Often described as enemy brothers, princes William and Harry were reunited on Saturday evening on the occasion of a funeral wake for the eight grandchildren of Elizabeth II around her coffin, a ceremony where the British flock before her funeral. Monday.
The two brothers were in uniform – Harry no longer wore it since his shattering retirement from the monarchy – unlike their six cousins Peter, Zara, Beatrice, Eugenie, Louise, reputed to be the Queen’s favorite granddaughter, and James, rarely appeared in public.
Back to the coffin, head bowed, visibly moved, they gathered for ten minutes in Westminster Hall, under the gaze of visitors. They continued to parade without interruption, after long hours of queuing, to say goodbye to the popular sovereign, who died on September 8 at the age of 96 in her Scottish residence of Balmoral.
Scrambled since 2020, the two children of King Charles III and the late Princess Diana had already created a surprise by appearing together with their wives Kate and Meghan, two days after the Queen’s death, during a walkabout in front of the Windsor Castle. We saw them again, a few meters apart, on Wednesday during the very official procession behind the remains of the queen between Buckingham Palace and Westminster.
“I love you William! »
Prince William, heir to the Crown and who now bears the title of Prince of Wales, has been at odds with his younger brother since Harry announced in March 2020 to distance himself from the royal family, causing an earthquake in the United Kingdom . “I love you William! “: the eldest of the two brothers enjoys strong popularity, as he was able to verify again on Saturday noon, during a surprise walkabout with his father, Charles III, to meet the British queuing for bow before the coffin.
The hours are now counted to gather in front of the remains – in her closed coffin surmounted by the sumptuous imperial crown – of the sovereign, very popular until her death, after more than 70 years of reign.
Two days before the ‘funeral of the century’, for which foreign dignitaries have started to flock, the waiting time in the line along the Thames to Westminster Hall in London, before seeing the coffin, exceeded 11 hours Saturday evening and authorities alerted the public to the expected cooling overnight.
The public has until Monday morning at 6:30 a.m. to pay their last respects to the sovereign, final farewells in meditation, sometimes tears, for a sovereign who has become a symbol of unity and stability during her reign, of a record length in UK history.