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Live Reporting

Edited by Dulcie Lee

All times stated are UK

  1. We're moving our live coverage

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  2. What will happen over the next few days?

    A newspaper featuring the Queen's portrait is laid alongside a bunch of flowers

    The first stage of Queen Elizabeth's final journey will begin later when her coffin is moved from Balmoral to Edinburgh.

    Let's look at what to expect over the coming days.


    The Queen's body will depart Balmoral, travelling more than 175 miles through the cities of Perth, Aberdeen and Dundee before arriving at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.


    In the afternoon, the Queen's coffin will travel by procession to St Giles' Cathedral, accompanied by the King and members of the Royal Family.


    Princess Anne will accompany her mother's coffin on a flight to London. From there it will travel to Buckingham Palace, and be witnessed by King Charles and Queen Consort, Camilla.


    The coffin will be taken on a procession through central London, and then will be laid in state at Westminster Hall. It will remain there for the next four days.

    Monday 19 September

    During the morning the Queen's lying in state will end, and the coffin will be taken in procession to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral, which will be a Bank Holiday in the UK.

    Find more details on all of the above here.

  3. How can I pay my respects to the Queen?

    A mourner lays some flowers

    If you want to pay tribute to the Queen, there are several options.

    Members of the public can pay their respects at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh for 24 hours from Monday afternoon.

    From Tuesday, the Queen's body will lie in state in Westminster Hall for four days, where mourners are expected to be invited to file past her coffin.

    Floral tributes can be left at sites in Green Park and Hyde Park in London, the main gate in Balmoral Castle, as well as Physic Garden in Edinburgh and Hillsborough Castle.

    Check in at your local library, town hall or civic building to sign a book of condolence.

    Added to this, you can send a message online via the Royal Family website. The BBC is also collecting online tributes, which can be left via this form here.

  4. Remembering the moment she became Queen

    Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Elizabeth with the Duke of Edinburgh at Treetops, Kenya February 1952.
    Image caption: Queen Elizabeth with the Duke of Edinburgh at a lodge in Kenya

    In January 1952, Princess Elizabeth and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh set off on an overseas tour in place of the monarch, who was terminally ill with lung cancer.

    Against medical advice, the King went to the airport to see the couple off.

    It was to be the last time Elizabeth, then just 25 years old, would see her father.

    She heard the news of his death while staying at a game lodge in Kenya and immediately returned to London as the Queen.

    She later recalled: "In a way, I didn't have an apprenticeship. My father died much too young, so it was all a very sudden kind of taking on and making the best job you can.”

    Queen Elizabeth II returns to England from Kenya because of the death of her father King George VI
    Image caption: Queen Elizabeth II returns to England
  5. Welsh parliament to pay tribute to the late Queen

    A tribute to Queen Elizabeth II is displayed on a screen outside the Senedd Building in Cardiff

    Welsh politicians will be recalled to the Senedd - the Welsh Parliament - on Sunday to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

    The session, in Cardiff Bay, will take place at 14:00 BST and all other business will be suspended until after the state funeral.

    A motion of condolence will express the Senedd’s "deep sadness at the death of Her Majesty The Queen".

    The Queen officially opened the Senedd building in 2006 and last visited in 2021 to open its sixth session.

  6. 'We got corgis because of the Queen'

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    Video caption: American Corgi owner reflects on Queen's influence outside British Embassy

    An American woman who showed up at the UK embassy in Washington, DC to pay her respects to the Queen said it was the monarch's love of corgis that inspired her to own some of her own.

    "One of the reasons we got them was because the Queen had them," she said, pushing a pram with two corgis patiently sitting inside.

    The Queen was known for her love of corgis dating back to when she was a child, and kept dozens of them over the course of her 70-year reign.

    Read more about how the Queen's love of corgis started a global phenomenon

  7. Windsor Castle: The backdrop to an extraordinary life

    Mourners left flowers outside Windsor Castle following the Queen's death

    On Saturday, Windsor Castle became the site of a rare joint appearance by the new Prince of Wales, William, with his brother Prince Harry, and their wives.

