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King Charles to be formally proclaimed monarch



Sunday – D+2

The Queen’s coffin is expected to be taken by road to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Proclamations will be read in the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland devolved parliaments in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

Monday – D+3

A procession is expected along the Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral. There will be a service and the Vigil of the Princes by members of the Royal family.

The public may get the chance to file past the Queen’s coffin at a mini lying in state in St Giles’.

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

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.

Tuesday D+4

The Queen’s coffin is expected to be flown to London and is likely to be at rest at Buckingham Palace.

A rehearsal for the procession of the coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster will take place.

Wednesday D+5

The Queen’s lying in state is expected to begin at Westminster Hall, codenamed Operation Marquee. It will follow a ceremonial procession through London and will last four full days.

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

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to file past the coffin on its catafalque and pay their respects.

Senior royals are also expected to pay their own tributes, standing guard at some stage around the coffin.

Thursday D+6

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

Friday D+7 – Sunday D+9 

Lying in state will continue, ending on Sunday. Heads of state are expected to begin arriving for the funeral.

Monday D+10

The Queen’s state funeral is expected take place at Westminster Abbey.

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

Senior members of the family are expected to follow behind – just as 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.

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.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.



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