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Here’s everything that will happen today for the Queen’s state funeral

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Today, the nation will come together to pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen as she is laid to rest in a state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

The monarch passed away at Balmoral Castle on Thursday September 8th, bringing to an end her historic seventy-year reign on the throne. 

On Monday (September 12th), her coffin was moved to St Giles’ Cathedral where it laid in rest until the following day, when it was transported back to Buckingham Palace.

In a moving procession on Wednesday (September 14th), Her Majesty was then moved to Westminster Hall, where she has laid in state ever since. 

Here’s a timeline of what will happen for the Queen’s state funeral today:

10:44am – Her Majesty’s coffin transported from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey.

The route to Westminster Abbey will be lined by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, and will go from Parliament Square to Broad Sanctuary and the Sanctuary.

In the profession behind the coffin will be King Charles, alongside other members of the royal family and royal household.

10:52am – The procession arrives at Westminster Abbey.

Here, a bearer party will carry Her Majesty’s coffin inside ready for the service to begin.

11am – The state funeral begins.

The State Funeral service will be led by the Dean of Westminster. Prime minister Liz Truss and the secretary-general of the Commonwealth are both expected to give readings at the service. 

Prayers will also be read by Archbishop of York, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Free Churches Moderator. 

11:55am – The service will be coming to an end.

Then Last Post will sound followed by a two minutes’ silence, followed by the National Anthem to finish around 12 o’clock.

12:15pm – The Queen’s coffin transported to Wellington Arch.

The Queen’s coffin will transported on the State Gun Carriage, with it expected to arrive at 1pm.

There will be a second procession following the Queen, made up again by King Charles and the senior members of the royal family, alongside detachments of soldiers from Commonwealth nations.

At Wellington Arch, minute guns will be fired by the King’s Troop and Royal Horse Artillery, while Big Ben will chime throughout the procession.

3:06pm – The Queen’s coffin arrives at Windsor.

The hearse will slow down in order to join a third procession leading from Albert Road to travel via the Long Walk to Windsor Castle.

3:40pm – Members of the Royal Family join the procession at Windsor Castle.

Minute guns will then be fired on the East Lawn, while the Sebastopol Bell and Curfew Tower Bell will be sounded.

4pm – The Committal Service begins.

The service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, while the Rector of Sandringham, the Minister of Crathie Kirk and the Chaplain of Windsor Great Park will read prayer. The Choir of St George’s Chapel will sing during the Service.

As the coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault, the Dean of Windsor will say a psalm and the commendation before the Garter King of Arms pronounces Her Majesty’s styles and titles.

7:30pm – Private burial service takes place.

A private burial service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, attended by the King and other members of the Royal Family. Her Majesty is to be buried together with her late husband, The Duke of Edinburgh, at the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

The Queen’s funeral will air live on BBC One and BBC News. ITV has also confirmed its broadcast schedule, with coverage of the event set to begin at 6am. 

Sky News will also air live coverage throughout the day. The channel will broadcast the funeral procession, followed by coverage of the State Funeral Service.

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Police restart search for Moors Murders victim Keith Bennett as skull found

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The search for murder victim Keith Bennet has resumed as ‘potential human remains’ were found on moorland, police have confirmed.

The remains were found during an independent search on Saddleworth Moor by author Russell Edwards, who reported his discovery to Greater Manchester Police.

Detectives are said to be analysing a small sample of the remains and some clothing, the MailOnline reports.

Twelve year old Bennett was one of the five children tortured and killed by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in the 1960s. His body has never been recovered.

GMP said in a statement: “We have always said that GMP would act on any significant information which may lead to the recovery of Keith and reunite him with his family.

“Officers met with Mr. Edwards yesterday evening (September 29th), and he was able to locate a site of interest and provide us with further details of the work he has been carrying out.

“We are at the very early stages of assessing the evidence which he brought to our attention, but have taken the decision to excavate an area of land with a view to determining what lies there.

