King Charles and members of the royal family received the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday after tens of thousands of people lined the streets in torrential rain to mark his arrival in the British capital.
On a dark night, a well-lit jump ran slowly from a nearby airport through London, and crowds stood along the road, some in the road, others throwing flowers, many abandoning their cars or running from the nearby streets to catch a glimpse. from the procession.
Upon entering the grounds of London Palace, the policemen who led the way stopped to bow their heads.
A palace spokesman said Charles, who became king automatically after his mother’s death last week, had gathered to receive the coffin with his three brothers, sons William and Harry and other senior members of the royal family.
Elizabeth died peacefully Thursday at her vacation home in Balmoral Castle, in the Scottish Highlands, at the age of 96, prompting the country to observe 10 days of national mourning.
The death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch prompted hundreds of thousands of people to gather in royal palaces across the country to express their condolences.
Princess Anne, the queen’s only daughter, traveled with the coffin, first from the remote castle at Balmoral to Edinburgh, where she was received by tens of thousands of mourners, and then was brought to London.
“It is an honor and privilege to accompany her on her recent travels,” Ann said in a statement. “Watching the love and respect so many showed on these trips was both fun and comforting.”
In Edinburgh, a group of casket bearers from the Royal Air Force carried a transport plane. The kilt-covered honor guard of the Royal Scottish Regiment stood with stationary spears as the regiment’s band played the national anthem as the plane began to board a taxi. With it, Scotland called the Queen.
On Wednesday, the coffin will be carried in a cannon cart as part of a large military procession to Westminster Hall, where the state’s lie-in period will begin until Monday’s funeral.
Members of the public will be allowed to walk by the coffin 24 hours a day until the morning of the funeral, which will be attended by dozens of world leaders including US President Joe Biden.
The Royal Hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Buckingham Palace on September 13, 2022 in London, England. source: GT / Carl Kurt/Getty Images
As part of the heavily designed days of mourning, King Charles also travels to the four parts of the United Kingdom.
Thousands of well-wishers in Northern Ireland greeted him on Tuesday, with handshakes, smiles and warm words as he walked along rows of people crowding the streets outside Hillsborough Castle, the official residence of the monarch in the county.
The visit was loaded with political significance given Britain’s historical record in Ireland and the recent years of violence in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.
At a ceremony at Hillsborough Castle, Alex Maskey, acting spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Assembly, paid tribute to the Queen.
“Queen Elizabeth has not been a distant observer of the transformation and progression of relations within and between these islands,” said Mr Masky, a member of the Sinn Féin group, which seeks to reunite Ireland.
“She has shown herself how positive individual actions of leadership can help break down barriers and encourage reconciliation,” he said.
Maskey, who was arrested by authorities as an IRA suspect in the 1970s, said Charles had already shown that he understood the importance of reconciliation and was committed to it.
In 2011, Elizabeth became the first British monarch to visit the Republic of Ireland since independence from London nearly a century ago.
Although a powerful symbol of union, she made powerful gestures of reconciliation with Britain’s bloody past in Ireland during the state visit, culminating in a speech in which she lamented centuries of conflict.
A year after her visit to Ireland, the Queen, whose cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA in 1979, shook the hand of former IRA commander and then Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in Belfast.
It was a milestone in the peace process that largely ended three decades of violence between pro-British, largely Protestant, nationalist, and mostly Catholic, factions seeking to reunite Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Charles, addressing the castle’s senior politicians, said he was committed to the welfare of all Northern Irelandans. He also paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth.
“My mother saw Northern Ireland undergoing historic and dangerous changes. During all those years, she never stopped praying for the best times for this place and for its people, whose stories I knew, whose grief our family felt, and for whom she had great affection and respect.”
support for charles
Meanwhile, a new poll shows that Charles has enjoyed significant support since becoming king.
Now 63 percent think he will be a good king, up 24 percentage points since March, while 15 percent think he will do a bad job, compared to 31 percent six months ago, according to a YouGov poll.
Charles had carved out a role for himself as he talks about issues from climate change to architecture, a sometimes controversial contrast with his mother, who kept her personal opinions hidden throughout her reign. Read more
Since he became king, he has repeatedly said that he will follow in the footsteps of his mother.