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By Lily Niu on 13th September 2022

On Thursday 8th September, the world watched, saddened, at the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing.

Throughout her record-breaking 70-year reign, she brought the people of Britain and the Commonwealth a sense of pride, purpose, and unrivalled devotion.

As flags across the royal residences and government buildings were lowered to half mast, the UK entered a period of national mourning. Now, with Her Majesty’s funeral scheduled for Monday 19th September, we will observe the subsequent phases of “Operation London Bridge”, the long thought out plan for Elizabeth’s funeral, unfolding in real-time.

It is a rare event in one’s lifetime to witness the death of a monarch and the coronation of a new one; this historic moment will undoubtedly mark a significant turning point in not only Britain but the world over.

Prior to the funeral, the late Queen will be lying in state in Westminster Cathedral where members of the public will be able to visit and pay their respects to Her Royal Highness, should they wish to.

When Elizabeth Bowles-Lyon, the Queen’s mother - known lovingly as the “Queen Mother” - lay in state at Westminster following her death in 2002, over 200,000 people queued to bid her farewell.

The day of Elizabeth II’s funeral

A congregation of 2000 guests are expected to be in attendance at the state funeral. Undoubtedly, all members of the Royal Family, both immediate and extended, will be paying their respects.

World leaders such as United States President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will be arriving in London over the coming days to attend the service, which will be the first full state funeral hosted in Britain since the death of Winston Churchill in 1965.

State representatives who are unable to make the service will have had a chance to sign a book of condolence for the Queen.

Of course, members of the European royal families will be in attendance on this momentous occasion, with a number of them related to the late Queen and the Windsors, including King Felipe VI and Queen Letiza of Spain, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco, and King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

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