In mourning for their queen, the British can meditate in front of her coffin

*** Our special correspondent Richard Latendresse is in London to report live on the events surrounding the Queen’s death.

Britons will finally be able to get close to their so-loved Queen: after her accession to Edinburgh, Elizabeth II’s coffin will be delivered on Monday after a memorial service by Charles III.

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Many will no doubt flock to Saint-Gilles Cathedral to try to pay closer homage to their sovereign who died on Thursday, given how many people had gathered along the route of the funeral procession the previous day to applaud, weep or offer a flower throw in way.

In the Scottish capital on Sunday afternoon, tens of thousands of people greeted the hearse to shouts of “Blessed Be”, a sign of the British people’s fervor for the one who reigned for more than 70 years before dying aged 96, two days after the enthronement its 15th head of government.

“I could only see it from afar, but it was very moving. She was a wonderful person, it’s very sad, I have a lot of respect for her,” said Theresa Brown, a receptionist based in Edinburgh, on Sunday after the funeral procession.

As she awaits Elizabeth II’s funeral on September 19, her son, newly crowned King Charles III, is establishing himself as monarch with the difficult task of caring for his beloved mother in a context of serious social crisis and division in the UK to follow. but also in protest against the colonial past in its 14 other kingdoms.

He is 73 years old, older than any British sovereign at the time of their accession.

He is due to go to Parliament in London at 10am, accompanied by his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, to receive his condolences from the Speakers of both houses.

You then fly to Edinburgh to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official royal residence in Scotland where the remains of the Queen spent the night, guarded by the Royal Company of Archers, a ceremonial entity that serves as the bodyguard to the sovereign.

Staff at the palace, where the Queen spent every early summer and where a garden party was held with around 8,000 guests, can thus pay a final tribute to the Queen, as can staff at Balmoral Castle, where she breathed her last on Thursday, succeeded.

The coffin leaves the stone palace in the early afternoon at 2:35 p.m. to reach Saint-Gilles Cathedral.

Crowds are expected to see the king and queen consort as the latter will both walk behind the hearse, while the other royals will follow in the car during the half-hour procession of just over a mile.

During the religious ceremony that follows, the solid gold Crown of Scotland is placed on the coffin.

The Queen’s remains will remain on display in the cathedral for 24 hours, heralding a massive influx.

On Sunday, the curious waited for hours to be sure of a front-row seat to see, if only for a few seconds, the oaken coffin pass aboard the hearse.

Some foreigners who happen to be in the UK at this historical moment are shaped by the people’s communion with their Queen.

As William Couse, an Atlanta-American, was struck by the absence of “slingers”: “The seriousness with which this nation treats its royal family is impressive”.

“There’s a real sense of relationship with history,” analyzes Rob Parsons, a 28-year-old who hasn’t hesitated to travel hundreds of miles from York. “We are one of the few countries in the world that has retained this sense of historical ritual and this connection to the past,” he adds.

“Coming here also means showing unity,” adds his girlfriend Lucy Hampshire. “It was everywhere in our lives, on our currency, our stamps, everywhere. It’s like you’ve never met anyone in your family,” she continues.

Following the religious ceremony, King Charles III, who like his mother has vowed to serve his people throughout his life, will receive Scottish Independence Minister Nicola Sturgeon and join the Queen Consort for a condolence session at the local Parliament.

Then, at 7:20 p.m., a wake begins for the royal family.

After being presented to the public for 24 hours, the body will fly from Edinburgh Airport to London on Tuesday evening aboard a royal plane.

It will again be on public display 24 hours a day from Wednesday evening, locked, draped in the royal standard, on a podium in the Palace of Westminster. He will remain there for five days before the state funeral, which is expected to draw dignitaries from around the world – a significant security challenge for police – including US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, as well as many royalty .

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