King Charles to host world leaders as UK readies for Queen’s funeral
London: Britain was gearing up Sunday for the momentous state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II as King Charles III ready to host world leaders and as mourners queued for the ultimate 24 hours left to view her coffin.
The primary members of the general public have been already tenting out upfront to catch a glimpse of Monday´s grand farewell at Westminster Abbey, which is predicted to carry London to a standstill and be watched by billions of viewers worldwide.
US President Joe Biden flew in late Saturday, considered one of dozens of heads of state arriving as Britain levels its biggest-ever policing operation across the historic funeral for its longest-reigning monarch.
The loss of life of Queen Elizabeth aged 96 on September 8 after seven many years on the throne has sparked an outpouring of emotion that has seen lots of of 1000’s of individuals flock to see her coffin mendacity in state on the British parliament.
These eager to view the flag-draped casket have till 6:30 am (0530 GMT) on Monday to make it into the cavernous Westminster Corridor.
Mourners have confronted waits of as much as 25 hours as queues have snaked for miles alongside the River Thames. Admission to the road seems set to be closed sooner or later on Sunday.
IT employee Shaun Mayo, 27, was amongst these relieved to have made it to Westminster Corridor after queuing for 14 hours to pay his respects.
“It was extremely emotional. She was just like the nation´s granny,” he informed AFP.
“We´ll all miss her.”
A person who was arrested after leaving the road of individuals submitting previous the coffin and approaching the casket on Friday has been charged with a public order offence, police mentioned late Saturday.