Focus turns to the Queen’s funeral as world leaders arrive, scaffolding is erected and rehearsals begin |  UK News

Focus turns to the Queen’s funeral as world leaders arrive, scaffolding is erected and rehearsals begin | UK News

Preparations are well underway for the Queen’s state funeral with scaffolding being erected, world leaders arriving in London and rehearsals at Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle.

As the lies continue at Westminster Hall, the queue of mourners waiting to see the monarch’s coffin is now expected to take around 22 hours from the back to the front.

Representatives from Commonwealth nations have been invited to pay their respects, and heads of state from around the world are arriving throughout the weekend, both to attend the Queen’s funeral and to sign a book of condolence.

A sign in Southwark Park in London, informing the public that the queue to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral on Monday is 14 hours plus.  Photo date: Friday 16  September 2022.

Meanwhile, King Charles will meet the chiefs of staff at Buckingham Palace before visiting police headquarters, where he will thank representatives from all the emergency services involved in the planning and delivery of events during the period of mourning.

He will also participate, with Camilla, the Queen’s consorta lunch for Governors-General – the people who represent the monarch in overseas realms – at the palace.

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The Queen’s children stand guard for the last time ahead of the grandchildren’s tribute

Also on Saturday, the Queen’s grandchildren will stand vigil around her coffin.

The Prince of Wales will be at the head, the Duke of Sussex at the foot.

William will be flanked by his cousins ​​Zara Tindall and Peter Philips – the children of the Princess Royal – while Harry will be joined by the Duke of York’s daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and husband Mike Tindall leave after attending the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London, Britain, June 3, 2022. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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Peter Phillips (L), Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall (2nd L) during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The Earl of Wessexs children Lady Louise and Viscount Severn will stand near the middle.

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Forecasters say the sun is expected to shine on those waiting in line and those who have already secured the best seats for the funeral procession. After a cold start, Saturday should see long, sunny spells with maximum temperatures of 17C (62F), they predict.

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A diverse London Fashion Week fashion show will also take place in honor of late Queen on Saturday. Models will wear a white lily as a tribute.

Codenamed Operation London Bridge, arrangements for the Queen’s death have been carefully reviewed for years, with the monarch herself overseeing and approving every detail before her passing.

However, the exact details were kept under wraps until the sitting sovereign, King Charles III, gave it his final stamp of approval.

Monday’s funeral is in Westminster Abbey, one of London’s most recognizable landmarks and close to the Palace of Westminster.

It has been the setting for every coronation since 1066, and was where the then Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip in 1947.

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