The sad news was confirmed Thursday night after members of the royal family traveled to Balmoral, where the queen was resting.
After the Queen’s death, procedures are followed to prepare for her funeral and the proclamation of King Charles III.
Here’s a day-by-day of what’s likely to happen as the nation mourns the Queen.
Day of Queen Elizabeth II’s Death
However, since the announcement came late in the day (around 6:30pm) on Thursday 8 September, the plans have been pushed back a day to allow for the complicated arrangements to be made. Therefore, Friday is considered D+0.
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 to Balmoral.
The King and Queen consort Camilla stayed in Balmoral overnight and will return to London on Friday.
What happens the day after the Queen dies?
Here’s what’s expected to take place on Friday – D+0. However, concrete plans have yet to be confirmed by Buckingham Palace.
- The King and Queen return to London – Charles and Camilla stayed in Balmoral overnight on Thursday but will return to London on Friday.
- Audience with Prime Minister – Charles 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 – who will be 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.
They will now Integrate Operation Unicornthe contingency plans for the Queen’s death in Scotland.
Mourners pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
- During the coronavirus pandemic, the Government and Royal Household have also prepared a ‘London minus’ version of the London Bridge plans should the need arise, which is now unlikely. This included all the elements but with the involvement of fewer people.
- Court Mourning – Charles will decide the length of court or royal mourning for members of the royal family and royal households. It is expected to last a month.
- Flags – Union flags on royal buildings fly at half-staff.
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.
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 at 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.
- Charles’ Televised Address – The King will make a televised address to the nation he is to pre-record early this 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.
What happens on Saturday September 10th, D+1?
The Accession Council will meettraditionally at 10am, at St James’s Palace in London, to formally 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 and William, who are also privy advisers, and makes his personal statement and oath.
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 – Schedule for Sunday September 11th
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
The procession is expected along the Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral. The princes’ service and vigil are attended 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.
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 September
The Queen’s coffin is to be flown to London and buried 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 to pay their respects, just as they did at the Queen Mother’s laying-in in 2002.
Management of the queues outside is Operation Feather.
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.
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 – just as they did at the funeral 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.
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.
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.
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