The funeral of Elizabeth II will take place on Monday September 19 in London

The funeral of Elizabeth II will take place on Monday September 19 in London

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The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, who died in Scotland on Thursday, will take place on Monday, September 19 in London, Buckingham Palace announced on Saturday.  

World leaders are expected to attend the funeral, which will take place at Westminster Abbey at 11 a.m. (10 a.m. GMT). King Charles III, his son who succeeded him, declared a public holiday in the United Kingdom for the occasion.

The remains of Elizabeth II are currently in the ballroom of the castle of Balmoral, Scotland, where she breathed her last.

It will then be transferred to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, before being transported to London on Tuesday where it will be publicly displayed for four days in Westminster Hall, the oldest section of the Houses of Parliament, after a procession through the streets of London.

 

On September 19, at 10:44 a.m., the coffin will depart from the Palace of Westminster to the Westminster Abbey, where the funeral service will take place, Buckingham Palace said.

After the service, the coffin will leave in procession from Westminster Abbey to the Arch of Wellington, then he will be taken to Windsor. 

And once in Windsor, there will be another hearse procession to St. George's Chapel, the palace said in its statement.

The ceremony on September 19 is expected to attract millions of visitors, as well as personalities from around the world who will attend the funeral, a logistical and security challenge for British law enforcement.

< p>Among the expected guests, the American presidents Joe Biden and French Emmanuel Macron, the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, as well as many leaders of the former British colonies.