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Queen’s final journey: Mourners to get chance to pay their respects at coffin for first time today 

Wellwishers will get their first chance to pay their last respects at the Queen‘s coffin today.

The coffin carrying Her Majesty has remained on site at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh overnight.

It will be transferred by hearse to nearby St Giles’ Cathedral at 2.35pm, and at 3pm the King is due to attend for a service of prayer and reflection on the life of the late monarch. 

After a night at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen will lie at rest for 24 hours at St Giles’ Cathedral. Her coffin will be flown to London on Tuesday, accompanied by the Princess Royal, before being driven to Buckingham Palace. The Queen’s lying in state will begin in Westminster Hall in London on Wednesday afternoon. 

Once her body has returned to London, approximately 750,000 people are expected to file past in silence as they pay their respects to the late Queen. 

Mourners have been told to expect ‘airport-style security’ to be prepared to ‘wait for a long time, even overnight’ in order to pay their respects.

Every stage of the extraordinary journey will be closely followed by a British public coming to terms with the loss of a beloved monarch. 

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 at her summer home in Balmoral, Scotland, on Thursday.  Pictured is her coffin arriving at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh yesterday

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 at her summer home in Balmoral, Scotland, on Thursday.  Pictured is her coffin arriving at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh yesterday

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 at her summer home in Balmoral, Scotland, on Thursday.  Pictured is her coffin arriving at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh yesterday

What happens next: Day three of mourning

D+3 – Monday September 12

The House of Commons and the House of Lords will come together in Westminster for a Motion of Condolence, which the King will attend. 

He will address MPs and peers for the first time as monarch, before flying to Edinburgh to attend Scottish Parliament later today.

At 12.45pm, the King and the Queen consort will arrive at Edinburgh Airport and travel to the Palace of Holyroodhouse where Charles III will inspect the Guard of Honour.

As is traditional when the monarch arrives in Holyrood, the Ceremony of the Keys will follow.

At 2.35pm, the procession will be held along the Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral.

The procession will consist of a hearse, flanked by the Bearer Party of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the detachment of The King’s Body Guard in Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers. 

The King and other senior members of the Royal Family will walk the 1,200 yard route on foot. 

King Charles will be joined by his brothers, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, his sister, the Princess Royal. 

It is expected that her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence will also join on foot – while the Queen Consort and other members of the monarchy will follow in cars. 

Once laid in St Giles’ Cathedral, the Crown of Scotland will be placed on the Queen’s coffin.

This afternoon, King Charles will hold audiences with leaders, and speak at the Scottish parliament. 

His journey will mark the start of tour of the nations.

At 7.20pm, the King and other family members will mount a vigil by the coffin. 

Full details about the royal mourners have yet to be released but there is speculation the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the new Prince and Princess of Wales, who on Saturday put on a united front during an appearance at Windsor Castle, will be part of the group.

The Queen will then lie at rest for 24 hours, with thousands expected to file past. 

After leaving England and visiting Scotland, Charles will at some stage travel to the other countries of the UK – Wales and Northern Ireland – known as Operation Spring Tide.

D+4 – Tuesday September 13

At 5pm on Tuesday, the Queen’s coffin will be taken by hearse to Edinburgh airport, where it will be met by a Guard of Honour from the Royal Regiment of Scotland. 

The Royal Air Force bearer party will then carry it on to a waiting aircraft, where it will be flown to London at 6pm. 

She will be accompanied by Princess Anne and arrive at RAF Northolt in West London shortly before 7pm.

The coffin will then be driven to Buckingham Palace where it will be met by a Guard of Honour.

There it will rest in the Bow Room, under the watch of a rota of chaplains.

A rehearsal for the procession of the coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster is also expected to take place.

D+5 – Wednesday September 14

The Queen’s lying in state is expected to begin in Westminster Hall – Operation Marquee – following a ceremonial procession through London that will begin at 2.22pm.

The King will walk behind his mother’s coffin for the second time in three days.  

On arrival, the coffin will be placed on a raised bier where the Queen will lie in state for four full days.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct a short service following the coffin’s arrival.

Hundreds of thousands of people will file past the coffin on its catafalque and pay their respects, just as they did for the Queen Mother’s lying in state in 2002.

The management of the queues outside is Operation Feather.

