The remains of Elizabeth II in London for a final farewell | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

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The remains of Elizabeth II in London for a final farewell | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

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LIVE – Watch our special on the procession through the streets of London as the remains of Elizabeth II are carried to Westminster Hall.

Hundreds of Britons were expected thousands from Wednesday in London, to give a last salute to Elizabeth II, their adored monarch before her funeral next Monday.

The coffin of the queen, who died Thursday at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, was found in the British capital on Tuesday evening. After a final night at Buckingham Palace, where it was welcomed by the Queen's children and grandchildren, the oak coffin will join Westminster Hall, the oldest chamber in the British parliament, on Wednesday after a procession solemn in central London.

For almost five days, from Wednesday 5 p.m. local time until Monday 6:30 a.m., the British will be able to come and pay a last tribute as close as possible to their sovereign, unanimously hailed for her total devotion to the crown for more than 70 years of reign.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected at Westminster Hall, open for the occasion 24 hours a day. patience, with long queues that should stretch for miles.

Wednesday morning, shortly after 8 a.m., hundreds of people were already waiting on the bank opposite the parliament, in a good-natured atmosphere despite the threatening gray sky. Some even spent the night there.

“The night was cool and wet, but I have a small chair and a big umbrella , so I stayed pretty much dry.

— Dan Ford, 52-year-old retired policeman

The coffin of Elizabeth II has already been exposed from Monday evening to Tuesday in St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. Sometimes moved to tears, some 33,000 people waited for hours to go and gather briefly.

A rock of stability in crises and change, the Queen was a reassuring image for millions of Britons during his decades on the throne.

Welcome Home Ma'am (Welcome Home, Madam) headlines the The tabloid Sun on Wednesday, as every British newspaper features a front-page photo of the hearse entering Buckingham Palace.< /p>

On its way to the center of the capital on Tuesday evening, the hearse was cheered and applauded by thousands of people. A large number of motorists got out of their cars, stopping as a guard of honor in its path.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was brought into Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening.

The new King Charles III greeted the remains upon his arrival at Buckingham Palace, after having spent the day in Northern Ireland, a delicate step in his accession to the throne.

“With a shining example before me, and with the; help of God, I take up my new duties determined to seek the welfare of all the people of Northern Ireland. »

— King Charles III, in the Parliament of Northern Ireland

After London, Edinburgh and Belfast, Charles III will travel to Cardiff, Wales, on Friday, final leg of his British four-nation tour.

The king's popularity rating has skyrocketed since his accession to the throne. According to a YouGov poll released on Tuesday, three in five people think he will make a good king, up from just over 30% a few months ago. But his annoyance was noticed when signing official documents in Belfast, the king getting angry over a leaky pen.

Tensions in Northern Ireland, separatist desires in Scotland, galloping inflation: Charles III, who at 73 is older than all the British sovereigns at the time of their accession to the throne, takes office at a critical moment.

As the country is in the grip of a serious economic and social crisis, the daily newspaper The Guardian reveals that the hundred or so employees of Clarence House, Charles's residence when he was still a prince, could lose their job. It is not yet known whether the monarch intends to move to Buckingham.

After prayers at the Palace attended by the King, Queen Consort and Royal Family, the coffin will leave Buckingham Palace at 1:22 p.m. (UTC) on Wednesday for a procession through central London, resting on a gun carriage , to the Palace of Westminster.

The King and his two sons Harry and William, along with other members of the Royal Family, will follow him on foot. Big Ben will ring and cannons will be fired from Hyde Park.

Full hotels, disrupted transport, crowded pubs… the British capital is feverishly preparing for Monday's funeral, in the presence of hundreds of leaders and crowned heads, a huge security challenge.

To see the coffin, the government has already warned of draconian restrictions, worthy of airports.

The press mentions some 750,000 people ready to brave a wait which could be counted in tens of hours.

The precise route of the queue, published Tuesday evening by the government, extends along from the south bank of the Thames over five miles to Southwark Park in the southeast of the capital.

In 2002 there were around 200 000 gathered in front of the coffin of Queen Mother Elizabeth, presented to the public for three days before her funeral.

Crowds are expected to be even greater for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, the first state funeral since 1965, that of Winston Churchill.

Russia, Belarus, Burma and North Korea do not' were not invited.

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