Queens Last Procession to Westminster Hall on Wednesday

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  • Queen Elizabeth II coffin' farewell procession to Westminster on Wednesday.
  • The queen will be laid to rest on Monday Westminster Abbey
  • Indian President Droupadi Murmu to attend Queens funeral on September 19.

Buckingham Palace: The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II will make its final journey from Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday, to be conveyed in procession to Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament complex for Lying-in-State until the state funeral at Westminster Abbey nearby on Monday.

The Coffin is scheduled to leave the landmark palace at 2:22 pm local time (1322 GMT), people from the palace said for it final procession.

The coffin landing at the London airport from Edinburgh was headed back towards the palace. Athe grand entrance of Buckingham Palace, the hearse was received by a guard of honour formed by the King’s Guard and a bearer party then took the coffin to the Bow Room in the palace where it will be placed on trestles in the centre of the room. Besides the senior royals including the Queen’s children and grandchildren, the Rt Revd Dame Sarah Mullally, Dean of the Chapels Royal, conducted prayers followed by a rota of chaplains to the King keeping watch over the coffin overnight. The Imperial State Crown and a wreath of flowers was placed on the coffin as the prayers were said in the presence of the King and other members of the royal family.

Earlier, crowds began massing early along the flag-lined road outside the palace for the procession from the monarch’s official London residence to the historic Westminster Hall at Parliament.

In the 70 years of reign of Queen Elizabeth II, India-UK ties have evolved, flourished and strengthened immensely. Respecting ties with the English nation, India first tribal president Droupadi Murmu will travel to London on September 17 to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral on September 19 and offer condolences on behalf of the GoI.

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