The Queen’s death has sparked plans dubbed Operation London Bridge, as the nation enters a period of national mourning.
Here, Sky News provides a daily account of what is expected to happen over the next 10 days, leading up to the King’s funeral.
Date The queen is dead At Balmoral it used to be a D-Day, or D+0, in the plans.
However, the late timing of her death announcement – around 6:30 p.m. Thursday – meant plans were changed daily to allow for complicated arrangements to be put in place.
Friday 9 September
King Charles III of Balmoral returned to London where – despite his grief – he had his first meeting with Prime Minister Liz Truss.
Alistair Bruce, Sky’s royal commentator, said the relationship between the King and the Prime Minister was “always very private”.
“It is a function of crown continuity that the relationship is maintained,” he said.
A period of national mourning has officially begun across the country and will continue until the day of the Queen’s funeral, the date of which has yet to be confirmed.
Members of the royal family and members of the royal family will also celebrate a period of royal mourning up to seven days after the Queen’s burial.
On Friday, Charles was expected to meet the Earl Marshall – the Duke of Norfolk – responsible for the accession and the Queen’s funeral, to agree to the carefully designed schedule for the coming days.
The King addresses the nation on TV at 6 pm.
Prayers are held at St Paul’s Cathedral, where the Prime Minister and other senior ministers are expected to attend and 2,000 seats are available to members of the public.
Saturday 10 September
Charles III will be officially proclaimed king at the Council of Accession, which meets at 10 am at St James’s Palace in London.
Bruce said accession board It is a “constitutional necessity”.
“It derives from the Saxon era when all the great chiefs of the land were gathered and elected from the descendants of the god King and Dean,” he added.
First, the Privy Council — which includes politicians, chief clergy, and Supreme Court judges — meets without the king to announce the new king and arrange business related to the declaration.
Then the king would convene his first private council and would make his personal declaration and swear an oath to “assume the duties and responsibilities of the Sovereign” and follow in his mother’s footsteps.
The Queen Consort and son of King William, now Duke of Cornwall, are both members of the Privy Council and are expected to attend.
The first public announcement of the new king is read in the open air from the balcony of the Court of Ferrari at St James’s Palace by the Garter King of Arms.
Bruce said it was “technically the moment in the old days people were finding out that the late queen was dead and that the new king was now the sovereign.”
As the announcement is read, a 41 salute will be fired by the Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park.
Union flags return to full mast at 1pm and remain there for 24 hours to coincide with announcements before returning to half mast.
Explaining this tradition, Bruce said, “We must always remember that while we mourn the death of a previous king, we are happy to announce the existence of a new king.”
The king will not be crowned immediately. The Queen was not crowned for more than a year after her father’s death.
Sunday 11 September
The Queen’s coffin is expected to be transported by road to Holyrood House in Edinburgh.
The king, who succeeds his mother as head of the Commonwealth, is expected to meet his secretary general.
Bruce said the position of Head of the Commonwealth is not a title that “the king naturally inherits”.
“It’s something the Commonwealth agreed to a few years ago and so he’s now the new head of the Commonwealth,” he added.
Declarations will be read in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland devolved parliaments.
Monday 12th September
A procession is expected to walk along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral where the public may get a chance to step next to the Queen’s sarcophagus at Minnie dumped in the state.
A mass will be held in St Giles and the Queen’s children are expected to hold a vigil around the Queen’s coffin, known as the Princes’ Vigil.
Contingency plans for the Queen’s death in Scotland are named after Operation Unicorn.
Bruce said he expected the Crown of Scotland to be placed on the Queen’s coffin while she was in the state there.
“This is a separate crown from the crown I was crowned with,” he said. “It is a symbol of the Scottish nation preserved in Edinburgh Castle.”
In Westminster, both the House of Commons and the House of Lords are expected to meet for a condolence session, which the King may attend.
After leaving England and visiting Scotland, Charles will at some point travel to the other countries of the UK – Wales and Northern Ireland – known as Operation Spring Tide.
Tuesday 13th September
The Queen’s coffin is due to be flown to London and is expected to rest at Buckingham Palace in the Throne Room, where it will be draped with a crown and a mace.
A rehearsal for the coffin procession to Westminster Palace is expected.
Wednesday 14th September
The state’s False Queen is expected to begin at Westminster Hall, codenamed Operation Marquee, after a ceremonial procession through London.
It will last four full days.
The Archbishop of Canterbury may do a short service after the ark arrives.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to come forward in front of the coffin on his casket and pay their respects, just as they did with the Queen Mother lying in state in 2002.
Senior royals are also expected to pay their own tribute, standing at some point around the coffin – a tradition known as the princes’ vigil.
Thursday 15 September
Lying continues in the Queen’s case and a rehearsal for the official funeral procession will likely take place.
Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 18
The Queen’s recumbent state ends on Sunday, September 18. Heads of state are expected to start arriving in the UK for the funeral.
Monday 19 September
The Queen’s state funeral is expected to take place at Westminster Abbey in central London.
It is believed that there were plans to address the sarcophagus of the queen on a rifle chariot to the monastery.
The army is expected to line the streets and also join the procession.
According to the funeral tradition of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Duke of Edinburgh, the family is expected to follow behind the coffin.
Heads of state, prime ministers, presidents, members of the European royal family and key figures from public life will be invited to gather at the monastery, which can host 2,000 people.
The service will be broadcast on television, and the silence is expected to last for two minutes.
On the day of the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will be carried to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for a televised memorial service.
The Queen’s final burial place is believed to be the King George VI Memorial Chapel, an annex to the main chapel – where her mother and father are buried, along with the ashes of her sister Princess Margaret.