Queen coffin procession news: Elizabeth II to leave Palace for final time as millions to see Her Majesty lying in state | The Sun

QUEEN Elizabeth II will leave Buckingham Palace for the final time before lying in state begins in Westminster later this evening.

In touching scenes, King Charles IIIlast night welcomed Her Majesty back to Buckingham Palace after thousands of mourners paid their respects at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh yesterday.

The Queen was welcomed back to the palace with loud cheers as her motorcade and hearse drove into the palace gates.

Members of the public are already queueing for the Queen's lying in state at Westminster Hall, which opens today, and thousands are still placing floral tributes in Green Park.

At exactly 2.22pm the coffin will leave Buckingham Palace.

King Charles and members of the Royal Family will lead the procession behind the gun carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery as it carries the coffin to Westminster Hall.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    Will I be able to see the Queen's body or just her coffin?

    The public can only see the closed coffin as it would be disrespectful to show the Queen's body.

    Her closed coffin will be on a raised platform, with each corner guarded around the clock.

    Unsurprisingly, visitors will not be able to pass the point where the guards will be standing.

  • Joseph Gamp

    How long will the queue be to see the Queen lying in state?

    Reports suggest that the queue might be five miles long.

    The Times reported that Culture secretary Michelle Donelan wrote to MPs via Whatsapp: "Queues could be up to 30 hours as we are obviously expecting and planning for unprecedented demand."

    Large crowds are even expected to keep waiting overnight until it's their turn to file up in front of the Queen's coffin.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Where will the Queen be lying in state?

    The Queen will be lying in state at the Palace of Westminster, which is informally known as the Houses of Parliament.

    The Palace of Westminster is located on the north bank of the River Thames and serves as the meeting point for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

    The Queen will be lying-in-state there until her coffin is moved to Westminster Abbey for her funeral.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Crowds burst into cheers and applause

    The King waved as he rode past thousands of well-wishers lining The Mall and into Buckingham Palace.

    The crowd burst into applause and cheers as the state Rolls-Royce passed the Victoria Memorial and dropped Charles off at the royal residence.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Heathrow flights cancelled to 'ensure silence' during funeral

    Heathrow Airport flights have been cancelled so they do not disturb the Queen's coffin procession on Wednesday.

    The west London airport said in a statement that "out of respect" for the mourning period it will be making "appropriate alterations to our operation".

    These include flights being disrupted between 1.50pm and 3.40pm on Wednesday to "ensure silence over central London as the ceremonial procession moves from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall".

    British Airways has cancelled 16 short-haul flights due to the airspace restriction.

    More flights are expected to be axed during the Queen's funeral on Monday.

    Heathrow said: "Passengers will be notified by their airlines directly of any changes to flights.

    "We anticipate further changes to the Heathrow operation on Monday September 19, when Her Majesty's funeral is due to take place, and will communicate those in more detail over coming days.

    "We apologise for the disruption these changes cause, as we work to limit the impact on the upcoming events."

  • Henry Moore

    King Charles arrives at Buckingham Palace before he leads the procession

    At 2:22pm today, King Charles will lead the procession of Her Majesty's funeral from Buckingham Palace to Westminster.

    The Monarch waved to the crowds as he was driven into the London residence this morning.

    He will today join the royals in a poignant 38-minute procession through London to Westminster Hall.

  • Henry Moore

    Royal aids left 'heartbroken' as Clarence House faces closure

    Royal aids working at Clarence House are facing redundancies in the wake of King Charles III's coronation.

    Principal private secretary Sir Clive Alderton wrote that the Clarence House will be "closed down".

    He wrote: "It is therefore expected that the need for the posts principally based at Clarence House whose work supports these areas, will no longer be needed."

    Workers at the royal property have expressed their heartbreak at this news.

    An insider said: "The staff are furious. They're working round the clock and under huge amounts of pressure and then get these emails.

    "There has been anger, outrage and tears. 

    "They are working flat out largely motivated by the devotion they have for Charles and the Queen.

    "It's insensitive and terrible timing. The Duke of Edinburgh's staff were paid for many months after his death.

