Thousands pass by Queen Elizabeth’s coffin as she stays in state in London

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  • people in line for hours
  • King Charles at Highgrove Home
  • List of attendees for funeral grows

LONDON, September 15 (Reuters) – Mourners from all walks of life were mourned in front of the stately coffin of Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, before her funeral on Monday in ancient Westminster Hall in London. The last respect was given to the emperor. ,

After days of processions and religious rites As the Queen’s body was brought to London from Balmoral, Scotland, where she died last Thursday at the age of 96, it was an opportunity for the general public to participate directly in the ceremony.

As King Charles returns to his Highgrove home in the southern English region of Gloucestershire after days of scheduled events, officials expect around 750,000 people to see his mother’s coffin before lying in state at 6.30 a.m. (0730 GMT) on Monday. Of.

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The line extends for several miles along the southern bank of the River Thames, crossing past landmarks such as Tower Bridge and a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Lambeth Bridge, near Westminster Hall. People waited for many hours. read more

20-year-old Thomas Hughes, who waited nearly 14 hours overnight with his brother, said it was overwhelming to finally see the coffin.

“You do all this because you want to respect this woman… and I think when you put yourself through it, and then you reach the moment you’ve been waiting for, So you get a little bit more emotional,” he said. Told. “It’s a very powerful thing.”

Most were from Britain but some were from abroad. They were young and old, and military medals included children being carried by ex-servicemen and their parents. Many people stopped near the coffin to bow their heads. Others wiped away tears.

Some were to represent elderly parents, others to look at history and to thank a woman who, after ascending the throne in 1952, was holding official government meetings just two days before she died.

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Queen Elizabeth’s coffin lay on a purple cathedral placed on a red platform in the center of Westminster Hall. It was covered by the Royal Standard flag and topped with a wreath of flowers, with the Imperial State Crown placed on a cushion.

Soldiers and ‘beefeaters’ – red-coated warders usually found guarding the Tower of London – stand on alert with bowed heads.

First inside was Kenneth Taylor, 72, from Reading in central England, who had come with a neighbor and stayed overnight in a tent in line.

Shedding tears, Taylor said that he was saddened to see the Queen lying in the kingdom. “I got a lump in my throat.”

“You know, we’ve lost someone special. Her service to this country was really steadfast and unshakeable. And maybe she’s what I would call the Queen of Queens.”

The coffin was brought from Buckingham Palace to the hall atop a gun carriage and carried in a solemn procession on Wednesday afternoon by soldiers in red ceremonial uniforms.

King Charles, his sons Princes William and Harry and other senior royals followed behind – the two princes united in grief despite the rift between them. Thursday is Harry’s 38th birthday. read more

William and his wife Kate will travel to the royal residence of Sandringham in eastern England on Thursday, where wreaths will be laid by members of the public.

The full-scale ceremonial procession on the day of the Queen’s funeral is likely to be one of the biggest events the country has ever seen and will present a major security challenge.

Royalty, presidents and other world leaders are expected to attend, although extended invitations were not extended to some countries, including Russia, Afghanistan and Syria. read more

French President Emmanuel Macron was the latest leader to say he would attend the funeral. read more

The White House said US President Joe Biden, who has also said he will be there, spoke to the new king on Wednesday and “expressed the American people’s great admiration for the queen.”

The Times newspaper reported that British Prime Minister Liz Truss was expected to hold one-on-one talks with Biden and other world leaders at the funeral, but officials have said any such meeting would be informal. read more

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Reporting by Farooq Suleman, Alistair Smout, Angus McSwan, Michael Holden, William James, Kate Holton, Kylie MacLaine and Elizabeth Piper, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien, William McLean

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