“It is far too early to be certain whether human remains have been uncovered, but out of respect for Alan Bennett, who we regularly maintain contact with, we have informed him of this potential development.

“Alan does not wish to be disturbed at this time and we would ask that his request for privacy is respected.”

Bennett was lured into a van by Hindley on June 16th, 1964. He was then taken to Saddleworth Moor, where he was sexually abused and murdered by Brady. 

Despite his heartbroken mother’s pleas, neither Brady nor Hindley ever revealed where they had buried his body. 

Winnie Johnson continued visiting Saddleworth Moor to search for her son until her death in 2012. 

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Cause of Queen Elizabeth’s death revealed

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Queen Elizabeth’s exact cause of death has been revealed as an extract of her death certificate is released to the public.

The Registrar General for Scotland, Paul Lowe, confirmed that Her Majesty The Queen’s death was registered in Aberdeenshire on September 16th, and that the cause of her death was old age.

The document, released by National Records of Scotland, notes the Queen died at 3.10pm on Thursday September 8th. 

The Queen’s only daughter Princess Anne is named as the ‘informant’ on the document, and would have notified the local registrar of her mother’s death.

Anne, who accompanied her mother’s coffin as it travelled from Balmoral to London via Edinburgh, was with the head of state in her last moments.

She said: “I was fortunate to share the last twenty-four hours of my dearest mother’s life.”

Queen Elizabeth was laid to rest on September 19th following a historic seventy-year reign on the throne. 

Her Majesty spent four days lying-in-state at Westminster Hall ahead of the state funeral, where around 250,000 Royal well-wishers came to pay their respects and say a final goodbye.

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Royal Mail to strike for 19 days with Black Friday and Christmas deliveries affected

Strike action will take place across October and November

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Black Friday and Christmas deliveries face delays as Royal Mail workers prepare to strike across the next two months.

The Communication Workers Union announced that action in October and November will be a mixture of ‘single days and rolling action’ across Royal Mail Group’s network.

This includes walkouts from 4am on October 13th for twenty-four hours, and then again on October 20th and 25th, as well as November 28th. 

The union said the strike action will have a ‘dramatic impact’ on deliveries, and will cover peak mail periods such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the Christmas build-up.

It could also impact Amazon’s second Prime Day, with sale dates for subscribers on October 11th and 12th.

The CWU says the strike action comes following an ‘outrageous’ decision made by the Royal Mail Group’s senior management to withdraw from major national agreements, push ahead with cuts to workers’ terms and conditions and ‘completely sideline’ the union.

General secretary Dave Ward said: “This is a significant announcement, but it is one which matches the level of anger our members feel at the way Royal Mail Group has treated them.

“The chief executive of Royal Mail Group is treating postal workers as if they are stupid. These are the same people that have kept the country connected and returned Royal Mail Group to record profit.

Postal workers across the UK now face the fight of their lives to save their jobs and the service they provide to every household and business in the UK.”

Ward went on to urge everyone to ‘stand with their local postal worker’, adding: “If Royal Mail Group are allowed to get away with this then it sends a green light to every rogue big business in the UK.

“We will not stand by and see the Royal Mail Group become the next P&O but we need your backing to win.”

However, the Royal Mail says changes are needed as it is currently losing £1million a day. A spokesperson said: “On September 22nd, Royal Mail invited CWU to enter into talks through Acas to find a resolution to our dispute on change and pay.

“This evening, rather than responding to our offer of Acas talks, the CWU announced further damaging industrial action, once again taking the path of prolonging disruption over resolution.

“Royal Mail is losing £1 million a day and must change faster in response to changing customer demands. We operate in a competitive market, and our customers have choices… Further strikes and resistance to transformation by CWU will only make our financial position worse, and threatens the long-term job security of our postmen and women.

“The CWU has a responsibility to recognise the reality of the situation Royal Mail faces as a business and engage urgently on the changes required.

“We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience the CWU’s continued strike action will cause. We are doing all we can to minimise any delays and keep people, businesses and the country connected.”

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