Feature image: last photo of Queen Elizabeth II
Updated Tuesday 20 Sep 2022
Australia is set to pay its respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 22 September, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese earlier declaring it a public holiday in Her Majesty’s honour.
While some states are enforcing double demerits over the National Day of Mourning, Queensland already applies double demerits all year round rather than during set periods.
Updated Monday 19 Sep 2022
Watch Live: The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II – BBC
Updated Friday 16 Sep 2022
The Royal Family has released new details about the “arrangements for the State Funeral and Committal Service for Her Majesty The Queen”.
Full statement: The State Funeral and Committal Service for Her Majesty The Queen
His Majesty The King and the Royal Family wish to send their sincere gratitude for the messages of condolence received from around the world. The Royal Family has been deeply moved by the global response and affection shown for The Queen as people join them in mourning the loss of Her Majesty.
The State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday, 19th September at 1100hrs BST (8pm AEST). A Committal Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, will take place later the same day at 1600hrs (1am Tuesday AEST). Presently, The Queen Lies-in-State in Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster, having arrived in Procession from Buckingham Palace yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 14th September.
Elements of the State Funeral Service and the associated ceremonial arrangements will pay tribute to The Queen’s extraordinary reign, and Her Majesty’s remarkable life of service as Head of State, Nation and Commonwealth.
Presently, a continuous Vigil of Her Majesty’s Coffin is being kept by The King’s Body Guards at the Palace of Westminster. Each Watch lasts for six hours, with individuals within those Watches keeping Vigil for 20 minutes.
The Coffin is draped with the Royal Standard, on which lie the Instruments of State, the Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre, where they will remain for the duration of the State Funeral and Committal Service.
A Vigil around the Coffin will be held by The King, The Princess Royal, The Duke of York, and The Earl of Wessex at 1930hrs tomorrow evening, Friday 16th September (4.30am Saturday AEST).
On the morning of the State Funeral, the Lying-in-State will end at 0630hrs (3.30pm AEST) as the final members of the public are admitted.
At 1044hrs (7.44pm AEST) the Coffin will be borne in Procession on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the State Funeral.
Immediately following the Coffin will be The King, Members of the Royal Family and members of The King’s Household.
The Procession will arrive at the West Gate of Westminster Abbey at 1052hrs (7.52pm AEST) where the Bearer Party will lift the coffin from the State Gun Carriage and carry it into the Abbey for the State Funeral Service.
The State Funeral Service will be attended by Heads of State and Overseas Government Representatives, including Foreign Royal Families, Governors General and Realm Prime Ministers. Other representatives of the Realms and the Commonwealth, the Orders of Chivalry including recipients of the Victoria Cross and George Cross, Government, Parliament, devolved Parliaments and Assemblies, the Church, and Her Majesty’s Patronages will form the congregation, along with other public representatives.
Almost 200 people who were recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours earlier this year will also join the congregation, including those who made extraordinary contributions to the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and have volunteered in their local communities.
The State Funeral Service will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster. During the Service, the Prime Minister and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth will read Lessons. The Archbishop of York, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Free Churches Moderator will say Prayers. The Sermon will be given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who will also give the Commendation. The Dean of Westminster will then pronounce the Blessing.
Towards the end of the Service, at approximately 1155hrs (8.55pm AEST), Last Post will sound followed by Two Minute’s Silence to be observed in the Abbey, and throughout the United Kingdom. The National Anthem will bring the State Funeral Service to a close at approximately 12 noon (9pm AEST).
After the Service, Her Majesty’s Coffin will be borne through the Abbey, returning to the State Gun Carriage for the Procession to Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner, arriving at 1300hrs (10pm AEST). The King and Members of the Royal Family will again follow The Queen’s Coffin in Procession. The Procession will include detachments from the Armed Forces of the Commonwealth. Minute Guns will be fired in Hyde Park by The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, and Big Ben will toll throughout the duration of the Procession.
At Wellington Arch, the Coffin will be transferred to the State Hearse to travel to Windsor. As the State Hearse departs Wellington Arch, the Parade will give a Royal Salute and the National Anthem will be played. His Majesty The King and Members of the Royal Family will then depart for Windsor.
When the Coffin reaches Windsor, the State Hearse will slow to join a Procession to be formed up on Albert Road to travel via the Long Walk to St George’s Chapel, Windsor for the Committal Service. Members of the Royal Family will join the Procession in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle. Minute Guns will be fired on the East Lawn, Windsor Castle by The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, and Sebastopol Bell and the Curfew Tower Bell will be tolled.
The Procession will halt at the bottom of the West Steps of St. George’s Chapel where a Guard of Honour, found by the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, will be mounted. The Queen’s Coffin will be borne in Procession into the Chapel.
The Committal Service will begin at 1600hrs (1am Tuesday AEST), and alongside His Majesty The King and Members of the Royal Family, the congregation will be made up of past and present members of The Queen’s Household, including from the private estates. Also in attendance will be Governors General and Realm Prime Ministers.
The Service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, with prayers said by the Rector of Sandringham, the Minister of Crathie Kirk and the Chaplain of Windsor Great Park. The Choir of St George’s Chapel will sing during the Service.
Prior to the final Hymn, the Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre will be removed from Her Majesty The Queen’s Coffin, and placed on the Altar. At the end of the final Hymn, The King will place The Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on Her Majesty’s Coffin. At the same time, The Lord Chamberlain will “break” his Wand of Office and place it on the Coffin.
