After the Queen’s demise, Operation Unicorn swung into motion to move her to a London funeral. Here is the place her physique is now


Queen Elizabeth II’s demise in Scotland has triggered a sequence of rigorously constructed ceremonial and constitutional procedures, as Britain continues its interval of nationwide mourning and heralds the reign of King Charles III.

Whereas the long-established plan for the Queen’s demise is code-named Operation London Bridge, a lesser-known plan referred to as Operation Unicorn is going down to move her physique from Balmoral Fort in Scotland.

Here is the place issues are at within the course of proper now, and what occurs subsequent.

The place is Queen Elizabeth II’s physique now?

On the time of writing on Saturday afternoon (AEST), Queen Elizabeth’s physique was at Balmoral Fort in north-east Scotland, the place she died on Thursday afternoon native time.

It was one in all her favorite locations, and she or he normally spent three months a yr there, so a plan was clearly wanted in case she died there. That is the place Operation Unicorn — the plan on what to do within the occasion of the Queen’s demise in Scotland — is available in.

The place will the physique be moved to subsequent?

The Queen’s physique is anticipated to depart Balmoral Fort on Sunday, earlier than being loaded onto the Royal Practice sure for Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.

There her coffin will relaxation on the official royal residence, a medieval palace referred to as Holyroodhouse on the foot of town’s Royal Mile.

It’s anticipated to be carried in procession alongside Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on Monday, in order that members of the general public will pay their respects because it travels to St Giles’ Cathedral.

Flowers and tributes to Queen Elizabeth II are positioned exterior the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland.(Reuters: Lee Smith)

King Charles III and different members of the royal household are anticipated to hitch mourners at St Giles, the place the Queen’s stays are anticipated to lie in state.

Some postal staff and railway staff have referred to as off deliberate strikes within the metropolis, out of respect for the Queen.

The coffin will then be transported by practice or airplane to London, the place the Queen will lie in state for a number of days in Parliament’s Westminster Corridor, which can be opened to the general public.

If it goes by practice it should journey from Edinburgh’s Waverley Station to St Pancras Station in London.

Queen Ellizabeth is wearing a blue outfit as she steps off the royal train and onto a platform.
The Royal Practice’s route from Hitchin to London would be the identical route the Queen used to journey between her houses in London and Sandringham.(Reuters: Andrew Milligan/ File)

The Queen’s physique will lie in Buckingham Palace’s throne room earlier than being positioned onto a gun carriage for the journey to Westminster Corridor — anticipated on Wednesday — the place an official interval of mendacity in state for 4 days will start.

Members of the British armed forces will guard the coffin, and the brand new King can also be anticipated to pay his respects in Westminster Corridor throughout this era.

Mourners file past the coffin of the Queen Mother as she lies in state in Westminster Hall.
The Queen Mom lay in state in Westminster Corridor for 3 days after her demise on March 30, 2002.(Reuters)

When will the Queen’s funeral be?

The date for the Queen’s funeral is but to be introduced, however it could possibly be on Wednesday, September 21.

Will probably be attended by leaders and dignitaries from all over the world.

The Queen’s coffin can be carried the quick distance from Westminster Corridor to Westminster Abbey for the ceremony.

Crowds are anticipated to flood the streets of London, with thousands and thousands all over the world set to look at the funeral on tv.

The UK’s nationwide mourning interval will finish the day after the Queen’s funeral.

The place will the Queen be buried?

Crowds are anticipated to line the 37-kilometre stretch of highway between the Abbey and Windsor Fort because the Queen’s coffin is pushed to her ultimate burial web site in a hearse.

The Queen will then be buried within the King George VI Memorial Chapel at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

The physique of her husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021, can be moved from the Royal Vault so the 2 of them can lie collectively.

The exterior of St George's Chapel.
St George’s Chapel has additionally hosted the weddings of Charles and Camilla in 2005, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018.(Provided: Kensington Palace)


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Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022

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