In London, thousands and thousands of people parade this Thursday morning in front of the mortal remains of Elizabeth II, the only queen that most knew. In the morning, the queue stretched 3.5 miles to Tower Bridge, along the south bank of the Thames, then over a bridge to Parliament.
“Everyone is happy to be here, but it’s going to be sadder” as she stood in front of the Queen, Lisa Doodson, who lives in the London suburbs, told AFP she had started to queuing at 6am (London time). ).
The coffin with the Queen’s remains was installed in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of Parliament, a majestic 11th century room which is the institutional embryo of the United Kingdom. The queue went smoothly and around 20 camping chairs were piled up at the entrance to Parliament, abandoned by those who had managed to enter.
The government has warned they may have to wait 30 hours in a line of up to 10km that runs through the city center along the River Thames.“Keep this in mind before deciding whether to attend or bring children,” Downing Street warned.
After being informed that many stores will close on Monday for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, one has been generated dissatisfaction of vacationers in different vacation homes. One of them, Center Parcs, reversed the decision to ban access for 24 hours. Visitors had been informed that they would have to leave the parks next Monday “out of respect and to allow as many people as possible to [empleados] Be part of this historic moment.”
Following their complaints, however, Center Parcs said customers still vacationing at its facilities would be allowed to stay. Those who were due to enter on Monday will have to delay their arrival by one day. “After consideration and listening, we have made the decision to allow guests with longer stays to stay on September 19,” the company said in a message to guests, which was released by media.
Many stores will close on Monday for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, but thousands of ‘pubs’ and bars will remain open for Britons to toast the late monarch. The UK has declared a public holiday for the event, which will be attended by dozens of world leaders and watched by millions across the world on TV and social media.
UK schools and the London Stock Exchange will be closed on the day, as is all UK public holidays, and hospitals have postponed several appointments. This day off for millions of Britons will weigh on the UK economy, which is already heading into recession due to high inflation. Britain’s biggest supermarkets, led by Tesco and Sainsbury’s, will close, as will major clothing store Primark. Food and clothing retailer Marks and Spencer plans to open just a few stores near the funeral and burial site in and around London. All UK branches of US giant McDonald’s will close until after the funeral.
On the other hand, London Heathrow Airport has indicated that flight disruptions are likely.
As part of extensive planning for the aftermath of the Queen’s death, known as the “London Bridge”, The new king will have a break from public duties as he prepares to take on his new role within the British crown.
Meanwhile, the Earl and Countess of Wessex will visit Manchester in memory of the Queen. They will also view the Civic Book of Condolences at Manchester Central Library, visit St Ann’s Square where floral tributes have been left and meet members of the community.
The Prince and Princess of Wales will be in Sandringham to view the floral tributes left at Norwich Gates.
On Thursday morning, At least 4,500 soldiers performed an important rehearsal for the military funeral parade which will take place on Monday, September 19. The ceremony will feature the largest parade of its kind in memory, according to British media Guardian.
The first mourners to see Elizabeth II inside the coffin have told how they were overcome with emotion as they paid their respects. Some took off their hats, others said prayers and shed tearswhile a woman said she wanted to sing the Ave Maria, told Guardian.
Vanessa Nathakumaran was the first person to file past the coffin at Old Westminster Hall. The 56-year-old Londoner, who stood in line from 11.30am on Monday, says she tried not to cry when the extraordinary scene hit her. However, he couldn’t contain himself.
In the Japanese capital, Thousands of people continue to queue outside the British Consulate for hours to pay their respects to the Queen. At dawn on the seventh day since the death of Elizabeth II, flowers, cards and portraits lined the pavement in front of the Admiralty Consulate.
Hong Kong, once a British colony, has been sent back to China to protest a crime under Beijing’s national security law and strict Covid rules. As the flowers and messages increase, so do the references to the era of British rule.
this Thursday will be the first of four full days of the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminsterr, where he will remain until the morning of the funeral on Monday, September 19. The coffin will remain guarded by soldiers from units serving the Royal House.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will leave for London on Thursday to represent the nation at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. A quarter of the 2,000 places at Westminster Abbey, they are reserved for heads of state and their associates, with Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron and Naruhito, the Emperor of Japan.
At the request of the late queen, 10 “everyday” Australian citizens are also invited to attendincluding: Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott, Hall of fame Chris Wallerhorse trainers Gay and Robbie Waterhouse -and recipient of the Victoria Cross Ben Roberts Smith.
According to the UK government tracker, the queue to enter Westminster Hall It is about 3 kilometers long and extends to Blackfriars Bridge. The length of the queue to pay respects to the late monarch has decreased compared to what happened on Wednesday evening.
At the time, the line was no less than 4 kilometers long. Some people even went camping to ensure a chance to see the coffin. The infrastructure put in place allows a maximum length of 16 kilometres. Hundreds of thousands of mourners are expected in the coming days.
During an official trip to Australia in 1986, the late Queen Elizabeth II wrote a letter to the Mayor of Sydney.
The envelope where the writing is found says the following: “To the Right Honorable Lord Mayor of Sydney, Australia. Cheers. On an appropriate day chosen by you in the year 2085 AD, please open this envelope and convey my message to the citizens of Sydney. Elizabeth R.”
More than 30 years after it was written, its contents are a complete mystery. The letter is on display in the Queen Victoria Building in the Australian capital. the ocean nation keeps it in a showcase under a dome.
What could the queen have written? According National geographicmaybe not be a very important message. Probably just a generic greeting to the city and the inhabitants of the future. Even so, It will take another 63 years after his death for the mystery to finally be revealed..