The Daily Telegraph

What happens now? What to expect over the next 10 days


King Charles III will travel back to London from Balmoral today. Ahead of their arrival there will be a gun salute at 1pm. The King will hold an audience with Liz Truss, the Prime Minister, and record a televised address to the nation, which will be broadcast at about 6pm. Bells will toll at Westminste­r Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Windsor Castle, and gun salutes – one round for every year of Her Majesty’s life

– will be fired in Hyde Park and at other sites. A service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral attended by the PM and senior politician­s.

Tomorrow The Accession Council will meet at St James’s Palace to formally proclaim King Charles III the new monarch. It will be televised for the first time. The first public proclamati­on of the new Sovereign will be read from the Friary Court balcony by the Garter King of Arms before proclamati­ons are made across the country. Union flags return to full-mast at 1pm and remain there for 24 hours before returning to half-mast. The King will also hold audiences with the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. Public books of condolence may be placed at royal residences.

Sunday Elizabeth II’S coffin is expected to be taken by road to the Palace of Holyroodho­use in Edinburgh. Proclamati­ons will be read in the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland devolved parliament­s in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

Monday A procession is expected along the Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral. There will be a service and a vigil by members of the Royal family. The public may get the chance to file past Elizabeth II’S coffin as it lies in state. The House of Commons and the House of Lords are expected to come together in Westminste­r for a motion of condolence, which the King may attend. After leaving England and visiting Scotland, Charles will at some stage travel to the other countries of the UK – known as Operation Spring Tide.

Tuesday Her Majesty’s coffin is expected to be flown to London and is likely to be at rest at Buckingham Palace. A rehearsal for the procession of the coffin from the palace to the Palace of Westminste­r will take place.

Wednesday Queen Elizabeth II’S lying in state is expected to begin at Westminste­r Hall, codenamed Operation Marquee. It will follow a procession through London. The Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct a short service following the coffin’s arrival. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to file past the coffin and pay their respects. Senior members of the Royal family are expected to pay tributes, standing guard at some stage around the coffin.

Thursday Lying in state will continue and a rehearsal is likely to take place for the state funeral procession.

Friday-sunday Lying in state will continue, ending on Sunday. Heads of state will begin arriving for the funeral.

Monday, Sep 19 The state funeral is expected to take place at Westminste­r Abbey. The original plans involved Her Majesty’s coffin processing on a gun carriage pulled by sailors using ropes rather than horses. Senior members of the family are expected to follow behind – just as they did for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh. The military will line the streets and also join the procession. Heads of state and key figures will be invited to gather in the Abbey. The service will be televised, and a national two minutes’ silence is expected to be observed.

The Queen’s coffin will be taken to St George’s Chapel at Windsor for a televised committal service. Later in the evening, there will be a private interment for senior members of the Royal family. Elizabeth II’S final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel at Windsor. The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the chapel.

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