LONDON – Prince William and his wife Catherine’s son Prince George, 9, and daughter Princess Charlotte, 7, will attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
George, who is now second in line to the throne, and his sister will join the royal family through Westminster Abbey, in a procession behind the Queen’s coffin as it is carried by the coffin.
The order of services at the funeral shows George and Charlotte will walk behind their parents together. They were followed by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and other members of the royal family.
Prince Louis, the 4-year-old brother of the royal child, is not expected to attend the funeral, which was attended by about 2,000 people.
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LONDON — British officials say the line for people watching Queen Elizabeth II has reached “final capacity” and must be closed to new entrants.
“Please don’t try to join the queue,” the Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said in a tweet late Sunday.
Over the past four days, hundreds of thousands of people have waited for up to 12 hours in a mile-long procession through central London for a chance to pass the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament.
The Queen’s coffin will be taken to nearby Westminster Abbey for a state funeral on Monday morning.
LONDON – King Charles III has sent a letter of thanks to people in the UK and around the world, saying he and his wife Camilla, the Queen’s consort, have been “immeasurably moved” by a large number of people to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
“In London, Edinburgh, Hillsborough and Cardiff, we have been moved beyond measure by all the tireless people who paid tribute to the life-long service of my dear mother, the late Queen,” Charles said in Buckingham Palace’s release on Sunday. said in the message. .
He added: “As we all prepare to say goodbye, I just want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all the countless people who have given my family and myself support and comfort during this sad time.”
Charles and other members of the royal family will join about 2,000 people, including hundreds of world leaders and dignitaries, for the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday.
LONDON — On the eve of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, people across the UK observed a minute’s silence for her.
The government is encouraging people to take a minute to reflect at home, with neighbours or at a locally organised ceremony.
At Westminster Hall, where the Queen is, mourners stopped for 60 seconds.
The Queen will be laid to rest at Windsor Castle following a state funeral at London’s Westminster Abbey on Monday, attended by royals, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world.
LONDON — US President Joe Biden joined world leaders and dignitaries at Buckingham Palace for a reception hosted by King Charles III.
On Sunday, Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived in the convoy in the presidential limousine, while dozens of world leaders arrived in groups by bus.
These include New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Irish President Michael Higgins and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro also joined dozens of other guests at the reception.
World leaders have flown to London for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday.
LONDON – Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska appeared in London’s Westminster Hall to pay her respects to Queen Elizabeth II.
Zelenska also met with Catherine, Princess of Wales, at Buckingham Palace on Sunday afternoon, royal officials said. They did not release further details.
World leaders, including US President Joe Biden, have flown to London on Monday for the Queen’s funeral.
Zelenska is expected to attend the service with about 2,000 dignitaries and guests at Westminster Abbey. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is not expected to attend as the war in Ukraine continues.
LONDON — President Joe Biden called Queen Elizabeth II “decent” and “honorable” and said his heart was with the royal family as he signed a book of condolences on Sunday.
The President and First Lady paid tribute to the Queen lying in Westminster Hall in London.
Biden sat at a simple table with a framed photo of the Queen and a bouquet of white flowers, wrote a note on the book, and spoke briefly.
He said the queen treats people with dignity.
Jill Biden signed the book dedicated to spouses and ambassadors at a similar table in another room at Lancaster House.
“Queen Elizabeth lives for the people,” Jill Biden wrote. “She served with wit and grace. We will never forget her warmth, kindness and the conversations we shared.”
The president and first lady were among hundreds of world leaders who attended the Queen’s funeral in London on Monday. Hundreds of thousands of people lined up to pay tribute to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch when Elizabeth died on September 8 at the age of 96.
LONDON — U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
Biden heads to Westminster Hall in London, where the Queen is. On Sunday, he made a sign of the cross, put his hands on his chest, and stood silently beside the coffin. U.S. Ambassador Jane Hartley has joined the Biden family.
Biden is also expected to sign an official letter of condolence and attend a reception hosted by King Charles III at Buckingham Palace on Sunday before attending a state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday. He was one of hundreds of world leaders in town to pay tribute to the Queen, who died on September 8 at the age of 96 after 70 years on the throne.
Thousands of other mourners lined up for hours past the Queen’s coffin.
WINDSOR, United Kingdom — On Sunday, the day before Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, thousands descended on Windsor Castle to lay flowers at the gates of her final resting place.
Many fear Monday’s crowds will bar them from paying their last respects at the gates of the stacked palace.
Police are dotted along the route of the Long Walk, a 3-mile (5km) long walk where a walking funeral procession will take place before the Queen is buried at St George’s Church.
The mourners passed security checks before entering the scene. More people are expected to show up after the national silence at 8 p.m. on Sunday. Mourners were told not to bring tents or gazebos, but only chairs and blankets. Stalls have opened along the road selling food and refreshments.
Steve Beeson came with his family of three to open the plastic wrapping of the bouquet for the Queen, following the strict rules of the organisers.
He said the Queen “is the only head of state we’ve ever known in our lifetimes”. “Through all these very trying times, she’s been stabilizing the country and the least we can do is come over and say ‘thank you’.”
LONDON – Prince Andrew paid tribute to his mother Queen Elizabeth II, saying he will always cherish “your love for your son, your compassion, your care and confidence”.
Calling the late monarch “Mummy, Mother, Your Majesty,” Andrew said “it has been an honour and a privilege to serve you.”
Andrew, 62, said: “I found your knowledge and wisdom to be endless,” adding: “I will miss your insights, advice and humor.”
Andrew, the third of the Queen’s four children, has been removed from official royal duties and stripped of his honorary military title because of his friendship with late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Last year, he reached a multi-million dollar settlement with a woman who said she was abducted by Epstein and filed a lawsuit in the United States alleging Epstein sexually assaulted the prince when he was 17. Andrew denies the allegations.
LONDON – Transport for London said it was preparing for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II for Queen Elizabeth II on Monday as some 1 million people travelled to the British capital.
Andy Byford, head of Transport for London, said on Sunday that London had seen “a significant increase in passengers” since the Queen’s death on September 8. But he said demand would “reach its peak” on Monday.
Around 250 additional train services will run across the country, including some overnight trains. Network Rail chairman Peter Hendy said Monday would see “the largest public transport operation since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games”.
More than 100 flights at Heathrow Airport will be cancelled to prevent aircraft noise from disrupting the funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday morning and the Queen’s funeral at Windsor Castle.
West London airport said 15% of the 1,200 flights scheduled to take off or land on Monday would be disrupted.
LONDON – The wife of King Charles III is paying tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II for her female power in a world dominated by male leaders and who reigned for most of her 70 years .
In a video message broadcast on Sunday night, Queen Camilla said: “As a lonely woman, she must be sad.”
She added: “There is no female prime minister or president. She is the only one, so I think she shaped her role.”
The late Queen, who died on September 8 at the age of 96, said on the eve of her platinum jubilee earlier this year that she “sincerely wishes” Camilla, then Duchess of Cornwall, to become Camilla. Ends years of debate over Camilla’s title. When her eldest son became king, she was called queen.
Reflecting on her time with the Queen, Camilla said: “She has wonderful blue eyes, and when she smiles, they light up her whole face.”
LONDON — Police in London say they have charged a man charged with storming the Houses of Parliament over Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin on public order offences.
Mohamed Khan, 28, from east London, has been charged with conduct aimed at “causing panic, harassment or distress”, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
Tracey Holland told Sky News her seven-year-old niece was pushed away by a man who tried to “run to the coffin, hold up the standard and try to do what I don’t know”. She said police detained the man “within two seconds”.
Khan will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday, the day of the Queen’s state funeral.