Her Majesty The Queen's coffin will return to London


Her Majesty The Queen’s Coffin will depart St Giles’s Cathedral for Buckingham Palace tomorrow, Tuesday 13th September 2022.

Having travelled from St Giles’ Cathedral, Her Majesty’s Coffin will depart in a Royal Air Force aircraft from Edinburgh Airport in the early evening, arriving into RAF Northolt.

The Princess Royal accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence will travel with the Coffin on its journey.

At Edinburgh Airport, The Coffin will be conveyed onto the aircraft by a Royal Air Force Bearer Party and a Guard of Honour will be found by The Royal Regiment of Scotland. There will be a Royal Salute as the Coffin arrives. The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will also be present on the apron. 

As the aircraft leaves, the Guard of Honour will give a final Royal Salute. The Band will play one verse of the National Anthem.

At RAF Northolt, the Bearer Party and Guard of Honour will be formed by The Queen’s Colour Squadron (63 Squadron RAF Regiment). The Bearer Party will convey the Coffin to the State Hearse.

The Guard of Honour will present arms on the arrival of Coffin and remain in that position until the State Hearse has departed the airfield.

The State Hearse will then convey the Coffin to Buckingham Palace. The route will be:

  • A40
  • Westbourne Terrace
  • Lancaster Gate
  • Bayswater Road
  • Marble Arch,
  • Park Lane
  • Hyde Park Corner
  • Constitution Hill
  • Centre Gate Centre Arch of Buckingham Palace


The Queen’s Coffin will rest in the Bow Room at Buckingham Palace overnight.

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