    It is a building that had deep significance to the monarch throughout her life - a place of work but also her own private retreat.

    The Queen's special association with Windsor Castle began when she was a child. The then-Princess Elizabeth and her family made Royal Lodge - a mansion in the grounds of the Windsor Estate - their weekend country home.

    The first instinct of many mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II has been to leave flowers at Windsor Castle.

    Windsor Castle

    At the age of 14, the then-princess and her sister Margaret were sent to the castle for much of World War Two while their home in London faced the threat of being bombed.

    The castle has been inhabited continuously by 40 monarchs across almost 1,000 years.

    With 1,000 rooms, 13 acres (five hectares) of grounds and reminders of its rich history amid the gothic architecture, it is little wonder the Queen saw the castle as a sanctuary.

  8. WATCH: Remembering the Queen across the Commonwealth

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    Video caption: Commonwealth countries pay tribute to the Queen

    Countries throughout the Commonwealth - the association of 56 nations with ties to the former British empire - have been sharing their condolences and memories of Queen Elizabeth II.

    From world leaders to members of the public, people reflected on Her Majesty's legacy.

  9. A 'foremost diplomat' for the 'special relationship'

    Tributes for the Queen have poured in from statesmen around the world, and on Saturday, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was the latest to issue his condolences.

    On Twitter, Blinken posted a photo from the US embassy in Washington, thanking the Queen for her "steadfast leadership" and "unwavering commitment to service".

    Dame Karen Pierce, the UK ambassador to the US, thanked Blinken for the message, calling the Queen "our foremost diplomat" and "active supporter" of the two countries' "special relationship" - a phrase that had been coined by her first prime minister, Churchill.

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  10. The Queen reduced powerful US presidents to grinning school boys

    Katty Kay

    US special correspondent

    Queen Elizabeth and Ronald Reagan ride horses in Windsor Home Park in 1982
    Image caption: Queen Elizabeth and Ronald Reagan ride horses in Windsor Home Park in 1982

    US presidents wield hard power. They control the biggest military in the world and its richest country.

    Yet, one after one, they would walk into Buckingham Palace and go jelly-kneed.

    This diminutive woman reduced powerful presidents to grinning school boys.

    She traded scone recipes with Dwight Eisenhower, danced with Gerald Ford and rode with Ronald Reagan.

    Somehow she managed to find a way to connect with each of them, not just as a fellow head of state, but as a person.

    The one president who, according to someone who worked for him, didn't go into his first meeting with the Queen already star struck was Barack Obama.

    Apparently he rather resisted the "hype," as this staffer put it. But then he met her. And, like the 11 presidents before him, he, too, was won over.

    Indeed, the two developed such a good relationship that the Queen reportedly asked him to come and visit even after he left office.

    I'm told that what changed the 44th president's view was her sense of responsibility and duty - she was, in Obama language, a no-drama Queen.

    US presidents often have a keen sense of history and all those years on the throne wasn't lost on them.

  11. What happened today?

    King Charles signs a piece of paper at the Accession Council

    As a long day draws to a close in the UK, let's look back at what happened today:

    Charles III was proclaimed king by the Accession Council in a ceremony at St James's Palace in London. Read more here.

    In Balmoral, three of the Queen's children - Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward - attended a church service along with other members of the royal family, and stopped to greet well-wishers outside the gates of Balmoral.

    Details of the Queen's funeral were announced - it will take place at 11am on Monday, 19 September at Westminster Abbey. Get more details here.

    Prince William, the new Prince of Wales, paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth saying his grandmother had been at his side on both his happiest and saddest days. Read what he said here.

    King Charles held audiences with ministers and met opposition politicians at Buckingham Palace.

    Princes Harry and William, joined by their wives, delighted crowds as they went for a walkabout in Windsor, collecting floral tributes and meeting some of those who turned out to pay their respects. Watch the moment here.

  12. 'She was not just our Queen, she was a neighbour'

    Rev David Barr at Glenmuick Church in Ballater
    Image caption: The Queen was a big part of the community in the village near Balmoral, says the church minister

    Balmoral, the Scottish castle where the Queen died, was the place where she "enjoyed being normal", according to royal historian Robert Lacey,

    So it's no surprise that people in the nearby village of Ballater remember her with special affection.

