The British say goodbye to Elizabeth II before her private burial | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

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British farewell to Elizabeth II before her private burial | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

Britons queue along the River Thames to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

Ready to line up for miles to say goodbye to their beloved queen, Britons marched by the thousands through Westminster Hall on Thursday to pay their respects before the coffin of Elizabeth II, before a grand state funeral and a private interment to be held on Monday.

The interment will take place at 7:30 p.m. local time in a ceremony reserved for immediate family members. It will take place at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, on the western outskirts, after a church service attended by over 800 people.

The Queen's children, including King Charles III, will pay their respects in front of the coffin, displayed at the Palace of Westminster in London, on Friday evening during a vigil of the princes.

Tens of thousands of Britons have been marching since Wednesday to pay their last respects to their beloved queen, who died on September 8 at the age of 96.

Thursday, the flow of visitors is continuous at Westminster Hall, the oldest room in parliament, where the sovereign lies in an oak coffin installed on an imposing catafalque and surmounted by the x27;Sparkling Imperial Crown.

Some lower their heads as a sign of respect, others throw a kiss, make a small bow or wipe away a tear.

Members of the public stood in line overnight so they could say goodbye to the Queen.

We were able to stop for a few seconds, Rupa Jones, a 43-year-old Londoner dressed in black, told AFP, evoking a peaceful atmosphere after six and a half hours of waiting in the night.


I think we will never have a monarch like her again, she continues. Like others, she salutes his unwavering devotion to the Crown.

It was very beautiful. Very moving. Very silent. There is the weight of history there, confides Sarah Mellor, visibly moved. After waiting seven hours, she just said thank you to the queen.

In order not to lose her place in the queue, which stretched over six kilometers on Thursday, only a short pee break is possible in one of the 500 temporary toilets specially installed for the occasion. Hundreds of volunteers have been provided to manage the crowd, as well as refreshments in the businesses or institutions along the line.

Monday, declared a public holiday, the crowds are expected to be even more massive for the state funeral, the first since the death of Winston Churchill in 1965. It is a huge security challenge to which London is preparing feverishly.

The King's bodyguards stand guard around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, inside Westminster Lobby.

They will take place at 10 a.m. local time at Westminster Abbey in the presence of more than 2,000 guests, including hundreds of foreign dignitaries and crowned heads, and 200 Britons decorated by the Queen for their associative commitment or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Once the Last Post, a tribute to fallen soldiers in the British Army, has sounded, two minutes of silence will be met, around 12 p.m. (local time).

After arriving from Scotland, where the Queen passed away, the coffin was transferred in a solemn procession from Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Elizabeth II during her 70th birthday of reign, a record in the United Kingdom. It will remain accessible until the funeral.

Anticipating a queue of up to fifteen kilometers, the authorities have planned draconian restrictions, worthy of airports to access Westminster Hall. They also asked the public to dress appropriately to pay tribute to the sovereign, omnipresent for several generations and rock of stability in crises and changes.

At the inside, the public can only bring a small bag. No food, drink, flowers or photos are allowed.

Floral tributes spill out the doors of Sandringham House, where Queen Elizabeth II used to celebrate Christmas with her family.

Before the long farewell over several days, the coffin of Elizabeth II had already been exposed for 24 hours in Edinburgh, from Monday evening to Tuesday, greeted by some 33,000 people .

In the meantime, Charles III, 73, retired to his country residence in Highgrove on Thursday, for his first day without an official engagement since assuming the throne.

D& #x27;other members of the royal family came to attend the tributes paid to the queen all over the country. This is the case of Crown Prince William and his wife Kate, who traveled to the royal estate of Sandringham, in the east of England.

With the Queen Consort Camilla, the King will travel to Wales on Friday, the final leg of their UK tour after England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Older than any British sovereign when they ascended the throne, he took office at a difficult time for Britain. Just endowed with a new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, the country is plunged into a social and economic crisis. Long low, the popularity of the new king has skyrocketed since his proclamation.

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