LONDON — Mourners are arriving at Westminster Abbey to take their seats for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral service.
Company started getting into the Gothic medieval abbey shortly after 8 a.m. (0700 GMT; 3 a.m. EDT) on Monday.
Dignitaries have been arriving later, with many heads of state gathering at a close-by hospital to be pushed by bus to the abbey.
Westminster Abbey is the place Elizabeth was married in 1947 and topped in 1953.
A day filled with funeral occasions in London and Windsor started early when the doorways of 900-year-old Westminster Corridor have been closed to mourners after a whole lot of hundreds had filed in entrance of her coffin since Sept 14.
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CANBERRA, Australia — Round 300 individuals are anticipated to look at a broadcast of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral at an official Australian residence the place throughout her last go to to the nation the late monarch was woken within the mornings by shrieking sulfur-crested cockatoos.
The doorways of Authorities Home, the residence within the Australian capital Canberra of the British monarch’s consultant Governor-Basic David Hurley, will probably be open to registered members of the general public for the funeral.
Hurley is attending the London funeral in individual. The queen spent a number of nights in Authorities Home throughout her final Australian go to in 2011 and remarked on the time on the noise that the massive white parrots made at daybreak.
The general public supply of a chance to look at the funeral on the nineteenth century mansion set on 54 hectares (130 acres) of parkland populated by kangaroos and different native wildlife was overwhelmed. Registration closed on Tuesday final week, a Authorities Home official stated.
The queen visited Canberra throughout 14 of her 16 Australian visits, starting in 1954.
PARIS — The Paris Metro has renamed one among its stations after Queen Elizabeth II to honor the British monarch on the day of her state funeral.
The Metro firm tweeted that the George V station, which serves the French capital’s famed Champs-Elysees boulevard, has been renamed Elizabeth II station for the day on Monday.
LONDON — The final member of the general public to view Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin because it lay in state on the Homes of Parliament was Chrissy Heerey, a serving member of the Royal Air Power from Melton Mowbray.
Heerey says “it felt like an actual privilege to do this.”
She stated Monday she went by way of Westminster Corridor twice — the primary time within the early hours of the morning after which once more simply earlier than its doorways closed to mourners at 6:30 a.m. (0530GMT).
She says the expertise was, “one of many highlights of my life and I really feel very privileged to be right here.”
As the top of greater than 4 days of the queen’s lying-in-state drew to an in depth, the stream of mourners slowed to a trickle. After Heerey bowed her head towards the coffin and moved away, parliamentary officers paid their final respects earlier than leaving the queen’s coffin within the 900-year-old corridor ringed by 4 candles and army guards in ceremonial uniforms.
Her coffin was being taken later Monday morning to Westminster Abbey for a state funeral attended by 2,000 folks.
LONDON — Prince William and his spouse Catherine’s 9-year-old son Prince George and 7-year-old daughter Princess Charlotte will attend Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral.
George, who’s now second in line to the throne, and his sister will stroll by way of Westminster Abbey with the royal household in procession behind the queen’s coffin as it’s carried by pallbearers Monday.
The funeral’s order of service confirmed that George and Charlotte will stroll collectively behind their mother and father. They are going to be adopted by Prince Harry and his spouse Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and different royal relations.
The royal youngsters’s 4-year-old brother, Prince Louis, is just not anticipated to be current on the funeral, which will probably be attended by some 2,000 folks.