The endless line in front of Elizabeth II’s coffin further prolonged Friday in London with more than 24 hours of waiting. Meanwhile, Charles III. A standing ovation in Cardiff, where he ended his tour of the country as the new king.
Showing the immense emotion sparked by the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, authorities were barred from access to the long line that had formed to take the monarch’s coffin in the Westminster lobby on Friday to see, had to temporarily suspend.
When it reopened in the afternoon, the Government warned of a wait of more than 24 hours in the line, which winds for miles in London, and warned of cold overnight temperatures.
Like thousands of anonymous people, former soccer star David Beckham has been waiting patiently for more than 12 hours since 2:00 a.m., dressed in dark clothing. He bowed his head soberly in front of the remains and wiped away a tear.
Those lucky enough to get to the building on time hoped to be able to attend the “Princes’ Vigil” at the end of the day, which Elizabeth II’s four children – Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward – will watch for a quarter of an hour on her mother’s coffin.
To mark the occasion, Andrew, stripped of his military titles following a sex scandal, was granted permission to wear the uniform.
Eight of the Queen’s grandchildren are expected to do the same on Saturday night.
Long live the king
This solemn moment will cap an emotionally charged day for the new Sovereign as he was applauded during the final leg of his journey through the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales).
“Long live the king!” (“Long live the king!”): The 73-year-old ex-Prince of Wales enjoyed a tour for around twenty minutes, shaking many hands.
He walked with Queen Consort Camilla to the sound of the hymn “God Save the King” being sung by the public after attending a church service and in a speech to Parliament, partly in Welsh, renewing his pledge to follow his “mother’s example”.
But when the king was cheered by conquered onlookers, a handful of anti-monarchists with placards reading “Abolish the Monarchy” or “Democracy Now” would gather in front of the palace.
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.
A petition protesting the conferring of the title of Prince of Wales – for some a symbol of English oppression – to the new heir to the throne, William, rather than a Welshman, has garnered nearly 30,000 signatures.
Back in London, Charles III. the country’s religious leaders at Buckingham Palace.
The public can parade before the coffin of Elizabeth II, draped with the royal standard and adorned with the Imperial crown, before Monday morning ahead of the 12pm state funeral in Switzerland, the first since that of Winston Churchill in 1965.
A procession will then accompany the coffin to Westminster Abbey, where the burial will take place.
Millions of people are expected to watch the event in front of their TVs on this bank holiday in the UK.
Around 2,000 guests, including several hundred leaders from all over the world, crowned heads, but also anonymous people who have been recognized for their social commitment, will take part in the ceremony.
Joe Biden, Ursula von der Leyen, the Emperor of Japan, but also Emmanuel Macron and Ignazio Cassis are expected, while the Pope will be represented. The leaders of Russia, Afghanistan, Burma, Syria and North Korea were not invited.
The event poses an unprecedented security challenge for the UK, which has deployed an impressive system in the capital, with numerous reinforcements from across the country.
“It will be the biggest event that London police have had to handle,” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy said on Friday, even bigger than the 2012 Olympics.
A few hours earlier, the attack on two police officers who had been stabbed to death in central London, in what authorities do not consider an act of terrorism, had escalated the tension by a notch.
Many challenges await Charles III, who at the age of 73 is often described as a transitional king who preceded his son, the popular William, but also as a modernizer striving to narrow the wings of the monarchy.
Between Scotland’s desire for independence, the tensions between communities in Northern Ireland, the country’s economic and social crisis, but also the republican temptations arising in some of its 14 other kingdoms, he will have to do a lot to strengthen the unity of the nation embody.
The first steps of Charles III. were considered quite dignified, apart from a few public gestures of anger, which drew a lot of comment on the internet, with many waiting to see how he will don his immensely respected mother’s costume and how he will handle crises.
This article was published automatically. Sources: ats/blg/afp
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