Queen’s death: day-to-day guide to what happens until Elizabeth II’s funeral – and how the event is expected to play out | UK News

The Queen’s death has sparked plans dubbed Operation London Bridge as the nation enters a period of national mourning.

Here, Sky News provides a day-to-day account of what is expected to happen between now and the monarch’s funeral.

The date the queen is dead at Balmoral would traditionally have been D-Day, or D+0, in the plans.

However, the late timing of the announcement of his death – around 6.30pm last Thursday – meant plans were shifted by a day to allow the complex arrangements to be put in place.

Wednesday September 14

The Imperial State Crown and a wreath of flowers will be placed on the casket.

At 2.22 p.m., he will be taken in a carriage procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, along with the King and other members of the Royal Family, including his sons Prince William and Prince Harryas well as Royal Household staff marching behind.

A senior palace official said the silent procession will be “relatively small and personal”.

The coffin will arrive at the Palace of Westminster at 3 p.m. where the Archbishop of Canterbury will lead a short service.

The Queen’s Lie will then begin at 5 p.m. in Westminster Hall, codenamed Operation Marquee. It will last four full days.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to file past the coffin on her catafalque and pay their respects, just as they did for the in-state Queen Mother in 2002.

Senior royals are also expected to pay their own moving tributes, standing guard at some point around the coffin – the tradition known as the Princes’ Vigil.


The queue of members of the public will start on Albert Embankment, next to Lambeth Bridge, before descending the Thames to Southwark Park – a distance of over four and a half miles.

Mourners will pass famous landmarks as they wait, including the London Eye, National Theatre, Tate Modern and HMS Belfast.

The Queen Mother's coffin outside Westminster Hall before being taken to Westminster Abbey
The Queen Mother’s coffin outside Westminster Hall in 2002

Thursday September 15

The Queen’s lie in state continues and a rehearsal is likely to take place for the state funeral procession.

Britain's Prince Charles sits next to the Queen's crown during the official opening of Parliament, at the Palace of Westminster in London, Britain May 10, 2022. Alastair Grant/Pool via REUTERS

From Friday September 16 to Sunday September 18

The lie of the in-state queen continues.

Heads of state are expected to start arriving in the UK for funerals.

The King will visit Wales.

A minute’s silence will be observed across the UK on Sunday at 8 p.m..

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The Queen’s lying in state closes at 6:30 a.m.

Her state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey at 11 a.m., after which the Queen’s coffin will be taken to Windsor for incarceration. Details of who will be attending as well as the order of service are expected in the coming days.

His funeral will be a public holidayannounced King Charles.

It is believed that the Queen’s coffin is planned to be processed on a cannon carriage to the Abbey.

The military are expected to line the streets and also join the motorcade.

The Queen's coffin will be transported from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey for her funeral
The Queen’s coffin will be transported from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey for her funeral

Following the tradition of the funerals of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh, the family are expected to follow behind the coffin.

Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, members of the European royal family and figures in public life will be invited to gather in the abbey, which can accommodate 2,000 worshippers.

The service will be televised and a nationwide two-minute silence is expected to take place.

The Queen's coffin will be transported to Windsor Castle
The Queen’s coffin will be transported to Windsor Castle
The Queen's coffin will be taken to St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for a televised burial service

On the same day as the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will be transported to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for a televised service.

The Queen’s final resting place is believed to be the King George VI Memorial Chapel, an annex to the main chapel – where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.


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