Queen Elizabeth begins her final journey

Queen Elizabeth begins her final journey

Three days after her death in her Scottish castle of Balmoral, Queen Elizabeth II begins her final journey on Sunday: her coffin leaves Balmoral for Edinburgh before returning to London on Tuesday for her state funeral on September 19.

The royal hearse is due to leave Balmoral, the residence where the monarch spent the summer, at 10am (9am GMT) by road, to arrive in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, around 4pm (3pm GMT), with journey from almost 300 kilometers.

A large crowd is expected on the path of the funeral procession to salute one last time the one who has reigned for 70 years and 7 months, a familiar and reassuring presence but still mysterious, who has weathered times and crises unswervingly.

The crowd was asked not to throw flowers as the convoy passed so as not to disrupt the very process of the 96-year-old Sovereign’s recent journey, who is hugely popular in the UK.

The hearse stops first in Ballater, the village very close to the castle, then in Aberdeen and Dundee before reaching Edinburgh.

There, the coffin will sleep in the throne room of Holyroodhouse, the official royal residence in Scotland.

– “Life without Grandma” –

On Saturday, Buckingham Palace confirmed the state funeral will be held on September 19 at Westminster Abbey in London, a mecca for royal weddings, coronations and burials for nearly a millennium.

It was there that Princess Elizabeth married 21-year-old Philip Mountbatten in November 1947. Here she was crowned on June 2, 1953.

Dignitaries from all over the world are expected to attend the funeral there, including US President Joe Biden.

Tens of thousands of people will also pay their last respects at the Palace of Westminster, where his coffin will rest from September 14-19 before the funeral begins at 10:00 GMT on the 19th, a public holiday in the UK.

His grandson William, now heir apparent and now Prince of Wales, paid him a moving tribute on Saturday.

“She was by my side in my happiest times. And she was by my side through the saddest days of my life. I knew that day would come, but it will take some time to adjust to the reality of life without a grandma,” he said in a statement.

“My grandmother said that sorrow is the price of love. All the sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be a testament to the love we have for our extraordinary Queen. I will honor her memory by honoring my father the king in every way possible”.

– William, Harry and their wives –

The prince then caused a surprise by leaving with his wife Kate, but also his brother Harry and his wife Meghan, to admire the flowers placed outside Windsor Castle in honor of Elizabeth II.

The two couples are notoriously cold, Harry and Meghan have now settled in California. They hadn’t been seen together in public in more than two years, and their tour was greeted with applause.

“All 4 One” chose to headline the Sunday edition of The Sun tabloid, with a picture of the quartet on the front page, including the front page of all UK media sites on Saturday night.

The children of Charles III. nearly eclipsing their father, the son, the queen’s heir, who was proclaimed king this morning, according to a televised centenary ceremony for the first time, after he announced his death on Thursday. .

“Prince Charles Philip Arthur George has now, through the death of our sovereign lady of happy remembrance, become our Charles III… May God save the King,” proclaimed the Council of Accession, a protocol meeting assembled at the Holy Palace of James. In addition to Prime Minister Liz Truss, her six predecessors, from John Major, 79, to Boris Johnson, were present.

The king promised to follow in his mother’s footsteps, to whom he again paid homage.

“My mother’s reign was unsurpassed in its duration, devotion and devotion (…). I am deeply aware of this great inheritance, the duties and the heavy responsibilities of sovereignty that are now being entrusted to me,” said Charles III.

The Queen, who has become increasingly frail in recent months, has dedicated her life to the monarchy. Still working on Tuesday, she hosted retiring Prime Minister Boris Johnson and incoming Prime Minister Liz Truss, who had asked her to form a new government.

However, the monarch had remained at Balmoral for these audiences, too weak to travel.

In Edinburgh, around Holyroodhouse, preparations for the reception of the late monarch were in full swing on Saturday.

Cordons have been put in place along the Royal Mile and around Saint-Gilles Cathedral, which will house the Queen’s coffin on Monday.

Platforms have been installed that will record the cameras that will immortalize the procession.

Laura Burns, 49, Educational Assistant, came with her sons to see the preparations. “I told the guys that we are living the story. And since we are here, we wanted to go down where it will pass, on the way to its final rest,” she told AFP.

“Her strength reminded me a lot of my own grandmother. She will be greatly missed but life goes on. And I believe that Charles III and his wife, the Queen Consort, Camilla, will do a wonderful job, because and it’s a job for life.”

Reference: www.guadeloupe.franceantilles.fr

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