Prince Edward & Sophie at Manchester Cathedral: Earl and Countess of Wessex in city ahead of Queen’s funeral

Here’s what we know about today’s Royal visit to Manchester Cathedral and the city centre.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will be visiting Manchester this morning ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday.

The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, will go to St. Ann’s Square to view the floral tributes that have been laid by members of the public, and Central Library to view the book of condolences.

They will also visit Manchester Cathedral, where they will light a candle in memory of the late monarch.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex leaves after a visit to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh as he celebrates his 92nd birthday in a London Clinic on June 10, 2013 in London, England (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Manchester Cathedral has been opening its doors at 8am daily for members of the public who wish to pay their respects and light a candle.

Ahead of the state funeral, Manchester Cathedral will hold a requiem mass for the Queen at 10.30am on Sunday 18 September, followed by a civic service of Thanksgiving at 2.30pm with the Bishop of Manchester David Walker.

The funeral itself will take place on Monday 19 September at 11am,

The Cathedral will show a live stream of the day’s events on big screens starting at 8am.