    "She was not just our Queen, she was a neighbour - and a big part of this community," says Rev David Barr at Glenmuick Church in the village.

    Alistair Cassie, who runs a hardware shop in Ballater and has a royal warrant for supplying Balmoral with its televisions, remembered being called to the castle to fix interference with the radio.

    Flag flying at half-mast at Balmoral Castle
    Image caption: The Royal Banner of Scotland flies at half-mast at Balmoral Castle

    "I was walking along this corridor, and who did I meet but the Queen," he says. They chatted about her appreciation for the BBC Radio 2 presenter Jimmy Young.

    The sprawling Balmoral Estate includes dozens of houses, many occupied by estate staff, and Cassie says at times the Queen would appear unannounced at someone's home, asking: "How are you doing?"

    Grant Harrold, a former butler to King Charles when he was Prince of Wales, says the Queen and Prince Philip would sometimes stay at a small cottage on the estate.

    He says: "From what I was told - I never witnessed it - she would be in the kitchen cooking away and he would lay the table, so it was very much a chance for them to be a normal couple."

    Alistair Cassie
    Image caption: Alistair Cassie met the Queen on a formal visit - and unexpectedly in the corridor of the castle
  13. In pictures: Tributes continue Saturday night

    People gather outside Buckingham Palace on 10 September 2022
    Image caption: Crowds continued to form at Buckingham Palace on Saturday night as people paid tribute to the Queen
    People gather outside Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, September 10, 2022.
    Image caption: Many took photos at the gates, where flowers have been left in memory of the monarch
    A card is seen amid floral tributes in a park near Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, September 10, 2022.
    Image caption: Six-year-old Penelope is among the people to have left tributes for the Queen near the palace
  14. What can we expect tomorrow?

    As the nation continues to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II, here's what we know about the plans for tomorrow:

    • The Queen's oak coffin, which sits in the ballroom at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, will be transported by her gamekeepers to a waiting hearse
    • Her body will depart Balmoral at about 10:00, proceeding slowly on the six-hour journey to Edinburgh
    • The coffin will arrive at the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the official residence of the British monarch in the Scottish capital - and lie in the Throne Room
    • In London, the King will meet with the secretary general of the commonwealth at Buckingham Palace
    • He will later host in the palace's Bow Room the high commissioners from the countries of which he is head of state
    A map shows the route the coffin will be transported on from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh
  15. William and Harry united in grief

    Sean Coughlan

    BBC News, royal correspondent

    Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales look at floral tributes laid by members of the public on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England.

    Headline writers will be thinking about "Brothers in arms" or maybe "Brothers in grief" for their coverage.

    The sight of Princes William and Harry meeting the crowds together will become one of the stand-out and most unexpected images from what have been sombre days.

    With their wives, Catherine and Meghan, they greeted people in Windsor, in a way that couldn't have been predicted last week, when the Sussexes returned to the UK.

    The talk then was of feuds and unbridgeable differences between couples. They were said to be staying in houses close together on the Windsor estate, while emotionally many miles apart. The couple hadn't been seen together in public for more than two years.

    That all changed on Thursday. If William and Harry were not planning to see each other, they were brought together in ways that couldn't have been predicted.

    Read the full piece here

  16. In pictures: Royals pay tribute as Charles becomes King

    King Charles III
    Image caption: King Charles III paid tribute to the Queen and spoke of the "irreparable loss we've all suffered" as he was formally declared monarch
    William, Catherine, Harry and Meghan
    Image caption: William, Catherine, Harry and Meghan appeared together outside Windsor Castle
    Prince William greets crowds outside Windsor Castle
    Image caption: The group spent time greeting people and looking at tributes to the Queen
    Lady Louise Windsor (R) Princess Beatrice of York (L) and Sophie, Countess of Wessex look at floral tributes outside Crathie Kirk church on September 10, 2022.
    Image caption: Lady Louise Windsor, Princess Beatrice of York, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, looked at tributes to the Queen in Scotland

    You can view the full gallery here.