During the Covid-19 crisis, plans included the possibility of the introduction of timed ticketing for those wanting to attend.

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

D+6 – Thursday September 15

Lying in state continues and a rehearsal is likely to take place for the state funeral procession.

D+7 – Friday September 16 

 Lying in state continues, ending on D+9. 

On Friday, King Charles will continue his tour of the UK, travelling to Wales to receive a motion of condolence at the Welsh Parliament, and attend a service at Llandaff Cathedral, in Cardiff.

D+9 – Sunday September 18 

Heads of state begin to arrive for the funeral. An evening reception will be held for funeral guests, including prime ministers, heads of state and other dignitaries from across the world.

The King will hold an audience with the Prime Minister. 

D+10 – Monday September 19

The Queen’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey in central London at 11am.

The original plans are for the Queen’s coffin to process on a gun carriage to the abbey, pulled by naval ratings – sailors – using ropes rather than horses.

Senior members of the family will follow behind – just like they did for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The military will line the streets and also join the procession.

Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, European royals and key figures from public life will be invited to gather in the abbey, which can hold a congregation of 2,000.

The service will be televised, and a national two minutes’ silence is expected to be held at midday.

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

Later in the evening, there will be a private interment service with senior members of the royal family.

The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel. Philip’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.

D+3 – Monday September 12

The House of Commons and the House of Lords will come together in Westminster for a Motion of Condolence, which the King will attend. 

He will address MPs and peers for the first time as monarch, before flying to Edinburgh to attend Scottish Parliament later today.

At 12.45pm, the King and the Queen consort will arrive at Edinburgh Airport and travel to the Palace of Holyroodhouse where Charles III will inspect the Guard of Honour.

As is traditional when the monarch arrives in Holyrood, the Ceremony of the Keys will follow.

At 2.35pm, the procession will be held along the Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral.

The procession will consist of a hearse, flanked by the Bearer Party of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the detachment of The King’s Body Guard in Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers.

The King and other senior members of the Royal Family will walk the 1,200 yard route on foot. 

King Charles will be joined by his brothers, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, his sister, the Princess Royal. 

It is expected that her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence will also join on foot – while the Queen Consort and other members of the monarchy will follow in cars. 

Once laid in St Giles’ Cathedral, the Crown of Scotland will be placed on the Queen’s coffin.

This afternoon, King Charles will hold audiences with leaders, and speak at the Scottish parliament. 

His journey will mark the start of tour of the nations.

At 7.20pm, the King and other family members will mount a vigil by the coffin. 

Full details about the royal mourners have yet to be released but there is speculation the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the new Prince and Princess of Wales, who on Saturday put on a united front during an appearance at Windsor Castle, will be part of the group.

The Queen will then lie at rest for 24 hours, with thousands expected to file past. 

After leaving England and visiting Scotland, Charles will at some stage travel to the other countries of the UK – Wales and Northern Ireland – known as Operation Spring Tide.

D+4 – Tuesday September 13

At 5pm on Tuesday, the Queen’s coffin will be taken by hearse to Edinburgh airport, where it will be met by a Guard of Honour from the Royal Regiment of Scotland. 

The Royal Air Force bearer party will then carry it on to a waiting aircraft, where it will be flown to London at 6pm. 

She will be accompanied by Princess Anne and arrive at RAF Northolt in West London shortly before 7pm.

The coffin will then be driven to Buckingham Palace where it will be met by a Guard of Honour.

There it will rest in the Bow Room, under the watch of a rota of chaplains.

A rehearsal for the procession of the coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster is also expected to take place.

D+5 – Wednesday September 14

The Queen’s lying in state is expected to begin in Westminster Hall – Operation Marquee – following a ceremonial procession through London that will begin at 2.22pm.

The King will walk behind his mother’s coffin for the second time in three days.  

On arrival, the coffin will be placed on a raised bier where the Queen will lie in state for four full days.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct a short service following the coffin’s arrival.

Hundreds of thousands of people will file past the coffin on its catafalque and pay their respects, just as they did for the Queen Mother’s lying in state in 2002.

The management of the queues outside is Operation Feather.

During the Covid-19 crisis, plans included the possibility of the introduction of timed ticketing for those wanting to attend.

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

D+6 – Thursday September 15

Lying in state continues and a rehearsal is likely to take place for the state funeral procession.

