According to a statement released on Saturday by Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II’s state burial will be held at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday, September 19. The late British monarch will lay in state at the adjoining Westminster Hall for four days before the royal funeral so that people can pay their respects. During the Lying-in-State, members of the public will have the opportunity to visit Westminster Hall to pay their respects to the Queen,” “On the morning of Monday, September 19, the Lying-in-State will end and the coffin will be taken in Procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey, where the state funeral service will take place,” The palace stated.
The coffin will be transported in procession from Westminster Abbey to London’s Wellington Arch after the state burial before continuing on to Windsor. The State Hearse will travel in procession from Windsor to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the monarch and her late husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will be laid to rest. The Queen’s casket, which is currently at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she passed away peacefully on Thursday, will travel by road to Edinburgh on Sunday. It will then proceed to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where it will remain in the Throne Room until Monday afternoon.
The casket will depart from Edinburgh Airport in Scotland on Tuesday by Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft, landing at RAF Northolt in England later that evening. The daughter of the Queen, Anne the Princess Royal, will go with it. The Queen’s casket will next be transported by road to Buckingham Palace, where it will lie in state in the Bow Room. “On the afternoon of Wednesday 14th September, the coffin will be borne in procession on a Gun Carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, where the Queen will Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall until the morning of the State Funeral,” the palace stated.
A number of well-known locations in the heart of London will be visited throughout the procession, including Queen’s Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square, and New Palace Yard. Following the coffin’s arrival at Westminster Hall, the Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, and the Archbishop of Canterbury will lead a service that is attended by the King and other members of the royal family. Following the service, the public may pay their respects by visiting the body while it is lying in state. After ruling for 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch with the longest reign in the UK, passed away on Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She was 96.