King Charles III said he was “moved beyond measure” by the outpouring of support after Queen Elizabeth II’s death in a statement the day before her funeral.
World leaders including President Joe Biden and overseas royalty will join senior royals in what is expected to be the biggest policing event Britain has ever staged.
Five hundred dignitaries from around the world have traveled for this somber occasion while hundreds of thousands are expected on the streets for Elizabeth’s final journey.
The new king sought to reassure a grieving nation at 10 p.m. London time on September 18, the night before he was to rest his mother in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where his parents, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and his sister Princess Margaret were all buried.
Charles said: “Over the past ten days, my wife and I have been so deeply touched by the many messages of condolence and support we have received from this country and around the world.
“In London, Edinburgh, Hillsborough and Cardiff, we were moved beyond measure by all who took the trouble to come and pay tribute to the long service of my dear mother, the late Queen.
“As we all prepare to say our final goodbyes, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those countless people who have been such support and comfort to me and my family during this time of grief. .”
The day will begin when the last members of the public are allowed into Westminster Hall to see the Queen lying in state at 6.30am London time on Monday, September 19.
At 10.44 a.m. London time, Elizabeth’s coffin will be moved to Westminster Abbey from the back of a Royal Navy gun carriage, the Imperial State Crown, orb and scepter will rest on and under them, the royal standard.
The King and his family will follow, including his sons Prince Harry and Prince William, as well as Elizabeth’s other children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
They will arrive at the Abbey eight minutes later, where pallbearers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards of the Queen’s Company will lift the coffin and carry it on their shoulders.
Heads of state, including the great, the good and potentially even some of the bad, will join the Royal Family and nearly 200 people the Queen has honored in her birthday list this year for the funeral service, which starts at 11 a.m.
The Dean of Westminster will lead the service while Prime Minister Liz Truss will be among those giving readings.
The last post will be played, there will be two minutes of silence, followed by the national anthem, and then, around noon, the funeral service will end.
Afterwards, the Queen’s coffin will be carried by horse-drawn carriage in a procession to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, while Big Ben tolls and members of the Royal Family walk behind.
NHS staff, police and members of the armed forces will also be included in the procession and on arrival minute rifles will be fired by the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery.
From there, a hearse will transport Elizabeth to Windsor Castle, the residence where she spent most of her final years following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
An engagement service for around 800 people, including the Queen’s former staff, will take place at 4pm at St George’s Chapel, the same venue as Prince Philip’s funeral and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding .
The Imperial State Crown, Orb and Scepter will be removed from the coffin, there will be a final hymn, the King will place the color of the Queen’s Company of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin as the Head of House of Elizabeth symbolically breaks a thin white stick, the wall of the office.
The Queen will then be lowered into the Royal Vault, the National Anthem will be sung, and then finally, after hours of crying under the watchful gaze of the global public, the Royal Family will have the opportunity to say goodbye to her in private as they bury him. in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, alongside her husband, Prince Philip.