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Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will be held Monday, Sept. 19 at Westminster Abbey in London, drawing leaders from around the world, the royal family announced.
Elizabeth’s coffin will be transferred from its current location at Balmoral Castle in Scotland by road to Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on Sunday, a journey that will take six hours by hearse.
The queen will then lie in state for “four days” in Westminster Hall where the public will be allowed to pay their respects, Buckingham Palace said.
“The Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct a short service assisted by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, and attended by The King and Members of the Royal Family, after which the Lying-in-State will begin,” the palace explained.
After lying in state, the coffin will be taken in procession from Westminster Palace to Westminster Abbey.
Following the funeral, the coffin will travel from the Abbey to Wellington Arch, then from Wellington Arch to Windsor. Finally, the coffin will make one last trip to St. Geroge’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the final committal service will be held.
The royal family will be hoping to project an image of strength and unity after the loss of the monarchy’s most respected figurehead, one expert said.
Royal expert Eloise Parker told Fox New Digital, “The family will be keen to play down the ‘feud’ narrative, given their more pressing new issues, processing the enormity of the death of the Queen and the intense scrutiny faced by King Charles as he settles into his new role.”
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, along with Prince William and Princess Kate of Wales sought to mend their public rift by appearing together outside Windsor Castle Saturday.
It was the first time the four had appeared together in public since March 2020, PA reports.
The Duchess of Sussex has reportedly canceled several U.S. engagements in the next couple of weeks that would clash with the likely timing of the funeral.
Meghan had planned to be on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and attend the United Nations General Assembly with Prince Harry on Sept. 20 but has canceled both following the queen’s death, according to the New York Post, which cited sources familiar with the matter.