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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Lying-in-State at the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) update

Published: Thursday, 15 September, 2022

On 12 September, the government published guidance which sets out information on ceremonial events related to the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that members of the public can attend.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Lying-in-State at the Palace of Westminster opened to the public at 5:00pm on 14 September. It will be open 24 hours a day until it closes at 6:30am on 19 September.

On 13 September, the government published details of the route for the Lying-in-State queue. Those paying their respects are urged to plan ahead and prepare appropriately. The queue will close early to ensure as many visitors as possible can enter the Palace before the Lying-in-State period comes to an end, and any decision to close the queue will be communicated via government social media channels. Further information will be added to the guidance in the coming days.

The BBC’s red button service will provide a live feed from Westminster Hall and ITV and Sky will be running extensive coverage. An online book of condolence is available for people to add personal messages.

The public should follow the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on social media for live updates, including the position of the back of the queue for the Lying-in-State.


Queue route:

Online book of condolence:

Social media for live updates:

Ceremonial and events guidance

The government has published ceremonial and events guidance following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

This includes information on laying floral tributes at Royal Residences, including in London and Windsor. It also includes details of public events that are taking place in towns and cities during the period of National Mourning.

Ceremonial and events guidance:

Floral tributes:

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