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PM Brown to attend Queen’s state funeral in London
Pallbearers carry the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as the hearse arrives at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland yesterday. Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters/22091114

Prime Minister Mark Brown will be attending the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London.

Brown, who is in South Korea for the Green Climate Fund conference, will join leaders including US President Joe Biden and monarchs from around the world at the Queen’s state funeral on Monday, September 19.

In announcing the passing of “Our Queen and the Head of State of the Cook Islands”, PM Brown on Thursday said all flags in the country will be flown at half-mast until further notice and a Memorial Service will be held for Her Majesty at a date yet to be announced.

A spokesperson for the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday said the Memorial Service date will be announced after the PM returns from attending the Queen’s funeral.

New Zealand Cabinet yesterday announced a one-off public holiday and state memorial service on September 26 (NZ time).

In a statement, NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said many New Zealanders would appreciate the opportunity to both mark her death and celebrate her life.

Her Majesty’s coffin arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh yesterday. It will rest in the Throne Room until the afternoon of Monday (UK time).

On the afternoon of Monday, a procession will be formed on the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse to convey the coffin to St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, The Royal Family said in a statement. 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, 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.

The Queen’s coffin will then be conveyed to Buckingham Palace by road, to rest in the Bow Room. On the afternoon of Wednesday 14th September, the coffin will be borne in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, where The Queen will Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall until the morning of the state funeral on September 19.