Here is everything you need to know about Queen Elizabeth’s lying in state, including the route, timings and how you can visit to pay your respects.
Where is Queen Elizabeth’s coffin?
Queen Elizabeth’s coffin is lying at rest at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. The historic occasion has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Scottish capital to pay their respects before the funeral ceremony takes place.
It is the first time a person has lied in state since Queen Elizabeth, the Queen’s mother, in April 2002. Prince Phillip did not lie in state before his funeral in April 2021, as he decided against it. Coronavirus restrictions at the time also prevented any public gatherings from taking place.
Where will Queen Elizabeth II lie in state?
The Queen’s coffin will remain in Edinburgh until 3pm on Tuesday 13 September.
The coffin will lie in state in the Palace of Westminster. The late monarch’s lying in state will open to the public at 5pm on Wednesday 14 September.
It will be open to visitors 24 hours a day and the public are able to pay their respects at any point up until 6.30am on Monday 19 September - the day of the Queen’s state funeral.
What happens during Queen Elizabeth’s lying in state procession?
On Wednesday 14 September, a ceremonial procession will take place which will see the Queen’s coffin travel from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster. Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the procession and there will be over 10,000 police officers and over 1,500 soldiers at the historic event for crowd control.
The procession will start at Buckingham Palace at 2.22pm. The coffin will travel along The Mall before making its way to the Palace of Westminster where the lying in state will begin.
The route for the procession will see the coffin travel through a number of London landmarks such as:
- The Queen’s Gardens
- The Mall
- Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch
- Parliament Street
- Parliament Square
- New Palace Yard
How to watch the lying in state procession?
During the procession there will be a designated view point for members of the public to watch the procession. These view areas will be open to the public at 11am and people will be admitted on a first come first serve basis.
Here is a list of viewing areas for the ceremonial route:
- Green Park side of The Mall
- St James’ Park side of The Mall
- Horse Guards Parade Ground
- Whitehall East
You can also watch the historic event from a screening site at Hyde Park where the procession will be shown on large screens. Access to the sites are free for the public.
Recommended access to the screening site is from the North Side of Hyde Park from Marlborough Gate to Marble Arch. The best ways to travel to Hyde Park screening sites are from one of the following London Underground Stations.
- Bond Street
- Oxford Circus
- Hyde Park Corner
- Marble Arch
- Tottenham Court Road