THE Queen will leave Buckingham Palace for the last time today on September 14, for her lying-in-state procession.
The procession is set to start at 2.22 pm, and we take a look at why it will commence at such a precise time.
Why does the Queen's procession start at 2.22pm?
The procession will begin at exactly 2.22 pm, because it takes 38 minutes to walk from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.
The specific timing reflects how meticulously everything about the mourning period and the Queen’s funeral has been planned.
King Charles will be leading the royal men by foot in the procession this afternoon through the streets of London.
He will be joined by his sons the Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex, as well as the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex.
Anne's son Peter Phillips and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence will also walk in the procession, as well as the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.
The Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Sussex will travel by car.
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Where does the Queen's procession start?
The late Queen’s coffin will leave Buckingham Palace at 2.22pm today on September 14, 2022.
Ceremonial viewing areas will be set up along the route to allow the public to pay their respects.
These will be at:
- The Green Park side of The Mall
- The St James’s Park side of The Mall
- Horse Guards Road
- Horse Guards Parade ground
- Whitehall (West)
- Parliament Street (West)
- Great George Street;
- Whitehall (East)
- Parliament Street (East)
- Bridge Street
From 11 am on Wednesday, September 14, viewing areas will open with limited capacity and entrance given in order of admittance time.
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“Please do not wait or camp in advance of the processional day. If you camp before this time you may be asked to move on,” official guidance states.
A screening site will be set up in Hyde Park, where the ceremonial procession will be shown on large screens. This also begins at 11 am.
Where does the Queen's procession end?
The Queen's procession is expected to arrive at Westminster Hall for a service at 3 pm.
A service lasting around 20 minutes will be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and accompanied by the Dean of Westminster.
Once the service has finished, the lying in state will begin at 5 pm.
It will continue until 6.30am on September 19 – the day of the Queen’s funeral.
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The Queen's funeral will take place at London's Westminster Abbey on September 19, at 11 am.
After her funeral, the Queen will be reunited in death with her late husband of 73 years Prince Philip, who will be moved from the Royal Vault beneath St. George's Chapel.
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