The funeral of Elizabeth II will take place on September 19th

(London) The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, who died in Scotland on Thursday, will take place in London on Monday, September 19, Buckingham Palace announced on Saturday.

Posted at 12:16 p.m
Updated at 12:36 p.m

Leaders from around the world are expected to attend the funeral, which will be held at 11am (6am ET) at Westminster Abbey. King Charles III, his son who succeeded him, declared a public holiday in Great Britain on the occasion.

The remains of Elizabeth II are currently in the Ballroom of Balmoral Castle, Scotland, where she breathed her last.

It will then be transferred to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh before being transported to London on Tuesday where, following a procession, it will go on public display for four days in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Houses of Parliament will roam the streets of London.

At 10:44 am on September 19, the coffin will travel from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey, where the funeral service will take place, Buckingham Palace said.

At the end of the service, the coffin is taken in a procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington’s Arch and then taken to Windsor.

And once you arrive in Windsor there will be another hearse procession to St George’s Chapel, the palace said in its statement.

The September 19 ceremony is expected to attract millions of visitors, as well as personalities from around the world who will attend the funeral, a logistical and security challenge for UK law enforcement.

Among the expected guests are American Presidents Joe Biden and French Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and many leaders of the former British colonies.

Tribute by Prince William


PHOTO ANDREW COULDRIDGE, REUTERS

Prince William with his wife Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince Harry with his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Heir to the throne Prince William paid a moving tribute to his grandmother Queen Elizabeth on Saturday and vowed to support his father, King Charles III, “in any way he can”.

In a statement, he hailed “an exceptional leader whose commitment to the country, the kingdoms and the Commonwealth was absolute,” and also expressed his sadness at losing his grandmother, who was very close to him.

“My grandmother said sorrow is the price of love. All the sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be a testament to the love we have for our extraordinary Queen. I will honor his memory by supporting my father the King in any way I can,” said the prince, the eldest son of Charles III, who bestowed on him the title of Prince of Wales on Friday.

“As I mourn her loss, I am also incredibly grateful,” he added, noting that he has benefited from “her wisdom and comfort” for 40 years.

“My wife has benefited from his advice and support for twenty years. My three children were able to holiday with her and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

“She was by my side in my happiest moments. And she was by my side through the saddest days of my life. I knew that day would come, but it will take me some time to adjust to the reality of life without a grandma,” the prince added.

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