King Charles III and his siblings escort Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin via Edinburgh
The United Kingdom continued its official interval of mourning Monday, precisely one week earlier than the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
King Charles III in Parliament
First, the 2 homes of the British Parliament got here collectively in London’s Westminster Hall for members to specific their condolences on to the brand new monarch, King Charles III, and his spouse Camilla, the queen consort, on their private loss.
“Parliament is the dwelling and respiration instrument of our democracy,” the king instructed the gathered politicians. “While very younger, her late majesty pledged herself to serve her nation and her individuals and to take care of the valuable rules of constitutional authorities which lie on the coronary heart of our nation. This vow she saved with unsurpassed devotion. She set an instance of selfless responsibility which, with God’s assist and your counsels, I’m resolved faithfully to comply with.”
Travel to Edinburgh
King Charles and Camilla then left London to fly to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, the place the queen’s coffin arrived yesterday after a protracted journey by automotive from her highland property in Balmoral.
There, Charles was given the ceremonial keys to town on the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the royal palace in Edinburgh.
Procession alongside Royal Mile
Queen Elizabeth’s coffin processed down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, a thoroughfare via the outdated metropolis, to St. Giles’ Cathedral. King Charles adopted on foot, alongside along with his three siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew.
The royal siblings have been all sporting navy uniforms, other than Prince Andrew. Only working members of the royal household have been allowed to course of in uniform, and Andrew stepped again from public life after a scandal involving his connection to convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Along the route, 1000’s gathered to see the royal household and say goodbye to the queen. Cannons fired from Edinburgh Castle at one-minute intervals.
A service then happened at St. Giles’ Cathedral to rejoice Queen Elizabeth’s life and her connection to Scotland. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and U.Okay. Prime Minister Liz Truss each attended the service.
Lying in state
The queen’s coffin will lie in relaxation in St. Giles’ Cathedral for twenty-four hours, providing members of the general public their first alternative to go to and pay their respects in particular person.
After one other movement of condolence is made by the Scottish Parliament, Queen Elizabeth’s youngsters, together with the king, will maintain a vigil round her coffin Monday afternoon.