King Charles and siblings to carry vigil by late queen’s coffin By Reuters


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By Michael Holden and Alistair Smout

LONDON (Reuters) – King Charles shall be joined by his siblings to mount a silent vigil on the coffin of his late mom Queen Elizabeth on Friday as 1000’s of mourners stand in line for miles to pay their final respects to the monarch throughout her lying-in-state.

Charles, his sister Princess Anne, and brothers Princes Andrew and Edward will be part of the ceremonial guard for the 15-minute vigil at Westminster Corridor in central London the place their 96-year-old mom’s coffin has rested since Wednesday night.

Already tens of 1000’s of individuals from all walks of life from Britain and world wide have patiently queued for hours for the chance to cross by the coffin, with the road stretching again nearly 5 miles (8 km).

Officers count on about 750,000 individuals to view the coffin earlier than the lying-in-state ends at 6.30 a.m. (0530 GMT) on Monday, the day of Elizabeth’s state funeral.

Earlier than the 7.30 p.m. (1830 GMT) vigil, Charles and his spouse Camilla, the Queen Consort, will journey to Wales.

The journey will mark the top of a tour of the UK the place he has carried out ceremonial duties to acknowledge his standing as the brand new monarch and head of state, and to greet the general public mourning the lack of Elizabeth, who reigned for 70 years.

The royal couple shall be greeted with a 21-gun salute, attend a cathedral service, and journey to the Welsh parliament. Charles will meet the Welsh first minister and different politicians.

Wales has a specific significance for the brand new king, who for 5 a long time previous final week’s accession had the title Prince of Wales – longer than anybody beforehand.

“His ardour and affection for Wales has been clear,” his spokesman mentioned. “He has proven a life-long dedication to the nation’s individuals.”


In the meantime the brand new Prince of Wales, Charles’s son William, will go to troops from New Zealand, Canada and Australia who’re in Britain to participate in occasions surrounding Elizabeth’s state funeral on Monday.

He shall be accompanied by spouse Kate, the brand new Princess of Wales. The title was beforehand held by William’s mom Diana, killed in a automobile crash in 1997.

Her dying likewise prompted a nationwide outpouring of grief, and William spoke on Thursday of how the solemn occasions of the final week had revived reminiscences of the funeral procession for Diana.

On Wednesday, William, alongside Charles and his youthful brother Harry, walked in a sombre procession behind a gun carriage carrying the queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, a scene extremely paying homage to when, as boys 25 years in the past, the princes had adopted Diana’s casket.

“The stroll yesterday was difficult… introduced again a couple of reminiscences,” William mentioned as he and his spouse Kate spoke to well-wishers and seen the ocean of floral tributes outdoors the royal residence of Sandringham in jap England.

Britain is gearing as much as welcome presidents, prime ministers and royalty from world wide for Monday’s funeral, which is prone to be one of many grandest ceremonies ever seen within the British capital, involving 1000’s of army personnel.

“It’s our goal and perception that the state funeral and occasions of the subsequent few days will unite individuals throughout the globe,” mentioned the Earl Marshal, Edward Fitzalan-Howard, the Duke of Norfolk, who’s England’s most senior peer and is in control of state events.

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