‘Everybody Come Here’: London prepares to receive Elizabeth II’s coffin
Stéphane Place, edited by Yanis Darras
09:58, 13 Sep 2022
If London is famous for its bubbles, the British capital is currently in turmoil. And for a good reason. From Wednesday, the Queen’s coffin will be on display at Westminster Abbey, where some are already waiting. Tourists, heads of state and locals are expected in large numbers to take to the city streets to see their Queen one last time.
“We avoid the whole Buckingham part”
Map in hand, eyes alert, these French tourists wander Piccadilly Circus, happy to have found a hotel room, while most are now fully booked for the coming days. But those French are being forced to reconsider their visiting itinerary: “We avoid the whole Buckingham part, Westminster, all those parts where the Queen is passing. The Parliament part will also be crowded and it can be difficult to get around,” admits Florian.
Outside Saint-Pancras train station, taxis (the famous taxis) prepare for a tidal wave of customers as the funeral approaches. “We get a lot of requests to go to the castle these days. Everyone comes here. It’s really very good for business,” explains a driver at the microphone of Europe 1.
“We have so many requests”
Souvenir shops are anticipating this influx, and Cheryl is promoting boxes of biscuits and mugs with the image of Elizabeth II, but also expecting new products with the face of Charles III. “New things are coming. We have so many requests for new stuff. Hopefully we’ll get the new Charles III t-shirts and mugs soon. But yes, new things are coming,” he explains.
The British press is already believing that the British capital should break visitor records for this historic event.
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