The Queen is currently resting in the ballroom at Balmoral Castle, where estate staff can pay their last respects, a senior palace official said. Her oak coffin has been draped with the royal standard for Scotland and a wreath of flowers is laid on top.
On Sunday morning, his coffin will embark on a six-hour journey to Edinburgh and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the British monarch’s official residence in Scotland.
On Monday, he will travel to St. Giles Cathedral for a service attended by the King and Queen Consort, and a congregation made up “of all walks of Scottish society”, the senior palace official said.
After the service, the coffin will rest there for 24 hours to allow the Scottish public to pay their respects. Charles and members of the royal family will take part in the watch – or vigil – on Monday evening.
Princess Anne will accompany her mother’s body the next day as it is flown back to London and placed on trestles in Buckingham Palace’s Bow Room overnight, the official said.
On Wednesday, an extraordinary silent procession will take the coffin on a gun carriage from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster, where the Queen will lie in state until the morning of the funeral.
In what is likely to be an incredibly poignant moment, members of the Royal Family will walk behind their beloved matriarch. During the procession, Big Ben will be rung and the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire machine guns into Hyde Park, the official added.
It will be placed on a raised platform – or catafalque – in the middle of the hall and guarded 24 hours a day by officers from the Household Division, the King’s Bodyguards or the Royal Company of Archers.
On the morning of September 19, the coffin will once again proceed in procession to Westminster Abbey for the funeral, details of which are likely to come in the following days. After the service, he will be taken in a procession back to Wellington’s Arch, before traveling to Windsor where he will perform the Long Walk and to St George’s Chapel for a burial service.
Funeral arrangements have been in the works for many years. Although the Queen had a say in the plans before her death, they can only be approved by the sitting monarch. Charles, who was formally proclaimed king earlier on Saturday, served in that role along with the Duke of Norfolk, who holds the hereditary role of Earl Marshal, responsible for orchestrating state events.
Speaking on behalf of the many agencies involved in the funeral arrangements, the Earl Marshal said on Saturday “we will perform our duty over the next few days with the heaviest of hearts”.
He continued: “But also, with the strongest resolve to ensure a fitting farewell to one of the defining figures of our time; a monarch whom we were truly privileged to have as head of state of our country. and realms, and Head of the Commonwealth at large.”
Heads of state and dignitaries from around the world are expected to be invited to the British capital to join members of the Royal Family in celebrating the Queen’s life and her unwavering service to the nation and the Commonwealth. While a guest list has yet to be announced, US President Joe Biden told reporters on Friday that he planned to attend the funeral.
Other familiar faces on the TV service will be some of the Queen’s 15 former prime ministers and lawmakers.
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