The Queen and her people | Death of Queen Elizabeth II
The British found themselves orphaned by their queen, their landmark during 70 years old.
At midnight , thousands of Britons continue to gather in the Ardent Chapel
LONDON – Whatever the political affinities, the queen will have marked the world and touched the hearts of the British.
His picture is everywhere. On shop windows, in hair salons, and even in elevators. This is a truly grieving nation. At the subway station, Sally sells tickets. She did not have time to go to the Ardent Chapel and cannot afford to wait 4 p.m. in line.
Sally works at the subway and couldn't go to the burning chapel
“We lost our grandmother. Every year she sent her best wishes to us, it was our moral compass, I don't know what to think of the new royal couple.
As thousands of people queue to gather in the Lying Chapel, a few blocks from Westminster Abbey, another queue, this time outside a soup kitchen for refugees and the sans -shelter. A contrast to the pomp of the last days, where the number of diamonds and precious stones adorning the crown on the coffin are listed. Yet the non-profit organization Refuge Network International is also sending its condolences to the nation, with a picture of the Queen on the front page of its website.
Not far from there, Louis Michael sells newspapers. We live in a crazy world, he tells me, poverty is glaring, the cost of living is rising, and we spend millions on the royal family.
Louis Michael sells newspapers near a soup kitchen.
“I am Irish and against the monarchy, but I live here, I have to respect the mourning of the English, who lost their queen.
Mary Foster, a Montrealer from Beaconsfield who lives in England, did not hesitate to pitch her tent in front of Westminster Abbey to have a front row seat at the state funeral.
“I wanted to say thank you to the Queen, I left my husband and three children at home to come here. »
— Mary Foster
Mary Foster will spend the night in her tent to have a front row seat at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
What is happening in the UK is historic. By her reserve and her discretion, the Queen will have had as much, if not more, impact than any head of state in the world. “The Queen was common sense for us,” says a woman in line to go to the Ardent Chapel, “still recently, she reassured us during the pandemic by telling us that we would soon find. I'm no royalist, but I loved the queen, nuance her neighbor, who was also in line. »
Even the models at the Versace store are dressed in black, the color of mourning, on Sunday morning in London.
Even heads of state around the world are jostling to be invited to funerals. The Russian delegation say they were offended at not receiving an invitation and spoke of blasphemous behavior from the UK. On Monday, London will be the center of the world, the security system will be at its maximum, and a people will say goodbye to their queen.