Crowds gathered in our cathedrals yesterday as local proclamation ceremonies for King Charles III. took place across the country.
Condolence books open in cathedrals.
The king was officially proclaimed at St James’s Palace on Saturday, officially marking the beginning of his reign following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Thursday.
And as the Queen embarks on her final journey, our cathedrals are open all day for people to attend services, lay wreaths, light candles, say prayers, write her messages in the books of condolence, or just be.
Prayers are offered at every service in our cathedrals – some cathedrals offer hourly prayers throughout the day, and services of evening hymns, reflection, commemoration and thanksgiving are scheduled.
The Church of England has set up an online condolence book here.
You can also light a candle online here.
Many cathedrals are offering special services over the next seven days so please check your cathedral for up to date information.
The Queen’s coffin is taken from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to nearby St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh for a thanksgiving service today.
The public can view the coffin in the cathedral and pay their last respects from 5 p.m. for 24 hours.
Later in the evening, the king and other members of the royal family will hold a vigil in the cathedral in honor of their mother.
Tomorrow the King and Queen Consort will fly to Northern Ireland to visit Hillsborough Castle, meet Northern Ireland Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris and party leaders and receive a message of condolence from the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly before traveling to St Anne’s Cathedral for a service of prayer and reflection.
The Princess Royal will accompany the Queen’s coffin as it is flown to RAF Northolt in London on Tuesday evening by RAF aircraft. He is then laid to rest in the Bow Room at Buckingham Palace.
The King will lead Wednesday’s slow, silent procession behind the gun-carriage carrying her coffin to Westminster Hall, where the Queen’s state funeral will begin ahead of the state funeral on September 19.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will hold a brief service following the arrival of the coffin.
Those wishing to pay their respects can ceremonially walk past the Queen’s coffin 24 hours a day from 5pm on Wednesday 14 September to 6.30am on the day of the funeral service – Monday 19 September.
The Royal Household has announced a minute’s silence at 8pm on Sunday before the day of the funeral, church bells are expected to ring for the funeral service at Westminster Abbey, which will be televised, and a national minute’s silence is expected to be observed by two minutes is held on what has been called a national day of mourning.
After the service, the coffin is taken in a procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and then to Windsor.
Once there, the hearse will go in procession to St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where the Queen is buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, an annex to the main chapel, where her mother and father were buried along with the ashes, her last Her sister, Princess Margaret, finds her resting place. Philip’s coffin is brought from the royal vault to the memorial chapel to join that of the queen.