Her Majesty the Queen has died
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.
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.
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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Her Majesty the Queen has died