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Queen Elizabeth’s silence across England

All of Britain had a moment of silence Queen Elizabeth II 8:00 p.m. local time. This was as leaders from around the world arrived in London for state funerals to take place on Monday.

President Biden and other dignitaries arrived in London for the funeral, which was attended by some 500 royals, heads of state and heads of government from around the world.

Mr Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden held a memorial service at Westminster Hall on Sunday, which was also attended by US Ambassador to the UK Jane Hartley. The President and First Lady then each signed official condolences to the Queen at Lancaster House.

“She was exactly what I imagined her to be: polite, honorable and all about service,” Biden said. “Our hearts are set on the royal family, king charles and the whole family. It’s a loss that leaves a huge hole and sometimes you think you can’t overcome it, but as I said to the King, she will be with him every step of the way, every minute, every moment. Yes, and that’s a reassuring thought. ”

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President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay their respects as they view Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin at Westminster Hall in London on September 18, 2022.

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Thousands of people lined up around the clock to line up in front of the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament. The Queen’s eight grandchildren, led by heir to the throne, Prince William, circled around her coffin and stood with their heads bowed during Saturday night’s silent wake.

Miles of lines at Westminster Hall closed to new arrivals at 10:30 pm local time on Sunday. This allowed everyone in the line to line past the coffin by Monday morning. Funeral.

Prince Andrew, the Queen’s third child, paid tribute to her Sunday.

“When the book of our experiences is closed, another opens. With deep love and gratitude, I will forever keep you in my heart. As such, I am delighted to step into the next,” he said in a statement.

Thousands of police officers from all over the country will be on duty as part of the largest one-day police operation in London history.

Crowds also gathered near Windsor Castle on Sunday as the Queen was enshrined in a private family ceremony Monday night.

Anna Pettigrew, a 55-year-old teacher, said: “I think it’s wonderful. ‘I think it was very moving and a very fitting tribute to the wonderful Queen.’

Camilla, the new queen consort, paid tribute to the queen in a video message, saying the monarch “carved out her own role” as a “lone woman” on the male-dominated world stage.

“I will always remember her smile. I will never forget that smile,” said Camilla, who married Charles III.

Westminster Hall, where the Queen’s coffin rests, continues to be thronged by crowds, dressed in royal standards and crowned with diamonds. The number of mourners has risen steadily since the public first entered on Wednesday, with lines stretching at least five miles along the River Thames to Southwark Park, southeast of the city.

In honor of their perseverance, Charles and William made an unannounced visit on Saturday to greet those in line, shake hands and thank mourners lined up near Lambeth Bridge.

Prince Charles’ sons, Princes William and Harry, were joined by Princess Anne’s children, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips. Prince Andrew’s daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Prince Edward’s two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

William bowed to the coffin’s head and Harry stood at his feet with his head bowed. The mourners passed in silence.

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Prince William stands in front of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin at Westminster Hall in London on September 17, 2022.

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“You could tell they were serious about their grandmother, the Queen,” said Ian Mockett, a civil engineer in Oxford, Southern England. “Considering what has happened in the last few years, it was nice to see them together as a set of grandchildren.”

Serving in Afghanistan as a British Army officer, Harry was no longer a member of the royal family and wore plain clothes when the Queen’s coffin left Buckingham Palace. and immigrated to the United States in 2020. However, the King requested that both William and Harry wear military uniforms at the Westminster Hall gathering.

Before the all-nighter, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie released a statement praising their “beloved grandma.”

“We, like many, thought you would be here forever. And we all miss you. Those lessons and memories are forever.” Sister writes.

The Queen’s four children – Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – held a similar vigil around the coffin on Friday.

The silence in the hall was briefly broken on Friday when a man rushed into the coffin.London police said on Sunday that Muhammad Khan, a 28-year-old London resident, was “alarmed, harassed or caused distress”. announced that he was indicted for conduct intended to He will appear in court on Monday.

The lying state continued until early Monday morning, when the Queen’s coffin was moved to nearby Westminster Abbey for her funeral, marking the finale of ten days of national mourning for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. Become.

After monastery services on Monday, the late Queen’s coffin will be carried by gun carriage through London’s historic centre. She will then be taken in her hearse to Windsor where she will be buried with her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last year.

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