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King Charles leads procession of queens coffin through London

Queen Elizabeth IIs coffin is sent to Westminster Hall where she’ll remain for four full days until her funeral.

Published On 14 Sep 2022

King Charles III has led a procession of the coffin of his mother Queen Elizabeth II through London, before thousands of individuals pay their final respects.

Six days after her death in Scotland, Queen Elizabeths body was borne on a horse-drawn gun carriage on Wednesday from her Buckingham Palace home for the ultimate time and energy to Westminster Hall, where she’ll remain for four full days until her funeral on Monday.

The procession of the queens coffin began at precisely 2: 22pm (13: 22 GMT). Big Ben tolled and artillery guns fired at one-minute intervals from Hyde Park.

The king, his heir Prince William and younger son Prince Harry walked alone behind the gun carriage since it wound through the capitals streets in a 38-minute journey to the cavernous 12th-century hall in the Westminster parliament.

Prince William and Harry
Prince William and Prince Harry march behind Queen Elizabeths coffin [Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters]

Paying respect

The general public, a few of whom began queueing on Monday, will start filing at night coffin from 5pm (16: 00 GMT), with mourners already warned they’ll face an endurance test to hold back in lines which could tail back 8km (5 miles).

A huge selection of individuals were already queueing on early Wednesday morning, with those at the front end having spent the night time built with blankets, camping seats, tents and rain ponchos.

As day broke, a reliable blast of mourners joined the trunk of the queue across the River Thames beneath the watchful eye of an army of stewards in fluorescent jackets.

Strict rules and airport-style security measures have already been set up, with a lot more people expected compared to the 200,000 who filed at night coffin of the queens mother when she died in 2002, in accordance with Prime Minister Liz Trusss spokesman.

The federal government has advised visitors to wear suitable clothing also to bring portable battery packs to help keep their cell phones charged a sign that some individuals will have to wait overnight for a glimpse of the casket.

Resort rooms in the British capital are increasingly difficult to find, with even budget rooms choosing 300 pounds ($350) per night, while transport bosses and police are under great pressure to keep the town moving and safe in exceptional circumstances.

Its an enormous challenge for the Metropolitan Police and for me, but we’ve been finding your way through many, a long time, the newly appointed head of the London police, Mark Rowley, told Sky News on Tuesday.

Queen Elizabeth's coffin
Queen Elizabeth IIs coffin borne on a Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery carriage [Daniel Leal/Pool via Reuters]

UK tour

Your body of the late 96-year-old queen, who died peacefully at her Balmoral estate in Scotland last Thursday, was flown to London aboard a Royal Air Force plane on Tuesday evening from the Scottish capital Edinburgh.

It had been then driven to Buckingham Palace, past crowds of motorists who stopped their vehicles beside the street to catch a glimpse of the coffin.

Her arrival was greeted with the flashes of a large number of cellular phone camera lights, beneath the illuminated columns of the landmark palace.

Welcome Home Maam, SUNLIGHT tabloid said on Wednesday on its front page. THE CHANGING TIMES ran with the headline Home to Rest and the Daily Mail Home to her Family.

The procession on Wednesday will mirror an identical ceremony in Edinburgh on Monday, when her coffin was driven through the hushed streets of the town to lie at rest at St Giles Cathedral.

There, about 33,000 people filed at night coffin overnight to Tuesday afternoon, the Scottish government said.

Scotland has bid our Queen of Scots a sad, but fond farewell. We shall not see her like again, said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

After Scotland and England, Charles continued his tour of the four nations of the uk on Tuesday at Northern Ireland for the very first time as king. He’ll visit Wales on Friday.

Buckingham Palace
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is continued a horse-drawn gun carriage from the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery [Ian West/Pool via Reuters]



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