Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrived this Wednesday at the Palace of Westminster in London, where will live in the burning cathedral for four days So that the British can say goodbye to their queen, who will be buried at a state funeral on Monday.
Eight soldiers in gala uniforms carried the coffin of the emperor, who died last Thursday at the age of 96, in a purple catafalque located inside. Westminster HallThe oldest part of the building which houses the British Parliament.
Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin left Buckingham Palace for the last time, carried in a horse-drawn carriage and greeted by cannon fire, while Big Ben’s coffin rang its bell every 60 seconds for an hour. holy procession Through the streets of London decorated with flags and filled with people who paid tribute to their monarch.
King Charles III, his three siblings, Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward, as well as their sons William and Harry, parade behind a coffin decorated with white roses while The crown of Elizabeth II was placed on a purple velvet pillow.
The Queen will rest for four days until her funeral next Monday, and is expected to visit the coffin. Hundreds of thousands of people.
The military procession from Buckingham Palace was designed to highlight the Queen’s seven decades as head of state. As national mourning went on the grand boulevards and historic sites of the UK capital.
Thousands of people waiting on the streets outside the palace and elsewhere picked up their phones to capture the moment, while others shed tears as the procession passed. There was applause as the coffin’s horse guards passed through the parade.
The coffin was draped in the Royal Standard and crowned with the Imperial State Crown with approximately 3,000 diamonds, and a pine bouquet from the Balmoral Estate, where Elizabeth died on September 8 at the age of 96.
Two officers and 32 soldiers of the 1st Grenadier Guards Battalion in red uniforms and bear caps walked on either side of the gun carriage. The 38-minute procession ends at Westminster Hallwhere the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby led a service attended by Charles and other royals.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled: you believe in God, believe in me too. There are many buildings in my father’s house; if it were not so, I would have told you.” Welby read from John’s book.
Thousands lined the banks of the River Thames, waiting their turn to enter the hall and pay tribute.
The crowd is the latest expression of national mourning and respect for the only monarch most Britons have known after 70 years on the throne.
Soldiers who have joined the procession since the death of the queen are preparing. So are the horses of the King’s Troops Royal Mounted Artillery.
Heathrow Airport temporarily suspended flights, “to ensure silence in central London as the ceremonial procession moves from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.”
Hundreds of thousands of people expected to visit Westminster Hall Four days before a state funeral on Monday in the oldest building of the 900-year-old Parliament.
(With information from Associated Press and AFP)