Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, scheduled for 11 days from now, will be the culmination of a period of mourning that officially begins with her death on Thursday at Balmoral.
But the scheme to honor the 96-year-old’s life began decades ago, in the strictest secrecy, with its own codename – London Bridge.
Chances are left as few as possible over the next week and a half, leading up to a funeral at Westminster Abbey in London, followed by a pledge and burial at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, west London.
The days that followed were about remembering the Queen, they were also about the beginning of the next reign, when Prince Charles became King Charles III shortly after his mother’s death and assumed the role he had been prepared for. suffered throughout life.
In royal planning, days of mourning are defined as D (date of death) plus a number. However, D has been designated as an alternate Friday.
While other events are subject to change, here’s what to expect daily for the next week and a half.
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D + 1
Charles became King as soon as his mother died, but on D+1 he was supposed to officially assume the role when the joining Council met at St. James.
Members of the Privy Council were summoned to the historic site just across the street from Buckingham Palace. The Lord Mayor of London and bakers were invited, along with senior commissioners from areas of the Commonwealth.
Following the official announcement of the Queen’s death and the proclamation of Charles as King, he will read a proclamation and swear an oath to preserve the Church of Scotland.
In Canada, the Governor-General receives the proclamation for Canada, with Rideau Hall determining how to do so.
D + 2
The statement is read across the UK.
The Canadian delegation traveling to London is informed.
D + 3
Charles began traveling around the UK to meet and mourn with members of the public, beginning with a trip to Edinburgh. His wife Camilla, now Queen of Consort, is expected to join him.
In Canada, condolence books will begin to be available to the public to sign.
D + 4
Charles will continue to travel around the UK, visiting Belfast.
Condolence books will continue to be available in Canada.
D + 5
The Queen’s coffin is moved from the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace to the Palace Room, where prayers will be held. The Royal Crown will be placed on the coffin, along with a wreath. Charles and other members of the Royal Family are expected to be present.
The coffin will then be moved in a ceremonial procession by gun carriage to Westminster Hall, a Gothic building with extensive royal and political history and the oldest building in the Kingdom’s Parliament. Older brother.
Charles, other members of the family and members of the royal family are expected to follow suit. Bells will sound during the procession.
At 4 p.m., lying down will begin and will continue for five days, 24 hours a day, with the exception of a 30-minute clean-up period.
There will be a queuing system, with people queuing outside Parliament and crossing the Thames, and a gap after that.
In Canada, condolence books will continue to be available.
D + 6
Lying in the state continues, as do the books of condolence in Canada.
D + 7
Charles continues his UK tour with a visit to Wales, as the state continues.
The Queen’s four children will join a vigil at Westminster Hall in the evening, when Charles returns.
D + 8
Funeral preparations continue and drills are underway.
Foreign leaders are expected to start arriving in London.
Charles can also go to a control center that monitors events and see the operational side of things and thank those involved.
D + 9
Heads of state and other dignitaries arrive in London, with heads of state likely to attend the ceremony located at Westminster Hall.
The Queen’s grandchildren can also hold a vigil at Westminster Hall.
Charles is expected to meet the British prime minister and greet members of the public who have gathered.
D + 10 and up – Funeral and Burial
Lying ends at 8:30am
Two hours later, members of the Royal Family arrived at Westminster Hall and the coffin was placed on a gun truck.
At 10:44 a.m., the procession to Westminster Abbey began, with members of the Royal Family on foot following.
The hour-long funeral, which will be the first for a monarch to be held at Westminster Abbey since King George II in 1760, will begin at 11am.
At 12:15 p.m., Elizabeth’s coffin emerged from the Great West Door and Westminster Abbey for a procession to Wellington Arch.
At 1 p.m., the coffin will be loaded into a state hearse for a drive to Windsor.
At 2:55 p.m., the coffin arrived at Windsor for a second procession through town to St George’s Chapel.
At 3:30 p.m., members of the Royal Family will arrive for a pledge service that begins at 4 p.m. After a 45-minute service, Elizabeth’s coffin will be lowered into the royal vault. Lord Chamberlain would tear down his white office staff, symbolizing the end of service when the coffin was lowered.
At 7:30 p.m., the Royal Family will return for a private burial. Elizabeth will be buried with Prince Philip in the King George VI chapel. Her father and mother are buried there, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.
Much of what will happen is unprecedented for many who will be watching. Only those old enough to remember the last funeral of a British monarch – on 15 February 1952 – can have a memory of what the funeral of a reigning king or queen looked like.
But even that funeral – for the Queen’s father, King George VI – can only be a guide to certain points, as it takes place at St George’s Chapel rather than the larger Westminster Abbey. many places of historical, royal and spiritual value. significance in central London, where world leaders will join the Queen’s family in her honor.
There have been other royal funerals at Westminster Abbey in moderate memory – Queen Elizabeth, Dowager Queen in 2002; and Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. Diana’s funeral was based on plans for the Queen of England. Funeral services for Prince Philip, the Queen’s husband, will be held at St George’s Chapel in 2021, but have shrunk considerably from what was already planned. It happened during the pandemic, at a time when regulations allowed only 30 guests.