Queen Elizabeth news: Her Majesty to leave Buckingham Palace for final time before MILLIONS pay their last respects | The Sun

QUEEN Elizabeth II will leave Buckingham Palace for the final time before lying in state begins in Westminster later this evening.

In touching scenes, King Charles IIIwelcomed Her Majesty back to Buckingham Palace after thousands of mourners paid their respects at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh yesterday.

The Queen was welcomed back to the palace with loud cheers as her motorcade and hearse drove into the palace gates.

Members of the public are already queueing for the Queen's lying in state at Westminster Hall, which opens today, and thousands are still placing floral tributes in Green Park.

At exactly 2.22pm the coffin will leave Buckingham Palace.

King Charles and members of the Royal Family will lead the procession behind the gun carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery as it carries the coffin to Westminster Hall.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen to leave Buckingham Palace for final time today

    The King and his sons will walk behind the Queen's coffin as she leaves Buckingham Palace for the final time ahead of her lying in state.

    The royal family will accompany their matriarch on foot on the journey to Westminster Hall where hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pay their respects after queueing for hours.

    Charles, the Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex, along with the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex, will form part of the procession on Wednesday afternoon.

    Anne's son Peter Phillips and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence will also walk behind the procession, as well as the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.

    The Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Sussex will travel by car.

    The procession will leave the palace at 2.22pm and is expected to arrive at Westminster Hall at 3pm.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen 'abhorred war' says ex-army chief

    Ex-head of the armed forces Lord Richards said the Queen usually knew at least as much as him in advance of briefings.

    The former chief of the defence staff told LBC: "I had the privilege of having an audience with her at least twice a year, sometimes more, mainly to brief her on the state of morale of the armed forces, what we were up to, and including operational updates.

    "And she usually knew at least as much as me in advance, but it was more her interest and very penetrating questions based, of course, on huge experience, including of World War Two.

    "And like all good military people, she abhorred war as much as we do, knowing it should be an absolute last resort, and yet we were in a lot of conflict during her reign."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Pizza delivered to mourners queuing overnight

    The most dedicated royal fans have remained in a queue overnight ahead of the Queen's lying in state. 

    Some ordered pizza to the queue, while others wrapped themselves up in plastic bags to keep warm and dry. 

    The lying in state will begin from 5pm today after a ceremonial procession carries the Queen's coffin to Westminster Hall. 

  • Henry Moore

    What time will the Procession to Westminster begin?

    King Charles III will lead a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster today.

    Joined by his close family members, Charles will lead the Queen's coffin to Westminster, where it will stay until her funeral on Monday.

    The procession will begin at exactly 2:22pm.

  • Henry Moore

    Harry and William will walk behind the Queen's coffin today

    In a show of unity, the two brothers will walk behind Her Majesty's coffin, as it makes its way to Westminster

    King Charles will lead the sorrowful procession on foot from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster at 2.22pm.

    He will be joined by his three royal siblings as well as Peter Phillips, Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Prince Richard and the Earl of Snowdon.

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  • Louis Allwood

    Royal fans told to pack up tents

    Royal fans camping out on The Mall before the Queen’s funeral have been told to pack up their tents by police.

    In video footage, an officer is heard saying: "I understand why you guys are here but obviously there's loads of stuff going on, we can't have tents here for security reasons and under regulations.

    "So I'm going to ask you to pack everything up and take your tent down.

    "It's up to you where you go but if you do end up camping somewhere else you'll probably be asked the same thing again."

  • Louis Allwood

    When can you see The Queen?

    The Queen’s coffin will lie in state at ­Westminster Hall from 5pm today until 6.30am on Monday, the day of the funeral.

    The hall will remain open for 24 hours a day.

    It is predicted more than a ­million mourners will queue to pay their respects, with Whitehall chiefs warning ­people could be waiting for up to 18 hours.

    The route, which will snake along the Thames, will be lined with extra portable toilets and water stations. The public will pass through airport-style ­security and only small bags are permitted.

    Filming and photography in Westminster Hall will be strictly prohibited. More details about the arrangements will be made available on the gov.uk website tonight at 10pm.

    The last person to lie in state was the Queen Mother, who died on March 30, 2002. An estimated 200,000 people paid their respects.

  • Louis Allwood

    What will happen Sunday?

    The nation will come together to “mourn and reflect on the life and legacy of the Queen” with a minute’s silence at 8pm.

    People will mark the occasion in their own homes, on the street with neighbours or at local vigils. And those living abroad are urged to join in too.

    A minute of silence was held for the late Prince Philip’s funeral last year.

    The spokesman for Prime Minister Liz Truss said on Sunday: “We encourage local community groups, clubs and other organisations to mark this moment of reflection. And if you are overseas, people are encouraged to mark the silence at their local time.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Lidl will close stores

    Lidl has confirmed that, as a mark of respect, it will close all its stores across England, Scotland and Wales on the day of the funeral.

    A spokesman said: "We are grateful to all Lidl customers for their understanding and will be keeping all who mourn Her Royal Highness in our thoughts during this time."

  • Louis Allwood

    Very emotional return

    The crowds at Buckingham Palace let out three cheers as Her Majesty entered the Palace gates.

    A very warm welcome to a truly remarkable Monarch.

  • Louis Allwood

    The Queen's State Hearse design

    The Queen's State Hearse has been designed by the Royal Household and Jaguar Land Rover.

    Her Majesty was consulted on the plans and the hearse has a Royal Claret finish, the same colour as the official royal and state vehicles.

    The vehicle features The Queen's Personal Royal Cypher and was designed to allow mourners to have clear sight of the coffin with the addition of lights inside.

