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Service for the commencement of Lying-in-State of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

14 September 2022

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A service took place in Westminster Hall at 3pm on Wednesday 14 September for the reception of the coffin of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II before the Lying-in-State.

His Majesty King Charles III and the Royal Family, and members of the House of Commons and House of Lords, attended.

Arrival ceremony

His Majesty King Charles III, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, members of the legislatures of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and High Commissioners of the Realms, were present in Westminster Hall for the reception of Her Majesty’s coffin on Wednesday 14 September.

On arrival of the coffin, the Archbishop of Canterbury conducted a short service.

Lying-in-State

The Queen’s coffin will lie in state in Westminster Hall to allow members of the public to pay their respects before the State Funeral on Monday 19 September.

During the Lying-in-State, the Queen's coffin rests on a raised platform in the middle of Westminster Hall. Members of the public may visit Westminster Hall to pay their respects.

Each corner of the platform is guarded around the clock by units from the Sovereign's Bodyguard, Foot Guards or the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

Departure

The Lying-in-State ends on Monday 19 September. The Queen’s coffin will be carried from Westminster Hall on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy for the State Funeral in Westminster Abbey.

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Image: Copyright House of Lords / Photography by Roger Harris