The Queen’s coffin is ready for the final journey from Buckingham Palace

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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II will make its final journey from Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday, to be carried in a procession to Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament complex to lie in state until the state funeral at the nearby Westminster Abbey on Monday.

At 2:22 p.m. local time, the coffin will be placed on a gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery for a solemn procession of less than two kilometers to the Palace of Westminster.

King Charles III and his sons Princes William and Harry will walk behind the coffin, with shots fired from Hyde Park and Big Ben ringing during a somber journey.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Bishop Justin Welby, will lead a brief service attended by the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster.

This ceremony will also be joined by other members of the Royal Family before the coffin is placed on a catafalque or raised platform.

As the ceremonial stage begins, an ongoing vigil will be mounted by officers from the Household Division, the King’s Bodyguards of the Honorable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, the King’s Bodyguard for Scotland , the Royal Company of Archers and the Yeomen of the Guard.

Westminster Hall will then open from 5 p.m. local time to thousands of people who have been queuing since Monday evening to begin marching past the coffin to pay their respects to the late monarch.

Crowds filled the streets of Edinburgh on Tuesday as a motorcade carried the coffin to the airport after it was placed on display at St Giles Cathedral in the Scottish capital.

There was applause as the coffin left the cathedral, where thousands of people have passed since Monday to pay their respects to the late monarch. The Scottish government said more than 33,000 people paid their respects in Edinburgh before the coffin was transported by road to Edinburgh Airport.

He was flown to London, accompanied by the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, on a Royal Air Force (RAF) plane which was used to evacuate thousands of people fleeing the Taliban in Kabul the last year.

The C-17 Globemaster was also used to deliver humanitarian aid and weapons to Ukraine after the Russian invasion.

The plane landed at RAF Northolt before being taken to Buckingham Palace, where it was greeted by King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla along with other members of the Royal Family.

He was received by a guard of honor – trained by the King’s Guard – before being taken to the bow room inside the palace to be guarded overnight by a rotation of chaplains.

Earlier on Tuesday, King Charles left Scotland for Northern Ireland as part of his Operation Spring Tide state mourning tour of different parts of the UK.

He visited Belfast for the first time as a monarch and met Northern Ireland’s political and religious leaders and took part in a prayer service at St Anne’s Cathedral.

“Now, with this shining example before me, and with God’s help, I take up my new office resolved to seek the welfare of all the people of Northern Ireland. During the years of my mother’s reign, it was a privilege to bear witness to such a dedicated life. May it be granted to all of us to perform so well the tasks before us,” he said in a brief statement.

The King is due to travel to Wales at the end of the week, ahead of scheduled ceremonies and audiences, as world leaders begin arriving in the UK for the state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday morning.

Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at the age of 96 at her summer residence at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday.

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