Queen Elizabeth's Death: What Happens Now?
In the past, the death of a ruler was a time of uncertainty
and danger. Was there an heir? Were there rival claimants to the throne? Would
there be war?
In our modern era, we have protocols to deal with events and
plans are made long in advance.
Queen Elizabeth is survived by her four children, eight
grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren, so the line of succession is
secure. First in line to the throne is her eldest son, the Prince of Wales,
followed by his eldest son, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
Any monarch’s death is a time of ending and new beginning, a
time for remembrance and looking forward. The events unfolding in England over
the next two weeks - a mix of events to celebrate the Queen’s life and work,
and events to prepare the reign of King Charles III – will reflect that
Celebrating the Life and Reign of Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth II © popovaphoto | 123RF.com
- On Friday, bells tolled at
Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Windsor Castle, and churches all
around the country to mark her passing. In the evening, a service of remembrance
was held at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
- On Monday, The Queen’s coffin will
travel from Balmoral to St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, where people can pay
- On its return to England, the
coffin will travel from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where Queen
Elizabeth will lie in state until the state funeral, for citizens wishing to
pay their respects
- During this time, the country
will observe a period of national mourning. Flags will be flown at half-mast. A
virtual Book of Condolence is available on the Royal Family website. Books of Condolence
will be opened at various points – like town halls and churches - and memorial
services will take place to give thanks for her life
- On Saturday, a memorial flower
garden will open in London’s Green Park, for anyone wishing to lay flowers.
According to the BBC, Balmoral Castle, Windsor Castle, Sandringham, Hillsborough
Castle in Belfast, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, and Cardiff City
Hall also have designated places for floral tributes.
- The Queen’s funeral service
will be held at Westminster Abbey, before the coffin will travel to St. George’s
Chapel, Windsor, to be interred there.
Beginning the reign of King Charles III
King Charles III © rafaelbenari/123RF.COM
- On Friday, King Charles and
Queen Camilla returned to Buckingham Palace, greeting well-wishers and inspecting
floral tributes left for the late Queen on the way.
- The King then had a meeting
with Prime Minister Liz Truss.
- Later in the evening, he addressed the nation in a TV broadcast and
attended a memorial service for his late mother
- The King’s Official
Proclamation will take place on Saturday at St James's Palace in London, in front of a
ceremonial body known as the Accession Council.
- He will make his first
declaration to the Accession Council before a public proclamation is made from
a balcony above Friary Court in St. James’s Palace to declare Charles the new
- For the first time in
history, the King’s Proclamation will be televised.
- And for twenty-four hours from the proclamation, all flags in the country will be flown at full mast to acknowledge the accession of King Charles III. The following day, the flags will be lowered to half-mast again until the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth
- The final step in the journey
is the King’s coronation, for which no date has been set yet.
We will update this page with further information as it becomes available.