THE Queen’s state funeral will take place on Monday, September 19 – and Brits will have the day off work and school to mourn her loss.
King Charles announced the Queen’s funeral would be a bank holiday during the Accession Council at St James’s Palace[/caption]
Members of the public placing tributes at the gates of Windsor Castle[/caption]
Charles has given Brits the day off to mourn the loss of his mother[/caption]
It comes as…
- King Charles has been formally declared Monarch in an historic Accession ceremony
- Prince William has been seen for the first time since his grandmother’s death
- One of the Queen’s last guests at Balmoral has told of his final poignant conversation with Her Majesty
- King Charles III paid tribute to his “darling Mama” in an emotional first address to the nation
- King Charles told Harry ‘it wasn’t right’ for Meghan to come to Balmoral
- King Charles III addressed the nation for the first time as monarch
The funeral is expected to take place at Westminster Abbey in central London.
The plans are for the Queen’s coffin to process on a gun carriage to the abbey, pulled by naval ratings – sailors – using ropes rather than horses.
The military will line the streets and also join the procession.
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Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, European royals and key figures from public life will be invited to gather in the abbey, which can hold a congregation of 2,000.
The service will be televised, and a national two minutes’ silence is expected to be held.
The same day as the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will be taken to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for a televised committal service.
Later in the evening, there will be a private interment service with senior members of the royal family.
The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel – where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.
Philip’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.
The Bank Holiday was confirmed by Charles today when Lord President of the Council, Penny Mordaunt asked for his approval.
She said: “Drafts of two proclamations.
“One – appointing the day of Her late Majesty’s state funeral as a Bank Holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“Two – appointing the day of Her late Majesty’s state funeral as a Bank Holiday in Scotland.
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“And of two orders in council, directing the Lord Chancellor to affix the great seal to the proclamations.”
Charles answered: “Approved.”