Focus turns to Queen’s funeral as world leaders arrive, scaffolding is erected and rehearsals begin | UK news

Preparations for the Queen’s state funeral with scaffolding in place, world leaders arriving in London and rehearsals at Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle.

As the lay-by continues at Westminster Hall, the queue of mourners waiting to see the monarch’s coffin is now expected to last around 22 hours from back to front.

Representatives from Commonwealth nations have been invited to pay their respects and heads of state from around the world are arriving throughout the weekend, both to attend the Queen’s funeral and to sign a book of condolence.

A sign in Southwark Park in London, informing members of the public that the queue to see Queen Elizabeth II lie in state before her funeral on Monday is 14 hours plus.  Photo date: Friday, September 16, 2022.

In the meantime, King Charles he will meet chiefs of staff at Buckingham Palace before visiting police headquarters, where he will thank representatives from all the emergency services who have been involved in the planning and delivery of events during the period of mourning.

He will also attend, with Camilla, the Queen Consorta meal for the governors-general – the people who represent the monarch in the overseas kingdoms – at the palace.

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The Queen’s children hold a final vigil before her grandchildren pay their respects

Also on Saturday, the Queen’s grandchildren will take their turn to keep vigil around her coffin.

The Prince of Wales will stand at the head, the Duke of Sussex at the foot.

William will be flanked by his cousins ​​Zara Tyndall and Peter Phillips – the children of the royal princess – while Harry will be with the Duke of York’s daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall leave after attending the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London, Britain, June 3, 2022. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Peter Phillips (L), Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall (2nd L) during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The Earl of WessexLady Louise and Viscount Severn’s children will stand near the middle.

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Forecasters say the sun is expected to shine on those waiting in line and those who have already secured the best spots for the funeral procession. After a cold start, there will be long, sunny spells on Saturday with highs of 17C (62F), they forecast.

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There will also be a London Fashion Week fashion show in honor of the deceased Queen on Saturday. Models will wear a white lily as a tribute.

Codenamed Operation London Bridge, arrangements for the Queen’s death have been carefully thought out for years, with the monarch herself overseeing and approving every detail before her death.

However, the exact details were kept under wraps until the sitting monarch, King Charles III, gave his final stamp of approval.

Monday’s funeral is being held at Westminster Abbey, one of London’s most recognizable landmarks and close to the Palace of Westminster.

It has been the setting for every coronation since 1066 and was where the then Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip in 1947.

Watch and watch the Queen's funeral on TV, web and apps on Monday from 9am
Watch and watch the Queen’s funeral on TV, web and apps on Monday from 9am

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