As The Queen’s Coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault, the Dean of Windsor will say a Psalm and the Commendation before Garter King of Arms pronounces Her Majesty’s styles and titles.
The Sovereign’s Piper will play a Lament and The Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the Blessing. The National Anthem will be sung at the conclusion of the Service.
A Private Burial will take place in The King George VI Memorial Chapel later that evening, conducted by the Dean of Windsor.
The Queen is to be buried together with The Duke of Edinburgh.
Send a message of condolence
The Royal Family’s website has been setup for people all over the world to be able to send a message of condolence in memory of Her Majesty The Queen.
Updated Thursday 15 Sep 2022
Mourners in London are filing past the Queen’s coffin during the start of four days of lying in state.
Queues stretch as far back as 8kms and those hoping to get into Westminster Hall have been told they could have to wait 30 hours or more.
The coffin has been accompanied in a procession from Buckingham Palace as King Charles, his siblings Anne, Andrew and Edward and three of the Queen’s grandsons walked behind.
Governor-General David Hurley has spoken with King Charles III in a phone call to express the “outpouring of emotion” in the wake of the Queen’s death.
The Governor-General and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will fly out of Australia today for the Queen’s funeral.
Also onboard are 10 “ordinary Australians” also invited to attend, including Australian of the year Dylan Alcott, Victoria cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith and Danny Abdallah – the father of three of four children killed by a drunk and drugged driver in Oatlands in 2020.
Watch: Service for the reception of the coffin at Westminster Hall
Updated Monday 12 Sep 2022
Over the weekend, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced a one-off National Day of Mourning for Australians “to pay their respects for the passing of Queen Elizabeth”.
The public holiday is set for Thursday 22 September to coincide with a memorial service for the Queen, after Mr Albanese and the Governor-General have returned from attending the Queen’s funeral in London.
Upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned for seven decades, her eldest child Prince Charles assumed the throne.
The 73 year old is now known as King Charles III, and is addressed as His Majesty The King (not His Royal Highness).
“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” the King said in a statement released by Buckingham Palace.
“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
There will be a coronation for King Charles, but not before his mother is fare-welled both privately and publicly.
“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” – King Charles III, His Majesty The King
From September 8, the day of the Queen’s death at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, there will be a 10-day official period of mourning in the United Kingdom.
At some point, the coffin bearing Her Majesty will reportedly leave Balmoral Castle and be taken to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
Then, there will be a ceremonial procession from the palace to Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral. A service will be held there for members of the royal family, according to the Guardian.
It is understood from there, the Queen’s body will be flown to London.
Lying in state
After a procession of the coffin from Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s body will be lying in state at Westminster Hall, London, for five days.
During this time, the public will have the opportunity to pay their respects to the Queen at Westminster Hall, which will reportedly be open 23 hours a day.
Though officially not confirmed yet, the state funeral for Her Majesty is likely to be held at London’s Westminster Abbey. The Queen’s coronation was also at Westminster Abbey in 1953. (The 1997 funeral for Diana, Princess of Wales, was also held at Westminster Abbey.)
There will be a procession of the Queen’s coffin from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey.
Though the church normally only holds 2200 people, it is expected arrangements will be made to accommodate many more.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Governor-General David Hurley are expected to attend.
The Queen will be laid to rest at Windsor Castle.
Though no date has yet been set, the coronation for King Charles III will take place months after the funeral.
Queen Elizabeth’s coronation was not held until over a year after she became Queen.
“The coronation ceremony, an occasion for pageantry and celebration, but it is also a solemn religious ceremony, has remained essentially the same over a thousand years,” reads a statement on the Royal Family’s website.
“For the last 900 years, the ceremony has taken place at Westminster Abbey, London.”
King Charles is currently at Balmoral Castle with his family, including his sons, William (now the next in line to the throne) and Harry. He will travel to London tomorrow.
King Charles’ wife, Camilla, is now the Queen Consort, a title that indicates she is the spouse of a king (people who marry into the royal family cannot inherit the throne).
The Commonwealth nation of Australia will hold a 14-day period of observance that includes the suspension of parliament.
The Commonwealth nation of Australia will hold a 14-day period of observance that includes the suspension of parliament.
At 5pm today in Canberra, there will be a gun salute, with cannons firing 96 rounds (one for each year of the Queen’s life).
“Today marks the end of an era, the close of the second Elizabethan age,” Prime Minister Albanese said.
“This time of mourning will pass, but the deep respect and warm regard in which Australians have always held for her will never fade.”
The Queen is dead, long live her currency? Not quite. Though coins and notes bearing Queen Elizabeth’s profile will remain in circulation, the Royal Australian Mint will make new coins bearing King Charles III.
As is the tradition, the King’s profile will face left or west, the opposite direction to the last reigning monarch (Queen Elizabeth faced right).
According to the ABC, Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on more money than any other person in history.
Her face has been on coins in 35 countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and other Commonwealth nations.
Her face is on every Australian coin, from the 5c to the $2 coin and also appears on Australia’s $5 note. Her Majesty was also on the now obsolete $1 note.
“The monarch has traditionally appeared on the lowest denomination of Australian banknotes and it is our expectation that this would continue should there be a change in the monarch,” a Reserve Bank of Australia spokesperson said.
But whether coins show Queen Elizabeth or King Charles, it is all legal tender.
“All Australian banknotes issued from 1913 retain their legal tender status,” the RBA spokesperson said.