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The Queen’s Last Funeral: Biden arrives in Britain as a line to watch the coffin enter all day

The line to pay respect to the Queen’s coffin stopped for six hours after reaching capacity

World leaders started coming to London for the Queen’s funeral as today marks the monarch’s last full day to lie in the state.

US President Joe Biden has landed in the UK, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian President Draupadi Murmu are among the leaders set to attend one of the largest international dignitaries’ gatherings in years.

British law enforcement is gearing up for the country’s greatest security challenge since World War II, when more than two thousand visitors, 500 foreign dignitaries, 4,000 service employees and over a million people are expected to appear on the streets.

Public access to Westminster Hall is slated to end Monday at 6.30am, so the queen’s coffin can be moved to Westminster Abbey for her funeral.

Prince Harry and Prince William joined the silent watch led by the queen’s grandchildren on Saturday evening.

The Prince of Wales led his brother the Duke of Sussex, as well as his cousins ​​Zara Tindall and Peter Philips, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, and Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn.


Policy explanation: What does the British public think about the monarchy?

The Queen’s funeral dominates the news, with hundreds of thousands of people lining up to pay their respects.

But what does the British public think about the monarchy? Our policy correspondent Jon Stone delved into polls to find out:


Man indicted after being “disturbed” by the queen’s coffin

A man arrested in the ancient hall where Queen Elizabeth II rests was charged with violating public order.

Muhammad Khan, 28, of Barleycorn Way, Tower Hamlets, was charged on Saturday with an offense under Section 4A of the Public Order Act for behavior intended to cause alarm, harassment or distress at Westminster Hall.

Emily Atkinson has more details:


He fears the London transport network will be overwhelmed by mourners

One of the largest transport operations in the UK will take place on Monday as mourners arrive in London for the Queen’s funeral.

Transport for London (TfL) prepares around one million people to visit the capital.

Some 250 additional rail links will be deployed – including some night trains – and National Highways has suspended planned motorway closures across England.

There are fears that the transport network will be overloaded on Monday afternoon if too many visitors to the capital return home immediately after the funeral procession leaves Westminster just after noon.

Mourners are encouraged to delay return journeys and check for travel updates.

(Loic Venance / AFP via Getty Images)


The Australians were “very fond of” Queen, says Anthony Albanese

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese paid tribute to the relationship the Queen had with the country and its people, saying that he had “great affection” for Australians.

Speaking to Sky News Australia, Mr. Albanese said: “(The Queen had) an extraordinary life, well lived. Living in the service of others served the interests of the citizens of Great Britain, but also of the Commonwealth and the world.

“The Queen was the first Australian monarch to visit Australia. She visited Australia about 16 times. She had a great affection for Australians.

“She was someone who had that love, and Australians had a feeling back to Her Majesty.”

Mr. Albanese previously visited the Queen’s Coffin in Westminster Hall, calling it an “incredibly moving experience.”


Royal schedule for Sunday

  • Sunday is the last full day of lying down, and heads of state will continue to come to the funeral.
  • Irish President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Micheal Martin are expected to join the list of heads of state to sign the condolence book at Lancaster House.
  • The King will hold an audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace.
  • The King and Queen Spouse will host heads of state and official foreign guests at the palace, what the king’s spokesman described as “an official state event.”
  • The Queen’s Reflection Service at the Kelpies Sculptures near Falkirk, Scotland, will show 96 lanterns, one for each year of Her Majesty’s life, lowered into the reflection pool at the foot of Queen Elizabeth II’s Canal before wreaths are laid. placed in water.
  • A pre-recorded tribute to the deceased monarch by the Queen Consort will be broadcast on the BBC shortly before 8pm.
  • Members of the public will be invited to maintain a one-minute silence at 8:00 PM to commemorate the Queen.

Only 24 hours left to see the queen in the state

Mourners who hope to see the queen recumbent only have 24 hours to do so.

The deceased monarch’s coffin will remain in Westminster Hall for public viewing until 6:30 am Monday, ahead of the state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

As there is still a long waiting time, Brits wanting to say goodbye to the monarch will have to join the line sooner rather than later.


Zelensky’s wife, Olena, will represent Ukraine at the queen’s funeral

The wife of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, Olena Zelenska, will attend the queen’s funeral in London on Monday.

While the president will not be joining the heads of state at the funeral, Mrs. Zelenska will be present at Westminster Abby.

“The presence of Olena Żeleńska is another sign of global support for Ukraine, while Russia is isolated,” the source quoted in an interview with The Sun.

Sravasti Dasgupta reports.


How Camilla was accepted by the Company

On the eve of her Platinum Jubilee in February 2022, the Queen authorized the then Duchess of Cornwall to be known as the Queen Consort when the time would come.

The Queen said it was her “sincere wish” and called on the public to support both her daughter-in-law and Charles when he became king.

It was a clever move by the monarch in her twilight, putting her affairs in order and ensuring the smoothest transition possible.

This ended years of debate over what she would eventually be called Camilla – Charles’s former lover.

Camilla was blamed for the dissolution of the Prince’s marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales, and when news of their affair first surfaced, she was met with venomous critics.

But in the decades following the Walesa divorce, Diana’s untimely death in 1997, and Camilla’s admission to the company, public sentiment toward former Mrs. Parker Bowles faded.

After marrying Charles in 2005, Camilla progressively took a more prominent position in the royal family, including riding alongside the Queen in her 2012 Diamond Jubilee Carriage.

She also began attending the grand opening of parliament and was appointed a secret counselor in 2016 ahead of the Queen’s official 90th birthday.

Now her style is Her Majesty and she is expected to be crowned Queen at the coronation of the king.

Camilla, seated next to then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy and close to the Queen at a state banquet (Matt Dunham / PA)

(PA wire)


Camilla will pay a television tribute to Queen

The Queen Spouse is to pay a television tribute to the deceased Queen by reminding her of her “wonderful blue eyes” and saying “I will always remember her smile.”

In pre-recorded words, Camilla will talk about how Queen Elizabeth II has shaped her role in the “difficult situation” of being a “single woman” in a male-dominated world for many years.

“I do not remember anyone but the Queen,” the Queen Consort will add, being among the majority of the nation for which the Queen was until now the only British monarch they had ever known or could recall.

The Queen’s Wife’s tribute to her mother-in-law will be broadcast on Sunday – the day before the Queen’s state funeral – on the BBC, shortly before the national minute of silence at 8pm.

Camilla will say, “She has always been part of our lives. I am now 75 years old and have no memory of anyone but the queen.

“It must have been so hard for her that she was a single woman.

“There were no female prime ministers or presidents. She was the only one, so I think she carved her own role.

Recalling the deceased monarch, Camilla adds, “She has those gorgeous blue eyes that light up her entire face when she smiles.

“I will always remember her smile. This smile is unforgettable. “

Queen and Camilla (Danny Lawson / PA)

(PA wire)


US President Joe Biden lands in the UK on Air Force One ahead of the Queen’s funeral

US President Joe Biden landed in the UK on Air Force One before Queen’s funeral Joe Biden landed at Stansted Airport during his visit to the UK to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

The US President and First Lady Jill Biden arrived at London Airport on Air Force One just before 10pm on Saturday.

Mr. Biden is expected to sign the official condolence book and attend Sunday’s reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by King Charles III.


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