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The Queen’s coffin, laid out in state tonight in Edinburgh, has been ready for more than 30 years, the royal undertaker revealed.

Andrew Leverton runs Leverton & Sons, the independent family business of funeral directors based in Camden, north London, which has been working on royal funerals since 1991.

In an interview with The timeshe explained that his company had inherited the coffin made for the Queen by the previous royal undertakers.

The Queen’s coffin, laid out in state tonight in Edinburgh, has been ready for more than 30 years, the royal undertaker revealed. Pictured, the Queen’s casket arrives at St. Giles’ Cathedral

The Queen, pictured in Balmoral, days before her death, will be honored at a state funeral on Monday, July 19

The Queen, pictured in Balmoral, days before her death, will be honored at a state funeral on Monday, July 19

In 2018 he said: ‘It is made from English oak, which is very hard to get. Oak chests are now made from American oak. I don’t think we can use English oak as a chest now. It would be too expensive.’

According to royal tradition, it is lined with lead, which preserves the body for longer.

Mr Leverton explained that the coffin has been ready for decades because it is ‘not something you can make in a day’.

“There are provisions on the lid of the coffin that allow the state instruments to be fitted,” he added.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19 at 11 a.m.

It will be the first funeral service at the abbey – which has been the backdrop to much of the Queen’s astonishing life, from her marriage to her beloved Duke of Edinburgh to the coronation – for a British monarch since that of King George II in 1760.

From left to right: Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, King Charles III, Camilla, Queen Consort, The Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence sat next to the Queen's coffin in St Giles' Cathedral

From left to right: Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, King Charles III, Camilla, Queen Consort, The Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence sat next to the Queen’s coffin in St Giles’ Cathedral

As God Save the King was sung in church, Charles looked sadly at his mother's coffin

As God Save the King was sung in church, Charles looked sadly at his mother’s coffin

The Queen herself had kept the crown in the same church - St Giles' Kirk - just after her coronation

The Queen herself had kept the crown in the same church – St Giles’ Kirk – just after her coronation

The funerals of kings and queens have taken place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor since the reign of George III.

However, in a break with convention, Her Majesty – who died Thursday at age 96 in Balmoral after many months of concern for her health – decided that her funeral should take place in the much larger setting of Westminster Abbey.

Scotland Yard is now tasked with organizing the most important security arrangement in British history for the funeral.

Her coffin, now lying in state in St Giles’s Cathedral, will be flown to London on Tuesday with the Princess Royal before being driven to Buckingham Palace.

King Charles III at a service of prayer and reflection for the life of Queen Elizabeth II at St Giles' Cathedral

King Charles III at a service of prayer and reflection for the life of Queen Elizabeth II at St Giles’ Cathedral

(left to right) The Countess of Wessex, the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of York, King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence during a service of prayer and reflection for life of Queen Elizabeth II in Saint Gilles Cathedral

(left to right) The Countess of Wessex, the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of York, King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence during a service of prayer and reflection for life of Queen Elizabeth II in Saint Gilles Cathedral

The dressed-up queen starts Wednesday afternoon in London’s Westminster Hall.

On Monday that morning, the coffin will be transported from the Houses of Parliament with the state affron and transported to the neighboring abbey.

King Charles III and other senior members of the royal family, as well as the military, will follow the coffin as hundreds of thousands of mourners line the streets to pay their last respects to the late monarch.

About 2,000 guests, including Prime Minister Liz Truss and US President Joe Biden, will then attend the hour-long televised service at the abbey, which is expected to be one of the most watched live events in history – before the casket is solemnly taken to Wellington Arch. carried at 1pm through Whitehall, The Mall and past Buckingham Palace.

The coffin will then be carried to Windsor before the Queen is buried in St George’s Chapel next to her husband Prince Philip.

Queen's coffin arrives at Edinburgh's St Giles Cathedral

Queen’s coffin arrives at Edinburgh’s St Giles Cathedral

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