Queen’s funeral date to be on Monday 19 September at Westminster Abbey

The Queen's funeral will take place on Monday 19 September, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

A statement from the Palace reads: "The State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19th September.

"Prior to the State Funeral, The Queen will Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall for four days, to allow the public to pay their respects."

It has been announced that a period of royal mourning will be observed until seven days after the Queen’s funeral.

Royal mourning will be observed by members of the royal family, royal household staff and representatives of the royal Household on official duties, together with troops committed to ceremonial duties.

The palace said on Friday morning: “Following the death of Her Majesty the Queen, it is His Majesty the King’s wish that a period of royal mourning be observed from now until seven days after the Queen’s funeral.”

The Queen – the longest-reigning monarch in British history – passed away on Thursday 8 September at the age of 96.

A statement from Buckingham Palace, which announced the devastating news, read: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon."

Using Charles and Camilla's new titles, it continued: “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Charles, now known as King Charles III, shared a sombre statement following the announcement of his mother’s death.

Sharing his grief across social media, under the official handle Clarence House, he said: "The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

"We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother.

"I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”

"During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held."

On Friday afternoon, 9 September, Charles arrived at Buckingham Palace for the first time as monarch, arriving departing Balmoral.

The new King stepped out of the car as he arrived at the gates of the Palace to greet and shake hands of mourners, thanking them for their good wishes.

Calls of 'God save the King' rang out as he spoke to the cheering crowds during the 15-minute walkabout.

Charles was later joined by Camilla as they looked at the many flowers and tributes in front of Buckingham Palace in tribute to the Queen.

The pair waved to the onlookers, who gave three cheers for the new monarch and his consort.


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