Presidents and heads of government, queens and religious leaders are expected to attend the funeral of Elizabeth II. The British are given the day off to say goodbye to their Queen.
London – The state funeral for the late British Queen Elizabeth II will take place on September 19th. A service is planned at 12 p.m. (CEST) in Westminster Abbey in London, as the palace announced on Saturday.
People in the UK get an extra day off. The new King Charles III. had previously approved this holiday at the time of his proclamation. September 18 had previously been discussed as the date for the funeral.
The Queen died on Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, aged 96. As a result, heir apparent Charles automatically became the new king.
Final resting place with Philip
The Queen will be buried in St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where her husband Prince Philip, who died on April 9, 2021, is also buried. Her closest relatives, her father George VI, her mother, known as “Queen Mum”, and her sister Princess Margaret were also buried there.
Numerous heads of state and government from all over the world are expected at the state funeral, including several queens and kings of European countries. Because of the Corona rules, only the closest family members were allowed to attend Philip’s funeral. The Queen sat alone in the chapel – the picture was remembered as a symbol of the suffering in the pandemic among the British.
Public procession on Wednesday
The coffin containing the late British Queen Elizabeth II will be carried in a public procession through the streets of central London next Wednesday (September 14).
The coffin is to be taken from Buckingham Palace to Parliament on a horse-drawn carriage known as a carriage, the palace said. The funeral procession is to lead down The Mall and via the parade ground Horse Guards Parade and the streets of White Hall and Parliament Street to Parliament known as the Palace of Westminster. The Queen will be laid out there for four days. dpa