Trudeau gathered at the Ardent Chapel of Queen Elizabeth II | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

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Trudeau gathered in the Ardent Chapel of Queen Elizabeth II | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

The Prime Minister of Canada paid his respects as he passed the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II which is displayed in Westminster Hall, the Palace of Westminster, London.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gathered in front of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II laid in state in London on Saturday, two days before the official funeral. He is due to meet King Charles III later today.

Mr. Trudeau arrived in London on Friday as part of a Canadian delegation that also included Governor General Mary Simon, four former prime ministers and three national Indigenous leaders.

The first Minister visited the Lying Chapel at Westminster Hall around noon local time. Quietly, he gazed at the queen's coffin for a few seconds, perched from the rostrum reserved for foreign delegations. Mr. Trudeau was accompanied by his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.

Minutes later he was due to go to Lancaster House to sign the book of condolences for the Queen, who died aged 96 just over a week ago.

< p class="e-p">Mr. Trudeau will meet the new King, Charles III, at Buckingham Palace in mid-afternoon local time.

Last week, after the proclamation of the new sovereign's accession to the throne in Ottawa, Mr. Trudeau said in a press release that Canada has a long-standing relationship and close friendship with His Majesty King Charles. III.

We are confident that his deep commitment to education, the environment and youth empowerment will constitute a solid foundation on which to continue to work for the betterment of the Commonwealth and its people, added the Prime Minister.

People line up in Southwark Park to pay their last respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

In London on Saturday, thousands of people spent the night queuing to view the Queen's coffin. Authorities warned people arriving in line that they could wait 24 hours.

Streets around the Palace of Westminster were blocked off on Friday by police metal fences, and a large contingent of police, from across the UK, is already leading the crowds who have come to pay their respects to the Queen.

The level of security has d' elsewhere been raised in anticipation of Monday's funeral. In addition to dozens of other world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, hundreds of thousands of private citizens are also expected to attend the funeral closer.

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