Royal Family announces funeral date for Queen Elizabeth II

Lisa LaFlamme reports on one of the more powerful scenes of public mourning, as thousands make the pilgrimage to Green Park, near Buckingham Palace, bringing with them flowers and cards with words of condolence.

By Lucas Casaletto

The Royal Family announced a funeral date for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, revealing that the monarch will lie in state at Westminster Hall for four days to allow the public to pay their respects.

A funeral for the Queen will be held on Monday, September 19, at 11 a.m. (BST) and 6 a.m. ET.

“The Queen’s coffin currently rests in the Ballroom at Balmoral Castle. Her Majesty’s coffin will travel to Edinburgh [on] Sunday, September 11, by road, to arrive at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where it will rest in the Throne Room until the afternoon of September 12,” the Royal Family confirmed in a statement.

On September 12, a procession will be formed at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to convey the coffin to St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.

King Charles III and Members of the Royal Family will take part in the procession and attend a service in St. Giles’ Cathedral to receive the coffin. The people of Scotland will then be able to pay their respects.

The Royal Family says the Queen’s coffin will be flown from Scotland to England on Tuesday and later conveyed to Buckingham Palace by road to rest in the Bow Room.

“On [Wednesday afternoon], the coffin will be borne in Procession on a Gun Carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, where the Queen will Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall until the morning of the State Funeral,” the Royal Family said.

During the Lying-in-State, members of the public in England will have the opportunity to visit Westminster Hall to pay their respects to the Queen.

King Charles III was proclaimed Canada’s new head of state at an accession ceremony attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Gov. Gen. Mary Simon in Ottawa on Saturday.

The accession ceremony at Rideau Hall comes as the federal government prepares a series of events to commemorate the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday.

Williams, Prince of Wales, pays tribute to grandmother

Prince Williams, now Prince of Wales, issued his first public statement since the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute. So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign,” the Prince of Wales said.

“I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of The Queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade.”

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After King Charles, Prince William and his children followed in the line of succession. (AP PHOTO).

William says the Queen offered his wife Kate, the Princess of Wales, 20 years of support.

“My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives. She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life.”

The rest of Williams’ statement is here:

“I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real. I thank her for the kindness she showed my family and me. And I thank her on behalf of my generation for providing an example of service and dignity in public life that was from a different age but always relevant to us all. My grandmother famously said that grief was the price we pay for love. All of the sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be a testament to the love we felt for our extraordinary Queen. I will honour her memory by supporting my father, The King, in every way I can.”

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