The Queen will return to London today to lay down in state, accompanied by Princess Anne, after thousands of mourners gathered to pay their respects at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.
Her Majesty’s coffin will remain at the cathedral until 5pm after a poignant vigil involving her four children last night.
She will then be taken by hearse through a guard of honor formed by the Royal Company of Archers giving a royal salute to begin at Edinburgh Airport.
Upon her arrival, the Queen will be received by the Royal Regiment of Scotland with a royal salute. A group of Royal Air Force pallbearers will then be on hand to carry the coffin onto the plane.
Princess Anne, who traveled in the motorcade of the Queen’s beloved Balmoral to Edinburgh on Sunday, will again accompany her mother on the flight to London.
She will be joined by the Very Reverend Professor David Fergusson, Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland.
The RAF plane is due to take off from the Edinburgh runway at 6 p.m., before landing at RAF Northolt in west London at 6.55 p.m.
The pallbearer group will carry the Queen’s coffin from the plane to the waiting hearse to begin the journey by road along the A40 towards Buckingham Palace.
Upon arrival at the palace, where thousands of well-wishers are expected to line the streets again, another guard of honor will be formed by the King’s Guard as the coffin arrives at the grand entrance.
King Charles III, Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward each stood on one of the four corners of the coffin in a ceremony known as the Princes’ Vigil
Members of the public outside St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh prepare to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II today
Details of how the public can attend lying down are revealed amid predictions of huge queues
Details have been released of how the public can witness the Queen lie, with people warned to expect long queues and be prepared to be up for many hours throughout the night.
Those who wish to pay their respects at the coffin of the late monarch in London’s Westminster Hall will be able to file solemnly around the clock from 5pm on Wednesday until 6.30am on the day of the funeral – next Monday, September 19.
But the government has stressed that the queue will move continuously – with little chance of resting or sitting down – and the very long line of those waiting is expected to stretch across central London.
He also set out guidelines for how people should behave and what they should wear, saying they should remain silent inside the Palace of Westminster.
He urged people to “dress appropriately for the occasion in order to pay tribute”, banning clothing “with political or offensive slogans”.
“Please respect the dignity of this event and behave appropriately. You should remain silent inside the Palace of Westminster,” he added.
Free riders and anyone intoxicated will be removed from the queue by stewards and police patrolling the lines.
Visitors will also face airport-style security checks, with strict restrictions on what can be taken.
Flowers, tributes, candles, flags, photos, baskets, sleeping bags, blankets, folding chairs and camping gear are all prohibited, with only one small single-opening or zipped bag allowed by nobody.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to the capital for this once-in-a-lifetime procedure.
The Queen’s closed coffin will rest on a raised platform, known as a catafalque, in the Palace of Westminster’s Old Westminster Hall, draped in the royal standard with the orb and scepter placed on top.
Transit delays and road closures in the area are expected and people are urged to check ahead and plan accordingly.
A group of pallbearers from the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards will carry the coffin into the Bow Room, where it will be placed on trestles in the presence of King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla.
A rotation of King’s Chaplains, formerly appointed by Queen Elizabeth, will watch over his coffin as it rests in the Bow Room.
The king and other royals can mourn in the hall, before the coffin is moved into the throne room – where dedicated palace staff can pay their respects.
The Queen will remain at Buckingham Palace overnight and into the morning of Wednesday, before the coffin is carried by a team of guns from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery to the Palace of Westminster.
The route will take the coffin through Queen’s Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.
The King and other senior members of the Royal Family will follow the coffin on foot. They will also be followed by the senior staff of the Households of the Queen and the King, then by the close personnel.
The procession will march in silence, without music.
During this time, honor guards from all three services will be positioned along the route.
The King’s Life Guard will give a royal salute as the coffin passes through Horse Guards Arch.
Throughout the procession, shots will be fired into Hyde Park by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and Big Ben will be rung.
At 3 p.m. the coffin is expected to arrive at the north door of Westminster Hall, before being carried to the catafalque inside by the company of pallbearers from the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will lead a short service, before Westminster Hall opens to the public to begin the start of the four-and-a-half-day Queen’s in-state.
A 24-hour vigil will be mounted around the catafalque 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 King’s Bodyguard. the Yeomen of the Guard.
It comes amid fears London will become ‘full’ over the next few days as up to a million people flock to view the Queen’s coffin – with queues expected to last up to 30 hours.
Whitehall chiefs in charge of logistics for the historic five-night vigil have estimated the number of mourners could be close to the million who showed up to see Pope John Paul II when he was in state at Roma in 2005.
A large structure is erected in Westminster on Monday as plans are well advanced for the capital to welcome large numbers of visitors
Barriers and portable toilets are installed in Westminster on Monday before Britons start queuing to see the Queen lying in state
People start camping on The Mall on Monday before the Queen’s coffin is removed from Buckingham Palace on Wednesday
Hotel chains also saw a major surge in bookings ahead of the lie in state and funerals, with Travelodge revealing there had been a ‘surge in bookings to London from all over the UK’ in its 78 capital hotels.
Scotland Yard is already closing roads around Westminster and Transport for London said services would be “very busy”, with passengers being urged to “allow plenty of extra time for their journeys and avoid driving where possible”.
But the queue has already started, with the first person arriving in line for the Queen’s being in state on Monday evening – more than 48 hours before the line opens.
Security guards, stewards and police have been posted along the route. Portable toilets, barriers and flooring have also been installed in the gardens of the Victoria Tower.
It comes after King Charles III, Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward each stood on one of the four corners of the oak coffin with their heads bowed in a ceremony known as of Princes’ Vigil last night.
The Duke of York kept his eyes closed for some time during the 10-minute vigil, while the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex stared down at the ground. The King – his eyes moist – kept his hands clasped and also looked down as members of the public filed past.
The king and his family stood alongside four costumed members of the Royal Company of Archers, who stood guard dressed in long-feathered hats and armed with arrows and quivers.
Members of the public – who filed past the coffin in their thousands throughout the afternoon – were briefly held back to allow the royals to take their places. However, they continued to parade once the vigil began, giving them an extraordinary perspective on the historic moment.
A number of members of the public bowed as they passed the king, others walking solemnly with their heads bowed. Charles wore Prince Charles Edward Stuart tartan and white heather in his Balmoral lappelle, while Anne and Edward appeared in military uniform.