What’s next for the UK as Queen Elizabeth II rests
LONDON — The death of Queen Elizabeth II has set off a tightly choreographed series of ceremonial and constitutional milestones, as Britain undergoes a period of national mourning and enters the reign of King Charles III.
A long-established 10-day plan, dubbed Operation London Bridge, covers preparations for the Queen’s final trip to London and a state funeral. Here’s a preview of what’s to come in the coming days:
Saturday September 10
– King Charles III met at St. James’s Palace with senior officials known as the Council of Accession and was officially proclaimed King. With a trumpet fanfare, an official read the proclamation aloud from a palace balcony. It has also been read in other places in the UK
– In Parliament, new British Prime Minister Liz Truss and senior lawmakers pledged allegiance to the new king before hosting a day of tributes to the late Queen.
—— Prince William and his wife Kate, Princess of Wales, were joined by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to view the floral tributes left by the public in honor of Queen Elizabeth II .
— Near Balmoral Castle in Scotland, the Queen’s three youngest children — Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — and their families read some of the hundreds of floral tributes to the Queen.
Sunday September 11
– The Queen’s oak coffin will be transported from Balmoral Castle in Scotland by six gamekeepers from her estate and driven to Edinburgh, passing through towns and villages so people can pay their respects along the way. He rests overnight at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the Scottish capital.
— In London, the king is hosting a reception for diplomats from the 14 other Commonwealth countries where he is king.
Monday September 12
– The Queen’s coffin, accompanied by the King and Queen consort, proceeds to St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh where it will remain for 24 hours so that the public can pay their respects. Members of the Royal Family will hold a vigil near the coffin in the evening.
— King Charles II and Camilla, the Queen Consort, will visit Parliament to receive condolences from the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
— The royal couple then fly to Edinburgh where they attend a memorial service for the Queen, visit the Scottish Parliament and meet senior officials.
Tuesday September 13
— The Queen’s coffin is taken by hearse to Edinburgh Airport. He will be flown by the Royal Air Force to London and taken to Buckingham Palace.
— The King and Camilla visit Northern Ireland, where they meet politicians and religious leaders and attend a memorial service at St. Anne’s Cathedral.
Wednesday September 14
– The coffin is transported from Buckingham Palace to Parliament on a cannon carriage, with the King and other members of the Royal Family walking behind.
— It is placed in the medieval Westminster Hall of Parliament, where the Archbishop of Canterbury conducts a brief service. The queen will then rest in state for four days, until the morning of her funeral. Members of the public will be able to pay their respects and troops will be on watch 24 hours a day.
Friday September 16
— The King and Queen Consort will visit Wales.
Monday, September 19
– The Queen’s coffin will be transported from Westminster Hall to nearby Westminster Abbey for a state funeral which will start at 11am. Leaders and dignitaries from around the world are expected. The funeral marks the end of 10 days of national matinee, and the day will be a bank holiday across the UK
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