Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the eldest children of Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales, will join their parents for the state funeral of their grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.
George, who is now second in line to the throne, and his sister will walk through Westminster Abbey with the Royal Family in procession behind the Queen’s coffin as it is carried by pallbearers on Monday.
The funeral service order showed George and Charlotte will walk together behind their parents. They will be followed by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and other members of the royal family.
The royal children’s 4-year-old brother, Prince Louis, is not expected to be present at the funeral, which will be attended by some 2,000 people.
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Queue to see Queen Elizabeth II reaches ‘final capacity’
British officials have said the queue allowing people to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state has reached “final capacity” and must be closed to new entrants.
“Please don’t try to join the queue,” the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said in a tweet on Sunday evening.
Hundreds of thousands of people have waited up to 12 noon in a mile-long queue across central London over the past four days for the chance to walk past the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament.
The in-state lie ends on Monday morning when the Queen’s coffin will be taken to nearby Westminster Abbey for her state funeral.
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King Charles thanks public for ‘messages of condolence’ ahead of Queen’s funeral
Before the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III issued a statement on Sunday evening thanking people in Britain and around the world for “the many messages of condolence”.
“Over the past ten days, my wife and I have been so deeply touched,” King said. “In London, Edinburgh, Hillsborough and Cardiff, we were moved beyond measure by all who took the trouble to come and pay their respects to my dear mother’s service.”
“As we all prepare to say our final goodbyes, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those countless people who have been such support and comfort to me and my family during this time of grief. “, concluded Charles. statement.
Ahead of the Queen’s funeral on Monday, a new photo was released on Sunday.
According to the Royal Family on Facebook, the photo was taken to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee earlier this year. She was the first British monarch to take this step.
“Tomorrow millions will gather to commemorate his remarkable life,” the post read.
Britain holds a minute’s silence for Queen Elizabeth II
People across Britain paused for a minute of silence on Sunday evening in memory of the Queen on the eve of her funeral.
The government had encouraged people to spend a minute reflecting, either at home, at neighbors’ or at locally held ceremonies.
At Westminster Hall, where the Queen lies, the line of mourners stopped for 60 seconds.
In Windsor, where the Queen will be laid to rest on Monday after her funeral at Westminster Abbey, rain began to fall as crowds fell silent for the moment of reflection. The rain stopped as the crowd erupted in applause.
The President signed the official book of condolences and attended a Sunday reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by King Charles III before attending the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday.
Biden is among many world leaders who have traveled to the UK to honor Queen Elizabeth’s long reign.
During her visit, Biden told the media that the Queen “was the same in person as her image: decent, honorable and service-oriented.”
“Our thoughts are with the Royal Family, King Charles and the whole family. It’s a loss that leaves a giant hole and sometimes you think you’ll never get over it,” the president said, adding that he had told Charles that the queen would. to be with him “every step of the way, every moment”.
In the official book of condolences, first lady Jill Biden wrote: “Queen Elizabeth II lived her life for the people she served with wisdom and grace,” according to a photo tweeted by New York Times White House correspondent Zolan Kanno-Youngs.
Prince Andrew says he will miss the Queen’s ‘ideas, advice and humour’
Addressing the late monarch as “Mom, Mother, Your Majesty”, Andrew said: “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you.”
Andrew, 62, said: ‘I have found your knowledge and wisdom endless’, adding: ‘I will miss your insights, advice and humor.
Andrew, the third of the Queen’s four children, has been relieved of official royal duties and stripped of his honorary military titles because of his friendship with late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Last year he reached a multi-million dollar settlement with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who says she was trafficked by Epstein and filed a lawsuit in the US accusing the prince of sexual assault at the age 17 years old. Andrew denies the allegations.
Queen’s funeral will result in over 100 flight cancellations at Heathrow Airport
London’s transport authority expects around 1 million people to visit the British capital on Monday for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
Transport for London chief Andy Byford said the capital had seen “a huge number of additional passengers” since the Queen’s death on September 8. But he said demand would “climb” on Monday.
Across the country, some 250 additional rail services will run, including night trains. Peter Hendy, chairman of Network Rail, said Monday would see “the biggest public transport operation since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games”.
More than 100 flights from Heathrow Airport will be canceled to prevent aircraft noise from disrupting the funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday morning and the Queen’s burial service at Windsor Castle afterwards.
West London Airport said 15% of its 1,200 flights due to take off or land on Monday would be disrupted.
“She has these wonderful blue eyes which, when she smiles, light up her whole face. I will always remember his smile. This smile is unforgettable,” said Camilla, wife of King Charles III.
The infamous queue to see Queen Elizabeth II in state will soon end.
As the nation prepares to rest its monarch, officials announced the queue will be closed to the public on Sunday once it reaches final capacity.
“To avoid disappointment, please do not queue“, said the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in a tweet, adding that the queue was already at 1.5 hours and could increase. For four days, thousands of People joined the miles-long wait to see the monarch’s coffin in the Palace of Westminster. The crowd is the latest in a wave of nationwide grief for the only monarch most Britons have ever known.
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The grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II watch over the coffin
Queen Elizabeth II’s eight grandchildren watched in silence next to her coffin early Saturday evening.
King Charles III’s sons Prince William and Prince Harry were joined by Princess Anne’s children Zara Tindall and Peter Philips; the daughters of Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie; and Prince Edward’s two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
The heir to the throne, William, stood with his head bowed at the head of the coffin and Harry at the foot. The two princes, who are military veterans, were in uniform. Harry wore civilian clothes a few days ago during the Queen’s coffin procession from Buckingham Palace because he is no longer a working member of the Royal Family, but the King has asked that his two sons wear their military uniforms at the vigil.
Ahead of the wake, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie released a statement praising their “beloved grandma”.
“We, like many, thought you would be here forever. And we all miss you terribly. You were our matriarch, our guide, our loving hand on our back leading us through this world. You have taught us so much and we will cherish those lessons and memories forever,” the sisters wrote.
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