The Queen's funeral confirmed to be held on 19th September

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The Queen's funeral confirmed to be held on 19th September

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The date for the Queen's funeral has been confirmed after she passed away at her home in Balmoral, Scotland on 8 September.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the news of Queen Elizabeth II's death on Thursday evening after doctors expressed concern for her health earlier in the day.

Members of the royal family travelled to the Queen's estate in Balmoral to be with the monarch in her final hours, but King Charles III and Camilla, The Queen Consort, travelled back to London the following day as preparations for the Queen's funeral get underway.

As the public continues to get used to the idea of Britain without the Queen, Buckingham Palace today confirmed the date of the Queen's funeral, which will take place in London's Westminster Abbey on Monday, 19 September.

The death of the Queen sparked what is known as Operation London Bridge, which encompasses the events and plans that will lead up to her funeral.

The plans set out a schedule starting with 'D-Day', usually the date of the monarch's death, and a series of events leading up to the funeral on 'D-Day+10'.

However, in this case, Friday 9 September was treated as 'D-Day', meaning the funeral will fall on 19 September.

Following the Queen's death, her coffin will return to Buckingham Palace, travelling to St. Pancras station on the royal train or plane. There will then be a rehearsal procession for her coffin to be taken from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster.

The official procession is then expected to take place along a ceremonial route through London, followed by a few days of funeral preparations and rehearsals, motions of condolences and arrangements by the relevant government departments.

The day of the Queen's funeral is set to be a 'Day of National Mourning' and a Bank Holiday, with the service televised to allow members of the public to watch the proceedings unfold.

Authorities from across the globe, including heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, will be invited to gather in the abbey, and a two minutes' silence is expected to be held in honour of the death of Her Majesty.

The Queen's funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey. Credit: Jui-Chi Chan / Alamy Stock Photo
The Queen's funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey. Credit: Jui-Chi Chan / Alamy Stock Photo

Once the funeral proceedings have come to an end, the Queen will finally be laid to rest at the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel, alongside her mother and father and the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.

The coffin of Prince Philip will also be moved from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to allow him to be laid to rest next to his wife.

The Queen's eldest son, Charles, immediately became King following the passing of his mother and has been named with the title King Charles III.

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Topics: News, The Queen, UK News, Royal Family

Emily Brown
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