What time the coffin will arrive at Westminster and when the procession starts

The Queen’s coffin was transported to London on Tuesday evening, ahead of her lying-in-state.

She was flown down from Edinburgh to London yesterday evening, with her daughter Princess Anne accompanying her on the flight to RAF Northolt in west London.

Her body had previously been lying in rest at St Giles’ Cathedral in the Scottish capital, following her death at her Balmoral residence last Thursday.

The Queen’s coffin was driven through central London to Buckingham Palace yesterday evening, as thousands of people lined the streets to pay their respects.

King Charles, the Queen Consort, and other members of the Royal Family, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Prince and Princess of Wales were there to receive it, and it lay in the palace’s Bow Room overnight.

Today the coffin will go on a procession through central London to Westminster Hall, where it will lie in state until the funeral.

What is the route of the Queen’s procession?

On Wednesday 14 September, a procession will set off from Buckingham Palace at 2.22pm, headed for Westminster Hall, where her body will lie in state for five days, until the state funeral on Monday.

A gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will carry the coffin through central London.

Members of the Royal Family will follow the coffin, led by King Charles, as it makes its way up the Mall, through Horse Guards Arch and down Whitehall to the Palace of Westminster.

The Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex will all be part of the procession, as will Anne’s son Peter Phillips and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, along with the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.

The Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Sussex will travel by car.

The coffin will arrive at the Palace of Westminster at 3pm, and a short service will be held. This will be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, accompanied by the Dean of Westminster.

How long will the Queen lie in state?

Mourners will be able to file past the coffin 24 hours a day from 5pm on Wednesday until 6.30am on the day of the funeral, Monday 19 September.

Lying-in-state is a tradition by which the coffin of a monarch or sometimes a prime minister is placed on view before the funeral.

It allows members of the public to pay their respects to the deceased before the funeral ceremony.

The last time a public figure lay in state was the Queen Mother, whose coffin was state placed in Westminster Hall so people could visit before her funeral in Westminster Abbey on 9 April 2002.

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People who wish to attend Westminster Hall have been advised that they will have to stand for many hours, and might have to wait overnight, with huge crowds expected.

Mourners have already joined the queue.

The line will run along the River Thames from the Palace of Westminster to Southwark Park, trailing past landmarks including the London Eye, Tate Modern and HMS Belfast.

There will be very little opportunity to sit down because the queues are likely to be continuously moving, with a first-come-first-served policy in place.

There are expected to be delays on public transport and road closures around the area.

When is the Queen’s funeral?

At 6.30am on 19 September, the day of the funeral, the Queen’s lying in state will end, and in the morning the coffin will be taken in procession from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey for the funeral.

The service is set to take place at 11am. Further details of the service will be published in due course. It is expected Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will lead the service.

Millions of people around the world will tune in for the televised funeral. The last televised state funeral was for Winston Churchill, who died in 1965.

After the service, the coffin will travel in procession to Wellington Arch, behind Buckingham Palace, where it will be taken to Windsor.

In Windsor, the coffin will travel to St George’s Chapel via the Long Walk, where a private committal service will see her finally laid to rest.


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