Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral date announced

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Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will be held on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey at 11 am.

 King Charles III has also declared the day a bank holiday.

The service at Westminster Abbey will be the culmination of ten days of official mourning, details of which were revealed for the first time by the Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk, who is charged with organising the huge event.

The Queen will lie in state for ‘four clear days’ in Westminster Hall from Wednesday, September 14 before the funeral, a senior palace official said.

Buckingham Palace said devoted daughter Princess Anne will accompany the late monarch’s body to London ahead of the funeral, the only one from the Royal Family to do so.

On the day of the funeral at 10.44 am the coffin will be taken in procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey where the state funeral service will take place.

A committal ceremony for Queen Elizabeth II will take place in Windsor on Monday, September 19, following her funeral at Westminster Abbey.

 

The ceremony for the late Queen, who died on Thursday, will take place at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle.

King Charles III, accompanied by senior members of the Royal Family, is expected to join the procession in the Quadrangle of the castle before the coffin enters the chapel for the service.

Ahead of the committal service, it is expected that many people will travel to the town to pay their respects and mourn the late Queen. People are being advised to lay floral tributes at Cambridge Gate on the Long Wal

Thames Valley Police will offer further advice about travelling to Windsor and inform the public of any road closures that will be in place during the lead-up to the committal and on the day itself.

During the period of national mourning, police presence has been ramped up in the Berkshire town, with a number of security measures being put in place.

This includes a visible increase in the number of police horses being used, as well as armed officers and street searches involving dog units.

Police will also place more Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and CCTV in the area as well as having a number of undercover police protections will also be in place.

The Royal Family regularly uses St George’s Chapel for weddings, christenings and funerals.

Just last year, Prince Philip’s funeral was held there in April, where the Queen poignantly sat alone in the Chapel after insisting she followed the rules that all Britons were bound to amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

On February 6, 1952, the Queen’s father King George VI, was buried in the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel after his own committal ceremony.

The late her Majesty’s final tribute to her father was to drop a handful of earth that she had collected from Frogmore at Windsor on his coffin.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married there in 2019, and Prince Philip’s funeral was held there in April of last year.