Britons have the opportunity to pay homage to the late Queen by visiting her casket in Edinburgh and London
People wishing to pay homage to the Queen have been warned they may have to queue all night to get through her coffin.
Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest on Monday 19 September from 5pm on Wednesday evening to 6.30am on the morning of the funeral at the Palace of Westminster.
His coffin will be placed on an elevated platform in Westminster Hall – the oldest part of Parliament – and the public can walk through it 24 hours a day.
Until then, the coffin will be placed in St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh to pay homage to the Scottish people.
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Where will Queen Elizabeth lie?
Elizabeth II will be buried at the Palace of Westminster, where her coffin will be placed in a hearse at Westminster Hall.
Westminster Hall was built by William II in 1097 and its impressive forged roof dates from the reign of Richard II in the late 14th century.
The coffin will also rest in St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, guarded by the Royal Fusiliers guards for the Scottish people to pay their respects.
When will Queen Elizabeth’s coffin be laid?
The late king’s casket at Westminster Hall will open to the public at 5pm on Wednesday and will remain open 24 hours a day until it will be moved on Monday 19 September, the day the late Queen will be buried, closing at 6:30pm.
In Scotland, the public can view the coffin at St Giles Cathedral on September 12 from 5pm for 24 hours.
What happens before and as the ceremonial procession takes place?
The government announced on Sunday 11 September that a ceremonial procession, transporting the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Palace, would take place ahead of Wednesday afternoon’s funeral.
The procession passes through Queen’s Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.
Members of the public can witness the procession live at the ceremony viewing area along the procession route or at a film screening location in Hyde Park. These locations will open at 11am on a first-come, first-served basis.
When laid down, the Queen’s closed coffin is wrapped in royal standards with a ball and scepter placed on top.
Every corner of the platform is guarded by a 24-hour guard by units from the Tower of London Sovereign Guard, the Household Department, or the Yeoman Guard.
Which member of the royal family will guard the coffin?
It is likely that the Queen’s children or even grandchildren will honor her with vigilance and eventually join the guarding of the coffin, a tradition known as the Prince’s Guard.
When the Royal Princess was in the Queen’s Guard, she was the first female member of the royal family to do so.
What should I wear?
Official guidelines advise people to wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. “This could include warm clothing, protection or an umbrella in cold or wet weather, or sunscreen if you need it.”
They should also carry a power bank to charge their cell phone, as well as food and drink to consume on the go, even if they can’t take it with them.
The Metropolitan Police will be on high alert with 10,000 officers in the coming days, while 1,500 troops will be on standby to support crowd control.
What are the rules when waiting in line?
Long queues are expected and anyone attending the celebration will have to go through airport-style security. Only one small bag per person is allowed.
The official guidelines are: “Please note that queues are expected to be very long.
“They have to stand for hours, maybe all night, and have very few opportunities to sit down because the line keeps moving.
“Please consider this before deciding to attend or bring the children.”
However, people are advised not to bring or set up gazebos or tents, and not to light barbeques and bonfires.
You must not attempt to queue on someone else’s behalf or have someone else queue on your behalf.
Only those who receive the bracelet at the end of the queue are allowed to remain in the queue.
Food and drink must be consumed and water bottles emptied before crossing the security fence.
Are there any prohibited items?
The prohibited items were folding chairs, sleeping bags, baskets, hammers, cigarettes, whistles, cameras and flags.
Flowers and other honors such as candles, stuffed animals and photographs are also not permitted. Banners, posters, and advertising and marketing messages are prohibited.
Is there a dress code?
People should dress appropriately and not wear clothes with political or offensive slogans. Photography is prohibited.
As for behavior, the document urges people to remain silent inside the Palace of Westminster with the phone on silent.
What is the history of this tradition?
The tradition of royal pardons dates back to 1910 when Edward VII first granted pardons at Westminster Hall.
George VI – the Queen’s father – was the last ruler before Queen Elizabeth II died. In his coffin lay the crown of the imperial state, the ball and the scepter.
More than 300,000 people lined up day and night in bitter and frozen conditions to say a final farewell to King George.
Queen Victoria demanded that she not lie for the sake of honor. When she died at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight in 1901, a semi-private funeral was arranged for three days to allow Victoria’s maids and friends to pay their respects.
The last member of the royal family to be buried was Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, after her death in 2002, when an estimated 200,000 people came to pay their respects.
However, Prince Philip chose not to remain in prison after his death in April 2021 and his coffin remained in the Royal Vault beneath St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle prior to his funeral.
Two Prime Ministers – William Gladstone in 1898 and Sir Winston Churchill in 1965 – also resided at Westminster Hall, attracting hundreds of thousands of people.
Margaret Thatcher insisted she didn’t want to lie openly, saying it was “inappropriate”.