Charles III in Wales, before the “Princes’ Vigil” for Elizabeth II

KARDIFF | Charles III visited Wales on Friday, the final leg of the new king’s trip to the UK, three days before the state funeral of his mother Elizabeth II, where hundreds of leaders from around the world are expected.

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Two police officers were stabbed to death in central London early Friday morning, an attack which is not being treated as an act of terrorism by authorities but tensions around security and the diplomatic challenge raised by the ceremony planned for Monday morning at Westminster Abbey, has further tightened.

Due to the large crowds, access to the queue to view the monarch’s coffin in Westminster was suspended for “at least six hours” on Friday morning, the Government announced. The wait had increased to 2 p.m.

Almost a week after being proclaimed king, Charles III. Continuing his long string of official engagements, he completes a tour of the four states of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales) in Cardiff, where he attended a service with Queen Consort Camilla, ahead of a scheduled reception with local political officials.

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Coincidentally, 16 September is also the day Wales celebrates the ‘rebel prince’ Owain Glyndwr, the last true Welsh prince of Wales who rose up against the King of England in the 1400s.

The new king, who was Prince of Wales himself from the age of 9 until last week, is not on conquered ground.

A petition protesting the handing over of the title – for some a symbol of English oppression – to the new heir to the throne, William, rather than a Welshman, has garnered more than 27,000 signatures.

An anti-monarchy demonstration is planned outside Cardiff Castle. Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford told the BBC that “this is not the week for this debate to come up again” although people “have a right to protest”.

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Several hundred people were also present in front of the castle on Friday morning, hoping to see and greet the sovereign.

“We haven’t had a king for so long. I think he’ll be fine,” gushed Jack Grimshaw, a 27-year-old bartender who came with his boyfriend.

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“If I have the opportunity I will offer him my condolences and wish him my best wishes,” said Toni Perrott, a 60-year-old, who arrived at dawn from her village near Cardiff and said she was “well prepared”. reigns supreme.

Between the planned protests in Cardiff, the drive for independence in Scotland, community tensions in Northern Ireland, but also the republican temptations emerging in some of his other 14 kingdoms, the challenges facing Charles III. considerable if he succeeds his mother.

His first steps as king were considered quite dignified, except for some public gestures of annoyance that have been the subject of much comment on the internet, many awaiting how he will don his mother’s costume.

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Often described at 73 as a transitional king before his son, the popular William, but also as a modernizer eager to shorten the sails of a plethoric monarchy, he will also have to navigate family crises.

His brother Andrew has been ostracized by royalty over a sex scandal and his son Harry, who turned 38 on Thursday, is being exiled to California with his wife Meghan as they prepare a potentially explosive memoir.

“Guard of the Princes”

The hour is on the device for now. After marching through central London behind the coffin of Elizabeth II on Wednesday, her four children will reunite in their mourning on Friday night. The King will have received the country’s religious leaders in Buckingham.

Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward will watch a “prince’s guard” around their mother’s coffin, which has been on public display at the Palace of Westminster since Wednesday night. For the occasion, Andrew, although he no longer had military titles, was authorized to wear the uniform. The king is said to have asked that his eight grandchildren also take part.

More than a week after Elizabeth II’s death, emotion remains high.

Photos of Prince William and his wife Kate praying before flowers laid by the public outside the gates of the royal residence, Sandringham, made the front pages of most British newspapers on Friday.

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In London, the public can demonstrate until Monday morning in front of his coffin, draped with the royal standard and adorned with the imperial crown. Then ends the last journey of Elizabeth II.

His coffin, accompanied by the royal family but also by public health workers, will be taken to Westminster Abbey for a state funeral, the first since the death of Winston Churchill in 1965, in front of 2,000 guests, chiefs of foreign states, world elite, anonymous people , honored for their commitment to associations.

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On the other hand, according to parliament sources, a delegation of Chinese officials was prevented from praying in front of the coffin in Westminster. A decision following Beijing’s sanctions against British MPs who criticized the human rights situation in the country.

After a final procession, Elizabeth II will be memorialized alongside her father, George VI, in St George’s Chapel at her beloved Windsor Castle on Monday. and her husband Philip are buried.

The UK will pause on this bank holiday before, after a brace of collective sadness, rediscovering the reality of the severe economic and social crisis that is beating it.

Pope Francis will not attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

Pope Francis will not attend Elizabeth II’s funeral, which will be held in London on Monday.

The Vatican’s “foreign minister,” “Bishop Paul Gallagher, will represent Pope Francis at the funeral,” the Vatican said in a statement.

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