LIVE – Elizabeth II: last hours to pay tribute to the queen before the funeral

Britons urged not to queue to pay respect to Elizabeth II ‘to avoid disappointment’

The queue to gather at the coffin of Elizabeth II is not yet closed, but latecomers are asked to drop out.

“The waiting time is already 13.5 hours and could increase further,” says the British government. “To avoid disappointment, do not set out to join the queue.”

Guards rehearse in Windsor

In Windsor, where the queen’s coffin will arrive on Monday evening, the guards rehearsed the ceremony and parades that night.

After a final procession, Elizabeth II will be buried privately in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, west London, with her father King George VI and her husband Prince Philip.

Windsor Castle, September 17, 2022 © Odd Andersen – AFP

eBay withdraws from sale the bracelets distributed in the queue to see the Queen’s coffin

The bracelets distributed to access the queen’s coffin and pay their respects have already been the subject of speculation. Some Britons tried to sell them on eBay, with bids sometimes reaching several hundred euros.

But the site said it would remove the affected ads. “These items are against our rules and we are removing them from our site,” said eBay, quoted by Sky News.

Camilla pays tribute to Elizabeth II, “lonely woman” in a world ruled by men

Queen Consort Camilla paid tribute on Sunday to Elizabeth II, a “lonely woman” who had to “carve out her own role” in a world ruled by men, evoking the memory of the “big blue eyes” and the “unforgettable” smile of the late sovereign, with the BBC.

“It must have been so difficult for her to be a solitary woman. There were no female prime ministers or presidents. She was the only one, so I think she carved out her own role,” said declared the wife of King Charles III.

The new Queen consort’s first speech since the death of Elizabeth II on September 8 at the age of 96 is due to be broadcast in full by the BBC on Sunday, ahead of a minute’s silence observed across the UK at 8 p.m. London time – 9 p.m. Paris time.

Foreign leaders arrive for the funeral of Elizabeth II

The popular parade is nearing its end and the official delegations are pouring in: the state funeral in the presence of world leaders is approaching.

Arriving in London on Saturday evening with his wife Jill, US President Joe Biden will join foreign heads of state, including Frenchman Emmanuel Macron, brought together by Charles III this Sunday at the end of the day, the first major diplomatic meeting of the 73-year-old new ruler.

They will meet Monday morning among the 2,000 guests of Westminster Abbey, where Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, for the culmination of tributes paid in immense emotion since the death on September 8 of the monarch to popularity. planetary.

The public only has a few hours left to pay tribute to Elizabeth II

Hello everyone and welcome to this direct dedicated to tributes to Queen Elizabeth II. The public only has a few hours left this Sunday to pray at the coffin of the late sovereign: the doors will close this Monday at 6:30 a.m. London time – 7:30 a.m. in Paris.

But given the considerable waiting time to parade in front of the coffin – 12 hours announced this Sunday morning – the queue should be closed by the end of the day to new arrivals.

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