The body of Queen Elizabeth II is laid out in Westminster Hall. Mourners can say goodbye there until Monday morning. All events in the news ticker.
- Prince William and Princess Kate visit Sandringham – Queen hosted Christmas there
- ‘Heartless’: Palace officials learn of Charles III’s dismissal in the mourning period
- Prince Harry’s sad 38th birthday : The Queen’s grandson’s day of honor falls within the ten-day national mourning period
- Wake for Queen Elizabeth II : Security guard collapses on Thursday night.
- The news ticker for Queen Elizabeth II’s wake and the funeral ceremony in Great Britain is continuously updated.
William was reminded of Diana’s death at the funeral march
Update from September 15, 5:05 p.m .: According to British media reports, Prince William (40) is said to have spoken about the fact that yesterday’s procession reminded him of the funeral procession in honor of his mother, Princess Diana. In 1997, the then 15-year-old ran after his mother’s coffin as it was carried to Westminster Abbey for the funeral service.
The Prince is said to have spoken to a crowd outside Sandringham who had come to lay flowers at the gate. One of those present, Jane Wells, 54, from Lincolnshire, said: “I said how proud his mother would have been of him and he said how difficult it was yesterday because it brought back memories of his mother’s funeral.”
Several memorial services for Queen Elizabeth II planned on Monday
Update from September 15, 2:30 p.m .: As the BBC has now announced, several services in memory of Queen Elizabeth II († 96) are planned for Monday (September 19). The main ceremony will take place in the iconic Westminster Abbey. Around 2,000 guests, including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, are expected to attend.
A smaller funeral ceremony will then take place at St. George’s Chapel near Windsor Castle, expected to be attended by around 800 people. There will also be a private funeral service with the family for the relatives of the deceased monarch. In the Royal Vault, the burial place of St. George’s Chapel, the Queen will then find her final resting place next to her husband, Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 17, 2021.
Prince William and Princess Kate visit Sandringham – Queen hosted Christmas there
Update from September 15, 1:50 p.m.: While King Charles III. (73) takes a short break on Thursday, his eldest son, Prince William, and his wife Princess Kate (41) are going to Sandringham in the English county of Norfolk. The royal family traditionally stays at Sandringham House from Christmas to around the end of January. Queen Elizabeth II also appreciated the family residence, in which she honored her father, King George VI, who died in 1952, every year on February 6th. (56, † 1952), thought, very.
On site, William and Kate will not only thank residents for their concern, but also personally honor Sandringham House staff for their loyal service.
First hiatus after Queen Elizabeth II’s death: King Charles III. retires after funeral procession
Update from September 15, 1:10 p.m .: After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III. not granted a quiet minute. As the new head of the British royal family, the 73-year-old had to fulfill numerous state and mourning obligations. After the Queen’s coffin was carried in a funeral procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday (September 14), the monarch flew by helicopter to the home of his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, in the village of Reybridge, according to the Daily Mail.
From there, the 73-year-old went to his country estate in Highgrove, where he can finally take a long overdue private break on Thursday (September 15). A week earlier, the king had to make the difficult journey to Balmoral Castle, where he finally had to say goodbye to his dying mother.
King Charles III decides against Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Update from September 15, 1:00 p.m .: Even away from the funeral service, the British royal family is still in turmoil. In the past few days, they have shown themselves to be in unity. However, as has now become known, King Charles III. the two children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle probably no national titles. The couple themselves are said to have reacted angrily to this decision.
They pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II: That’s why mourners accept long waiting times
Update from September 15, 12:40 p.m .: If you want to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Hall in person, you have to expect waiting times of more than a day. A BBC reporter reported that he had to wait around 30 hours to see the coffin of the deceased. Others are said to have to wait even longer. Some of those waiting brought tents and food, others came with nothing but a bag.
However, the UK public broadcaster asked those present on the spot about their motives for enduring such a long waiting period. Many Britons see a personal farewell as their patriotic duty, others would like to thank Queen Elizabeth II for always being there for her people, even in difficult times, such as during the corona pandemic or after terrorist attacks.
