THE nation will come together to mourn the loss of Queen Elizabeth II during a minute’s silence on Sunday.
Millions are expected to be on her doorstep at 8pm to pay tribute to Her Majesty, who died peacefully last Thursday at the age of 96.
The minute’s silence will take place the night before the state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, which King Charles has declared a bank holiday.
Here Grace Macaskill provides a daily guide to the main ceremonial events that take place before the funeral.
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TODAY: SEPTEMBER 13
THIS afternoon the Queen’s coffin will be transported from St Giles’ Cathedral to Edinburgh Airport by road and the public will be able to view the funeral procession.
It will be flown by Royal Air Force aircraft to RAF Northolt in north-west London and is expected to arrive at 7pm.
From there it is taken to Buckingham Palace to rest in the Bow Room.
The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, will accompany the Queen on the journey.
Meanwhile, King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla will visit Belfast to meet the Foreign Secretary for Northern Ireland, MP Chris Heaton-Harris and other party leaders.
They will attend a prayer service at St Anne’s Cathedral before returning to London to meet the Queen’s coffin at Buckingham Palace.
TODAY: SEPTEMBER 14
EXACTLY 2:22 p.m. the coffin leaves Buckingham Palace. King Charles and members of the Royal Family will lead the procession behind the gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, which carries the coffin to Westminster Hall.
Crowds can watch the 38-minute drive along Queen’s Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.
Ceremonial lookouts will be set up along the route, including on both sides of the Mall and in the grounds of Horse Guards Parade, but the public is advised not to show up before 11am.
When the zones fill up, people are directed to Hyde Park where they can watch the action on a big screen. Screening sites have access to restrooms.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will conduct a short service led by The Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster.
From 5pm Westminster Hall is open to the public to pay their respects while the Queen is in state.
SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER
THE nation will come together to “mourn and reflect on the Queen’s life and legacy” with a minute’s silence at 8pm.
People will mark the occasion in their own homes, on the street with neighbors, or at local vigils. And those living abroad are also encouraged to take part.
A minute’s silence was observed at the funeral of the late Prince Philip last year.
Prime Minister Liz Truss’ spokesman said yesterday: “We encourage local community groups, clubs and other organizations to celebrate this moment of reflection. And when you’re abroad, people are encouraged to celebrate the stillness in their local time.”
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19: STATE FUNERAL
The Queen’s State Funeral will take place at 11am in Westminster Abbey.
King Charles and other senior royals will follow the coffin from Westminster Hall as thousands of people line the streets for a final farewell to Her Majesty.
Around 2,000 guests will attend the hour-long televised service, including Prime Minister Liz Truss and US President Joe Biden.
The coffin is carried in a procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. From there it will travel to St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle for a dedication service.
Big retail chains like Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and John Lewis are expected to close their larger stores as a show of respect.
A spokesman for the British Retail Consortium said: “Retailers are taking a cue from the Government and choosing to mark the Queen’s death in a way they see fit for staff and customers alike.”
At midday there will be two minutes of silence across the country and the London Stock Exchange will close, meaning no UK stocks will be traded.
IF YOU CAN SEE THE QUEEN LYING IN STATE
The Queen’s coffin will be placed in Westminster Hall from 5pm tomorrow until 6.30am on Monday, the day of the funeral.
The hall remains open 24 hours a day.
More than a million mourners are predicted to line up to pay their respects, with Whitehall bosses warning people could wait up to 18 hours.
The route, meandering along the River Thames, will be lined with additional portable toilets and water stations. The public will pass through airport-style security, and only small bags are allowed.
Filming and photography inside Westminster Hall is strictly prohibited. Further details of the arrangements will be published on the gov.uk website at 10pm tonight.
The last person to lie in state was the Queen Mother, who died on March 30, 2002. An estimated 200,000 people paid their last respects.
MEMORIAL CHAPEL FOR KING GEORGE VI
THE Queen is buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel along with her sister Margaret, her father King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Prince Philip, who died in April 2021, is moved from the Royal Vault to lie next to his wife.
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