How to pay your respects to the Queen – from procession, lying-in-state, to funeral


he details for the Queen’s ceremonial procession and state funeral are now confirmed.

The public will be able to pay their respects to Her Majesty at the Palace of Westminster from Wednesday (September 14) evening.

The Queen’s coffin was moved from the Palace of Holywoodhouse to lie at rest in St Giles’s Cathedral in Edinburgh.

On Tuesday, (September 13), the coffin was flown to London, where it will now lie-in-state at the Palace of Westminster until the funeral.

Here’s everything you need to know about the ceremonial procession and state funeral.

Can you attend the ceremonial procession?

Members of the public can attend the procession in person at the ceremonial-viewing areas along the processional route, or by watching it live at a screening site in Hyde Park.

The ceremonial procession will travel via Queen’s Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square, and New Palace Yard.

The public will be able to file past the closed coffin 24 hours a day from 5pm, on Wednesday, September 14, until 6.30am on the day of the funeral.

The procession is expected to attract large crowds, so it is best to plan accordingly, and be prepared for long wait times.

There will be airport-style security located at each viewing place and tight restrictions on what you can bring.

Key moments of the ceremonial procession will be broadcast on the BBC, ITV, and Sky News.

When and where is the Queen’s funeral?

The Queen’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19.

The historic church is where Britain’s kings and queens are crowned.

King Charles III has approved a bank holiday for the day of the Queen’s funeral. However, the right to a bank-holiday day off is not automatic and some workplaces will be open.

After the funeral, Her Majesty’s final resting place will be in Windsor, next to her husband, Prince Philip, who died in April 2021, aged 99.

When and where is the Queen’s Lying-in-State and can I visit?

The Lying-in-State of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will take place in Westminster Hall, which is open to the public 24 hours a day, from 5pm on Wednesday, September 14 until 6.30 am on Monday, September 19.

In order to attend the lying-in-state, members of the public will be required to join a queue, which is expected to be long.

Members of the public wishing to join the queue will most probably need to stand for a number of hours, possibly overnight, with little opportunity to sit down.

The queue might close early, in order to ensure as many members of the public as possible can enter the palace before the lying-in-state period comes to an end at 6.30am, on Monday, September 19.

Once you have reached the front of the queue, you can then pass through Victoria Tower Gardens, and will then have to undergo security searches, before entering the Palace of Westminster through St Stephen’s Entrance, according to

When is the Queen leaving Buckingham Palace for the last time?

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin will leave Buckingham Palace at 2.22 pm on Wednesday, September 14.

There will be a procession into Westminster Hall, where Her Majesty will lie in state for four days, before her state funeral takes place on Monday, September 19.

Her Majesty’s coffin will then travel to Westminster Hall, in a procession led by King Charles III, reports

How to watch the Queen’s state funeral live

The BBC will carry coverage of the Queen’s state funeral from 11am on Monday, September 19.

Her Majesty’s committal service at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor, will also be televised. But the interment service will be kept private.

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