It is with terrible emotion on his face that Charles III watched over his mother’s coffin on Monday September 12, 2022.
- On Monday September 12, 2022, the Scots were able to say a last goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II
- Charles III then watched over his mother’s coffin
- Broadcast live, the wake of the body was a terrible ordeal for the new King, who appeared with tears in his eyes
They said goodbye to their Queen one last time. This Monday, September 12, 2022, the Scots gathered in their thousands around the royal coffin, to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday, September 8. Thus, the new King, Charles III went in the evening to the vigil of the body of his mother, in the company of Princess Anne and Prince Andrew. Their faces filled with sadness marked the viewers, who were able to see the vigil of the body live. The husband of Camilla Parker-Bowles could not hide his immense grief. With tears in his eyes, he followed his mother’s coffin and watched over her until late in the evening.
Shocking images, which show how much the disappearance of Queen Elizabeth II is heartbreaking for the one who is now King of England. Earlier in the day, Charles III was expected outside Parliament in London. A first since the proclamation of his coronation. Once again, the father of princes William and Harry wanted to pay a vibrant tribute to his missing mother : “The joyous, uninterrupted and reassuring presence of our late Majesty over the years made it difficult to envision that this type of long and inspiring reign, of deep and unparalleled devotion, could ever come to an end.” He also remembered “his commitment, his kindness, his humor, his courage and his fortitude, as well as the deep faith which was the anchor of his life”.
“We are gathered today in memory of the commitment and all that my late mother did in the service of the country”
Again very moved, Charles III wanted to recall all the commitments of Queen Elizabeth II : “We are gathered today in memory of the commitment and all that my late mother did in the service of the country. Her late majesty was committed to serving her people and her country, she managed to stand by this commitment with dedication, she gave us an example, an unparalleled sense of duty, and I hope that with God’s help and your support, I will be able to follow her example”. His speech was concluded with the hymn God Save the King, which therefore sounded for the very first time in Westminster.
Thousands waited to say a final goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II
It was at 4 p.m. that Charles III arrived in Edinburgh, in the cathedral of Saint-Gilles. The eulogy was then proclaimed: “We are united in grief at the death of our monarch, but King Charles III and his entire family are not just mourning the loss of a queen, but of a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother”says Iain Greenshields, moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. “Her passing affects the whole world. Most of us cannot remember a time when she was not our monarch. She has been a constant in our lives for over 70 years. She understood the importance worldly affairs, but also cared about what happened to our people.” Following the wake of Elizabeth II’s body which closed in the evening, hundreds of Scots were still queuing to say goodbye to their Queen.