D+7 – Friday September 16 

 Lying in state continues, ending on D+9. 

On Friday, King Charles will continue his tour of the UK, travelling to Wales to receive a motion of condolence at the Welsh Parliament, and attend a service at Llandaff Cathedral, in Cardiff.

D+9 – Sunday September 18 

Heads of state begin to arrive for the funeral. An evening reception will be held for funeral guests, including prime ministers, heads of state and other dignitaries from across the world.

The King will hold an audience with the Prime Minister. 

D+10 – Monday September 19

The Queen’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey in central London at 11am.

The original plans are for the Queen’s coffin to process on a gun carriage to the abbey, pulled by naval ratings – sailors – using ropes rather than horses.

Senior members of the family will follow behind – just like they did for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The military will line the streets and also join the procession.

Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, European royals and key figures from public life will be invited to gather in the abbey, which can hold a congregation of 2,000.

The service will be televised, and a national two minutes’ silence is expected to be held at midday.

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

Later in the evening, there will be a private interment service with senior members of the royal family.

The Queen’s final resting place will 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. 

Philip’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.

Princess Anne curtseys as the Queen's coffin is carried into the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh yesterday

Princess Anne curtseys as the Queen's coffin is carried into the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh yesterday

Princess Anne curtseys as the Queen’s coffin is carried into the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh yesterday

King Charles III waving at well-wishers as he arrives at Buckingham Palace on Sunday afternoon

King Charles III waving at well-wishers as he arrives at Buckingham Palace on Sunday afternoon

King Charles III waving at well-wishers as he arrives at Buckingham Palace on Sunday afternoon

Princess Anne, the Queen’s only daughter, was chosen by her mother to accompany the funeral cortege on the six-hour journey from Balmoral to Edinburgh. Pictured on Sunday passing the City Chambers in Edinburgh

Princess Anne, the Queen’s only daughter, was chosen by her mother to accompany the funeral cortege on the six-hour journey from Balmoral to Edinburgh. Pictured on Sunday passing the City Chambers in Edinburgh

Princess Anne, the Queen’s only daughter, was chosen by her mother to accompany the funeral cortege on the six-hour journey from Balmoral to Edinburgh. Pictured on Sunday passing the City Chambers in Edinburgh

Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, the Countess of Wessex and the Earl of Wessex at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, awaiting the Queen's coffin

Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, the Countess of Wessex and the Earl of Wessex at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, awaiting the Queen's coffin

Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, the Countess of Wessex and the Earl of Wessex at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, awaiting the Queen’s coffin

Details of the committal ceremony when the Queen will be buried in Windsor 

The committal ceremony will take place in St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle after the funeral on Monday, September 19. 

The Queen will be laid to rest alongside her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh. 

It is expected large crowds will come to the town in the days leading up to the ceremony. 

People are advised to lay tributes at Cambridge Gate in the Long Walk. 

Thames Valley Police said to expect a larger police presence and road closures will be communicated in due course.

King Charles III will lead the royal family in a poignant procession behind the coffin of his mother when it travels to an Edinburgh cathedral to allow the public to pay their respects.

The Queen will be taken from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to nearby St Giles’ Cathedral where her family, and a congregation drawn from all areas of Scottish society, will attend a service of thanksgiving for her life.

Full details about the royal mourners have yet to be released but there is speculation the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the new Prince and Princess of Wales, who on Saturday put on a united front during an appearance at Windsor Castle, will be part of the group.

Charles will lead some of the royals on foot, expected to be the Duke of York, Earl of Wessex, Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence – while the Queen Consort and other members of the monarchy will follow in cars.

Members of the public will be able to view the coffin to pay their respects for 24 hours before it is taken to London ahead of a period of lying in state.

Later in the evening, the King and other members of his family, likely his siblings, will mount a vigil at the cathedral in honour of their mother.

Charles and Camilla are in London, but before leaving for the Scottish capital they will visit Westminster Hall where both Houses of Parliament will express their condolences to the new monarch and his wife, and the King will give his reply.

During his day in Edinburgh, the King will inspect the Guard of Honour at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, before attending the ceremony of the Keys on the forecourt.

At the Palace, the King will hold audiences with the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, followed by an audience with Alison Johnstone, the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.

Words of sympathy will be expressed by the Scottish Parliament when Charles and Camilla attend to receive a motion of condolence, with the King replying. 

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