Mourners bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II: kilometers long line reached Tower Bridge
Update from September 15, 12:10 p.m .: To say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II, hundreds of thousands of mourners endure overnight. As the BBC reports, the queue is said to be around 6.1 kilometers long and reach the iconic Tower Bridge in the heart of London. However, it is questionable whether all those waiting will actually have their turn by Monday morning. A total of two million visitors are now expected.
A supporter of the British royal family captured the impressive scenes on Twitter. “I will pay tribute to the strongest woman who ever lived,” she wrote under a photo showing crowds of people waiting.
‘Heartless’: Palace officials learn of sacking under King Charles III in the mourning period
Update from September 15, 11:35 a.m .: The Guardian reports devastating news that really comes at the wrong time. Amidst the height of mourning for the recently deceased Queen Elizabeth II, the Public Service Union is lamenting the decision to notify King Charles’ staff of any layoffs. Up to 100 Clarence House employees have been informed that their services may no longer be needed.
Some of the employees have been working for decades and now have to fear for their jobs after ascending the throne. Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), called the timing “extremely callous” and “heartless”. He wants to work for “full job security”.
Clarence House, located next to St James’s Palace in central London, is the official London residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. King Charles and Camilla’s offices will be moved to Buckingham Palace after the Queen’s death and staff had expected it to be transferred. Korina Massicat (22), a politics student at Durham University from east London, puts it succinctly: “These are people who have worked hard and are faithful and loyal. No one deserves to be fired just because someone dies.”
Sad birthday for Prince Harry: Instead of celebrating, he has to say goodbye to the Queen
Update from September 15, 10:50 a.m .: Prince Harry turned 38 on Thursday, but Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson should not feel like celebrating at all: his birthday falls in the ten-day national mourning for the recently deceased Queen. After the death of the Queen, Harry and his wife Duchess Meghan stayed in Great Britain longer than originally planned to attend the mourning ceremonies. Her two children Archie (3) and Lilibet (1) stayed in the USA.
The relationship with his grandmother was considered humorous and intimate. In a personal, emotional message, Harry thanked her for her “contagious smile.” He and his family are also smiling at the thought that the Queen is now reunited with her beloved husband, Harry’s grandfather Prince Philip, he wrote. At Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral procession, Prince Harry visibly fought back tears. The state funeral for the monarch will take place next Monday.
Royal Family is frozen in the coffin, only Meghan and Harry are holding hands
Update from September 15, 10:11 a.m .: The procession brought the closest family to the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II (96, † 2022). But only one couple touched each other for comfort, holding hands. Ex-Royals Prince Harry (37) and Meghan Markle (41) are exempt from the protocol, which refrains from expressing emotions in public. King Charles III (73) and King’s wife Camilla (74) seem frozen. His son Prince William (40) and Princess Kate (40), as well as the king’s brother, Prince Edward (58) and his wife Countess Sophie von Wessex (57) have to deal with their grief alone.
Suddenly you have the image of the small, frail Queen in black in mind, who had to say goodbye to her beloved husband alone and abandoned in the seemingly huge pew in view of the prince consort Prince Philip (99, † 2021), who died in the height of the corona pandemic .
Wake for Queen Elizabeth II: Security guard collapses at the coffin in Westminster Hall
First report from September 15, 9:45 a.m.: London – For a number of soldiers it was a long march that led the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday. A security guard was no longer up to the strain or was overcome by grief. The man was with the guard assigned to the dais to protect the Queen’s coffin. In the face of the monarch lying in state, the royal guard fainted and fell off the pedestal.
Surrounding guards reacted immediately and hastily helped the fallen man. But at first the fall was a big shock for the people who were waiting nearby to say goodbye to the Queen. Some clapped their hands in front of their faces and later reported the incident on social media. One tweeted: “He must have been so overwhelmed by what happened.” Get well soon and blessings were also widely shared.