The Queen’s funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on 19 September, it has been announced.
The state funeral for Her Majesty, who died on Thursday, will start at 11am at the church in central London.
Further details were confirmed on Saturday on the carefully choreographed plans which will include a four-day lying in state at Westminster Hall from Wednesday.
The Queen’s oak coffin – which is lying in the Ballroom at Balmoral Castle – will be taken by road to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on Sunday, on a slow six hour journey by hearse, to allow mourners gathered in the towns and villages to pay their respects.
On Monday, the coffin will be transferred from Holyroodhouse in procession to St Giles’s Cathedral where it will lie at rest until Tuesday, before being taken by air by RAF plane to London.
The Queen will lie in state for “four clear days” in Westminster Hall, arriving there on Wednesday until 6.30am on the morning of her funeral the following Monday, a senior palace official said.
The public will be able to file past to see the late monarch’s coffin – and further details of how the public can attend will be announced in the coming days.
A spokesman for the King said the monarch’s main focus would be leading the Royal Family and nation in mourning over the coming days.
The spokesman said: “Whilst, in the next few days, the King will carry out all the necessary state duties, his main focus will be leading the Royal Family, the nation, the Realms and the Commonwealth in mourning Her Majesty The Queen.
"This will include meeting members of the public, to share in their grief."
Westminster Abbey said it would be closed for visiting and worshipping while preparing for the Queen’s funeral.
Announcing the news on Twitter, a statement read: “Buckingham Palace has announced that the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will be held at Westminster Abbey at 11am on Monday 19th September.
“As a royal church, the Abbey had a special relationship with the Queen.
“It was here that she married Prince Philip in November 1947, and her coronation was held in the Abbey in June 1953.
“The Abbey will be closed for visiting and worshipping from Monday (12 September) as we prepare for the state funeral, which will be broadcast live on television, radio and online.”