Outside Buckingham Palace, a huge crowd greeted the arrival of the woman who ruled the country for 70 years, with applause and applause,
To the applause and applause of her loyal subjects, the remains of Queen Elizabeth II passed through the gates of her London Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening to spend a last night there, before five days of public homage in Westminster.
She was welcomed there by her son Charles III and queen consort Camilla, who had returned from a brief official visit to Northern Ireland, and by other members of the royal family. Her return to the capital prepares her for her funeral, which will take place Monday at Westminster Abbey.
The queen’s coffin, covered in the yellow, red and blue royal banner of the United Kingdom and a wreath of white flowers, was unloaded by the famous grenadiers from the hearse that had transported it from the Royal Air Force airport, where it had landed an hour earlier.
Thousands of people
Along the way, hundreds of motorists got out of their cars to make them a guard of honor, not hesitating to cross the central reserve after stopping their vehicle on the opposite side of the highway.
On Wednesday, the Queen’s coffin, who died on Thursday at the age of 96, will leave its official seat in the British capital in a tank, crossing through central London to reach the Palace of Westminster in a grand procession, where it will be displayed for five days at the Hall. of Westminster.
Thousands of people are expected for the procession through central London, which will be greeted by the Big Ben bell and cannon blasts in Hyde Park.
They will be even more numerous to try to pay a final tribute to the king in Westminster Hall between Wednesday and Monday morning. The print evokes up to 750,000 people for more than ten kilometers. In Edinburgh, 33,000 people had already lined up to greet him at Saint-Gilles Cathedral.
In a statement released Tuesday night by Buckingham, Princess Anne thanked those who show so much “love and respect” to her late mother.
“I had the opportunity to share the last 24 hours of my dear mother’s life. It was an honor and a privilege to accompany her on her last journey”, added the princess, the king’s only daughter, to travel with her remains between Edinburgh. and London.