Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has passed away peacefully this afternoon. As the nation enters a ten day period of mourning, below is the schedule for what will happen in the next few days.
The Prime Minister will have been told this afternoon by the Queen’s Private Secretary of her death, alongside the Privy Council Office, which coordinates government work on behalf of the monarch, the Cabinet Secretary (Britain’s highest-ranking civil servant) and a number of the most senior ministers and officials. Flags have been lowered to half mast. Parliament and the devolved legislatures have adjorned.
The royal family will announce plans for the queen’s funeral, which is expected to be held 10 days following her death. The Prime Minister has been the first member of the Government to make a statement. The Prime Minister will be expected to hold an audience with our new King as quickly as possible – the logistics are unclear, with her likely having to make her second visit to Balmoral of the week.
King Charles will address the nation in a televised broadcast. A minute of silence will be held across the country.
The next morning, members of the Accession Council will name Charles the new king and a proclamation will be read out at St James’ Palace and the Royal Exchange. MPs will provide tributes in the House of Commons.
Her Majesty will be conveyed from Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire to Edinburgh on a special train, where it is understood the Queen would initially rest in state at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Her coffin would then be carried to St Giles’ Cathedral on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, where people would be able to pay their respects.
Day 3 – 4
The King will embark of a tour of the United Kingdom, visiting the Scottish Parliament and St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, then Northern Ireland’s Hillsborough Castle and a service at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. Down in London, preparations for the funeral will be taking place.
A procession from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament will culminate in a service will be held at Westminster Hall. The Queen will lie there in state for three days, as members of the public will be able to visit.
Days 6 – 9
The King will visit the Welsh Parliament and attended service at Liandaff Cathedral. The Government at this point will be finalising the plans for for the day of her funeral.
This will be a Day of National Mourning, with a two minute silence held. The funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey, followed by a committal service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where Queen Elizabeth II will be buried in the King George IV Memorial Chapel.