Who will be responsible for the Queen’s funeral?

The world lost its longest-serving monarch on September 8 when it was announced that Queen Elizabeth II had died peacefully at her home in Balmoral, Scotland. Despite the Queen having sat on the throne for 70 years and celebrating her platinum anniversary in June, there was already a detailed, complicated plan for what to do if she were to die, which was covered by The Guardian in 2017. Although at the time the code word that was to be used should she die, “London Bridge has fall”, most likely changed after it was published, many of the other arrangements discussed will remain the same, including the Queen lying in state before transport to Scotland by train to Buckingham Palace, where she is then laid out in the throne room.

While the Queen approved of these plans before her death, the funeral itself must still be overseen by someone, and that someone will be the 18th Duke of Norfolk, Edward William Fitzalan-Howard. As reported by The Guardian, Norfolks have been responsible for royal funerals since 1672 and have been given offices at St James’ Palace for such an occasion. The last time these offices were used was for the death of King George VI in 1952. It is safe to say that the Queen’s funeral will be slightly different to her father’s, although the mood and ceremony will most likely be quite similar will be.

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