Queen Elizabeth II wore the Imperial State Crown for her coronation in 1953


  • King Charles III declared that Queen Elizabeth II's Sept. 19 funeral would be a bank holiday
  • The Queen's funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey in London 
  • It will be the first time a monarch's funeral has been held at Westminster Abbey since the 18th century

Buckingham Palace has announced the funeral arrangements for Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen, who died Thursday at age 96, will be honored with a state funeral on Sept. 19 at Westminster Abbey in Central London, according to the palace. It will be the first time a monarch's funeral has been held at Westminster Abbey since the 18th century, People reported.

The funeral will be followed by a committal at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, where Queen Elizabeth II's parents, sister Princess Margaret and husband Prince Philip were laid to rest.

At present, the Queen's coffin is lying at rest in the Ballroom at Balmoral Castle, where family members and royal household staff have been paying their respects.

On Sunday, a group of loyal gamekeepers, whom a royal spokesperson described as "people who have known Her Majesty, it's a personal connection," will carry her coffin from the Ballroom out of the castle to start its six-hour journey south to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh Sunday, according to People.

After arriving in Edinburgh, her coffin will be taken to Holyroodhouse. It is expected to arrive there at about 4 p.m. local time, according to the Duke of Norfolk, the Earl Marshall.

The Queen's remains will be taken from the Palace of Holyroodhouse at 2:35 p.m. Monday in procession to St. Giles' Cathedral. The coffin will lie at rest at St. Giles' Cathedral until Tuesday, when it will be flown to London. It is set to arrive there at 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Queen's coffin will be moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall for lying-in-state, which will end on the morning of the state funeral.

On the morning of the funeral, the coffin will be brought to Westminster Abbey in a procession from the Palace of Westminster, which will start at 10:44 a.m. local time.

King Charles III declared that the date of his late mother's funeral would be a bank holiday across the U.K. As a sign of respect to the late British monarch, schools and businesses will be closed in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that day.

Before the Queen's funeral, a week of ceremonial activities will see King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla tour the U.K.

King Charles was officially proclaimed the new monarch in a ceremony held in the State Apartments of St. James' Palace in London at 10 a.m. Saturday. The rite was televised for the first time ever.

Prince William and Queen Consort Camilla watched on as a council clerk read, "The crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is solely and rightfully come to the Prince Charles Philip Arthur George."

The council clerk continued, "We... do now hereby with one voice and consent of tongue and heart publish and proclaim that the Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now by the death of our late Sovereign of happy memory become our only lawful and rightful liege lord, Charles III."

The clerk ended it by saying "God Save The King," which was echoed by the Privy Councillors, headed by former Prime Ministers including Boris Johnson, Tony Blair, David Cameron, and Gordon Brown.

Queen Elizabeth II last stayed at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in June, 2022