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The Queen’s funeral plans and national day of mourning

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Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on Thursday, September 8, plans for her funeral and a national day of mourning will be carried out. It is the Lord Chamberlain who is responsible for ceremonial activities involving senior Royals and that includes any royal funerals.

The current Lord Chamberlain, Baron Parker of Minsmere, will oversee arrangements following the Queen’s death and will ensure everything is kept to a strict timetable. According to the plans, a state funeral is to be held at Westminster Abbey ten days after her death.

There will be a military procession to move the lead-lined coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster five days before the funeral. The coffin will lie in state at Westminster Hall and members of the public will be able to visit. Following the funeral, the Queen is to be buried at the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle, alongside Prince Philip.

READ MORE: Leave your tributes, memories and messages of condolence for the Queen

King Charles III as our new monarch will play a key role. Operation Spring Tide is the name for the plans that will see Charles become King, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Tomorrow, Friday, September 9, the Accession Council are set to meet at to proclaim Charles the new monarch. One of his first engagements as King Charles III will be a tour of the four nations of the UK to attend services of remembrance for his mother, and to meet government leaders.

The day of the funeral will be declared a ‘Day of National Mourning’ and a two-minute silence will take place across the UK at midday, likely to be September 18, 2022. However, it is understood that a bank holiday will not be granted.

The Royal Households will enter their own mourning periods, which may involve wearing black and using black-edged writing paper.

Timeline of the next 10 days

Here is the timeline for the next 10 days following The Queen’s death.

Today, Thursday, September 8

  • The Queen’s Private Secretary has called the Prime Minister and privy council. Ministers have been notified too as are heads of commonwealth nations. Flags will be at half mast within 10 mins of the announcement.

  • BBC Networks merge and local radio will switch tone

  • Both Houses of Parliament will be recalled

  • Liz Truss to hold an audience with new King Charles III. He will make a state address.

  • The Prime Minister will be the first government member to issue a statement.

  • Funeral plans will be announced

  • National minute’s silence announced

Friday, September 9

  • Charles proclaimed King by the privy council.

  • Parliament to meet to agree message of condolence and tributes from MPs. Parliamentary business then suspended for 10 days

  • Prime Minister and cabinet to have an audience with the new king.

  • Preparations for the funeral begin.

  • Non-Queen appropriate programmes on TV may return

Saturday, September 10

  • The Queen’s coffin returns to Buckingham Palace.

Sunday, September 11

  • King Charles to tour UK starting in Scotland with a service at St Giles.

Monday, September 12

  • King Charles will head to Northern Ireland

  • Rehearsal for the procession of the coffin from Buckingham palace to Palace of Westminster

Tuesday, September 13

  • Coffin procession from Buckingham palace to Palace of Westminster then service

Wednesday, September 14, to Saturday, September 17

  • The Queen lies in state in the Palace of Westminster. It will be accessible to the public 23 hours a day.

  • On D day 6 there will be the rehearsal for the state funeral procession.

  • On D day 7 Charles will be in Wales with a Service at Llandaff Cathedral.

Sunday, September 18

  • Day of the funeral at Westminster Abbey will be marked by a Day of National Mourning and shops will be closed.

  • At midday there will be two minutes of silence before the Queen’s coffin is taken to Windsor Castle.

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