Queen Elizabeth's funeral to be held on Monday, Sept 19

A tribute to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, among flowers and messages placed outside Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she died. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON - The funeral of Britain's Queen Elizabeth who died this week after 70 years on the throne, will be held on Monday, Sept 19 at 10am GMT (6pm Singapore time), England's most senior peer who is in charge of state occasions said on Saturday.

The queen's coffin will be taken from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh on Sunday before being flown to London on Tuesday.

She will later lie in state at Westminster Hall from Wednesday until the morning of the funeral, which will take place at London's Westminster Abbey.

"We will carry out our duty over the coming days with the heaviest of hearts, but also with the firmest of resolve to ensure a fitting farewell to one of the defining figures of our times," said the Earl Marshal, Edward Fitzalan-Howard, the Duke of Norfolk.

The queen's body currently rests in an oak coffin covered with the royal standard of Scotland and with a wreath of flowers laid on top in the ballroom of Balmoral Castle.

"It is a scene of quiet dignity," a senior palace official said. REUTERS

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