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Queen Elizabeth II Passes Away: What Happens Next?

On Thursday, Buckingham Palace confirmed Queen Elizabeth died at Balmoral, her Scottish residence. She was 96 years old.

Her death marked the end of an era, sending shockwaves throughout the nation, while condolences have poured in from around the globe.

The British Prime Minister Liz Truss was one of the first to acknowledge the new reign of Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son, Charles III. Here’s what happens next.

How Did The News Break?

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The queen’s private secretary, Sir Edward Young, would have contacted the prime minister first, according to The Guardian’s breakdown of “Operation London Bridge,” which has been in place since the 1960s.

It would have reached 56 nations, including 13 governments outside the U.K., where the British monarch is also head of state.

Queen Elizabeth’s body will first be transported from Balmoral, where she died, to St Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile. Following her death, flags were flown at half-mast at the royal residences. It will continue until 8 a.m. on the morning following the final day of mourning.

She will be buried at Buckingham Palace, where four Grenadier Guards will guard her body and watch it.

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When Does the Funeral Take Place?

The day after her death, a memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and her family members may attend church to honor her memory.

It will take four days for her coffin to be moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where she will lie in state until the day of her funeral. As part of this transition, a grand military parade will be marched down the Mall, passed Horse Guards, and passed the Cenotaph – a journey that will accommodate 1 million people.

Corgis, the dog breed that the queen looked after throughout her reign, may also participate in the parade.

The Royal Family will observe a period of royal mourning starting the day after her death and lasting seven days after her funeral. In addition to royals, their staff, and troops performing ceremonial duties, representatives of the royal household will be on duty to observe this event.