Biden will pay tribute to Elizabeth lying in the state

  • Biden in London ahead of Monday’s funeral
  • World leaders pay tribute at Queen’s coffin
  • Decision on when to close the queue for let-in-state

LONDON, Sep 18 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden is expected to pay tribute at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth in London on Sunday, attended by hundreds of thousands of people who have filed for the late British monarch while in state.

Biden will later attend a reception with King Charles and many other leaders and royals around the world ahead of Elizabeth’s grand state funeral on Monday. read more

Elizabeth’s body has been lying in historic Westminster Hall since Wednesday, and people from all walks of life and Worldwide Filing the past in a constant, emotional stream, many are queuing up throughout the night.

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“Her legacy will be huge in the pages of British history and in the story of our world,” Biden said in a message following news of the Queen’s death on September 8 at the age of 96.

She was one of 14 US presidents of her reign, all of whom Elizabeth met except Lyndon Johnson, beginning with Harry Truman in 1951, when she was still a princess. read more

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who were seen cursing the coffin, are among the dignitaries who have already paid their respects.

“The sheer silence of the place is one of the things that moves it so much,” Arden said, adding that he shared that moment with people who queued up for 20 hours or more.

“The Queen was here for her people and now her people are there for her,” he told the BBC on Sunday.

Britain has hosted a series of poignant, carefully choreographed celebrations in the 10 days following Elizabeth’s death, reflecting the traditions and pageantry of the British royal family, whose lineage dates back nearly 1,000 years.

‘Our matriarchy’

On Saturday evening, eight of the Queen’s grandchildren, including Charles’ sons Princes William and Harry, held a solemn watch near her coffin, following similar observances by their children the previous day. read more

Camilla, the wife of the new King Charles and now the Queen’s consort, said in a tribute message to the late monarch released on Sunday that the late Queen’s smile was “unforgettable”.

Camilla said, “She’s been a part of our lives forever. I’m 75 now and I don’t remember anyone other than the queen.” “She’s got amazing blue eyes, that when she smiles they light up her whole face. I’ll always remember her smile. That smile is unforgettable.” read more

A one-minute national silence will be observed on Sunday at 8 p.m. (1900 GMT).

Royals and the British government now await Monday’s funeral at Westminster Abbey, where the coronations, marriages and burials of English and then British kings and queens have been held since William I in 1066.

London’s police force has described the event as the biggest security operation ever. Members of the public were camping outside for a safe place on the procession route.

queue decision

There will be some 500 guests representing nearly 200 countries and territories – including the president, prime minister, king, queen and sultan – and huge crowds are expected to take to the streets. read more

Britain has not held a planned-scale state funeral for the Queen since World War II leader Winston Churchill in 1965.

The government said large screens would be put up to watch the celebrations in London’s Hyde Park and in cities across the country. The funeral will also be broadcast by broadcasters.

Television rating service Overnights.TV estimated that around 33 million people in Britain had tuned in on the day of his death, across the BBC and other news channels.

Such has been the desire to pay tribute to the popular monarch, the only one most Britons have known since his accession in 1952, that tens of thousands have waited patiently to spend a few brief seconds in a line stretching across the River Thames . of his coffin.

The 49-year-old headmaster, Darren Luckhurst, said, “To think that everyone is to an individual, to mark what he has done for people and the way he felt he touched them or their country.” “

“The hat, the gloves and I think camaraderie” had helped him through the cold night, he said.

The government said a decision to close entry to the line would be taken on Sunday. By the time their let-in-state ends on Monday, about 750,000 will have filed in the past.

“She won’t believe it all, she really won’t,” said Prince William as he joined his father Charles, the new king, to speak to mourners waiting in line on Saturday. “It’s amazing.”

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Additional reporting by Jeff Mason, Kate Holton and Paul Sandle; Editing by Christina Fincher and Allison Williams

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