Queen Elizabeth’s death: what happens next?

AFTER The trauma of the Queen’s passing the nation turns to long-standing customs, rules and traditions to help cope with its grief.

Britain’s longest-reigning monarch spent 70 years on the throne but what happens next?

Her eldest son Charles is now King and has announced he will be known as King Charles III.

His coronation will likely take place next year.

The Queen’s body will be transported to London and after three days will be taken in a procession to the Palace of Westminster.

There it will lie in state for mourners to pay their respects for 23 hours-a-day over three days.

On day 10 after her death, The Queen will have a state funeral held at Westminster Abbey.

After the official ceremony, the coffin will be transported back from London to Windsor, and processions will take place on both sides.

There will be a committal service in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where traditionally many members of the Royal family have been buried since the 19th century.

The Queen will be interred at King George VI Memorial Chapel within St George’s Chapel, where she will rest side-to-side with her father King George VI, her mother Queen Elizabeth, and her younger sister Princess Margaret.

Prince Philip, the Queen’s husband of 73 years, will be moved to the Memorial chapel after the funeral, so they can be reunited in death.

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