The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II passes St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh
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The United Kingdom is in a 10-day period of national mourning after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 8 with her state funeral scheduled on Monday. Buckingham Palace has laid out a tight plan as the monarch’s coffin lies in state for the next four days at the grand hall of the Westminster Abbey.

According to the Independent, the Queen will lie in state from 5 p.m. local time Wednesday, Sept. 14 until 6:30 a.m., Sept.19, Monday next week with more than 1 million mourners expected to queue and pay their respects to the late Queen. A procession through London will follow to allow thousands of mourners to say their final goodbyes to the much-loved monarch. The funeral service will commence at 11 a.m. on the same day.

This will be an unusual ceremony for the nation as it will be the first time a British monarch’s funeral is to be held at the Abbey for many years, with the last being King George II in 1760. The Queen will be buried 20 miles from Westminster Abbey in the Royal Vault at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in Berkshire, next to her late husband, Prince Phillip, her sister Princess Margaret, and her parents King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Members of the Royal Family are expected to attend the funeral service. King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, Princess Anne and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex will also be attending the funeral, as well as Prince Andrew and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson. The Queen’s grandchildren will also be in attendance during their grandmother’s funeral.

The Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be at the service as well as Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, Zara and Mike Tindall. However, there is yet to be any confirmation if the late Queen's great-grandchildren are going to be present.

European royal families of Denmark, Sweden, Spain, and Belgium, could also possibly attend the funeral. Politicians both foreign and domestic are on the list of attendees, including the newly appointed U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss. U.S. President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Russian President Vladimir Putin may not be attending according to statements from the Kremlin.

The late monarch passed away peacefully at the age of 96, making her England’s longest reigning head of state with 70 years of service. Her son, Charles III, automatically became King after his mother’s death.

The hearse carrying the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives at St. Giles' Cathedral
The hearse carrying the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives at St. Giles' Cathedral after the procession from the Palace of Holyroodhouse on September 12, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Russell Cheyne - WPA Pool/Getty Images

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