What time the gun salute for the Queen is today and how many times it happens – iNews

The nation is in an official state of mourning after Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday.
Charles, the Queen’s eldest son, has officially been crowned King Charles III. In a written statement on the Queen’s passing, he said: “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.
“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.”
A meticulously planned operation codenamed London Bridge has swung into action following the Queen’s death.
Here’s when gun salutes will be raised in her honour, and what happens next.
There will be a gun salute for the Queen at 1pm on Friday, from Hyde Park in London as well as Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Woolwich, Cardiff, Belfast, Plymouth, Dover Castle, York and Gibraltar.
There will be 96 salutes, one to mark each year of the Queen’s life.
Bells will toll at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Windsor Castle at noon, and churches across the country are expected to follow suit.
The country will remain in a state of mourning until the Queen’s funeral, which is expected to be on Monday 19 September.
Under the plans for the Queen’s death, the day of the Queen’s death would have been known as D-Day, with each day that follows up to the Queen’s funeral known as D plus the number of days that have passed.
But the announcement came late in the day – at around 6.30pm on Thursday – meaning plans have been shifted a day to allow the complex arrangements to be put in place, meaning D+0 will be considered Friday.
Here’s what will happen on each day until the funeral.
D+1 – Saturday 10 September
The Accession Council meets, traditionally at 10am, at St James’s Palace in London to formally proclaim Charles as the new sovereign.
First, the Privy Council gathers without the King to proclaim the new monarch and arrange business relating to the proclamation.
Then Charles holds his first Privy Council, accompanied by Camilla – the new Queen – and William who are also Privy Counsellors, and makes his personal declaration and oath.
The first public proclamation of the new sovereign is read in the open air from the Friary Court balcony at St James’s Palace by the Garter King of Arms.
Proclamations are made around the city and across the country.
Union flags go back up to full-mast at 1pm and remain there for 24 hours to coincide with the proclamations before returning to half-mast.
Charles will also hold audiences with the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.
D+2 – Sunday 11 September
The Queen’s coffin is expected to be taken by road to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
Proclamations will be read in the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland devolved parliaments in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
D+3 – Monday 12 September
Procession is expected along Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral. Service and the Vigil of the Princes by members of the Royal Family.
The public may get the chance to file past the Queen’s coffin at a mini-lying in state in St Giles’.
The House of Commons and the House of Lords are expected to come together in Westminster for a Motion of Condolence, which the King could attend.
After leaving England and visiting Scotland, Charles will at some stage travel to the other countries of the UK – Wales and Northern Ireland – known as Operation Spring Tide.
D+4 – Tuesday 13 September
Coffin expected to be flown to London. Expected to be at rest at Buckingham Palace.
A rehearsal for the procession of the coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster takes place.
D+5 – Wednesday 14 September
The Queen’s lying in state is expected to begin in Westminster Hall – Operation Marquee – following a ceremonial procession through London. It will last four full days.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct a short service following the coffin’s arrival.
Hundreds of thousands of people will file past the coffin on its catafalque and pay their respects, just as they did for the Queen Mother’s lying in state in 2002.
The management of the queues outside is named Operation Feather.
During the Covid-19 crisis, plans included the possibility of the introduction of timed ticketing for those wanting to attend.
Senior royals are also expected to pay their own moving tribute, standing guard at some stage around the coffin – the tradition known as the Vigil of the Princes.
D+6 – Thursday 15 September
Lying in state continues and a rehearsal is likely to take place for the state funeral procession.
D+7 – Friday September 16 to D+9 – Sunday 18 September
Lying in state continues, ending on D+9. Heads of state begin to arrive for the funeral.
D+10 – Monday 19 September
The Queen’s state funeral is expected take place at Westminster Abbey in central London.
The original plans are for the Queen’s coffin to process on a gun carriage to the abbey, pulled by naval ratings – sailors – using ropes rather than horses.
Senior members of the family are expected to poignantly follow behind – just like they did for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.
The military will line the streets and also join the procession.
Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, European royals and key figures from public life will be invited to gather in the abbey, which can hold a congregation of 2,000.
The service will be televised, and a national two minutes’ silence is expected to be held.
The same day as the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will be taken to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for a televised committal service.
Later in the evening, there will be a private interment service with senior members of the royal family.
The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel, where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.
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