Following Queen Elizabeth II's passing on September, 8, plans for Her Majesty's funeral were released.
- The Queen passed away at Balmoral with her family by her side on September, 8.
- King Charles III confirmed the day of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral is a national bank holiday.
- Here's how to send condolences to the Royal Family following Queen Elizabeth II's death.
Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle, Buckingham Palace confirmed on September 8, issuing a statement that said, "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."
In the days that followed, the Royal Family came together to mourn Her Majesty and many of them have released poignant statements in tribute to her. Details of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral were also released, with the service taking place today, Monday, September 19.
When will Queen Elizabeth II's funeral take place?
Queen Elizabeth II's funeral will take place today (Monday, September 19) 11 days after the Queen passed away. The Queen has been Lying-In-State in Westminster Hall for four days which allowed well-wishers a chance to pay their respects. Royal fans can also send condolences to the Royal Family via an online book of condolences.
While Lying-In-State The Queen's coffin was draped in the official Royal Standard flag, representing the United Kingdom. The Imperial State Crown was also placed on top of her coffin, along with the Sovereign's Orb and Spectre.
What time will Queen Elizabeth's funeral take place?
Queen Elizabeth II's funeral will start at 11am today on Monday, September 19. Ahead of this at around 10.44am according to the BBC, the Queen's coffin will travel from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy. Her son, King Charles III will follow the Gun Carriage in procession alongside his sons Prince William and Prince Harry and other senior members of the Royal Family.
Who will attend Queen Elizabeth's funeral?
The Royal Family, including Queen Elizabeth's children, grandchildren and several of her great-grandchildren will be attending her funeral.
Heads of state, including Joe Biden, the US president, will also attend the funeral. When previously asked if he would attend Biden said, “Yes. I don’t know what the details are yet but I will be going.”
Other heads of state who are expected to be at the funeral include France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, who signed the Queen's condolence book at the British Embassy, in Paris, last week. New Prime Minister Liz Truss will also attend, as will former Prime Ministers and senior UK politicians.
Members of royal families from across Europe are also expected to be there, including King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium and King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain.
What will Queen Elizabeth II's funeral church service entail?
The Queen's funeral service will be conducted by David Hoyle, the Dean of Westminster, whilst a sermon will be given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The BBC reports that Prime Minister Liz Truss will also read a lesson at the funeral service.
Towards the end of the funeral service, the Last Post will be played and this will be followed by Two Minutes' Silence. Following this, the National Anthem will be played, as will a lament played by the Queen's piper, around midday, bringing the funeral to an end.
After the service at around 12.15pm, Her Majesty's coffin will then travel to Wellington Arch, with a procession following, then on to Windsor Castle, where a short committal service at St. George’s Chapel is set to take place at around 4pm.
The committal service will see the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre removed from the top of the monarch's coffin by the Crown Jeweller. Following the last hymn, the King will place the Queen's company camp colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin. The Lord Chamberlain will also "break" his wand of office and place it on the coffin.
At the end of the service, the Queen will be lowered into the royal vault and the Sovereign's piper will play before a blessing is given and God Save the King is sung.
Will the Queen's funeral be televised?
Queen Elizabeth II's funeral will be televised - showing on BBC 1, BBC 2, and the BBC news channel. It's also expected to be shown on Sky TV and ITV. Other steaming services, outside of the UK, are also said to be live streaming the funeral as the world waits to pay their final respect to our country's longest-reigning monarch.
Where will the Queen be buried?
The Queen will be buried next to her husband, Prince Philip in the Royal Vault at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
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