    "Some of these people are mourning the Queen – it is a bit too soon to be sending out redundancy letters when we haven't even had the funeral.

    "They are grieving. It is heartless."

  • Henry Moore

    Sunday's schedule: When is the minute's silence for the Queen?

    The nation will come together to “mourn and reflect on the life and legacy of the Queen” with a minute’s silence at 8pm.

    People will mark the occasion in their own homes, on the street with neighbours or at local vigils. And those living abroad are urged to join in too.

    A minute of silence was held for the late Prince Philip’s funeral last year.

    The spokesman for Prime Minister Liz Truss said on Sunday: “We encourage local community groups, clubs and other organisations to mark this moment of reflection. And if you are overseas, people are encouraged to mark the silence at their local time.”

  • Henry Moore

    'I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life', says Princess Anne

    Along with King Charles, Princess Anne had the privilege of being with Her Majesty on her final day.

    Now, the royal has spoken of her final moments with The Queen.

    She said: "I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life.

    "It has been an honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys. Witnessing the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and uplifting.

    "We will all share unique memories. I offer my thanks to each and every one who share our sense of loss.

    "We may have been reminded how much of her presence and contribution to our national identity we took for granted.

    "I am also so grateful for the support and understanding offered to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the added responsibilities of The Monarch. To my mother, The Queen, thank you."

  • Henry Moore

    Does Princess Anne have any children?

    Princess Anne had two children with Mark Phillips – Peter and Zara.

    Anne declined titles for her children after she was given the choice of adding an HRH status to their name.

    Royal tradition dictates that only the father can pass on his title but since Mark Phillips was a commoner he had no title to bestow.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Cinema chain to show Queen's funeral for free

    The Queen's funeral will be screened free of charge on Monday at Vue cinemas across the nation.

    But screenings of all other features will be stopped as a mark of respect. 

    Punters who head to the big screen for the funeral will not be able to buy snacks such as popcorn and chocolate and fizzy drinks.

    Meanwhile, Cineworld, Odeon and Showcase have all announced they will shut their cinemas for the funeral. 

    Other chains Curzon and Arc have said they will screen the funeral for free, with pre-booking essential.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen to leave Buckingham Palace for final time today

    The King and his sons will walk behind the Queen's coffin as she leaves Buckingham Palace for the final time ahead of her lying in state.

    The royal family will accompany their matriarch on foot on the journey to Westminster Hall where hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pay their respects after queueing for hours.

    Charles, the Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex, along with the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex, will form part of the procession on Wednesday afternoon.

    Anne's son Peter Phillips and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence will also walk behind the procession, as well as the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.

    The Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Sussex will travel by car.

    The procession will leave the palace at 2.22pm and is expected to arrive at Westminster Hall at 3pm.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen 'abhorred war' says ex-army chief

    Ex-head of the armed forces Lord Richards said the Queen usually knew at least as much as him in advance of briefings.

    The former chief of the defence staff told LBC: "I had the privilege of having an audience with her at least twice a year, sometimes more, mainly to brief her on the state of morale of the armed forces, what we were up to, and including operational updates.

    "And she usually knew at least as much as me in advance, but it was more her interest and very penetrating questions based, of course, on huge experience, including of World War Two.

    "And like all good military people, she abhorred war as much as we do, knowing it should be an absolute last resort, and yet we were in a lot of conflict during her reign."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Pizza delivered to mourners queuing overnight

    The most dedicated royal fans have remained in a queue overnight ahead of the Queen's lying in state. 

    Some ordered pizza to the queue, while others wrapped themselves up in plastic bags to keep warm and dry. 

    The lying in state will begin from 5pm today after a ceremonial procession carries the Queen's coffin to Westminster Hall. 

  • Henry Moore

    What time will the Procession to Westminster begin?

    King Charles III will lead a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster today.

    Joined by his close family members, Charles will lead the Queen's coffin to Westminster, where it will stay until her funeral on Monday.

    The procession will begin at exactly 2:22pm.

  • Henry Moore

    Harry and William will walk behind the Queen's coffin today

    In a show of unity, the two brothers will walk behind Her Majesty's coffin, as it makes its way to Westminster

    King Charles will lead the sorrowful procession on foot from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster at 2.22pm.

