The 8th of September 2022 will forever remain significant in history and in our hearts, the date that marks the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch. Soon after the news was announced by Buckingham Palace that “she passed away peacefully at Balmoral”, her son, now King Charles III shared a whole hearted tribute;
“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” he said. “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”
What are the plans for the Queen’s Funeral?
As a monarch, the Queen will be given a state funeral. This will take place at 11am on Monday the 19th of September. Plans have been in place for years and the Queen herself played an active role in the structure and organisation of the day. Further details have now been confirmed by Buckingham Palace. The Queen’s funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the senior bishop of the Church of England, will lead the service.
The order of events prior to the funeral on 19 September is as follows:
- 13 September: the coffin will travel from Edinburgh to London on an RAF aircraft, accompanied by Princess Anne.
- 14-18 September: the Queen will lie in state at Westminster Hall.
- 19 September: On the morning of 19 September, the lying in state will end and the coffin will be taken to Westminster Abbey, where the State Funeral Service will take place.
On the day of the Queen’s funeral, there will be a two-minute national moment of silence at noon. Following the service, the Queen’s casket will be transported to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for a broadcast committal service. A private service with senior members of the royal family will take place later that evening.
At St. George’s Chapel, where her parents, her sister Princess Margaret, and her adored Prince Philip are all interred, the Queen will then be laid to rest.
Who will attend?
The Queen’s children, King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, along with their own families, will all be present during the funeral. The Queen’s grandchildren, including Prince William and Kate, the new Princess of Wales, and Prince Harry, will all be in attendance. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is expected to accompany him to the UK and stay there until the funeral.