles III to be proclaimed as monarch following Queen Elizabeth’s death

Visitors leave floral tributes outside Windsor Castle on September 9. (Mark Kerrison/In Pictures/Getty Images)

As a new era dawns in Britain, arrangements for a final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II are underway. Her son, King Charles III, has requested that a period of royal mourning be observed from Friday September 9 until seven days after the Queen’s funeral, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

The date of the funeral will be confirmed “in due course”, the statement added. Here’s what you can expect in the coming days.

Here are some answers to common questions:

How will the Queen’s coffin return to London?

The coffin will first leave Balmoral, the Queen’s rural Scottish retreat, for the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The property is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. It will then likely go in procession to St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh where the Queen will rest before being transferred to London.

We don’t yet know exactly how the coffin will travel south; routes are available by train and air.

How can the public pay tribute?

Historical precedent suggests that once in London, the Queen will likely be on display in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster. The coffins of former monarchs rest on a raised platform – or catafalque – in the middle of the hall, guarded 24 hours a day by units from the Sovereign’s Bodyguard, Foot Guards or the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

The coffin will likely remain there for several days and it is at this point that members of the public will be able to walk past the platform and view the monarch’s coffin. Thousands of people are expected to line up, with some potentially sleeping through the night in a bid to pay their respects.

What could the Queen’s funeral look like?

As monarch, Queen Elizabeth will automatically be granted a publicly funded state funeral. It will take place at Westminster Abbey over the next two weeks, but the exact day will be confirmed in due course.

The abbey was founded in 960 AD by Benedictine monks and is one of London’s most recognizable landmarks. It has often been the scene of royal milestones like coronations, weddings and funerals over the years.

We are still days away from a guest list, but heads of state and dignitaries from around the world are likely to travel to the UK capital to celebrate the Queen’s life and her 70 years of service to the nation. Other familiar faces will be some of the Queen’s 15 former prime ministers and lawmakers.

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