    He will be joined by his three royal siblings as well as Peter Phillips, Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Prince Richard and the Earl of Snowdon.

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  • Louis Allwood

    Royal fans told to pack up tents

    Royal fans camping out on The Mall before the Queen’s funeral have been told to pack up their tents by police.

    In video footage, an officer is heard saying: "I understand why you guys are here but obviously there's loads of stuff going on, we can't have tents here for security reasons and under regulations.

    "So I'm going to ask you to pack everything up and take your tent down.

    "It's up to you where you go but if you do end up camping somewhere else you'll probably be asked the same thing again."

  • Louis Allwood

    When can you see The Queen?

    The Queen’s coffin will lie in state at ­Westminster Hall from 5pm today until 6.30am on Monday, the day of the funeral.

    The hall will remain open for 24 hours a day.

    It is predicted more than a ­million mourners will queue to pay their respects, with Whitehall chiefs warning ­people could be waiting for up to 18 hours.

    The route, which will snake along the Thames, will be lined with extra portable toilets and water stations. The public will pass through airport-style ­security and only small bags are permitted.

    Filming and photography in Westminster Hall will be strictly prohibited. More details about the arrangements will be made available on the gov.uk website tonight at 10pm.

    The last person to lie in state was the Queen Mother, who died on March 30, 2002. An estimated 200,000 people paid their respects.

  • Louis Allwood

    What will happen Sunday?

    The nation will come together to “mourn and reflect on the life and legacy of the Queen” with a minute’s silence at 8pm.

    People will mark the occasion in their own homes, on the street with neighbours or at local vigils. And those living abroad are urged to join in too.

    A minute of silence was held for the late Prince Philip’s funeral last year.

    The spokesman for Prime Minister Liz Truss said on Sunday: “We encourage local community groups, clubs and other organisations to mark this moment of reflection. And if you are overseas, people are encouraged to mark the silence at their local time.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Lidl will close stores

    Lidl has confirmed that, as a mark of respect, it will close all its stores across England, Scotland and Wales on the day of the funeral.

    A spokesman said: "We are grateful to all Lidl customers for their understanding and will be keeping all who mourn Her Royal Highness in our thoughts during this time."

  • Louis Allwood

    Very emotional return

    The crowds at Buckingham Palace let out three cheers as Her Majesty entered the Palace gates.

    A very warm welcome to a truly remarkable Monarch.

  • Louis Allwood

    The Queen's State Hearse design

    The Queen's State Hearse has been designed by the Royal Household and Jaguar Land Rover.

    Her Majesty was consulted on the plans and the hearse has a Royal Claret finish, the same colour as the official royal and state vehicles.

    The vehicle features The Queen's Personal Royal Cypher and was designed to allow mourners to have clear sight of the coffin with the addition of lights inside.

  • Louis Allwood

    Princess Anne 'was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life'

    She says: "It has been an honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys." 

    The statement adds: "I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life. It has been an honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys.

    "Witnessing the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and uplifting.

    "We will all share unique memories. I offer my thanks to each and every one who share our sense of loss.

    "We may have been reminded how much of her presence and contribution to our national identity we took for granted. 

    "I am also so grateful for the support and understanding offered to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the added responsibilities of The Monarch.

    "To my mother, The Queen, thank you."

  • Louis Allwood

    BBC to air Paddington films

    BBC have confirmed its schedule for The Queen's funeral next week – and will air Paddington films in her honour.

    As people fondly remember the skit Her Majesty took part in with Paddington Bear, where it was finally revealed what was inside her handbag, the will air both films as 'special broadcasts'.

    The first instalment will be show on BBC One this Saturday at 7pm.

    The much-loved franchise's second film will then be aired following The Queen's funeral on Monday at 6:50pm.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Harry hits out after being 'banned' from wearing military uniform

    The Duke of Sussex's spokesman insisted his "decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears".

    And they confirmed he will instead wear a morning suit throughout events honouring his grandmother the Queen.

    The spokesman said:  “Prince Harry will wear a morning suit throughout events honouring his grandmother.

    "His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

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