THE Queen Elizabeth passed away at the age of 96 and plunged her into mourning Britainwith the funeral expected in a few days, while a 10-day protocol is being implemented for the last farewell to the British monarch.
As reported by the Reuters agency, Charles, who is now the new king, will meet with the members of the new government, while he will have to participate in a series of honor events for his mother.
Here are the 10 days Britain will be in mourning until it says goodbye to the monarch, who has been on the throne since 1952:
At 10 a.m. the Accession Council, which includes senior government officials and secret advisers, will meet at St. James’s Palace.
The main issue is the proclamation of the new king, which is read publicly from a balcony in the palace, while a further proclamation will be read at the Royal Exchange in the City of London.
Indeed, in the afternoon, Charles will have a meeting with the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, the Leader of the Opposition, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Westminster.
Tributes will then be paid in Parliament and flags will be at half-mast for the council, remaining at half-mast for 24 hours before being flown at half-mast again until the following day of the funeral.
Elizabeth’s coffin will leave Balmoral to be taken by road to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
At the same time, there will be proclamations to the devolved nations in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast simultaneously at midday.
There is a ceremonial procession from Holyrood along the Royal Mile to St Giles Cathedral for a service attended by members of the royal family. After this service, St Giles’ Cathedral is opened to the public for 24 hours.
According to London Bridge plans, King Charles is expected to travel to the Palace of Westminster to offer his condolences. He is then due to fly to Edinburgh. In his first act as king, he will attend the ceremony at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, followed by a service at St Giles’ Cathedral. He will have his first meeting with Scotland’s First Minister and will also receive condolences in the Scottish Parliament.
Late in the evening the coffin is expected to be taken to Edinburgh Waverley station where it will then travel by Royal Train overnight, arriving at St Pancras station in London the following morning.
King Charles flies to Northern Ireland where he is to receive condolences at Hillsborough Castle and attend St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast for a service of prayer and speeches on the life of Queen Elizabeth II.
There will be a rehearsal for the procession of the late Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.
The coffin is expected to arrive at Buckingham Palace a few hours before the big ceremony planned in London that day.
In the first major ceremonial event preceding the funeral, the late Queen’s coffin will be moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where it will lie for 5 days. It is expected that the coffin will be carried by carriage.
It will be an opportunity for the public to pay their respects. The coffin will hang in the middle of Westminster Hall and will be open to the public 23 hours a day.
The pilgrimage continues, with no special event expected that day.
Charles will travel to Wales to attend a service at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, then visit the Welsh Senedd and receive condolences. In fact, on that day he is expected to meet with the prime minister of Wales.
King Charles is expected to receive governors and prime ministers from the kingdoms.
On the eve of the funeral, Charles will welcome foreign royal families who will attend the funeral.
The funeral, which will be held at public expense, will take place in Westminster Abbey. The coffin will be carried from Westminster Hall in a procession to the abbey. Two minutes of silence will be observed across the country.
After the one-hour service, a large ceremonial procession will accompany the coffin to Hyde Park, where it will be transferred from the carriage to the state hearse and travel to Windsor.
There will also be a ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, during which the coffin will be lowered into the royal vault.
Source: News Beast