Queen Elizabeth’s casket is being moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in London today, where she will lie in bed for four days, and mourners will be able to visit her to pay their respects.
The coffin is being carried in the state hearse—the same coffin that will be used at his funeral next Monday. BAZAAR.com has learned The hearse was designed by The Royal Household and Jaguar Land Rover, and the queen was consulted about plans and approved the final model before her death. The state hearse is finished under the auspices of the Royal Claret, the same color as the official royal and state vehicles that are housed at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and used by members of the royal family on official duties, according to Buckingham Palace.
The vehicle also features the late Queen Elizabeth’s personal royal code and is designed to allow members of the public to have a clear view of the king’s coffin as he travels from place to place.
Since Buckingham Palace announced Queen Elizabeth’s Death Last Thursday, the coffin had been traveling from Balmoral Castle in Scotland, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and St. Cathedral. Giles in Edinburgh, to Buckingham Palace, and now to Westminster Hall.
The royal family—including Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan, Prince William and Princess Kate—gathered this morning for the late king’s coffin procession. The queen’s funeral service will take place Monday, September 19. The queen’s final resting place is the Chapel of St. George at Windsor Castle, where he will be buried next to her husband of more than 70 years, Prince Philip.
The royal mourning period will continue for another week afterward, according to King Charles III.