As Queen Elizabeth II embarks on her final journey to London, a look at what will happen in the coming days


The death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II set in motion a planned and tightly choreographed series of ceremonial and constitutional steps as the country goes through a period of national mourning and enters the reign of King Charles III.

A long-standing 10-day plan, codenamed Operation London Bridge, covers the arrangements for the Queen’s final trip to London and a state funeral.

Look what will happen in the coming days

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Monday September 12, 2022

  • King Charles III and Camilla, the queen consort, visited parliament to receive condolences from the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
  • The royal couple then flew to Edinburgh where they attended a memorial service for the Queen, visited the Scottish Parliament and met senior officials.
  • The Queen’s casket, accompanied by the King and Queen Consort, traveled to Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral, where it will remain for 24 hours, allowing the public to pay their respects. Members of the royal family held a vigil at the coffin in the evening.

Tuesday 13 September 2022 (today)

  • The Queen’s coffin is taken to Edinburgh Airport by hearse. It is flown to London by the Royal Air Force and taken to Buckingham Palace.
  • The King and Camilla will visit Northern Ireland where they will meet with politicians and faith leaders and attend a memorial service at St Anne’s Cathedral.

Wednesday 14 September 2022

  • The coffin is transported by coach from Buckingham Palace to Parliament, followed by the king and other members of the royal family.
  • It stands in Parliament’s medieval Westminster Hall, where the Archbishop of Canterbury holds a short service. The queen will then remain in state for four days, until the morning of her funeral. Members of the public will be able to pay their respects and troops will watch around the clock.

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Friday September 16, 2022

  • The King and Queen’s consort will visit Wales.

Sunday 18 September 2022

  • Great Britain holds a ‘national moment of reflection’ with 1 minute of silence at 8pm (1900 GMT).

Monday 19 September

  • The Queen’s casket is taken from Westminster Hall to nearby Westminster Abbey for a state funeral that begins at 11am.
  • Leaders and dignitaries from all over the world are expected.
  • The funeral will mark the end of 10 days of National Morning and the day will be a public holiday in the UK.


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