LIVE – The Queen’s coffin leaves Buckingham for Westminster Hall

The coffin left Buckingham Palace

The coffin has just left Buckingham Palace in a gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

The military procession should last 38 minutes, according to the program provided by Buckingham. The soldiers will walk along St Jame’s Park, turning towards Horse Guards Parade, before joining Westminster Hall.

A procession punctuated by cannon shots

The procession will be accompanied by cannon shots, fired every minute from Hyde Park, as the queen’s coffin arrives at Westminster Hall.

A wristband to access Westminster Hall

Queues grew around Westminster Hall, where the queen’s coffin will rest for four days to allow Britons who wish to do so to pay their respects.

They were given a wristband, with a number, which allowed them to keep their place in the queue, where they would wait for hours before approaching the casket.

“We have to be here”: Britons drive hours to watch the procession

Some Britons drove for several hours to attend the procession which starts in a few minutes.

She is “a great woman, the grandmother of our country, she is amazing, we should be here”, commented one of her on the microphone of BFMTV, in London.

It will also be a chance for them to see the members of the royal family reunited. “We will be happy to see the family reunited, it is sad, the mother would have wanted them to be together for this special moment”.

For the mayor of London, Charles III will be “a very good king” because he has “the best possible teacher”

A few minutes before the start of the procession, the mayor of London spoke for a few seconds into the BFMTV microphone.

“The Queen is the representative of the Commonwealth, while the President parades, she is always there, reassuring,” said Sadiq Khan. “It is also reassuring that our King Charles III has the best possible teacher, he will be a good king”.

“It brings the whole country together”

Speaking to the crowd, who were waiting along the route of the procession, to see the passage of the queen’s coffin, Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, put a few words, in French, into the microphone of BFMTV. Pleased with the enthusiasm of the British, he said:

“They are there to honor and thank the Queen and her 70 years of service and loyalty. It has brought the whole country together. [Ces gens] are the representatives of England. For those who can’t go. They are here to say, ‘We are grateful to the Queen’.

“It’s an emotional moment. It’s something incredible. I never wanted this moment to come. But here we are.”

Air traffic is limited in London to allow for reflection

Air traffic in London will be restricted this Wednesday afternoon to ensure silence in the center of the British capital during a procession accompanying the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

These London flight restrictions will affect some flights between 1.50 pm AFP.

“Passengers will be notified directly by their airlines of any flight changes,” the airport said.

The town of Le Touquet honors the queen

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage announced this Wednesday the christening of its international airport in the name of the Queen of England.

“To pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II and to remember her visit to Le Touquet with her uncle Edward VIII, a visit where she practiced horseback riding and sand yachting, the City of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage wants to baptize. his airport named after someone who, for 70 years, served his country with commitment, respect and consistency at the same time as he was always attentive to the good relations between our two countries, he who speaks French and thanks our country “. the city in a press release.

Harry and William walk together

This is one of the images that cannot be missed this afternoon, during the procession that will lead the left by Elizabeth II from Buckingham to Westminster: Princes William and Harry will join their father Charles III and walk together behind their grandmother’s coffin.

Hundreds of thousands of Britons will say goodbye to the Queen

The British are expected in hundreds of thousands from this Wednesday in London, to say hello for the last time to Elizabeth II, their adored monarch before her funeral next Monday.

Westminster Hall is open for the occasion 24 hours a day. But patience is required, with long queues that can stretch for miles.

The procession will start at 3:22 pm.

The route of this procession goes through The Mall and through Horse Guards Parade before passing near Downing Street to Westminster Hall. The funeral procession must start precisely from 2:22 pm, or 3:22 pm in France, for a procession that will last 40 minutes during which the bells of Big Ben will ring. After disposing of the dead bodies, the Royal Horse Artillery of the King’s Troop fire more shots from Hyde Park.

Another emotional day in the UK

The next day the arrival of the remains of Elizabeth II at her London palace in Buckinghamthe coffin of the sovereign must, this Wednesday, travel to Westminster Hall, where the British will be able to pay their last respects to him during the next five days.

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