Preparations for the Queen’s state funeral are well underway, with scaffolding being built, world leaders arriving in London and rehearsals at Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle.
As the state lay in Westminster Hall, mourners’ queues to see the emperor’s coffin are now expected to take about 22 hours from back to front.
It’s been so long, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is now warning people not to travel to attend – and check back later Saturday morning for updates on wait times.
Representatives from Commonwealth countries 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.
During this, king charles Prior to his visit to Police Headquarters, he will meet with the Chief of Staff at Buckingham Palace, where he will thank representatives of all emergency services involved in the planning and delivery of events during the mourning period.
He will also participate, with Camilla, Queen ConsortLunch for the governor general – the people who represent the emperor in foreign territories – at the palace.
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Also on Saturday, the grandsons of the queen will take their turn by standing in vigil around her coffin.
The Prince of Wales will stand at the head, the Duke of Sussex at the foot.
William will be accompanied by his cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips – the children of the Princess Royal – while Harry will be accompanied by the Duke of York’s daughters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie.
earl of wessexThe children of Lady Louise and Viscount Severn will stand by the beach.
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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 places for the funeral. After a cold start, Saturday should see long, sunny weather with maximum temperatures of 17C (62F), they predict.
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London Fashion Week Variety Fashion Show will also be held in honor of the late Queen on Saturday. Models will carry white lilies in tribute.
Codenamed Operation London Bridge, the arrangements for the Queen’s death have been carefully crafted over the years, with the monarch himself overseeing and approving every detail before her passing.
However, the exact details were kept secret until the sitting sovereign, King Charles III, gave it his final seal of approval.
Monday’s funeral is at Westminster Abbey, one of London’s most recognizable landmarks and near the Palace of Westminster.
It has been the setting for every coronation since 1066, and where then-Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip in 1947.