President Droupadi Murmu will represent India at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London on September 19. Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin was brought back to the Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. Queen Elizabeth II, who died aged 96 at her Balmoral Castle summer residence in Scotland on September 8, will be laid to rest at a state funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19. Stay with TOI for the latest developments on the news
19:28 (IST) Sep 14
King Charles III, Princes William and Harry and other UK royals walk behind Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin19:27 (IST) Sep 14
The coffin is on a 38-minute journey to the Houses of Parliament19:26 (IST) Sep 14
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II left Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday for the final time as it began its journey to Westminster Hall, where the late monarch will lie in state for four days19:23 (IST) Sep 14
The Queen’s coffin was draped in the Royal Standard and topped with the Imperial State Crown – adorned with almost 3,000 diamond
19:19 (IST) Sep 14
With the royal standard and crown of state resting on top of the coffin and artillery firing salutes at one-minute intervals, the solemn procession was designed to underscore Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years as head of state19:18 (IST) Sep 14
The queen’s coffin is on a gun carriage from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery19:18 (IST) Sep 14
Ceremonial guns punctuate queen’s procession19:09 (IST) Sep 14
Queen’s coffin leaves Buckingham Palace for final journey, escorted by King Charles III and sons William and Harry
19:07 (IST) Sep 14
Troops from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, military bands and mounted police are leading the procession of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall19:00 (IST) Sep 14
Crowds have gathered in London to pay their final respects to Queen Elizabeth II. Her coffin will soon leave Buckingham Palace for the Houses of Parliament, where the late monarch will lie in state for four days18:59 (IST) Sep 14
Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin departs Buckingham Palace for the last time18:18 (IST) Sep 14
Elizabeth II: Queen of the world
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was not just Queen Elizabeth II. She was simply The Queen. For billions of people, she was the one constant in a world of bewildering change, an omnipresent matriarch linking the past with the present.
17:27 (IST) Sep 14
Staff of King Charles told during mourning they could lose jobs, UK monarchy criticised
A British trade union on Wednesday criticised as “callous” a decision by the monarchy to issue redundancy notices this week to some staff at King Charles III’s former official residence. Up to 100 employees who work at Clarence House, including some there for decades, reportedly received the notifications on Monday during a prayer service in Edinburgh for the late Queen Elizabeth II. 17:05 (IST) Sep 14
Crowds build to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state, reports AFP17:05 (IST) Sep 14
Queen’s coffin set for final journey from Buckingham Palace
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II will make its final journey from Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday, to be conveyed in procession to Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament complex for Lying-in-State until the state funeral at Westminster Abbey nearby on Monday.15:28 (IST) Sep 14
Coffin scheduled to leave the landmark palace at 2:22 pm local time (1322 GMT)
15:26 (IST) Sep 14
Troops involved in the procession have been preparing since the queen died.
So have the horses of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. Sgt. Tom Jenks, from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, said that the horses have undergone special training for the funeral, including how to handle weeping mourners, as well as flowers and flags being thrown onto streets as the procession passes by.15:26 (IST) Sep 14
It’s a very sad day, but it’s our last opportunity to do our duty for the queen and it’s our first opportunity to do it for the king, and that makes us all very proud.
Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika of the Household division, who is responsible for organising the ceremonial aspects of the Queen’s funeral
15:24 (IST) Sep 14
Thousands of people are gathering on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace and along the banks of the River Thames hours before the coffin procession begins.15:24 (IST) Sep 14
Crowds began massing early along the flag-lined road outside the palace for the procession from the monarch’s official London residence to the historic Westminster Hall at Parliament.
King Charles III and other members of the royal family will walk behind the coffin.