New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a public holiday to commemorate the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. The holiday will be her one-off on Monday, September 26, the same as her state memorial service in the country.
“As the Queen of New Zealand and a beloved monarch for more than 70 years, it is appropriate to commemorate her dedicated public service with a memorial service and a one-off holiday,” Ardern said.
“Queen Elizabeth II was an extraordinary person and I know many New Zealanders would welcome the opportunity to commemorate her death and celebrate her life.
The Queen will be laid to rest at Westminster Hall in London from 5pm Wednesday to 6:30am Monday 19 September. Here’s what it means and how you can get involved.
What exactly does the term “in state” mean?
Lying in the states are usually reserved for sovereigns, current or past queens, and sometimes former prime ministers. At formal events, thousands of people line up in procession to pay their respects and see the closed coffin.
When and where does the Queen lie in state?
The Deceased Monarch’s Mortuary at Westminster Hall opens to the public at 5pm on Wednesdays and is open for 24 hours until it closes at 6:30am on Monday 19th September, the day of the Queen’s funeral. Westminster Hall is the oldest building in the Houses of Parliament, and its history dates back to 1099. It has become a place.
What can people expect to see?
The closed coffin is covered with a royal flag, usually a personal standard, and placed on a raised platform called a catafalque, manned on either side by military guards around the clock. Crowns and other regalia are traditionally placed on the sovereign’s coffin. Each corner of the platform is guarded 24 hours a day by the Sovereign’s Bodyguards, Foot Guards, or units of the Household Cavalry Cavalry Regiment.
See the full instructions for details on what to bring, what not to bring, how long you can wait, and where the tradition originated. here.
All British newspapers ran the same image of the Queen’s flag-draped coffin being taken to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
“The Queen begins her final journey,” the Guardian said across the main image of the pallbearer. As a result, it has led the way in Ukraine.
Many of the newspapers had similar headlines. “The Queen’s final journey begins,” said i. The Daily Express said, “The Queen’s saddest journey begins”; Miller, “The final journey home”; The Telegraph, “Her last great journey”; The Times, “Her final journey begins”. As the pallbearers were about to load the coffin into the hearse, the Sun did the same under the heading “The Queen’s Last Great Journey”. The Daily Mail published “The saddest journey… now a long goodbye”.
You can see the full paper summary here.
Here’s a day-to-day account of what happens next, leading up to the Queen’s funeral on Monday, September 19th.
Monday, September 12th
King Charles III and the Queen visit Westminster Hall in London to pay their respects to the new monarch in both Houses of Parliament. Later on Monday, Charles and Camilla will fly to Edinburgh, where they will attend the Key Ceremony and the King inspect the guards of honor.
Prince Charles then leads the royal family as the Queen’s coffin is transported from Holyrood Palace to nearby St Giles’ Cathedral for a Thanksgiving service. Members of the public can view the coffin in the cathedral and pay their respects 24 hours a day starting at 5pm.
The King will then hold an audience with Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Alison Johnstone, Speaker of the Scottish Parliament.
Later in the evening, the king and other members of the royal family hold a vigil at the cathedral in honor of his mother.
Tuesday, September 13th
The King and Queen will fly to Northern Ireland on Tuesday to visit Hillsborough Castle and see an exhibit about the late Queen’s long relationship with the state. The King will then meet with Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris and the party leader, and receive a telegram of condolence from the Northern Ireland Speaker of Parliament.
After a short reception in Hillsboro, the royal couple will travel to St. Anne’s Cathedral for a ceremony of prayer and reflection. Prior to the event, Prince Charles will meet with all of Northern Ireland’s major religious leaders, after which the royal couple will return to London.
Meanwhile, the Queen’s coffin will be flown to London and placed in Buckingham Palace.
A rehearsal of the coffin procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster will also take place. Details on the route of the lying queue will be provided later on Tuesday, September 13th.
Wednesday, September 14th
In honor of his late mother, the King leads Wednesday’s procession to Westminster Hall behind a gun carriage carrying her coffin. There, the Queen’s lying-down ceremony begins before her state funeral on September 19th. The Archbishop of Canterbury holds a short service. After the arrival of her coffin.
Those wishing to pay their respects can solemnly file past the Queen’s Coffin from 5:00pm on Wednesday 14th September to 6:30am on the day of the funeral – Monday 19th September.
Senior royals are also expected to stand guard at some stage around the coffin and pay their own moving tribute – a tradition known as the Prince’s Vigil.
Thursday, September 15th
State funeral processions are likely to be rehearsed as bed rest continues across the state.
Friday, September 16th
The King and Queen plan to travel to Wales while they lie down.
September 17th (Sat) – September 18th (Sun)
The lying state continues and the head of state begins arriving for the funeral.
Monday, September 19th
There are bank holidays across the country so that as many people as possible can see the Queen’s funeral. The lying position lasts until 6:30 am. The coffin is carried in a large military procession from Westminster Palace to Westminster Abbey for a state funeral.
Much like the funerals of Princess Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh, older members of the family are expected to follow suit.
Troops line the streets and participate in processions. Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, European royalty, and major figures in public life are invited to converge at the monastery, which can accommodate a congregation of 2,000 people.
The service will be televised and a two-minute silence will be held across the country. After the service, the coffin is paraded from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and on to Windsor. Once there, the hearse travels in procession via the Long Walk to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. In the evening there will be a private burial service with senior members of the royal family.
The Queen’s final resting place is the King George VI Memorial Chapel, an annex to the main chapel, where her mother and father were interred along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret. Philip’s coffin moves from the Royal Vault to Memorial Her Chapel and joins the Queen’s Coffin.
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King Charles III leads the royal family in a moving procession behind his mother’s coffin as he moves into Edinburgh Cathedral for the public to pay their respects.
The Queen’s coffin is carried from Holyrood Palace to nearby St Giles’ Cathedral, where the Queen’s family and congregation from all parts of Scottish society attend a service of thanksgiving for her life.
Full details about the royal mourners have yet to be released, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as well as the new Prince and Princess of Wales, who united when they appeared at Windsor Castle on Saturday, were among the group.
Prince Charles will lead the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Royal Princess and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, on foot, while the Queen and other members of the royal family will accompany them by car.
The public can view the coffin to pay their respects for 24 hours before it is taken to London.
Later in the evening, the King and other members of his family, presumably his brothers, spend the night in the cathedral in honor of their mother.
Charles and Camilla are in London but visit Westminster Hall before leaving for the Scottish capital. Here both Houses offer their condolences to the new monarch and his wife, and the King responds.
During the day in Edinburgh, the King visits the Guard of Honor at Holyrood Palace before attending a Key Award Ceremony in the Forecourt.
At the Palace, the King will have an audience with Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, followed by Alison Johnstone, Speaker of the Scottish Parliament.
When Charles and Camilla were present and received a motion of condolence, the Scottish Parliament expressed their sympathy and the King responded.
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