The secret to standing for 15 minutes..William and Harry in military uniform in front of Queen Elizabeth’s coffin

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ADEN – Yasmin Abdullah Al-Tohami – Although Queen Elizabeth II passed away a few days ago, the royal burial of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch has yet to reach its final stage.

In one such royal ceremony, Prince William and Harry stood silently at one end of their grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s coffin on Saturday, while a line of mourners flowed past the queen’s burial site.

King Charles’ two sons, dressed in military fatigues, paused for 15 minutes at the Queen’s coffin in the sprawling Westminster Hall, where the coffin has lain since Wednesday, draped in a royal flag and adorned with a bejeweled Imperial State. the crown

A quiet pause

William and Harry were joined by six of their cousins, including Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, who had previously paid their respects to the Queen. The Queen died this September 8 at the age of 96 at her summer estate in the Scottish Highlands.

Speaking of the Queen, the two sisters, who are Prince Andrew’s daughters, said: “You were our great mother, our guide, our loving hand on our shoulder and from our two corners of the world (…) we learned so much. You and I will cherish those lessons and memories forever. . And now, dear grandmother, we just want to thank you.”

Hundreds of thousands of people queued for hours along the Thames, waiting to see the casket and pay their respects to the Queen, a testament to the influence she had.

Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, Princess Anne’s son and daughter, and Prince Edward’s daughter and son Louis and James are among the other relatives attending Saturday’s vigil.

A royal handshake

Earlier on Saturday, Charles and heir William greeted mourners in classrooms by shaking hands and asking people how long they had been in the classroom and whether they felt warm enough.

Saluting Charles and heir to the throne William and chanting “God Save the King”, the two spoke to mourners at Lambeth Bridge as mourners came to the end of a long line to pass the body in historic Westminster Hall.

On Friday evening, King Charles joined his three siblings – Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Edward – in a moment of silence in front of the casket.

Prince William was overheard telling a man about the late Queen on the throne in 1952: “You won’t believe it all, you won’t believe it.”


One woman told the Queen’s Charles that it was “worth the wait” and others wished the King good luck and applauded him as he continued to check in the queue. Ahead of the state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, world leaders began arriving in the British capital.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese are among the leaders to pay their respects to the Queen on Saturday.

On Friday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern bowed in front of a coffin in Westminster Hall and was one of the first leaders to arrive in London. US President Joe Biden is expected to visit the body on Sunday.

On Saturday, Charles met with the leaders of the 14 countries he presides over, including Canada, Australia and Jamaica, at Buckingham Palace, meeting people representing monarchs from countries he has ruled.

Security operation

London police have described the funeral as their biggest ever security operation, as heads of state and government, members of the royal family and huge crowds will gather in the streets. The king visited the police headquarters on Saturday to thank the emergency service personnel involved in the planning.

Underscoring the risk, police said they detained a man and a witness later told Sky News he had walked “into the Queen’s coffin”. Video footage shows police tying a man to the ground before taking him away.

By 5pm (1600 GMT), Britain’s Ministry of Culture said the wait time for the Queen’s coffin was up to 11 hours.

In the silent hall, some mourners wept while some current soldiers and veterans saluted their former commander and some knelt in waiting.


Rang.. witness friendship

The so-called “queue” has become a testament to camaraderie and the making of new friends, and sometimes in the cold weather of the night, it is a pain to wait for hours.

Film director Matthew West describes how a military man was offered entry to the march but refused. “It was the most important sight and point of light after we had been stationary for more than two hours,” he said.

The Queen’s farewell ceremony at Balmoral, Scotland, 10 days after her death, saw a spectrum of emotions across the country. Her coffin was initially placed in Edinburgh before being moved south to London.

The Queen’s children have spoken of how much they have been loved by the public following the reaction to their mother’s death. The state funeral, which will be attended by nearly 100 heads of state and government, is likely to be the largest ever. Britain.


Move the casket

Soldiers took part in an early morning exercise in Windsor where the Queen’s coffin will be carried after the funeral at Westminster Abbey. Bands playing music and the Grenadier Guards, whose members wear high, bearskin hats for the ceremony, were seen rehearsing for the funeral.

Liz Kilshall, from Leatherhead, southern England, said she brought her two children to Windsor so they would never forget the Queen. “It’s really important for them to grow up and remember that, and it’s important for us as a family to honor a wonderful woman,” she said.

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