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Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II set for September 19

The queen’s funeral is expected to be attended by dignitaries and heads of states and officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

• September 10, 2022
Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth

The Royal Family has announced that the state funeral of the Queen will take place at Westminster Abbey on September 19. 

On Saturday, arrangements for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II were announced in a statement. 

“The State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19th September at 1100hrs BST. Prior to the State Funeral, The Queen will Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall for four days, to allow the public to pay their respects,” the statement said.

The Queen’s coffin currently rests in the Ballroom at Balmoral Castle and will travel to Edinburgh on September 11, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where it will stay in the Throne Room until September 12.

“On the afternoon of Monday 12th September, a Procession will be formed on the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse to convey the Coffin to St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh. The King and Members of the Royal Family will take part in the Procession and attend a Service in St Giles’ Cathedral to receive the Coffin,” the statement said.

Her Majesty’s coffin will then lie at rest in St Giles’ Cathedral, guarded by Vigils from The Royal Company of Archers, to allow the people of Scotland to pay their respects.

The queen’s funeral is expected to be attended by dignitaries and heads of states. 

Queen Elizabeth passed away on Thursday afternoon after health complications, which she’d battled over the past year, including COVID-19 and an overnight hospitalisation for what Buckingham Palace described as “preliminary investigations.”

A 12-day mourning period has begun in the United Kingdom as preparations are being made for the state funeral. The Archbishop of Canterbury will oversee funeral proceedings.

The Queen’s funeral would be held at Westminster Abbey, London and would include a procession in London and Windsor and a nationwide two minutes of silence at midday. The Queen’s funeral and Charles’ coronation will then become national holidays.

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