(London) Dignitaries and royal royalty who will attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, who died nine days ago, are beginning to flock to London, including US President Joe Biden, who has landed near the closely monitored capital.
Posted at 8:42
Updated at 7:14 p.m
The White House tenant and his wife are due to pray before the remains of the monarch, which are still on public display 24 hours a day, at 5pm GMT on Sunday in London.
It is not known whether Westminster Hall will be evacuated on this occasion to ensure the safety of the American President. The flow of visitors was not interrupted at wakes observed by members of the royal family or other heads of state.
Joe Biden will attend a ceremony attended by King Charles III on Sunday night. attend a reception hosted at Buckingham Palace for dignitaries in attendance.
While the King’s diplomatic ball began on Saturday with representatives from 14 other Commonwealth kingdoms, including Canada, New Zealand and Australia, his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, made her first public statement since Elizabeth II’s death.
“It must have been so hard for her to be a lonely woman. There were no female prime ministers or presidents. She was the only one so I think she carved out her own role,” the Queen Consort said in an interview, which will be broadcast in full by the BBC on Sunday, ahead of a minute’s silence across the UK at 8pm. Local time (19:00 GMT).
Camilla, who praised the late sovereign’s “unforgettable” smile, has been “unforgettable” since Elizabeth II’s death on April 8.
It was only last February that Elizabeth II gave her consent for Camilla to become “Queen Consort” when the time came.
Charles III’s wife hatched for nine days. quickly into her new costume next to the new monarch and supports him in his task, in particular in organizing the first state funeral since that of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1965.
London is feverishly preparing for this event, which is attracting high-ranking guests to the capital, including the American President, his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel.
Also arriving will be Turkish Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Japanese Emperor Naruhito for his first foreign trip since ascending the throne in 2019, and even Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as “MBS”.
Many royalty were invited, such as Prince Albert of Monaco or the King of Spain Felipe VI, as well as his father Juan Carlos Iahwho abdicated in 2014 and now lives in exile in the United Arab Emirates.
Westminster Abbey, where the funeral will take place at 10am GMT on Monday, can seat 2,000 people.
For the police, the event promises to be even more impressive than the 2012 Olympic Games. But the record has been viewed and checked for many years and the royal troops tirelessly repeat the course on the streets.
“Brother enemies” reunited
During this time, the relatives of the deceased continued to pay tribute to them, while the population waited more than 5 p.m. to see the coffin for a few seconds.
Princes William and Harry, often referred to as feuding brothers, were seen on Saturday night at a wake for Elizabeth II’s eight grandchildren under the eyes of visitors around the remains of the 8 96 after more than 70 years of reign.
The two brothers wore uniforms – Harry hasn’t worn them since his fulminant retirement from the monarchy – unlike their six cousins Peter, Zara, Beatrice, Eugenie, Louise, who was said to be the Queen’s favorite granddaughter, and James, who rarely appeared public.
In 2020 confusion since Harry announced he was distancing himself from the royal family in March 2020, King Charles III’s two children had been married. and the late Princess Diana already created a surprise by appearing two days later with her wives Kate and Meghan at the death of the Queen during a tour of Windsor Castle.
Last chance to see the queen
” I love you William! ‘: The eldest of the two brothers enjoys great popularity, as he was able to verify again on Saturday afternoon when he and his father walked towards the Brits who were queuing in front of the coffin to bow.
The hours are now counted down to meditate before the remains of the sovereign, which lie in a closed coffin topped by the magnificent imperial crown.
Rare incident in the ongoing tributes: A man has been charged with disturbing public order after exiting the line and approaching the coffin on Friday, the Metropolitan Police said in a press release on Saturday night.
The public has until 6:30 a.m. (5:30 GMT) Monday morning to pay their last respects to Elizabeth II, the final farewell for a queen who has become a symbol of stability during her reign of record length in the History of the UK.
Elizabeth II is buried with her father King George VI and her husband Prince Philip in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in west London.