What will happen today as Queen’s coffin makes journey for lying in state

The Queen’s coffin arrived in Londonlast night after making its final journey from Edinburgh and will be moved again later today.

There were emotional scenes as asHer Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIembarked on her final journey after a night in St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, where over 20,000 people came to pay their respects

Following her death on 8 September, and as per tradition, the late monarch’s coffin is now to make its way to Westminster Hall forlying in statewhere members of the public will be able to pay their respects to the Queen.

Today at 2:22pm, a procession will take place from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall as theKing and his sons walk behind the coffinfor its journey.

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King Charles, the new Prince of Wales, Duke of Sussex, Duke of York, Princess Royaland the Earl of Wessex will follow the coffin on foot.

TheQueen Consort,Princess of Wales, Countess of Wessex andDuchess of Sussexwill travel by car.

Anne’s son Peter Phillips and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence will also walk behind the procession, as well as the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.

The coffin, adorned with the Imperial State Crown, will be transported on a gun carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace.

The King, members of the royal family and senior staff of the late Queen and King’s households will walk slowly behind in a dignified silence without music on a route that will take 38 minutes.

The procession is set to arrive at Westminster Hall at 3pm and a service lasting around 20 minutes will be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury accompanied by the Dean of Westminster.

Senior royals are also expected to pay tribute to Her Majesty, standing guard at some stage around the coffin for the Vigil of the Princes.

The lying in state opens to the public at 5pm and will be accessible 24 hours a day.

Tens of thousands are expected to wait in the queue before walking past the coffin, which will be raised on a catafalque and draped in the Royal Standard, with the Orb and Sceptre placed on top.

It will be guarded at all hours by units from the Sovereign’s Bodyguard, the Household Division or Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London.

The government have explained that the queue will continuously move, meaning there will be little chance for well-wishers to sit or rest. They have also urged people to 'dress appropriately' – any clothing with 'political or offensive slogans' have been banned.

Flowers, tributes, candles, flags, photos, hampers, sleeping bags, blankets, folding chairs and camping equipment are also all banned.

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