Charles III follows the hearse on foot
As we mentioned earlier, King Charles III, strapped in a military uniform, made the journey to the cathedral on foot, behind the hearse.
Up to 30 hour wait to see late Queen’s body in Edinburgh
While the royal remains are being transported to St. Gilles Cathedral in Edinburgh, the crowd gathers on the route. After the ceremony, it will be able to parade in front of the body of the sovereign… but will have to be patient.
According to our information, we estimate up to 30 hours the wait for the less well-off in the crowd.
Elizabeth II’s coffin leaves Holyrood Palace
The coffin containing the remains of Elizabeth II has just left Holyrood Palace before being loaded into the hearse, under the eyes of Charles III.
The whole must now take the direction of Saint Giles Cathedral. The procession moves slowly along the kilometer separating the castle from the church.
Liz Truss arrives at the cathedral
British Prime Minister Liz Truss has just arrived at Saint Giles Cathedral as the ceremony draws near.
The ceremony is about to begin.
The call for sobriety from the British authorities towards international guests at the Queen’s funeral
According to our information gathered from a French ministerial source, the British authorities have issued encouragements to sobriety to some 500 international dignitaries expected at the Queen’s funeral next Monday.
Thus, they will have to avoid private jets to get to the United Kingdom; prefer collective buses instead of helicopters and personal cars to move around London, “for security reasons and because of traffic disruption”, according to the words of a note reported by Politico and AFP; according to our colleagues from Politico- this is not a definitive rule – guests are also asked to favor commercial flights “when possible”.
If despite these British recommendations, leaders still come on their plane, the government warns that they will not be able to land at London’s Heathrow airport but will have to aim for “less congested airports”.
It is also specified that only one representative per country and his/her spouse will be authorized inside Westminster Abbey. “Due to the limited space during the state funeral and related events, no other members of the family, staff or entourage of the principal guest will be able to be admitted”, indicates this note, always quoted by the AFP
The royal procession started around Saint Giles Cathedral
A military parade – bagpipes in the lead – is currently taking place near Saint Giles Cathedral.
At the same time, the Scottish Guard set up at Holyrood to frame Charles III, Camilla and the coffin to the cathedral.
Saint Giles Cathedral is already filling up
While we are still awaiting the departure of the body of Elizabeth II from Holyrood Castle, Saint-Giles Cathedral, which will house the mass for Elizabeth II in a few moments, is already filling up.
In addition to King Charles III and high dignitaries of the monarchy, the ceremony convenes the bench and backbench of Scottish society.
A minute of silence in tribute to Elizabeth II next Sunday at 8 p.m. throughout the United Kingdom
According to the spokesperson for the Prime Minister, a minute of silence will take place next Sunday across the United Kingdom at 8 p.m. (local time, or 9 p.m. in France) in tribute to the late Elizabeth II.
Religious ceremony to Saint Giles, tribute from the Scottish Parliament: the continuation of Charles III’s program this afternoon
Elizabeth II’s coffin is still within the walls of Holyrood Palace, but Beer is about to leave the royal residence, heading for the Scottish capital’s St Giles Cathedral – a mile away – where a ceremony religious will take place from 3 p.m. (4 p.m. French time). It should be noted that Charles III should accompany the coffin on foot.
After the ceremony, the Scots will be able to gather with the remains. Charles III meanwhile will receive the tributes and condolences of the local Parliament.
Charles III receives the keys to the city of Edinburgh at the Royal Palace of Holyrood
King Charles III is currently at Holyrood Palace, the official residence of British sovereigns in Edinburgh – although the Queen has throughout her life preferred to live in Balmoral during her stays in Scotland.
After he saluted the Scottish Guard, Charles II was handed the keys to the city.
The king meets the Scots
Acclaimed by the crowd on his arrival in the center of Edinburgh, King Charles III went to meet the Scots, who had come in large numbers to pay homage to the Queen.
The royal couple must then meet with Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Prime Minister.
King Charles III arrives in Edinburgh
King Charles III’s plane landed on the tarmac at Edinburgh Airport.
The body of his mother, Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral on Thursday, is currently in the Scottish capital.
King Charles is on his way to Edinburgh
The king has taken a plane to Nothholt airport which is to take him to Edinburgh in Scotland.
Charles is due to address the Scottish Parliament
As Queen Elizabeth’s coffin leaves the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh for St. Giles Cathedral on Monday afternoon, King Charles is due to go to the Scottish Parliament.
In Scotland, Ireland, and even in Wales, separatist desires are being heard. Also this period of transition, when the country welcomes a new monarch, is particularly delicate for Charles.
“I feel the weight of history”: King Charles speaks to parliamentarians
Responding to condolences from representatives of both Houses, King Charles III said “I feel the weight of history and the vital traditions of Parliament”. “Elizabeth II has shown the example, I will try to follow in her footsteps,” he continued.
The Speaker of the House of Lords pays tribute to the Queen
Lord McFall of Alcluith, Speaker of the House of Lord paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth first, followed by Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle.
“As deep as our grief is, we know yours is deeper,” he said.
Charles III in Parliament
King Charles III is expected this Monday at the British Parliament. If he has already spoken there, it was on behalf of his mother Queen Elizabeth, for the speech from the throne.
This visit to the Palace of Westminster, accompanied by Queen Consort Camilla, is therefore his first meeting with parliamentarians as king.
The king must address the parliamentarians and receive their condolences.
Charles was proclaimed king on Saturday September 10, at Saint James’s Palace in London.