William and Harry together for the procession: former parliamentarian Tom Brake believes that “the queen would be very happy”
The image of Harry and William together for this procession is “very important,” according to Tom Brake, a former British MP and minister.
“It’s something the queen wanted, I’m sure the queen would be very happy to see her family united in this procession,” he said on BFMTV.
The queen’s coffin is greeted by the Archbishop of Canterbury
Shortly after the Queen’s coffin arrived at Westminster Hall, the Archbishop of Canterbury began a short service.
For four days, the British will parade around the clock to pay their last respects to the queen.
The Queen’s coffin enters Westminster Hall
The Queen’s coffin entered Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the building.
From 6 pm the British will be able to gather one last time in front of the coffin.
The procession arrives at Westminster Hall, where the Queen’s coffin will be on display until Monday morning
As expected, the military procession arrives at Westminster Hall, where the queen’s coffin will rest for four days.
Until Monday morning, the British who wish will be able to pay a final tribute to Elizabeth II there.
The kingdom’s crown and banner rest on the queen’s coffin
On the coffin of the queen rest the crown of the kingdom, its banner and a crown of flowers.
The procession passes through the Horse Guards Parade
The procession with the Queen’s coffin has just passed through Horse Guards Parade and continues towards Westminster Hall.
The procession marches among the flags of the Commonwealth states
Arriving at the Horse Guards Parade, the parade of the queen and the parade of the coffin among all the flags of the member states of the Commonwealth.
Camilla, Kate and Meghan reach Westminster Hall by car
Queen consort Camilla, along with William and Harry’s wives Kate and Meghan, are driving to Westminster Hall.
Charles III walks behind the coffin with William and Harry
King Charles III parades behind the coffin, on the same floor as his brothers, in order of birth, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Behind are the king’s two sons, William and Harry.
On the queen’s coffin are the royal banner of the United Kingdom, as well as the crown of the kingdom.
The coffin leaves Buckingham Palace
The coffin just left Buckingham Palace aboard a King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery tank.
The military march is expected to last 38 minutes, according to the schedule given by Buckingham. Soldiers will walk along St Jame’s Park, turn towards Horse Guards Parade, before reaching Westminster Hall.
A procession punctuated by cannon shots
The procession will be punctuated by cannon shots fired every minute from Hyde Park as the queen’s coffin reaches Westminster Hall.
A bracelet to enter Westminster Hall
The line stretches around Westminster Hall, where the queen’s coffin will rest for four days to allow Britons who wish to pay their respects.
They received a bracelet, with a number, which allows them to keep their place in the queue, where they will wait for hours before they can approach the coffin.
“We were supposed to be here”: the British drove several hours to watch the procession
Some Brits have been driving for several hours to watch the procession which will begin in a few minutes.
She was “a great lady, the grandmother of our country, she was exceptional, we had to stay here”, commented one of her into the microphone of BFMTV, in London.
It will also be an opportunity for them to see members of the royal family reunited. “We will be happy to see the family reunited, it will be touching, the mother would have liked them to come together for this special moment”.
For the Mayor of London, Charles III will be “an excellent king” because he had “the best possible mentor”
A few minutes before the start of the march, the Mayor of London spoke for a few seconds on the microphone of BFMTV.
“The queen was the representative of the Commonwealth, while the president paraded, he was always there, reassuring,” said Sadiq Khan. “What is reassuring is also that our King Charles III had the best possible mentor, he will be an excellent king”.
“It brings the whole country together”
Speaking to the crowd, which waits along the parade route, to see the queen’s coffin pass, Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, slipped a few words, in French, into BFMTV’s microphone. Rejoicing in the fervor of the English, he said:
“They are there to honor and appreciate the queen and her 70 years of service and loyalty. It brings the whole country together. [Ces gens] they are the representatives of England. For those who could not come. I’m here to say: ‘we are grateful to the queen’. “
“It’s a moment full of emotion. It’s something extraordinary. I never wanted to get to this moment. But here we are.”
Air traffic is restricted in London to allow for meditation
Air traffic over London will be restricted this Wednesday afternoon to ensure silence in the center of the British capital during the procession that will accompany the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
These London overflight restrictions will affect some flights between 1:50 pm AFP.
“Passengers will be notified directly by their airlines of any changes to the flight,” the airport said.
The city of Le Touquet pays homage to the queen
Le Touquet-Paris-Plage announces this Wednesday that it will christen its international airport in the name of the Queen of England.
“To pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II and in memory of her visit to Le Touquet with her uncle Edward VIII, a visit during which she practiced both horse riding and pleasure boating, the city of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage wishes to baptize its airport named after the one who, for 70 years, served her country with commitment, respect and perseverance while always paying attention to the good relations between our two nations, the one who spoke French and appreciated our country “, indicates the city in a statement.
Harry and William will walk side by side
This will be one of the images not to be missed this afternoon, during the procession that will lead the remains of Elizabeth II from Buckingham to Westminster: Princes William and Harry will accompany their father Charles III and walk together behind their grandmother’s coffin.
Hundreds of thousands of British will say goodbye to the queen
The British are expected by hundreds of thousands of people this Wednesday in London to greet Elizabeth II, their beloved monarch one last time before her funeral next Monday.
Westminster Hall will be open for the occasion 24 hours a day. But it will take patience, with long lines that could stretch for miles.
The procession will start at 3:22 pm.
The route of this procession will pass through The Mall and pass through Horse Guards Parade before passing close to Downing Street towards Westminster Hall. The funeral procession must start precisely at 2:22 pm, or 3:22 pm in France, for a procession that should last 40 minutes during which the bells of Big Ben will ring. On the passage of the remains, the Royal Horse Artillery of the King’s Troop will fire several shots from Hyde Park.
Another exciting day in the UK
The day after the arrival of Elizabeth II’s remains at her London palace in Buckinghamthe king’s coffin will have to go to Westminster Hall this Wednesday, where the British will be able to pay him their last respects over the next five days.