King Charles III causes surprise when meeting people at the Ardent Chapel | Death of Queen Elizabeth II
King Charles III, escorted by security guards, enjoys a walkabout and chats with the public queuing to be able to parade in front of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, laid in state in Westminster Hall.
King Charles III and Prince William made a surprise appearance on Saturday and met people queuing to pay their respects in front of the Queen's coffin, on display lying in state at Westminster Hall.
Thousands of people lined up overnight – the coldest in months in London – hoping for the chance to pass by the coffin of Elizabeth II. Latest estimates put the queue at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Out of respect for their patience, the King and Prince of Wales went out to meet people at the #x27;impromptu in the early afternoon. They shook hands and thanked those who came out to pay their respects to the Queen.
Charles III has taken part in several impromptu walkabouts since becoming king on September 8. His goal is to meet as many of his subjects as possible.
On Friday evening, however, police had to intervene to arrest a man who was disturbing the order in Westminster Hall, where the coffin is on display.
Authorities said the man allegedly left the line and attempted to climb onto the platform the coffin is on, in the center of the room. Police say the man has been taken into custody.
The flood of people wishing to say goodbye to the Queen has steadily grown since the public was first admitted to the room on Wednesday. On Friday, the authorities even temporarily closed access to the queue.
Near Lambeth Bridge in London, Prince William greets members of the public who line up to pay their respects before the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II.
During the night, volunteers handed out blankets and cups of tea to people queuing as the temperature plummeted to 6 degrees Celsius.
Despite the cold night in Outside, the mourners met on the spot described the human warmth that emanated from this moment.
It was cold during the night, but we had wonderful companions, met new friends. The camaraderie was wonderful, said Chris Harman, from London.
“It was worth it. I would do it again and again and again. I would walk to the end of the world for my queen.
People had myriad reasons for coming, from affection for the Queen to wanting to be part of a historic moment.
So members of the public continued to stream silently into Westminster Hall. On Friday evening, the Queen's four children – Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – stood vigil around the coffin for 15 minutes. continue until Monday morning, when the Queen's coffin will be transported to Westminster Abbey for a state funeral. It will be the culmination of the 10-day national mourning for Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 at the age of 96. She spent 70 years on the throne.
Hundreds of heads of state, royals and political leaders from around the world visit London these days to attend the funeral. This is particularly the case of US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.