Funeral arrangements for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

Published 31 March 2002


The funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother will take place on Tuesday, 9 April at 11.30am, in Westminster Abbey.

Queen Elizabeth's coffin will rest in the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor Great Park until Tuesday, 2 April, when it will be taken to Queen's Chapel at St James's Palace.

On Friday 5th April, Queen Elizabeth's coffin will be carried in a ceremonial procession to Westminster Hall, where it will Lie-in-State from Friday afternoon until the evening of Monday, 8 April.

After the funeral the coffin will then be taken to St George's Chapel, Windsor, for a private Committal Service, where it will be interred beside King George VI in the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

Princess Margaret's casket will be taken from the Royal Vault, and interred in the same vault as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

In accordance with Her Majesty's wishes, there will be no official Memorial Service.

There will be National Mourning up to the day of Queen Elizabeth's funeral. Family Mourning will be observed by members of the Royal Family until 19 April, after Princess Margaret's memorial service.

During this period, The Queen and other members of the Royal Family will be carrying out official duties, although some engagements may be postponed or cancelled.

Flags have been half-masted at Royal Residences, and will remain half-masted until the day of Queen Elizabeth's funeral.

Queen Elizabeth's Personal Standard will fly at half mast at Clarence House when the coffin arrives in London.

Condolence messages
Condolence books have been opened at St James's Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, between 8.00am and 6.00pm every day until the funeral. Condolence books will be opened at Windsor Castle tomorrow.

Condolence e-mails may be sent to Queen Elizabeth's memorial web site at

Charitable donations
People wishing to make charity donations in memory of Queen Elizabeth may do so by making donations to Queen Elizabeth's Charitable Trust, a charity which makes grants to those charitable causes with which Queen Elizabeth had a connection or in which Her Majesty had an interest.

Donations may be made across the counter at all clearing banks.

Postal donations may be sent to:
Queen Elizabeth's Charitable Trust
PO BOX 34842
London W8 7XB.

Those wishing to make a donation benefiting charitable activities in Scotland, in memory of Queen Elizabeth's special connections with Scotland, may post their donations to:
Queen Elizabeth's Charitable Trust
PO Box 17212
Edinburgh EH12 9TT.

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