THE NATION is saying goodbye to its longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen will receive a state funeral, a ceremony honouring her life as a sovereign.

When is The Queen's funeral?

The day of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral has been declared a Day of National Mourning.

The ceremony will take place on Monday, September 19.

Her Majesty passed away on September 8, 2022.

It is the Earl Marshal’s responsibility to deliver the state funeral, and the British Government has put its contingency plans in action to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Although the day is not officially declared a bank holiday, most banks and the London Stock Exchange are being closed as part of the tradition. 

What will happen during the Queen's funeral?

The Queen’s funeral will start with a procession, taking her coffin from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey, where the service will be held at 11am.

The coffin will be carried on a gun carriage, drawn by sailors from the Royal Navy in a military procession.

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This tradition started with Queen Victoria in 1901, as part of the strict instructions the monarch had left for her funeral.

The Queen will then be given a 21-gun salute, and two minutes of silence across the nation.

The service at Westminster Abbey will be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and attended by the Royal Family, politicians and heads of state from across the globe.

After, another procession will allow people in London to say goodbye to The Queen one last time, before she is taken back to Windsor.

A committal service will be held  in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, and The Queen will be buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, next to her father King George VI, mother Queen Elizabeth, and sister Princess Margaret. 

Prince Philip, The Queen’s late husband, will also be moved to the Memorial Chapel from the Royal Vault beneath St George’s Chapel, to rest alongside his beloved wife of 73 years.

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With the Queen passing at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, Operation Unicorn will be enacted, which will see the coffin transported back to London via The Royal Train.

If the coffin is unable to return to the capital by rail, Operation Overstudy will be triggered and Her Majesty will be flown by plane ahead of the funeral. 

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