The popular parade is nearing its end, the official delegations are flocking: there are only a few hours left for the public to hope to pray at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth this Sunday, before the state funeral Monday in the presence of leaders from around the world .
Arriving in London on Sunday afternoon, French President Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by his wife Brigitte Macron, went to Westminster Hall, where the Queen’s coffin rests. Shortly before 7 p.m., they arrived at Buckingham Palace where they are to take part in a reception organized by King Charles III around several heads of state.
Arriving on Saturday evening, US President Joe Biden also gathered in front of Elizabeth II’s coffin in the afternoon. The American president made the sign of the cross from a gallery in Westminster Hall, where European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the King of Spain, Felipe VI, have already visited during the day. “I’ve said before that my mom and dad think everyone (…) deserves to be treated with dignity, and that’s exactly what came out of her,” Joe said afterward. Biden.
2,000 people invited to Westminster Abbey
These heads of state will meet Monday morning among the 2,000 guests of Westminster Abbey, where Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, for the culmination of tributes paid in immense emotion since the death on September 8 of the monarch with planetary popularity.
The public will still have until 6:30 a.m. that day to gather in Westminster Hall, the oldest room in the British Parliament, in front of the coffin of one who has crossed the ages with the same sense of duty.
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But given the considerable waiting time to parade in front of the coffin – 1:30 p.m. announced this Sunday morning – the queue, which has become a phenomenon in itself, should be closed by the end of the day to new arrivals.
At 8 p.m. local time, the United Kingdom will freeze in a minute of silence for a “moment of reflection” in memory of its monarch who reigned 70 years, a longevity unprecedented in British history. While tens of thousands of people lined up in front of the monarch’s remains, only one incident was noted: a man was charged with disturbing the public order after leaving the queue and approaching the coffin on Friday , the police announced on Saturday evening.
Buried privately on Monday
The organization of the state funeral, the first since that of Winston Churchill in 1965, represents an unprecedented challenge for the police in London. “The biggest operation” ever carried out by the London police, said the mayor of the capital Sadiq Khan, during the visit of Charles and William to a command center on Saturday.
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After a final procession, Elizabeth II will be buried privately on Monday in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, west London, next to her father King George VI and her husband Prince Philip.