1 week from Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, here’s what’s happening today

Britain continued its official period of mourning Monday, exactly one week before the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. A number of scheduled engagements were taking place around the country.

King Charles III in parliament

The two houses of the British Parliament came together Monday in London’s Westminster Hall for members to express their condolences directly to the new monarch, King Charles III, and his wife Queen Consort Camilla, on their personal loss.

Presentation Of Addresses By Both Houses of Parliament To His Majesty King Charles III
King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort take part in an address in Westminster Hall on September 12, 2022 in London, England.


“Parliament is the living and breathing instrument of our democracy,” the king told the gathered politicians. “While very young, her late majesty pledged herself to serve her country and her people and to maintain the precious principles of constitutional government which lie at the heart of our nation. This vow she kept with unsurpassed devotion. She set an example of selfless duty which, with God’s help and your counsels, I am resolved faithfully to follow.”

Travel to Edinburgh

King Charles and Camilla then left London to fly to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, where the queen’s coffin arrived yesterday after a long journey by car from her highland estate in Balmoral. 

There, Charles was given the ceremonial keys to the city at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the royal palace in Edinburgh.

Procession along Royal Mile

Queen Elizabeth’s coffin processed down the Royal Mile, a thoroughfare through the old city of Edinburgh, to St. Giles’ Cathedral. King Charles, along with other members of the royal family, walked behind the coffin during the procession.

A service is now taking place at St. Giles’ Cathedral to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s life and her connection to Scotland.

Day Three Of Mourning Following The Death Of Queen Elizabeth II
Spectators watch Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin pass along the Royal Mile, outside St. Giles Cathedral, en route to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, on day three of public mourning following the death of the queen, in Edinburgh, Scotland, September 11, 2022.

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Lying in state

The queen’s coffin will lie in state in St. Giles’ Cathedral for 24 hours, offering members of the public their first opportunity to visit and pay their respects in person.

After another motion of condolence is made by the Scottish Parliament, Queen Elizabeth’s children, including the king, will hold a vigil around her coffin Monday afternoon.

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