LONDON — 4 troopers in pink and gold ceremonial uniform have taken their positions on the 4 corners of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, with their heads bowed.
That started a vigil Wednesday which might be held for 4 days whereas the late monarch lies in state at Westminster Corridor in London.
Royal bodyguards and different royal navy models, together with the Family Cavalry, the Grenadier Guards and the Coldstream Guards, will take turns guarding the coffin. Every interval of 24 hours might be divided into 4 watches.
The queen’s coffin was positioned on a catafalque, or a raised platform, in Westminster Corridor following a solemn procession from Buckingham Palace.
King Charles III and different senior royal members of the family then left Westminster Corridor, to shouts of “God save the king!” from individuals gathered outdoors.
From later Wednesday afternoon, members of the general public can enter Westminster Corridor and file previous the queen’s coffin to pay their respects.
The queen’s state funeral takes place on Monday.
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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Joe Biden has spoken with King Charles III to supply his condolences on the demise of his mom, Queen Elizabeth II.
The White Home mentioned Wednesday that Biden ” recalled fondly the Queen’s kindness and hospitality.”
Biden and the First Girl, Jill Biden, stayed with the queen at Windsor Citadel in June.
The White Home mentioned Biden ”additionally conveyed the good admiration of the American individuals for the queen, whose dignity and fidelity deepened the enduring friendship and particular relationship between the USA and the UK.”
Biden is to affix different world leaders subsequent week on the queen’s state funeral in London.
LONDON — The choir of Westminster Abbey and the choir of St. James’s Palace are singing as Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrives at Westminster Corridor to lie in state earlier than her funeral subsequent week.
The service begins with a prayer from Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and features a studying from the Guide of John, in addition to the Lord’s Prayer.
The late monarch, who died final week after 70 years on the throne, was additionally the top of the Church of England.
Members of the general public will have the ability to file previous the coffin and pay their respects to the queen from Wednesday afternoon by means of early Monday morning.
The coffin will then be moved to Westminster Abbey for a state funeral.
LONDON — King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, are main the procession into Westminster Corridor for a service marking the arrival there of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin.
Princess Anne and her husband, retired Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, and Prince Edward and his spouse Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, are following behind.
Prince William and his spouse Kate, the Princess of Wales, and Prince Harry and his spouse Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, seem subsequent within the royal entourage.
Camilla, Sophie, Kate and Meghan didn’t participate in Wednesday’s procession by means of a part of London, however they joined their spouses because the group entered Westminster Corridor.
The procession comes earlier than a brief service of prayer for the monarch, who died final week after 70 years on the throne.
The queen will lie in state at Westminster Corridor, a part of the Homes of Parliament, till early Monday morning when her funeral is held.
LONDON — King Charles III is sporting a full day ceremonial uniform with the rank of Area Marshal as he walks behind the coffin of his mom, Queen Elizabeth II, in its solemn procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor.
Charles is carrying a Area Marshal baton that was offered to him by the late queen in 2012. He is also sporting the Order of Benefit with the Order of the Garter Sash and Star.
Subsequent to him, the Prince of Wales is sporting a Royal Air Drive No. 1 uniform, Garter Sash with RAF Pilot Wings and Garter Star Chest Order.
The Duke of York, in the meantime, is sporting a morning swimsuit with medals and decorations.
Each Andrew and Harry are sporting morning fits at Wednesday’s procession.
LONDON — The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery are marking Queen Elizabeth II’s remaining departure from Buckingham Palace.
Their weapons are sounding at one-minute intervals as her coffin travels to Westminster Corridor, the place it’s going to lie in state.
Huge Ben, the good and fabled bell housed within the Elizabeth Tower, additionally tolled at one-minute intervals in the course of the procession Wednesday. The bell and its tower have been present process restoration, and the tolling was probably the most sustained since that work.
Britain is mourning for Elizabeth, who died final week at her summer time retreat in Scotland at age 96 after 70 years on the throne. King Charles III is the brand new monarch.
LONDON — Strolling behind the gun carriage bearing Queen Elizabeth II’s oak coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor are her youngsters: King Charles III, the nation’s new sovereign, with Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
The second row is made up of Charles’ two sons: Prince William, the Prince of Wales, and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex. To Harry’s left is Anne’s son, Peter Phillips.
Behind them are the Earl of Snowdon, the Duke of Gloucester and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, who’s Princess Anne’s husband.
