London and the world are in mourning for the Queen, who died yesterday at the age of 96. Her funeral in 10 days.
Scheduled for today is the speech of the new King Charles III, who will be officially proclaimed King of England tomorrow, Saturday 10 September.
The official announcement of the Queen’s death was made by Buckingham Palace after being duly informed by Prime Minister Liz Truss. A funeral is scheduled for ten days. During this phase, sporting events will be postponed and large screens will be installed in all major cities of the country to track media coverage.
This morning the formal procedure to ascend the throne begins: the council of members is held and heads to St James’s Palace, where the new King is proclaimed king. From the balcony, Charles will give a speech and then will meet the Prime Minister, the government, the leaders of the opposition, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Westminster.
D-Day + 2, the Queen’s coffin will leave Balmoral Castle and is taken to Scotland’s official residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
D-Day + 3, there will be a procession from the palace to St Giles’ Cathedral, where a religious ceremony is scheduled in the presence of the royal family. The cathedral is therefore open to the public 24 hours a day to pay homage to the coffin, but the real funeral home is in London. The new King Charles will receive a condolence telegram from the Westminster Parliament, as well as condolences from the Prime Minister and the Scottish Parliament.
D-Day + 4, the Queen’s coffin is taken by train to London. That day, Charles III will stop in Northern Ireland for an official mourning and mass in Belfast Cathedral. The next day King Charles also goes to Wales.
D-Day + 5 the coffin is taken to Buckingham Palace. From there it is moved to Westminster Hall, where the funeral home remains open 23 hours a day until the state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
D-Day + 10. The entire city observes a two-minute silence. The queen is then buried in Windsor Royal Chapel.
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