It has been announced that Queen Elizabeth II has passed away at the age of 96 today at Balmoral Castle.
She became Queen on February 6, 1952, at the age of 26, and reigned for 70 years, the longest amount of time served by a British monarch.
Plans are now being put together for a military procession in the Queen’s honour and her funeral.
When is the Queen’s funeral?
Throughout the country, a 10-day period of mourning will be observed, and the Queen’s funeral is expected to take place on the 10th day. This would place it around Saturday, September 17. However, it has now been confirmed by Buckingham Palace that the funeral will take place on Monday, September 19, and in commemoration of the Queen the day of the state funeral will be a bank holiday. According to reports, the day would start with chimes from Big Ben and the funeral courtage arriving at Westminster Abbey at 11am, with a minute’s silence going out across the country when the Queen is carried into the Abbey.
Where is the Queen’s funeral?
The Queen’s funeral will be the first of a British monarch held at Westminster Abbey since 1760.
Can I attend the funeral?
Only 2,200 guests who are specifically invited can attend the funeral, but those paying their respects can head to The Mall. It is thought that extra seating could be incorporated for up to 8,000 as was the case during her coronation.
Will the funeral air on TV?
Yes. Camera will be allowed into Westminster Abbey to film the funeral. Big screens are expected to pop up around the country so people can watch in public spaces.
Is there going to be a procession?
The coffin is planned to rest at Westminster hall before the funeral and then carried to Westminster Abbey a few hundred metres away. After the funeral, the main procession will take place, including a full military parade with the RAF, heading down The Mall. It will end at Hyde Park Corner, and then the hearse will travel to Windsor Castle.
Where will the Queen be buried?
At the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle, next to her parents King George VI and the Queen Mother.
Will there be a bank holiday?
Yes, a bank holiday has been approved by the newly proclaimed King Charles III for the day of the Queen’s funeral, and you can read more about it here.