Chronicle of the Death of Queen Elizabeth II

Chronicle of the Death of Queen Elizabeth II


Here is a chronicle of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, including her final days and the aftermath of her death at the age of 96 after more than 70 years on the throne.

– September 6th –

The Queen receives Boris Johnson at her private retreat in Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands to accept his resignation as Prime Minister.

Shortly thereafter, she receives Liz Truss, the new leader of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, and invites her to form a government as Prime Minister.

– 7th of September –

Her final public statement as Queen of Canada is a message of condolences to the victims of the Saskatchewan stabbing.

“I mourn with all Canadians at this tragic time,” it concludes.

The Queen is withdrawing from an online meeting of the Privy Council’s formal advisory body, where Truss would have taken an oath and her new Cabinet ministers to be officially sworn in.

“After a full day yesterday, Her Majesty accepted the doctors’ advice this afternoon to rest,” Buckingham Palace says.

– September 8th –

Prince Charles flies to Balmoral, arriving at 10:30am (0930 GMT).

Buckingham Palace will issue a statement at 12.30pm saying doctors are concerned for her health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision.

“The Queen stays comfortable and with Balmoral,” it said.

Truss is notified of her death at 4:30 p.m.

Her death will be publicly announced at 6:30 p.m.

“The Queen died peacefully in Balmoral this afternoon,” the statement said.

Her daughter Princess Anne has been with her for the past 24 hours.

After her death, her eldest son immediately becomes King Charles III.

– September 9th –

King Charles III and his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, travel from Balmoral to Buckingham Palace in London, where they greet mourners at the gates.

The King meets Truss and pays tribute to his mother in a TV show.

He renews her promise of lifelong service and pledges to uphold British constitutional principles.

He makes his eldest son Prince William the Prince of Wales.

Senior politicians attend a service at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral. The ceremony will see the first official singing of “God Save The King” since 1952.

– September 10 –

King Charles III is officially proclaimed the new monarch in a ceremony in London.

A 21-gun salute is fired across the country.

In a rare show of unity, the King’s sons Princes William and Harry and their respective wives Catherine and Meghan watch the floral tributes outside Windsor Castle.

– September 11 –

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is driven from Balmoral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, the monarch’s official residence in Scotland. Anne accompanies the funeral procession.

– 12th September –

King Charles III addresses both Houses of Parliament at Westminster Hall in London.

The King and Queen fly to Edinburgh.

A procession brings the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II to St Giles’ Cathedral. Her four children march behind the hearse.

Members of the royal family attend a service celebrating their lives.

King Charles III addresses the Scottish Parliament.

The first of 33,000 mourners pass the coffin in the cathedral.

Queen Elizabeth II’s children stand guard around her coffin for about 10 minutes.

– 13.september –

The King and Queen fly to Belfast.

The King meets with Northern Ireland lawmakers and makes a speech. He shakes hands with Irish President Michael D Higgins at a service at St Anne’s Cathedral – the first foreign head of state to meet the new king.

Charles III returns to London.

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is flown from Edinburgh to London on a military transport plane, accompanied by Anne. It is then driven to Buckingham Palace.

– September 14th –

The coffin is carried on a carriage from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall to be laid out there. Tens if not hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pay their respects by walking past her coffin.

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