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Updates: Queen is in state in Scotland for trip to London

September 11, 2022, 3:12 a.m. ET

September 11, 2022, 3:12 a.m. ET

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II’s oak casket begins its week-long journey from the dining hall of Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in the Scottish Highlands, to Westminster Abbey on Sunday.

The Queen’s funeral will take place on September 19, the palace announced on Saturday.

On Sunday, six gamekeepers from the estate will carry the coffin to a hearse, which will carry it on a six-hour detour via Aberdeen to Edinburgh, where a guard of honor will receive it at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the sovereign’s official residence in Scotland. .

From there it will be transported on Monday along the Royal Mile, a grand route through Edinburgh’s Old Town, to St Giles’ Cathedral, where there will be a service and vigil. King Charles III and Queen Camilla will be part of that procession, with some members of the royal family walking behind the coffin and others riding in vehicles.

The Queen, who died on Thursday, will lie in state in Edinburgh until Tuesday afternoon, after which her coffin will be transferred to a Royal Air Force jet, which will transport it to Northolt airbase west of London. It will be loaded into a state hearse and driven to Buckingham Palace where it will arrive at 8pm where it will be placed on a trestle in the ballroom.

On Wednesday at 2:22 p.m., the Queen’s casket, now adorned with the Imperial State Crown and a floral wreath, will be carried in a silent procession by carriage from Buckingham Palace, through the Mall and along the Horse Guards Parade, making its way to Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster.

Following a blessing by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the Queen will remain in state for four days at Westminster Hall until the morning of September 19, when her coffin will again be moved for her funeral that day, at 11 a.m., to nearby Westminster Abbey. .

Buckingham Palace declined to estimate how many people would pass through her coffin during that period, though based on other burials for members of the royal family, it’s likely tens or even hundreds of thousands.