  • Louis Allwood

    Princess Anne 'was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life'

    She says: "It has been an honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys." 

    The statement adds: "I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life. It has been an honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys.

    "Witnessing the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and uplifting.

    "We will all share unique memories. I offer my thanks to each and every one who share our sense of loss.

    "We may have been reminded how much of her presence and contribution to our national identity we took for granted. 

    "I am also so grateful for the support and understanding offered to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the added responsibilities of The Monarch.

    "To my mother, The Queen, thank you."

  • Louis Allwood

    BBC to air Paddington films

    BBC have confirmed its schedule for The Queen's funeral next week – and will air Paddington films in her honour.

    As people fondly remember the skit Her Majesty took part in with Paddington Bear, where it was finally revealed what was inside her handbag, the will air both films as 'special broadcasts'.

    The first instalment will be show on BBC One this Saturday at 7pm.

    The much-loved franchise's second film will then be aired following The Queen's funeral on Monday at 6:50pm.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Harry hits out after being 'banned' from wearing military uniform

    The Duke of Sussex's spokesman insisted his "decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears".

    And they confirmed he will instead wear a morning suit throughout events honouring his grandmother the Queen.

    The spokesman said:  “Prince Harry will wear a morning suit throughout events honouring his grandmother.

    "His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Cinemas to shut for Queen's funeral

    Major chains including Cineworld, Odeon and Showcase will shut their sites on September 19 in a mark of respect.

    The Queen's state funeral has been declared a bank holiday and several major retailers have also decided to shut up shop next week, out of respect.

    Cineworld will close all of its one hundred cinema in the UK, and 17 Showcase branches will also be shut.

    All 120 Odeon cinemas will be closed on Monday too.

  • Louis Allwood

    BBC pushes back MasterChef finale

    The BBC cooking competition was set to air its three finals episodes this week.

    However, the schedules have changed at short notice to replace Tuesday's instalment with an episode of The One Show paying tribute to the Queen.

    Finals week was set to kick off at 9pm on BBC One, but now tonight's TV listings have moved the magazine show, which usually airs at 7pm, into the slot with a special episode called Our Queen Remembered.

    Now, the grand final is set to air on Thursday, 22 September at 8.30pm.

  • Louis Allwood

    When can you see The Queen?

    The Queen’s coffin will lie in state at ­Westminster Hall from 5pm tomorrow until 6.30am on Monday, the day of the funeral.

    The hall will remain open for 24 hours a day.

    It is predicted more than a ­million mourners will queue to pay their respects, with Whitehall chiefs warning ­people could be waiting for up to 18 hours.

    The route, which will snake along the Thames, will be lined with extra portable toilets and water stations. The public will pass through airport-style ­security and only small bags are permitted.

    Filming and photography in Westminster Hall will be strictly prohibited. More details about the arrangements will be made available on the gov.uk website tonight at 10pm.

    The last person to lie in state was the Queen Mother, who died on March 30, 2002. An estimated 200,000 people paid their respects.

  • Louis Allwood

    What will happen Sunday?

    The nation will come together to “mourn and reflect on the life and legacy of the Queen” with a minute’s silence at 8pm.

    People will mark the occasion in their own homes, on the street with neighbours or at local vigils. And those living abroad are urged to join in too.

    A minute of silence was held for the late Prince Philip’s funeral last year.

    The spokesman for Prime Minister Liz Truss said yesterday: “We encourage local community groups, clubs and other organisations to mark this moment of reflection. And if you are overseas, people are encouraged to mark the silence at their local time.”

  • Louis Allwood

    What can we expect tomorrow?

    At exactly 2.22pm the coffin will leave Buckingham Palace. King Charles and members of the Royal Family will lead the procession behind the gun carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery as it carries the coffin to Westminster Hall.

    Crowds will be able to watch as it makes the 38-minute journey along Queen’s Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.

    Ceremonial viewing areas are being set up along the route, including both sides of The Mall and on the Horse Guards Parade ground, but the public are advised not to turn up until 11am.

    If the zones are full, people will be directed to Hyde Park where they can watch proceedings on a large screen. Screening sites will have toilet access.

    The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will conduct a short service assisted by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster.

    From 5pm Westminster Hall will be open to the public to pay their respects as the Queen lies in state.

  • Louis Allwood

    King Charles departs Buckingham Palace

    King Charles has made his way to Clarence House after greeting the Queen's coffin back to Buckingham Palace.

  • Louis Allwood

    Lidl will close stores

    Lidl has confirmed that, as a mark of respect, it will close all its stores across England, Scotland and Wales on the day of the funeral.

    A spokesman said: "We are grateful to all Lidl customers for their understanding and will be keeping all who mourn Her Royal Highness in our thoughts during this time."

  • Louis Allwood

    Very emotional return

    The crowds at Buckingham Palace let out three cheers as Her Majesty entered the Palace gates this evening.

    A very warm welcome to a truly remarkable Monarch.

  • Louis Allwood

    The Queen has arrived back at Buckingham Palace

    Thousands of people gathered outside Buckingham Palace tonight to welcome the hearse carrying the late Queen's coffin.

    The hearse was greeted by enormous cheers as Her Majesty returned home.

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen's coffin goes past Marble Arch

    The Queen will shortly be greeted back at Buckingham Palace by King Charles and other Royal Family members.

    Credit: AFP
  • Louis Allwood

    Buckingham Palace continues to become more crowded

    The Guardsmen of the Household division have marched in front of the Palace gates.

    The group can now be seen standing in formation and following commands.

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