Update (3): The King stays vigilant.wait for the queen’s coffin to hit her 24 hours

Associated Press

Friday, September 16, 2022 12:32
Last updated: about 19 hours ago

A growing number of people, from London retirees to former England football captain David Beckham, are lining up in front of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in the Houses of Parliament. Join miles of lines.

By late afternoon, live trackers said lines into historic Westminster Hall had resumed, but the British government said it would take more than 24 hours to cover five miles (8 kilometers) from the line’s start. I warned you. From Southwark Park to the Coffins in the Houses of Parliament. The government also warned that “night temperatures will drop.”

Mourners continued to pour quietly into Westminster Hall on Friday night, even as King Charles III and his three brothers stood guard for 15 minutes around the flag-draped coffin. Only the baby’s cry was heard.

Attendees often bowed or signed the cross in front of the coffin. Several veterans flashed their medals in the spotlight and gave a sharp salute. some cried. Many hugged away and were proud to have lined up for hours to pay their respects.

Beckham stood in line for mourners near the British Houses of Parliament at lunchtime on Friday. Once dressed, he bowed briefly to the coffin before leaving Westminster Hall.

“As a country, we are lucky to have someone as kind, caring and always reassuring as Her Majesty has guided us,” Beckham said. We all feel safe and will continue to do so with the royal family. But Her Majesty is a special person and will be missed not just by our country but by everyone in the world. . ”

Helena Larsen, 76, arrived at the park too late to stand in line.

“We literally got here and they closed it down in front of us,” she said, adding that she’ll likely hang around until the gates reopen.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said seeing the Queen’s coffin lying around was an unforgettable experience.

“You’re in Westminster Hall in front of her, with the crown on her coffin, and it’s incredibly moving,” he told the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Chinese officials was reportedly barred from visiting the historic halls of the Capitol, where the late Queen’s coffin lies.

China’s ambassador to Britain was expelled from parliament for a year after Beijing imposed sanctions last year on seven British lawmakers for opposing China’s treatment of the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang.

The offices of Prime Minister Liz Truss and House Speaker Lindsay Hoyle on Friday declined to comment on a report by news agency Politico that the Chinese delegation would not be allowed into Westminster Hall.

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Mao Ning said in Beijing that he did not see Politico’s report, but that as the host of the Queen’s funeral, the British government should “follow diplomatic protocols and proper manners for welcoming guests.”

A Chinese delegation is scheduled to attend the Queen’s funeral on Monday at Westminster Abbey rather than the Houses of Parliament. Funeral organizers do not publish guest lists.

After spending a day away from public life, King Charles III flew to Wales on Friday for the final leg of his tour of the four countries that make up Britain.

In the decades before his accession to the throne, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, visited Cardiff’s Llandaff Cathedral to pay tribute to his late mother. He and his Queen, Lady Camilla, then greeted a large crowd of guests, including schoolchildren waving flags, as people chanted “God save the King!”

A small group protested his visit, one holding a banner saying: no thanks. “

The King then visited Senned, the Welsh Parliament, and was offered condolences by MPs. He told them that Wales “couldn’t come closer to my mother’s heart.”

Prince Charles said he was “very grateful for the privilege” of having served for decades as Prince of Wales, a title traditionally given to heirs to the throne. I have that title now.

Prince Charles returned to London and that night stood guard in front of his mother’s coffin with his three siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

Ahead of the memorial service, Edward said the royal family was “overwhelmed by the wave of emotion that has overwhelmed us and the sheer number of people who have gone out of their way to express their love, admiration and respect for our dear Mama. rice field. “

All eight of Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren are expected to watch by the coffin on Saturday.

Prince Charles’ sons Prince William and Prince Harry will attend, along with Princess Anne’s children Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips. Prince Andrew’s daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Prince Edward’s two children, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn.

William, heir to the throne after his grandmother’s death, stands at the head of the coffin and Harry at its feet. Both veteran princes are in uniform.

Most senior royals hold honorary military roles and wear uniforms in honor of the Queen. He and his wife Meghan retired from royal duties and moved to the United States in 2020.

However, the King demanded that both William and Harry wear military uniforms for the all-night vigil at Westminster Hall.

The Queen’s state funeral on Monday will be the Queen’s sole police event to date, surpassing the 2012 Summer Olympics and the Platinum Jubilee to mark the Queen’s 70th anniversary in June, according to London police. will be the largest.

“The range of officers, police personnel and all those supporting the operation is truly immense,” said Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Stuart Cundy. Update (3): The King stays vigilant.wait for the queen’s coffin to hit her 24 hours

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