Queen's death: Day-to-day guide of what happens next

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The Queen is currently lying in state, with tens of thousands lining the banks of the Thames to pay their respects.

Members of the public can visit Her Majesty's coffin for 24 hours a day at Westminster Hall, with queues stretching along Lambeth Bridge and Albert Embankment.

On Sunday morning the queue waiting time was more than 12 hours – far shorter than the peak of more than 25 hours that was seen in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The Queen’s coffin is guarded at all hours by units from the Sovereign’s Bodyguard, the Household Division or Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London.

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A map of the queue. (PA)

On Saturday, the King and the Prince of Wales surprised people in the queue when they showed up to greet them.

Prince William later joined his brother the Duke of Sussex and their cousins in a solemn vigil at the Queen’s lying in state.

Here is what will happen today and during the funeral tomorrow.

Sunday

The Queen will lie in state for a fourth full day.

At 8pm a one-minute silence will be held across the UK, with people invited to mark the occasion privately at home, on their doorstep or street, or at community events and vigils.

Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales leads his brother Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, followed by their cousins Britain's Princess Beatrice of York and Britain's Princess Eugenie of York, Britain's Lady Louise Windsor and Britain's James, Viscount Severn, and Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips before mounting a vigil around the coffin of their grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 17, 2022, ahead of her funeral on Monday. - Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster, until 0530 GMT on September 19, a few hours before her funeral, with huge queues expected to file past her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by Ian Vogler / POOL / AFP) (Photo by IAN VOGLER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
On Saturday, eight of the Queen’s grandchildren stood vigil beside her coffin. (Getty)
Queen Elizabeth II 's grandchildren (clockwise from front centre) Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales, Peter Phillips, James, Viscount Severn, Britain's Princess Eugenie of York, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Britain's Princess Beatrice of York, Britain's Lady Louise Windsor and Zara Tindall hold a vigil around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 17, 2022, ahead of her funeral on Monday. - Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster, until 0530 GMT on September 19, a few hours before her funeral, with huge queues expected to file past her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by Yui Mok / POOL / AFP) (Photo by YUI MOK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales stood at the head, with the Duke of Sussex at the foot. (Getty)

It will come shortly after the Queen Consort pays a televised tribute to the late monarch, recalling her "wonderful blue eyes" and saying: "I will always remember her smile."

Camilla, in pre-recorded words on the BBC, will speak of how Queen Elizabeth II was a “solitary woman” in a male-dominated world.

She will add: "I can't remember anyone except the Queen being there."

There will also be a service of reflection near Falkirk, Scotland at 7.30pm.

It will see 96 lanterns, one for each year of the late monarch’s life, lowered into the pool of reflection at the foot of the Queen Elizabeth II Canal, before wreaths are placed into the water.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: King Charles III, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince Andrew, Duke of York watch as the bearer party carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall, on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Senior royals behind the bearer party as it carries the coffin of the Queen into Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. (Getty)

Meanwhile, Liz Truss is to have an audience with King Charles III before attending his reception for visiting heads of state at Buckingham Palace.

Monday

There will be a national bank holiday to allow as many people as possible to watch the Queen’s funeral.

Lying in state will continue until 6.30am.

The coffin will then be taken in a grand military procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral.

Senior members of the family are expected to follow behind – just like they did for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15:  Members of the public file past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster, ahead of her funeral on Monday, on September 15, 2022 in London, England. Members of the public are able to pay respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for 23 hours a day until 06:30 on September 19, 2022.  Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Members of the public file past the coffin of the the Queen in Westminster Hall. (Yui Mok/WPA/Getty)

The military will line the streets and join the procession.

Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, European royals and key figures from public life will be invited to gather in the abbey, which can hold a congregation of 2,000.

The congregation will be able to start taking their seats from 8am, when the doors of Westminster Abbey will open.

The service, that begins at 11am, will be televised, and a national two minutes’ silence is expected to be held.

After the service, which is expected to last for one hour, the coffin will be taken in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and then travel for two hours to Windsor.

On its way out of the capital, the procession is set to travel west along the south end of Hyde Park before passing the Queen’s gate and heading along Cromwell Road.

It will then travel through Hammersmith and Chiswick, along the north bank of the River Thames, before heading down the Great West Road.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14:  (L-R) Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Edward, Earl of Wessex, David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Anne, Princess Royal follow the bearer party carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall for the Lying-in State ahead of her funeral on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Jacob King - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, Prince William, Edward, Earl of Wessex, David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Princess Anne inside Westminster Hall. (Getty)

The Queen’s coffin will then be driven south of Heathrow Airport and will pass through Staines before entering the grounds of Windsor Castle through Shaw Farm Gate.

The slower route, sticking to A-roads rather than motorways, will give supporters of the Royal Family one last chance to say goodbye to the monarch.

Once there, the hearse will travel in procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle via the Long Walk, after which a televised committal service will take place at 4pm in St George’s Chapel.

Later in the evening, there will be a private interment service with senior members of the royal family.

The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel – where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.

Philip’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.

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