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Prince and Princess of Wales to be at Buckingham Palace to receive Queen’s coffin

The Queen’s coffin will continue lying in state in Edinburgh until 5pm today, Tuesday 13 September, when it will be flown to London ahead of her funeral next week.

Her Majesty's coffin will remain at the St Giles' cathedral until early evening following anemotional vigil involving her four children last night.

At 6pm, the Queen will depart Scotland for the last time as her coffin is flown from Edinburgh Airport to London on an RAF Globemaster C-17 flight, accompanied by her daughter,Princess Anne.

King Charles IIIwill be joined by his Queen Consort to receive his mother’s coffin at Buckingham Palace, where she spent so many of her decades as sovereign.

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The Prince and Princess of Wales will also be at the Palace as the coffin arrives ahead of the funeral on 19 September.

The coffin will be carried by a bearer party to the Bow Room where it will remain overnight before a procession on Wednesday to Westminster Hall for the start of thelying in state.

After being flown back to London, the Queen's coffin will then be taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery to the Palace of Westminster, where she will lie in state in Westminster Hall for four days.

In London, members of the public will be able to file past the coffin at Westminster Hall from 5pm on Wednesday 14 September until 6.30am on Monday 19 September.


According to Operation London Bridge, Westminster Hall will be open for 23 hours a day for the lying-in-state period, closing only between 2.46am and 3.46am.

The government have explained that the queue will continuously move, meaning there will be little chance for well-wishers to sit or rest. They have also urged people to 'dress appropriately' – any clothing with 'political or offensive slogans' have been banned.

Flowers, tributes, candles, flags, photos, hampers, sleeping bags, blankets, folding chairs and camping equipment are also all banned.

Visitors will face strict security checks, with one small bag with a simple opening or zip allowed per person. Large items being carried in addition to bags will not be admitted, including sleeping bags, blankets, carrier bags, folding chairs, camping equipment, and pushchairs.

Anyone who is intoxicated or attempting to jump the queue will be taken out of the queue by stewards and police patrolling the lines. Photography and recording is also strictly prohibited.

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin will be draped in a royal flag, usually a personal standard, and will rest on a raised platform. Each corner of the platform is guarded around the clock by units from the Sovereign’s Bodyguard, Foot Guards or the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

On 14 September, a ceremonial route will be marked throughout London as Her Majesty's coffin is transported from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster.

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