Five days after Queen Elizabeth II’s death in Scotland, her remains landed in London on Tuesday evening 13 September to cheers from the crowd at Buckingham Palace in London. An impatient crowd waited outside to pay their final respects to the one who reigned seventy years and whose funeral will take place on Monday 19 September at Westminster Abbey in the British capital.
After being displayed to the public for the first time for twenty-four hours in Edinburgh, Scotland, the royal coffin was escorted by an almost continuous honor guard, made up of thousands of anonymous people along the road between London airport and Buckingham Palace, where he will spend the night before entering Westminster Hall on Wednesday.
At Buckingham Palace, the coffin brought by the grenadiers was greeted by King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, who had just returned from a brief official visit to Northern Ireland, and by other members of the royal family. The first visit of the new king to Northern Ireland took place in a particular context, Tuesday 13 September: while Charles III succeeds Elizabeth II in an atmosphere of popular fervor and national emotion, Northern Ireland is in the grip of community tensions.
“With a shining example before me, and with God’s help, I take on my new duties determined to seek the welfare of all the people of Northern Ireland”declared the monarch in front of the local parliament, he stopped for months.
As soon as he arrived at Hillsborough Castle, where they joined the tens of thousands of people gathered at the coffin of Elizabeth II, Charles III and the queen consort Camilla came into contact with the thousands of people crowded behind the barriers, hugging each other, greeting the children, exchanging a few words, images that were difficult to imagine at the time ” Disorders ” (Northern Irish conflict).
Politically paralyzed, and in turmoil over the victory in the last elections of the republicans of Sinn Fein, who do not recognize the authority of the monarchy, Northern Ireland remains the most delicate stage of the new king’s tour of the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom.
The ruler had played an important role in reconciliation in this province with a bloody past. But almost a quarter of a century after the return of a fragile peace between republicans, especially Catholics, and unionists, mostly Protestants, tensions have rekindled with Brexit, reviving the idea of separation from the United Kingdom and reunification. with Ireland.
Social and political crisis
Tensions in Northern Ireland, separatist desires in Scotland, galloping inflation weighing on purchasing power, the new 73-year-old king, the oldest of all British sovereigns at their accession to the throne, takes office at a critical moment. The country, in the throes of a serious social and political crisis, has recently had a new prime minister, Liz Truss.
After visiting the British parliament in London on Monday, then the one in Edinburgh in Scotland on Monday, he will travel to Cardiff, Wales on Friday.
In Edinburgh, on Tuesday morning, tens of thousands of British waited for hours all night and hours to meditate in front of the king’s coffin that rested in the cathedral of Saint-Gilles in the Scottish capital. King Charles III and his three brothers, princes Andrew and Edward and Princess Anna, came in the evening with the queen consort Camilla to observe a wake. The photo of the children of Elizabeth II, returned to the coffin, on Tuesday became the “one” of all the newspapers.