The dying in Scotland of Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has set off a sequence of rigorously staged protocols throughout the UK that may final for 10 days.
Because the nation mourns its late sovereign, who died on Sept. 8, right here’s what to anticipate from her funeral and the official proceedings main as much as it.
What sort of funeral will the Queen obtain?
Queen Elizabeth II’s obsequies will differ from these of her late husband, Prince Philip. He had a ceremonial royal funeral in 2021, one meant for the consort of the sovereign, the inheritor to the throne, or members of the Royal Household with a excessive navy rank. The Queen Mom and Princess Diana of Wales had a lot of these funerals.
© Cecil Beaton— Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Queen Elizabeth II could have a state funeral, which is often reserved for the sovereign, although distinctive people can also be given one if the reigning monarch and parliament each approve it. Parliament votes on the best way to fund such a funeral.
The final monarch to be given a state funeral was King George in 1952, whereas the final non-royal to have the dignity was Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1965.
Who arranges a state funeral?
The Earl Marshal, one of many Kingdom’s Nice Officers of State, is in command of arranging a state funeral, in addition to the coronation of a brand new sovereign.
Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk, is the present Earl Marshal. The 65-year-old is Britain’s most senior peer.
King Charles III is predicted to satisfy with the Earl Marshal to log off on the funeral preparations for his late mom.
When and the place will the Queen’s funeral be held?
The Queen’s state funeral is predicted to be held in about 10 days’ time.
Buckingham Palace will verify the date and the small print, however will probably be at London’s Westminster Abbey. The abbey is the location of earlier coronation ceremonies, together with Queen Elizabeth II’s in 1953. It may well maintain as much as 2,000 attendees.
Who will attend the funeral?
All Royal Members of the family are anticipated to be on the funeral, together with Queen Elizabeth II’s kids—King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward—in addition to their companions and youngsters, amongst them Prince William and Prince Harry.
A Who’s Who of the British aristocracy and political institution shall be among the many mourners. A number of overseas heads of state are additionally anticipated.
What occurs within the days earlier than the funeral?
Though the protocols aren’t public, the Guardian and Politico beforehand printed particulars of the plans—codenamed “Operation London Bridge” (within the occasion that the Queen died in England) and “Operation Unicorn” (ought to the monarch cross away in Scotland, the place she spent a lot of her time).
Beneath the latter, her physique shall be transported to Holyrood Home, her residence within the Scottish capital Edinburgh. Then, a procession will carry her coffin to St. Giles Cathedral for a memorial service.
Subsequent, her coffin shall be dropped at London by Royal Practice or presumably by air. It is going to be taken to Buckingham Palace, earlier than being escorted to the Palace of Westminster by a gun-carriage procession.
When it arrives at Westminster Corridor, mendacity in state will happen for a number of days. Different royals have additionally lain in state right here, together with the Queen’s mother and father—the Queen Mom and King George VI. Viewings will reportedly be allowed for 23 hours a day, in hopes of accommodating the anticipated half-a-million members of the British public desirous to pay their respects.
Union flags throughout the nation shall be flown at half-mast till the funeral, aside from the day when King Charles III formally accedes to the throne, which is predicted to happen on Saturday. On that day, flags shall be hoisted at full-staff.
What occurs on the day of the funeral?
The Queen’s coffin shall be carried in a procession to Westminster Abbey for the funeral service. The nation will then observe two minutes of silence at noon.
A committal service, and one other procession, will subsequently be held in Windsor. There, she shall be buried within the Royal Vault at St. George’s Chapel with different deceased British royals, beside her late husband, Prince Philip.
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