Queen’s state funeral announced for September 19, details revealed


The state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II has been announced for 11am on September 19, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

The Queen will lie-in-state at the Throne Room at Westminster Hall in the four days before the ceremony, which will allow the public to pay their respects.

After the monarch died on Thursday at the age of 96, the Queen’s coffin has been resting at the Ballroom at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Now, her death has triggered a series of intricately planned events which will allow her subjects to farewell the longest reigning Crown of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth realm, since she ascended the throne 70 years ago.

The Queen’s Procession

Announcing the plans in the aftermath of her death, the Royal Family have confirmed the week of events which will proceed the moment the Queen’s body is laid to rest.

On Sunday, the monarch’s coffin will travel by road to the capital of Scotland, where it will rest in the Throne Room at the Palace of Holyroodhouse until Monday, September 12.

In the afternoon, a Procession, which will be attended by King Charles III, and other members of the royal family, will see the coffin transported to the St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, where the body will rest until Tuesday afternoon. The public will also be allowed to pay their respects during this time.

Later that day, the coffin will than be transported to the Royal Air Force’s Northolt posting in London, in a journey that will be accompanied by the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne.

The coffin will then be taken to Buckingham Palace, where it will rest until the afternoon of Wednesday September 14.

Then, the body will travel on top of a gun carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, where the Queen will lie-in-state at Westminster Hall for four days, until the funeral on Monday, September 19. Members of the public will also be allowed to pay their respect and visit Westminster Hall during this time.

Once the lie-in-state has elapsed, a state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey, which was the same location where the Queen had her coronation in 1953 and her wedding in 1947. It will also be the first state funeral that’s been held at Westminster Abbey since the 18th century.

At the end of the funeral, the coffin will once again travel in procession from Westminster Abbey, to Wellington Arch in Hyde Park, and then Windsor – which is just outside London.

Finally, a committal service will take place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the Queen will be buried next to late husband, Prince Phillip.

World leaders, including Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon will be in attendance. An additional four Australians will also attend. They include the Governor-General David Hurley and his wife Linda and the acting high commissioner to the United Kingdom, and former ambassador to Germany, Lynette Wood and her partner.

In Australia, the national flag will continue to be flown at half-mast until the day after the funeral.

National Day of Mourning and a public holiday

A national day of mourning will also be held once Mr Albanese returns from London, however an official public holiday has not been declared. The Palace has advised it will be up to each Commonwealth government to determine their own mourning periods and whether they will enact a public holiday to commemorate the Queen’s death.

However, a yet-to-be-confirmed national memorial service will be held in Canberra.

States and territories will also be offered defence force personnel in any events which will pay tribute to the Queen’s passing.

While Australians will not observe an official mourning period, politicians have been given a 15-day break from parliamentary duties, which extends beyond the 10 days given to their UK counterparts.

Appearing on ABC radio, Mr Albanese said this was “out of respect” for the Queen.

“This is a moment in our history. Of course, for the whole of my life, I‘ve only known one monarch, which is quite extraordinary,” he added.

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