Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral set for September 19

Palace officials have said Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral will take place on September 19 at Westminster Abbey in London after the public has had the opportunity to pay their last respects to the monarch.

Elizabeth, the country’s oldest ruler, died Thursday at Balmoral Castle, her summer home in the Scottish Highlands.

A long-established 10-day plan, dubbed Operation London Bridge, covers preparations for the Queen’s final trip to London and a state funeral. Organizers described the ceremony on Saturday as “a fitting farewell to one of the defining figures of our time”.

Leaving Balmoral

Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the State Banquet in her honor at Bellevue Palace during the royal couple’s second four-day visit to Germany on June 24, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The Queen’s coffin will leave Balmoral at 10 a.m. UK time on Sunday (5 a.m. EST), September 11, and travel to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, the monarch’s official residence in Scotland. It’s a 175 mile trip and should take about six hours. The queen will stay there until Monday.

The Royal Family will then join the procession and accompany the coffin to a service at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. This is expected to happen at 9:35 a.m. EST on Monday, September 12.

The Queen will remain at the cathedral for 24 hours to be seen by the public.

Lying in state

On Tuesday September 13, the Queen’s coffin will be transported from Edinburgh to London. Princess Anne will accompany the Queen.

On Wednesday, the coffin will be transported from Buckingham Palace to Parliament on a cannon carriage, with the King and other senior royals walking behind.

The Queen will remain in state for four days until the morning of her funeral on Monday, September 19. She will be in medieval Westminster Hall, where the Archbishop of Canterbury will lead a short service upon her arrival.

Members of the public will be able to pay their respects and troops will be on watch 24 hours a day.

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Queen Elizabeth’s funeral


Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she inaugurates the renovated east wing of Somerset House on February 29, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Queen’s coffin will be transported from Westminster Hall to nearby Westminster Abbey for a state funeral which will start at 11am on Monday September 19.

Leaders and dignitaries from around the world are expected. The funeral marks the end of 10 days of national matinee, and the day will be a bank holiday across the UK


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