Queen Elizabeth II Death Live Updates: The state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II will take place at 3.30 PM (IST) on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey in London. According to the information provided by England’s most senior peer who is in charge of state occasions, the coffin will be taken from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh on Sunday before being flown to London on Tuesday. It will later lie in state at Westminster Hall from Wednesday until the morning of the funeral at London’s Westminster Abbey. Details on the 96-year-old queen’s funeral will be released later, but organizers described the ceremony as a “fitting farewell to one of the defining figures of our times,” AP reported. Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died Thursday, September. 8, 2022, at her summer retreat in Scottish Highlands.
Earlier in the day, King Charles III was proclaimed Britain’s new monarch in two ceremonies in London, at Accession Council and at the Royal Exchange, which was televised for the first time in history. “God save the King” were the words proclaimed at both ceremonies accompanied by a gun salute. The throne had passed to the 73-year-old former Prince of Wales following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Thursday and Saturday’s ceremony marked his formal declaration and oath-taking at St. James’s Palace in London. Following the proclamation, King Charles III held his first Privy Council meeting and made his personal declaration to “assume the duties and responsibilities of sovereignty” and follow in the footsteps of his late mother.
Late Friday, in his first address to Britain as monarch, King Charles III expressed “profound sorrow” at the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II vowed to carry on the queen’s “lifelong service” to the nation. Mourners at the service included Prime Minister Liz Truss and members of her government. Earlier on Friday, King Charles had also bestowed the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales on his eldest son William and his daughter-in-law Kate, who are the next in line for the throne.