In Edinburgh, the children of Elizabeth II gathered around her remains

In Edinburgh, the children of Elizabeth II gathered around her remains

In Edinburgh, the children of Elizabeth II gathered around her remains

published Monday 12 September 2022 at 9:28 pm

Behind her coffin walking through Edinburgh at a leisurely pace or surrounding her, heads bowed, King Charles III and his brothers reunited with Elizabeth II on Monday, along with tens of thousands of British in their farewell to the monarch to world popularity.

Another step in the moving final journey that takes the sovereign from her Balmoral Castle, where she took her last breath on Thursday, in London for her state funeral Monday, her remains left Holyroodhouse palace in the Scottish capital for the Saint-Gilles cathedral, where it is exhibited to the public for the first time.

The funeral procession, led by King Charles III surrounded by his brothers Andrea and Edoardo and his sister Anna, crossed the center of the Scottish capital to the cathedral of Saint-Gilles, during a slow procession in absolute silence.

They paced the Royal Mile for more than a mile, all in black military uniforms except Andrew, who had retired from the monarchy on sexual assault charges that ended up paying millions of dollars.

A peculiarity that confirms the exclusion of the one who has often been defined as the “favorite son” of Elizabeth II.

After an afternoon religious ceremony, the sons of the sovereign returned in the evening for a wake around the coffin, covered by the Scottish royal banner (yellow, red and navy blue), and on which the crown of Scotland was placed, in solid gold, as well as to a wreath of white flowers.

They meditated for about ten minutes, turning their backs on the coffin, before leaving the cathedral to the cheers of the crowd.

– “Sad” –

Four days after her death, a week before her funeral, Elizabeth II’s coffin, a symbol of stability during decades of upheaval, a planetary icon that reassured the British in times of crisis, rests for the first time in public, causing an influx massive.

Police told AFP that 30,000 bracelets had already been distributed, the key to entering the cathedral. The queue stretched over 1.5 kilometers, according to an AFP reporter.

The population can thus bow several meters away and behind a security cordon in front of the oak coffin, raised on a platform, under the supervision of four archers of the Royal Company and a dozen police officers.

Some anonymous signed in front of the body, others bowed. Tears sometimes flowed down their faces.

In the audience who came to watch the convoy pass, Lorraine Logan, 60, who came with her folding seat, explains that she arrived in the morning to take a seat in the second row: “It was even sadder than I thought.”

“It was incredible to see the king and totally surreal to see the Queen’s coffin parade through Edinburgh, it’s a moment that will go down in history,” said John McMonagle, 52, in a dark suit, from Glasgow.

– “Weight of History” –

Charles III takes office as monarch with the difficult task of succeeding his very popular mother in a context of severe social crisis and divisions in the United Kingdom, but also of contestation in the face of the colonial past in his other 14 kingdoms.

She faces him at 73, older than all British rulers when they ascend the throne.

Charles III went to the Scottish Parliament on Monday afternoon for a condolence session and for the occasion swapped his black military costume for a burgundy kilt, a garment he has always been particularly fond of.

This day marks the start of a tour of the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom, which will take him to Belfast and Cardiff and which began Monday morning at the British Parliament in London.

“Standing before you today, I can’t help but feel the weight of the history that surrounds us,” said the ruler.

He claimed that his mother was “an example of devotion that, with God’s help and your guidance, I am determined to follow faithfully.”

Retired from the monarchy after the sensational “Megxit”, Prince Harry joined the tribute to Elizabeth II, whom he called a “compass”, thanking his “grandmother” for her sense of duty and her “contagious smile”: “You are already very missed “.

– Waiting lines –

After this first day of presentation to the population, the bodies will be boarded on Tuesday evening at Edinburgh airport on board a royal plane bound for London.

It will again be on display to the public 24 hours a day, encased, draped in the royal banner, on a stage at the Palace of Westminster from Wednesday evening.

Long queues – which could reach eight kilometers – are expected while 750,000 people could attempt to see the coffin, according to The Times newspaper.

The day before the event, Sunday, the public will be called to celebrate a minute of silence at 20:00 (19:00 GMT), “a moment of reflection” in memory of the sovereign of unparalleled longevity in the history of the United Kingdom.

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