The Queen’s coffin is set to arrive at RAF Northolt this evening (13 September) after departing from Edinburgh, Scotland.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “On the afternoon of Monday 12th September, a Procession will be formed on the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse to convey the Coffin to St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh. The King and Members of the Royal Family will take part in the Procession and attend a Service in St Giles’ Cathedral to receive the Coffin.
“Her Majesty’s Coffin will then lie at rest in St Giles’ Cathedral, guarded by Vigils from The Royal Company of Archers, to allow the people of Scotland to pay their respects.
“On the afternoon of Tuesday 13th September, The Queen’s Coffin will travel from Scotland by Royal Air Force aircraft from Edinburgh Airport, arriving at RAF Northolt later that evening. The Coffin will be accompanied on the journey by The Princess Royal.”
Barriers for the general public have been set up outside RAF Northolt in West End Road this morning. The coffin is expected to be arriving at Northolt by air at around 7:00pm after being flown in from Edinburgh. Early suggestions indicate that an RAF C17 Globemaster will be used.
Harrow Online member Donna Grant commented on facebook: “They started yesterday and it’s going to be manic. There’s already temporary lights since last week and traffic is always horrendous. I suggest park off Long Road and walk up. The barriers start at the Polish war memorial roundabout up to and past the entrance to RAF Northolt.
“The camera crew were already set up at 9.30 yesterday morning and there were a few tents.”
Local resident Caroline Keise said: “These barriers have been going up since last night … I drove along West End Road at 06:20 this morning and there’s also an army of street cleaners making the road and pavements pristine!.”
The coffin will then be transported by road to rest in the Bow Room at Buckingham Palace. The general public will be able to pay their respects to The Queen once the coffin arrives at Westminster Hall, until the morning of the State Funeral, and after The Archbishop of Canterbury has conducted a short attended by King Charles III and members of the Royal Family.