Queen Elizabeth II has died. Here’s what will happen at her funeral.

  • Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday at Balmoral Castle.
  • There will be a bank holiday in the UK on the day of his funeral.
  • The funeral will be attended by the royal family and leaders from around the world.

Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday, as Buckingham Palace shared in a statement to Insider.

The 96-year-old was the longest-reigning British monarch. Her eldest son, Charles, is now king.

Buckingham Palace has spent decades preparing for the death of the Queen, ensuring that the transition to a new monarch is as smooth as possible.

Part of these preparations included planning the Queen’s funeral, which would not take place until 10 to 12 days after her death, the insider previously reported.

Before her funeral, the Queen’s body will be kept at Westminster Hall for four days so the public can pay tribute to her. The coffin will be accessible for 23 hours a day.

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His mortal remains would be lying in a state before his funeral.

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After three days, the Queen’s grandsons would temporarily relieve the official guard to “the vigilance of the princes” so that they could honor their grandmother.

Officials estimate that a million people will visit Westminster Hall to pay tribute to the Queen. Other experts expect visitors to pay tribute to the late monarch at Buckingham Palace and other royal residences in the days following his death.

The actual funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey, where the Queen married the late Prince Philip in 1947. Prince Philip was cremated at Windsor Castle.

The date of his funeral will be a bank holiday in the United Kingdom, and the stock market will be closed for the occasion for the second time in less than two weeks.

A gun carriage will transfer his coffin to Westminster Abbey.

On the morning of the funeral, Big Ben’s bell will ring once at 9 a.m. in honor of the Queen. His hammer would then be covered with a leather pad so that he would remain silent all day.

2,000 people are expected to attend the funeral, including world leaders and the royal family.

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Billions of people around the world will see his funeral.

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The funeral will be televised, and billions of people are expected to attend the ceremony.

The Queen will be laid to rest after her funeral at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where her father is buried. Prince Philip’s body is currently kept in the Royal Vault in the chapel, and will be taken to rest with the Queen.

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