When is the Queen’s funeral? Her Majesty dies aged 96

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When is the Queen’s funeral? Her Majesty dies aged 96

Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, on Thursday, September 8.

Her son, now King Charles III, and her grandson, William, Duke of Cambridge were at Balmoral this afternoon.

Following her death, Charles is now King of England, but he will not be crowned for some time.

In a statement, King Charles III said: “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”

The flag at Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-mast at 6.30 pm as the announcement was made.

As the UK enters a period of mourning, funeral arrangements will begin taking place.

The death of the Queen now means Operation Unicorn — the plan dictating what would happen should the Queen die in Scotland — is operational.

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Thousands of mourners are expected to travel to Edinburgh to pay their respects. They will gather around the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace and St Giles’ Cathedral, all on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

The Queen’s body will initially rest at the Palace of Holyrood before her coffin is carried to St Giles’. Her body would then be placed on a royal train at Waverley station before travelling down the East Coast mainline to London.

Operation London Bridge — the main plan for the Queen’s death — will run in parallel.

There will be a service of remembrance for the Queen at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The prime minister and a small number of senior ministers will attend.

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Queen Elizabeth II smiles while receiving the President of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis and his wife Paola Cassis during an audience at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Thursday, April 28, 2022. (AP)
Queen Elizabeth II smiles while receiving the President of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis and his wife Paola Cassis during an audience at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Thursday, April 28, 2022. (AP)
Queen Elizabeth II looks at a fan as she views a display of memorabilia from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II looks at a fan as she views a display of memorabilia from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II is joined by one of her dogs, a Dorgi called Candy, as she views a display of memorabilia from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II is joined by one of her dogs, a Dorgi called Candy, as she views a display of memorabilia from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II presents the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry to Grace Nichols during a private audience at Windsor Castle. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II presents the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry to Grace Nichols during a private audience at Windsor Castle. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of York arrive at a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of York arrive at a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London. (PA)
This new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II has been released by The Royal Windsor Horse Show to mark the occasion of her 96th birthday.  They are Fell ponies and the one on the right (in The Queen’s left hand) is called Bybeck Nightingale and the one on the left is Bybeck Katie . The image was taken in March in Windsor (PA)
This new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II has been released by The Royal Windsor Horse Show to mark the occasion of her 96th birthday. They are Fell ponies and the one on the right (in The Queen’s left hand) is called Bybeck Nightingale and the one on the left is Bybeck Katie . The image was taken in March in Windsor (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II at Paddington station in London, to mark the completion of London’s Crossrail project. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II at Paddington station in London, to mark the completion of London’s Crossrail project. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II and the Earl of Wessex next to a ticket machine at Paddington station in London during a visit to mark the completion of London’s Crossrail project (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II and the Earl of Wessex next to a ticket machine at Paddington station in London during a visit to mark the completion of London’s Crossrail project (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II departs following the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II departs following the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II sitting in a buggy during a visit by members of the royal family to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II sitting in a buggy during a visit by members of the royal family to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 (PA)

Books of condolence will be opened around the country and gun salutes will take place at saluting stations.

Five days after the Queen’s death the coffin will go to Westminster Hall and, after a service, lie in state for three days.

The state funeral will be at Westminster Abbey 10 days after her passing, after which her body will be buried at King George VI Memorial Chapel in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, alongside the Duke of Edinburgh.

Final arrangements will depend on what King Charles III decides.

The Queen will likely be buried at the King George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor. Prince Philip, who died in April 2021, has been interred in the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel but will be moved to the King George VI Memorial Chapel to join the Queen.