Behind the royals are 4 key members of Charles’ employees: the Grasp of the Family, the Principal Personal Secretary, the Equerry and the Treasurer. Prince William’s equerry walked behind them.
LONDON — Troops from the Family Cavalry Mounted Regiment, navy bands and mounted police are main the procession of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor.
Additionally strolling in entrance of the coffin Wednesday are the family, or employees members, who labored for the queen. They embrace her non-public secretary, her pages and stewards.
The coffin is on a gun carriage from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. It’s flanked by 10 pallbearers and Grenadier Guards.
The coffin is draped with the royal customary and adorned with the Imperial State Crown, which the queen wore for her coronation 70 years in the past, resting on a velvet cushion and a wreath of flowers.
The flowers embrace white roses, dahlias, pine from the gardens on the queen’s Balmoral property in Scotland, and lavender and rosemary from the gardens at Windsor Citadel.
In the meantime, a Guard of Honor is in place in Parliament Sq. close to Westminster Corridor. The guards are accompanied by a Royal Marines Band which could have their drums draped and muffled.
LONDON — The road to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is more likely to be one of many longest that London has ever seen.
The road already stretches from Parliament, throughout close by Lambeth Bridge and alongside the alternative financial institution of the River Thames.
Authorities have deliberate for a 10-mile (16-kilometer) route, with 1,000 marshals, stewards and cops available at any given time to assist handle it. A military of different volunteers consists of multi-faith pastors and sign-language interpreters.
Persons are being warned they could have to attend for hours, however they’re being given numbered wristbands to allow them to take meals and loo breaks with out shedding their place in line.
Once they get to Parliament mourners should move by means of airport-style safety screening. Prohibited objects embrace liquids, spray paint, knives, fireworks, flowers, candles, stuffed toys and “promoting or advertising and marketing messages.”
LONDON — Traces are forming alongside the financial institution of the River Thames in anticipation of seeing Queen Elizabeth II mendacity in state, though authorities warn the wait might be as much as 30 hours.
The general public will have the ability to pay their respects to the deceased monarch at Westminster Corridor from 5 p.m. (1600 GMT) Wednesday, after a procession bearing her coffin on a gun carriage from Buckingham Palace to Parliament.
The road begins close to Lambeth Bridge and officers say it might finally stretch a number of miles (kilometers) to Southwark Park in southeast London.
Some had been so eager they began ready early.
Vanessa Nathakumaran is first in line after turning up at 11:30 a.m. on Monday.
“It’s going to be an emotional one, and while you go in there, my predominant purpose is to indicate respect,” she mentioned.
Chris Imafidon is sixth in line and mentioned, “I’ve 1,001 feelings after I see her. I need to say, God, she was an angel, as a result of she touched many good individuals and did so many good issues.”
LONDON — Horses, troops and navy bands carried out a full costume rehearsal earlier than dawn for the procession that can take Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Parliament’s Westminster Corridor.
Officers say the horses participating have undergone particular coaching for the Wednesday afternoon occasion, together with methods to deal with mourners and flowers and flags being thrown towards the procession.
“They get publicity to loud noises, crowds, flags, flowers, individuals sobbing, even to the purpose of banging numerous drums and making aggressive noises,” mentioned Sergeant Tom Jenks, who might be main the gun carriage that carries the queen’s coffin.
Among the many horses is Cassius, an 18-year-old horse who participated in former U.Okay. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral in 2013.
The procession on Wednesday afternoon will characteristic King Charles III and different royals strolling behind the queen’s coffin to Westminster Corridor in Parliament. The queen’s coffin will lie in state for 4 days for individuals to pay their respects.
LONDON — Crowds are gathering in London as town prepares for a somber procession taking Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Homes of Parliament.
There, the late monarch will lie in state for 4 days earlier than her funeral subsequent Monday.
Big crowds are anticipated for Wednesday’s somber afternoon procession, and lengthy strains are additionally predicted to view the coffin at Parliament’s Westminster Corridor.
Persons are standing behind metallic limitations or sitting on folding chairs. Below grey skies hours earlier than the coffin was scheduled to depart the monarch’s official London residence, they’ve umbrellas on the prepared and takeout coffees in hand.
The coffin might be taken on a horse-drawn gun carriage previous the crowds of mourners, with the queen’s son and inheritor King Charles III and different royals strolling behind.
The queen died in Scotland final Thursday at age 96, ending a 70-year reign.
Crowds have lined the route of the queen’s coffin every time it has been moved on its journey from Scotland again to London.