The Queen's Funeral Plans Are All Laid Out & Here's Everything You Can Expect

An official date has now been set for her funeral and there's a plan for each day. 👑

Queen Elizabeth II. Right: The coffin of Prince Philip being carried into Windsor Castle.
Global Staff Writer

Queen Elizabeth II. Right: The coffin of Prince Philip being carried into Windsor Castle.

Queen Elizabeth II's death marked the end of her 70 years on the throne, and now the U.K. is preparing for one of the biggest funerals in its history.

The country has been planning for the queen's death for decades. There are many steps and traditions that will have to be followed when they give her a proper royal farewell.

As announced on Saturday, September 10, the queen's funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19, at 11 a.m. BST (British summer time).

Also, the details of her funeral have been officially revealed.

The queen's coffin is currently at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where the monarch died on Thursday, until tomorrow when it will travel to Edinburgh and arrive at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Once there, the coffin will rest in the Throne Room until the afternoon on Monday, September 12. In the afternoon of that day, a procession will take place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to bring the coffin to St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh.

King Charles III and members of the royal family will take part in the procession and attend a service in St Giles’ Cathedral.

The queen's coffin will then lie at rest in St Giles' Cathedral to allow the people of Scotland to pay their respects to her.

On Tuesday afternoon, the queen's coffin will travel from Scotland in a Royal Air Force aircraft from Edinburgh Airport and arrive at RAF Northolt later in the evening, accompanied by the Princess Royale, Anne.

After that, Queen Elizabeth II's coffin will be brought to Buckingham Palace by road to rest in the Bow Room.

Then, in the afternoon on Wednesday, the coffin will be in a procession on a "Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery" from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster.

Following the procession — which will travel via Queen's Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard — the Archbishop of Canterbury will perform a service attended by the king and members of the royal family, before the queen can lie in state until the morning of her state funeral.

While the queen lies in state, members of the public will be allowed to view her coffin and pay their respects to the deceased queen in Westminster Hall.

Per BBC, several of her royal accessories will also be with the coffin, including the imperial state crown, the sovereign's orb and her sceptre — holding some of the world's most valuable gems.

In the morning on Monday, September 19, the coffin will be taken in a procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey where the state service will take place.

King Charles III and other senior members of the royal family are expected to be part of the procession.

Westminster Abbey is the historic church in London where many important royal ceremonies are held. It's where each monarch has been crowned over the centuries, including Queen Elizabeth II, whose coronation was held there in 1952.

The queen also married Prince Philip in Westminster Abbey in 1947. Around 64 years later, Prince William married Kate Middleton at the same church.

Some of the guests expected to attend the funeral include heads of state, members of the royal family, U.K. politicians and prime ministers from across the Commonwealth.

During the funeral service, newly appointed U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss may play a role, and could potentially even deliver a reading.

There'll also be a national two-minute moment of silence on the day of the queen's funeral, according to a copy of the plan previously obtained by Politico.

After the funeral, the coffin will be transported from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and then to Windsor Castle. Once there, the state hearse will go to St. George's Chapel where a committal service will take place.

Queen Elizabeth II is expected to be buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which is named after her father.

There's also a digital condolence book that the public can sign.

This article's right-hand cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Sameen Chaudhry
Global Staff Writer
Sameen Chaudhry was a Staff Writer for Narcity’s Global Desk focused on TikTok drama and based in Toronto, Ontario.