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Elizabeth II’s grandchildren gathered around the coffin | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

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The two brothers were in uniform – Harry had not worn it since his resounding withdrawal from the monarchy – unlike their six cousins, Peter, Zara, Beatrice, Eugenie, Louise, reputed to be the Queen’s favorite granddaughter, and James, rarely appeared in public.

Back to the coffin, head bowed, visibly moved, they gathered for ten minutes in Westminster Hall, under the gaze of visitors. They continued to parade without interruption, after long hours of queuing, to say goodbye to the popular sovereign, who died on September 8 at the age of 96 in her Scottish residence of Balmoral.

Elizabeth II's grandchildren gather around her coffin.

Back to the coffin, heads bowed, the grandchildren of Elizabeth II gathered for about ten minutes in Westminster Hall, under the gaze of visitors.

Photo: afp via getty images / YUI MOK

Scrambled since 2020, the two children of King Charles III and the late Princess Diana had already created a surprise by appearing together with their wives, Kate and Meghan, two days after the Queen’s death, during a walkabout in front of Windsor Castle.

We had seen them again, spaced a few meters apart, on Wednesday, during the very official procession behind the remains of the queen between Buckingham Palace and Westminster.

Prince William, heir to the Crown and who now bears the title of Prince of Wales, has been at odds with his younger brother since Harry announced in March 2020 that he wanted to distance himself from the royal family, which had caused an earthquake in the UK.

I love you, William!“,”text”:”I love you, William!”}}”>I love you, William! : the eldest of the two brothers enjoys strong popularity, as he was able to verify again on Saturday noon, during a surprise walkabout with his father, Charles III, to meet the British queuing for his bow before the coffin.

The hours are now counted to meditate in front of the remains of the sovereign, who was very popular until her death, after more than 70 years of reign.

Arrival of dignitaries

The dignitaries and crowned heads who will attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II are beginning to flock to London, in particular the American president Joe Biden, who landed on Saturday evening near the capital placed under high surveillance.

US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden step off the Air Force One plane at Stansted Airport, near London.

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrived at Stansted Airport near London on Saturday evening.

Photo: dpa via getty images / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

The occupant of the White House and his wife will go to collect themselves Sunday at 5 p.m. local time, in front of the remains of the monarch.

It is not known whether Westminster Hall will be evacuated for the occasion to guarantee the safety of the American president. During wakes observed by members of the royal family or other heads of state, the flow of visitors had not been interrupted.

Joe Biden will attend a reception hosted by King Charles III at Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening for dignitaries in attendance.

For the king, the diplomatic ball began on Saturday with a meeting with representatives of 14 other member countries of the Commonwealth, including Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Elizabeth II was very attached to this organization today shaken by the temptations of certain members (New window)in the Caribbean in particular, thanks to this change of sovereign.

London is preparing feverishly for its first state funeral since that of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1965. The event attracts distinguished guests to the capital, including, in addition to the American president, his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel.

Charles III, left, shakes hands with Justin Trudeau, right.

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and King Charles III had a brief meeting, the first since the son of Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the British crown.

Photo: Associated Press / Stefan Rousseau

Also coming will be Turkish Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Japanese Emperor Naruhito on his first foreign trip since assuming the throne in 2019, and Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, says MBS.

Many crowned heads have been invited, like Prince Albert of Monaco or the King of Spain Felipe VI, as well as his father Juan Carlos I, who abdicated in 2014 and now lives in exile in the United Arab Emirates.

On Monday morning, a procession will accompany the Queen’s coffin to Westminster Abbey, where the funeral will be held, at 10 a.m. local time.

For the police, the event promises to be even more imposing than the Olympic Games which took place in London in 2012.

The protocol has been seen and reviewed for many years and the royal troops tirelessly repeat in the streets the course and the gestures for the event.

Meanwhile, relatives of the deceased continued to pay tribute to her, while the population waited more than 13 hours to see the coffin for a few seconds.

The Queen Consort speaks for the first time

The Queen Consort, Camilla, spoke publicly for the first time since the death of Elizabeth II.

It must have been so difficult for her to be a lonely woman. There were no female prime ministers or presidents. She was the only one, so I think she carved out her own rolesaid the queen consort in an interview which will be broadcast in full by the BBC Sunday, before a minute of silence observed by the whole of the United Kingdom at 8 p.m. local time.

Queen Consort Camilla chats with guests at a reception for the funeral of Elizabeth II.

Camilla, who had so far remained discreet since the death of Elizabeth II, praised the late sovereign’s unforgettable smile.

Photo: dpa via getty images / STEFAN ROUSSEAU

Praising the smile unforgettable of the late sovereign, Camilla, long unloved by the British who saw her as a home wrecker for having been Charles’ mistress while he was married to Princess Diana, had remained very discreet since Elizabeth’s death, September 8.

It was also necessary to wait until last February for Elizabeth II to finally give her assent to Camilla becoming queen consort in good time.

For nine days, the wife of Charles III has nimbly slipped into her new costume alongside the monarch and assists him in his task, in particular for the organization of the funeral.

Final farewells and contemplation

Two days from funeral of the centuryfor which foreign dignitaries began to flock to London, the waiting time in the line along the Thames to Westminster Hall, where the closed coffin is topped with the sumptuous imperial crown, exceeded 5 p.m. on Saturday evening , and authorities alerted the public to the expected cooling overnight.

The public has until Monday morning 6:30 a.m. local time to pay their last respects to the sovereign, final farewells in meditation, sometimes tears, for a sovereign who has become a symbol of unity and stability during her reign. , a record length in UK history.

A long line of people waiting to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

The waiting time in the queue along the Thames to Westminster Hall in London to see the coffin exceeded 5 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Photo: Getty Images/Carl Court

It was so moving, with a really nice, peaceful and calm vibe. The line was long, but it felt celebratorytold Agence France-Presse (AFP) Jenna O’Sullivan, 36, after waiting 14 hours to finally see the coffin.

Rare incident in ongoing tributes: A man was indicted for disturbing public order after he left the line and approached the coffin on Friday, the metropolitan font in a press release.

Elizabeth II will be buried privately in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, west London, next to her father, King George VI, and her husband, Prince Philip.

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