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This is what happens next in the UK following Queen's death

Anish Vij

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This is what happens next in the UK following Queen's death

The Queen's death sent shockwaves through the nation as Buckingham Palace announced that Her Majesty passed away peacefully in her residence at Balmoral yesterday (8 September).

"The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," a statement read.

"The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."

King Charles III ascended to the throne immediately upon the death of Elizabeth II.

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While these are unprecedented times for most of us, as the Queen's reign began way back in 1952, there's a series of protocols which are expected to take place in the coming days.

The Queen passed away peacefully at the age of 96. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo
The Queen passed away peacefully at the age of 96. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Friday, 9 September

King Charles III and Camilla will return to London, where the King is likely to meet Earl Marshal – the Duke of Norfolk – who is in charge of the accession and the Queen’s funeral, to approve plans.

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Charles will then decide the length of national mourning – the period of royal mourning has been announced from now until seven days after the Queen's funeral. 

The King is expected to have an audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Charles will also be expected to give his first address as King this evening.

At around 1:00pm, there will be Gun salutes – one round for every year of the Queen’s life – which will be fired in Hyde Park and at other stations. 

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There will later be a service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

The prime minister and senior ministers will also attend a public service of remembrance at St Paul’s in central London. 

Saturday, 10 September

Charles will officially be proclaimed King and the first public proclamation of the new sovereign will be read in the open air from the Friary Court balcony at St James’s Palace by the Garter King of Arms.

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Proclamations will also be held around the country as Union flags go back up to full-mast at 1:00pm and remain there for 24 hours to coincide with the proclamations - before returning to half-mast.

The King will host audience with PM and Cabinet. 

Sunday, 11 September

The Queen’s coffin is expected to be taken by road to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. 

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Proclamations will be read in the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland devolved parliaments in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

Monday, 12 September

Procession is expected along Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral. Service and the Vigil of the Princes by members of the royal family. 

The public may get the chance to file past the Queen’s coffin at a small lying in state in St Giles’ Cathedral.

The House of Commons and the House of Lords are expected to get together in Westminster for a Motion of Condolence, which the King might attend.

Queen Elizabeth II waves from the Buckingham Palace balcony after her Coronation on June 2, 1953 in London, England. Credit: Alpha Historica/Alamy Stock Photo
Queen Elizabeth II waves from the Buckingham Palace balcony after her Coronation on June 2, 1953 in London, England. Credit: Alpha Historica/Alamy Stock Photo

Tuesday, 13 September

The Queen's coffin is expected to be flown to London and to rest at Buckingham Palace.

A rehearsal for the procession of the coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster will also take place. 

Wednesday, 14 September

The Queen’s lying in state is expected to begin in Westminster Hall – Operation Marquee – following a ceremonial procession through London. It will last four full days.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct a short service following the coffin’s arrival.

Hundreds of thousands of people will file past the coffin on its catafalque and pay their respects, just as they did for the Queen Mother’s lying in state in 2002.

Senior royals are also expected to pay tribute, standing guard at some stage around the coffin – the tradition known as the Vigil of the Princes.

Friday, 16 September - Sunday, 18 September

Lying in state continues.

Sunday, 18 September

The Queen’s state funeral is expected to take place at Westminster Abbey.

Her coffin will process on a gun carriage to the abbey, pulled by naval ratings – sailors – using ropes rather than horses.

The service will be televised, and a national two-minute silence is expected.

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. 

Senior members of the royal family will have personal service later that evening.

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.

Featured Image Credit: REUTERS/Paul Biggins/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: The Queen, Royal Family

Anish Vij
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