Queen Elizabeth II latest: World leaders head to London for funeral

LONDON– Thousands of police, hundreds of soldiers and an army of civil servants made the final preparations for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Sunday – a spectacular display of national mourning that will also be the largest gathering of heads of state in years.

US President Joe Biden and other dignitaries travel to London for the funeral, to which around 500 royals, heads of state and government from all over the world are invited.

Thousands of people continued to queue around the clock to get past the Queen’s coffin, which lies in Parliament’s Westminster Hall, despite cool nighttime temperatures and waits of up to 17 hours. The Queen’s eight grandchildren, led by heir apparent Prince William, circled the coffin and stood with their heads bowed during a silent vigil on Saturday night.

The kilometer-long queue is expected to close for new arrivals later on Sunday to allow anyone in line to get past the coffin before Monday morning as it is carried on a gun carriage to Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s funeral.

People across Britain will observe a nationwide minute’s silence on Sunday night to commemorate the Queen, who died on September 8 at the age of 96 after 70 years on the throne. Monday has been declared a public holiday and the funeral will be televised to huge television audiences and shown to crowds in parks and public squares across the country.

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Thousands of police officers from across the country will be in action as part of the largest one-day police operation in London history.

Camilla, the Queen’s new consort, paid tribute to the Queen in a video message, saying the monarch has “carved her own role” as a “lonely woman” on a male-dominated world stage.

“I will always remember her smile. That smile is unforgettable,” said Camilla, who married King Charles III. is married.

A flood of people continued to pour into Parliament’s Westminster Hall, where the Queen’s coffin lies in splendor, draped in her royal standard and crowned with diamonds. The number of mourners has been growing steadily since the public first admitted on Wednesday, with a line stretching for at least five miles along the River Thames and into Southwark Park in the city’s south-east.

Charles and William honored their patience and made an unannounced visit on Saturday to greet those in line, shake hands and thank mourners queuing near Lambeth Bridge.

Later, all of the Queen’s grandchildren stood by her coffin. William and Prince Harry, sons of Charles, were joined by Princess Anne’s children, Zara Tindall and Peter Philips; the daughters of Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie; and Prince Edward’s two children – Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

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William stood at the head of the coffin, head bowed, and Harry at the foot. Both princes, who are military veterans, wore uniforms. Mourners continued to pass in silence.

“You could see they were thinking deeply about their grandmother the Queen,” said Ian Mockett, a civil engineer from Oxford in southern England. “It was good to see them all together as a group of grandchildren given the things that have happened over the last few years.”

Harry, who was serving as a British army officer in Afghanistan, was dressed in civilian clothes as the Queen’s coffin left Buckingham Palace earlier in the week because he is no longer a working member of the royal family. He and his wife Meghan quit their royal duties and moved to the United States in 2020. However, the King required both William and Harry to wear their military uniforms at the vigil at Westminster Hall.

Ahead of the vigil, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie issued a statement praising their “beloved grandma”.

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“We thought, like many others, that you would be here forever. And we all miss you terribly. You were our matriarch, our guide, our loving hand on our back, guiding us through this world. You taught us so much and we will cherish those lessons and memories forever,” the sisters wrote.

The Queen’s four children – Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – held a similar vigil around the coffin on Friday.

The silence in the hall was broken briefly on Friday when a man rushed towards the coffin. London Police said on Sunday that a 28-year-old Londoner, Muhammad Khan, was charged with conduct aimed at “causing alarm, harassment or distress”. He will appear in court on Monday.

Laying in state continues until early Monday morning, when the Queen’s coffin is taken to nearby Westminster Abbey for the funeral, the finale of 10 days of national mourning for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

After Monday’s service at the Abbey, the coffin of the late Queen will be transported in a horse-drawn carriage through the historic heart of London. It will then be taken in a hearse to Windsor, where the Queen will be buried alongside her husband Prince Philip, who died last year.

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