Death of the Queen: what’s next? Day by day schedule

The Queen has died and King Charles III is the new monarch.

Here’s the day-by-day account of what’s expected next, leading up to the Queen’s funeral in about 11 days.

Date of death

Thursday would traditionally have been D-Day or D+0 in the plans for the post-Queen period, codenamed London Bridge.

But the announcement came late in the day – around 6.30pm on Thursday 8 September – meaning plans have been pushed back a day to allow the complex arrangements to be made, meaning D+0 as Friday is looked at.

The new king had rushed to the queen’s bedside.

Charles was joined by the monarch’s other children, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex, with the Duke of Cambridge, now heir apparent, and the Duke of Sussex also traveling there.

Also in Balmoral are Camilla – the new Queen – and the Countess of Wessex.

Charles the new kingThe new king will pay his respects to his mother, Queen Elizabeth II (Steve Parsons/PA).

The King and Camilla – now the Queen – stayed in Balmoral overnight and will return to London on Friday.

Here’s what’s expected to take place on Friday – D+0. However, concrete plans have yet to be confirmed by Buckingham Palace.

D+0 – Friday 9 September

– The King and Queen are returning to London – Charles and Camilla stayed in Balmoral overnight on Thursday but will return to London on Friday.

– Audience with the PM – Despite his grief, duty calls for the new sovereign Charles, who will have his first audience as monarch with Prime Minister Liz Truss.

– Confirmation of funeral plans – Charles is likely to meet the Earl Marshal – the Duke of Norfolk – in charge of the accession to the throne and the Queen’s funeral to approve the carefully choreographed schedule for the coming days.

The arrangements for London Bridge have long been planned in consultation with the government.

London BridgePlans for the aftermath of the Queen’s death are codenamed London Bridge (Anthony Devlin/PA)

They will contain Operation Unicorn, the contingency plans for the Queen’s death in Scotland.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Government and Royal Household have prepared a ‘London minus’ version of the London Bridge plans in case they were needed – which now seems unlikely – with all the elements but with the involvement of fewer people .

– court mourning – Charles decides the length of court or royal mourning for members of the royal family and royal households. It is expected to last a month.

– National Grief – The Government will confirm the length of national mourning, which is expected to be around 12 days from now until the day after the Queen’s funeral.

They will also announce that the day of the funeral will be a public holiday in the form of a memorial day.

– flags – Union flags on royal buildings fly at half-mast.

The Royal Standard never flies at half mast. It represents the sovereign and the United Kingdom and is a symbol of the continuation of the monarchy.

The Royal StandardThe Royal Standard always flies at full mast (Victoria Jones/PA)

Traditionally, when the new king resides in a royal palace or castle, the royal standard flies there at full mast.

The Union flag does not fly there at the same time.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Department is responsible for the arrangements for lowering flags at government buildings.

Downing Street has reportedly raised concerns in the past that the government could face a wave of public anger if it does not lower its flags within 10 minutes of the Queen’s death being announced.

– Bells and gun salutes – Bells will ring in Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Windsor Castle.

Churches are being urged to ring their bells across England at noon.

Gun salutes – one round for each year the Queen is born – will be fired at Hyde Park and other train stations.

The public has already begun to leave flowers as tributes pour in from around the world.

Flowers for DianaThe sea of ​​flowers at the gates of Kensington Palace for Diana, Princess of Wales (David Giles/PA)

– Charles’ televised address – The King will be making a televised address to the nation he is to pre-record in the early evening.

He will pay tribute to the Queen and pledge his service as the new Sovereign.

– Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral – The Prime Minister and senior ministers will attend a public memorial service at St Paul’s in central London.

D+1 – Saturday 10th September

The Accession Council traditionally meets at 10am at St James’s Palace in London to officially proclaim Charles as the new Sovereign.

First, the privy council meets without the king to proclaim the new monarch and arrange business related to the proclamation.

Then Charles holds his first Privy Council, accompanied by Camilla – the new Queen – and William, who are also Privy Counselors, and makes his personal statement and oath.

The public proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throneThe Garter King of Arms reads the first public proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne at Friary Court, St James’s Palace (PA)

The first public proclamation of the new Sovereign is read outside on the balcony of Friary Court at St James’s Palace by the Garter King of Arms.

Proclamations are being made across the city and across the country.

Union flags return to full mast at 1 p.m. and remain there for 24 hours to coincide with the proclamations before returning to half mast.

Charles will also hold audiences with the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

D+2 – Sunday 11th September

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

The proclamations will be read in the devolved parliaments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

D+3 – Monday 12 September

A procession is expected along the Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral. Divine Service and the Princes’ Vigil by members of the Royal Family.

The public may have the opportunity to pass the Queen’s coffin at a Mini on display in St Giles.

The House of Commons and House of Lords are expected to meet in Westminster for a condolence motion, which the King could attend.

The House of CommonsMPs will gather to pay tribute to the Queen (PA)

After leaving England and visiting Scotland, Charles will eventually travel to the other countries of the UK – Wales and Northern Ireland – known as Operation Spring Tide.

D+4 – Tuesday 13.09

Coffin to be flown to London. Expected to rest at Buckingham Palace.

There is a rehearsal for the procession of coffins from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster.

D+5 – Wednesday 14 September

In Westminster Hall – Operation Marquee – the laying out of the Queen is expected to begin after a ceremonial procession through London. It will take four full days.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will hold a brief service following the arrival of the coffin.

Hundreds of thousands of people will parade past the coffin on his catafalque and pay their respects, just as they did when the Queen Mother lay in state in What Happens Next? Day after day after the Queen’s death in 2002.

Management of the queues outside is Operation Feather.

The Queen Mother resides in statePeople walk past the Queen Mother’s coffin lying in state at Westminster Hall (PA).

During the Covid-19 crisis, plans included the possibility of introducing timed tickets for those wishing to attend.

Senior royals are also expected to pay their own moving tribute and at some point stand guard around the coffin – the tradition known as the Prince’s Vigil.

D+6 – Thursday 15 September

The state confession continues and a rehearsal for the state funeral procession is expected to take place.

D+7 – Friday 16 September – Sunday 18 September

Lying in the state continues and ends with D+9. The heads of state arrive for the funeral.

D+10 – Monday 19 September

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

Westminster AbbeyWestminster Abbey in London (PA)

The original plans were for the Queen’s coffin to be transported to the abbey on a gun wagon pulled by marines – seamen – using ropes instead of horses.

Senior family members are expected to follow poignantly – just as they did at the funerals of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The military will line the streets and also join the procession.

Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, European royalty and key public figures are invited to gather at the abbey, which seats a congregation of 2,000.

Diana's funeral processionPrince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and the Prince of Wales walk behind the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales (Adam Butler/PA)

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

On the same day as the funeral, the Queen’s coffin is taken to St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle for a televised funeral service.

A private funeral service will be held later in the evening with senior members of the royal family.

St. George's ChapelThe Queen’s funeral service will be held at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Berkshire (PA).

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 is brought from the royal vault to the memorial chapel to join that of the queen. Death of the Queen: what’s next? Day by day schedule

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