Chinese delegation barred from Queen’s coffin: Report

LONDON: A delegation of Chinese officials has reportedly been banned from visiting the historic hall Parliament where Queen Elizabeth II finds herself in the situation, as geopolitics overshadows the solemn worship surrounding the monarch’s death.
The row broke out as the government said it was temporarily stopping people from joining the queue to start passing the Queen’s coffin as the wait for those behind reached 14 hours. On Friday morning the line stretched for 5 miles (8 km) from Parliament to Southwark Park in south London and then around the park.
The government says the park is now full and queuing entry has been “paused” for at least six hours.
China’s ambassador to the UK has been banned from parliament for a year after Beijing last year sanctioned seven British lawmakers for speaking out against China’s treatment of its Uyghur minority in the far western region of Xinjiang.
House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle’s office declined to comment Friday on media reports that the Chinese delegation was barred from visiting the Queen’s casket in the Westminster Chamber at the Houses of Parliament.
In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said she had not seen the report, but said that as the host of the Queen’s funeral, the UK should “follow diplomatic protocols and proper manners to welcome visitors”. .
A Chinese delegation is expected to attend the Queen’s funeral on Monday, which is at Westminster Abbey rather than Parliament. Funeral organizers have not released a guest list and it is unclear who from China may attend.
British lawmakers this week wrote to officials expressing concerns that the Chinese government has been invited to the queen’s state funeral on Monday.
Conservative MP Tim Loughton told the BBC the invitation to China should be rescinded, citing the country’s human rights abuses and treatment of Uyghurs.
After a day out of the spotlight on Thursday, King Charles III was traveling to Wales on Friday on the final leg of his tour of the nations that make up the United Kingdom in the wake of his mother’s death last week after 70 years on the throne.
Charles, who for decades before his accession to the throne was the Prince of Wales, is visiting Llandaff in Cardiff for a service of prayer and reflection in honor of his late mother and will receive condolences from the Welsh parliament, the Senedd.
Charles returns to London later on Friday and will hold a brief vigil at his mother’s coffin in the evening with his siblings Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

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