Thousands of other mourners will be able to pay their respects to Queen as the hearse travels the A roads

Thousands of other mourners will be able to pay their respects to the Queen as the hearse carrying her coffin from London to Windsor will travel on A roads and avoid the M4, sources say

  • Revealed last night that it will be driving on A30 and will probably also be driving on A4
  • Post-burial itinerary could be released as soon as Friday so mourners can plan
  • The funeral at Westminster Abbey will end around noon next Monday
  • Warnings 350,000 mourners will miss the chance to visit the Queen in state
  • Queen’s funeral: All the latest news and coverage from the royal family

The Queen’s final journey after the funeral will avoid the motorways and stick to the slower A roads – giving thousands of other Britons the chance to pay their last respects as her coffin passes.

The Daily Mail understands the hearse carrying her from Westminster to Windsor will not travel on the M4, which would be the quickest route.

Sources revealed last night that it will be driving on the A30 and is likely to be driving on the A4 as well. The full itinerary after the funeral could be released today so mourners can make plans.

An insider said: ‘All other royals will go on the M4.

Traveling along the A roads west of London to Berkshire means it will be easier for mourners to queue and pay their respects. The choice of route comes after warnings that up to 350,000 mourners will miss the chance to visit his lie in Westminster due to massive waits in the queue.

People watch the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, after she died last Thursday, after leaving RAF Northolt in London on Tuesday. The Queen’s final journey after Monday’s funeral will avoid motorways and stick to slower A roads – giving thousands of other Britons the chance to pay their last respects as her coffin passes

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaving RAF Northolt in London and taken to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.  The Daily Mail understands the hearse carrying the Queen from Westminster to Windsor after her funeral on Monday will not travel on the M4, which would be the quickest route

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaving RAF Northolt in London and taken to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. The Daily Mail understands the hearse carrying the Queen from Westminster to Windsor after her funeral on Monday will not travel on the M4, which would be the quickest route

People gather near Marble Arch as the hearse carrying Queen Elizabeth II's coffin travels from RAF Northolt to Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday.  Sources revealed last night that the Queen's coffin will be driven on the A30 and is also expected to take the A4 after her funeral on Monday.

People gather near Marble Arch as the hearse carrying Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin travels from RAF Northolt to Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday. Sources revealed last night that the Queen’s coffin will be driven on the A30 and is also expected to take the A4 after her funeral on Monday.

Former Tory Cabinet minister David Jones, who called for an extended post-burial itinerary, said last night: ‘I think it’s very important that as many people as possible have the opportunity to pay their final respects in sight of the coffin, so it makes sense that it wouldn’t be done all the way down the highway, because people wouldn’t be able to do it there.

“It’s very difficult because there are so many people who want to pay tribute, so maximizing the number of people who can is a good thing.” Earlier this week, The Mail’s Robert Hardman made the case for extending the post-burial route so more Britons can say goodbye. The funeral at Westminster Abbey will end around noon next Monday.

At 12:15 p.m., the Queen’s children and other members of the Royal Family will walk behind her coffin to Wellington Arch. It is understood that after the hearse has left it will hit the roads of Hyde Park to give mourners another chance to pay their respects. Large screens will be set up in the park for people to watch the service. The hearse will arrive at the Long Walk, Windsor, at 3.15pm, where the public can also say goodbye before the Queen lies next to her beloved husband Prince Philip.

The plan for the procession is based on that used for the Queen Mother who was buried in Windsor in 2002. The route taken from London to Northamptonshire after Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 was lengthened to the 11th hour due to the tremendous outpouring of grief over his death.

The day before the service at Westminster Abbey, his coffin was moved from St James’s Palace to his former home at Kensington Palace, adding an extra mile.

It meant thousands more mourners could line the roads of London as the hearse began the journey to its family home in Northamptonshire.

The Queen will remain in state at Westminster Hall until Monday’s funeral, with 400,000 mourners expected to file past her coffin. But 350,000 could miss out as the queue could close on Saturday night if there isn’t enough time for those at the back to reach the front.

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