William And Harry Greet Public Together As Details For Queen’s Funeral Announced

Queen Elizabeth II (via screen capture)
Queen Elizabeth II (via screen capture)

The latest royal news from the U.K. including details announced today regarding the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II.

As is tradition, the Queen will lie in state – a custom of placing the closed coffin on view upon a raised platform – prior to the funeral allowing members of the public to pay their last respects. The coffin will be draped in a royal flag with a crown and perhaps other royal regalia placed on top.

As the Queen died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, a smaller lying in state will take place first at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday, September 12.

The Queen will then lie in state for four days at Westminster Hall in London beginning on Wednesday, September 14. That will be preceded by a ceremonial procession through London.

Upon the coffin’s arrival at Westminster Hall, the Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct a small, private service to be attended by members of the royal family.

Westminster Hall will then be opened to the public. Hundreds of thousands are expected to walk by the coffin and pay their respects.

The Queen will lie in state for four days until the morning of her funeral to be held on September 19 at 11am. The Queen’s coffin will then be moved the short distance to Westminster Abbey.

In related news, the Accession Council met today to formally confirm King Charles III as Britain’s new sovereign, along with several other formalities.

Prince William, 40, the oldest son of King Charles III and now the Prince of Wales, has become the next in line to the throne.

Also – William and Catherine, the Prince and Princess of Wales, were joined by Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, outside Windsor Castle today to greet members of the public and view the flowers and tributes left there for the queen.

Such joint appearances of the two brothers have been rare since Harry and Meghan made the decision to relocate to the United States and no longer be working royals.