“An event of the century”: Steinmeier offers his condolences to King Charles

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“An Event of the Century”
Steinmeier offers his condolences to King Charles

Like many heads of state around the world, President King Charles expressed his condolences. Steinmeier praises the Queen’s state funeral as an “event of the century”. The queue to say goodbye has now closed, the program for the funeral service is fixed.

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier presented British King Charles III at a reception at London’s Buckingham Palace. condolences. Steinmeier conveyed the condolences of the Germans to the king, the spokeswoman for the federal president, Cerstin Gammelin, said on Twitter in the evening. She also published a photo showing the king and the federal president.

Steinmeier had previously pointed out the uniqueness of the state funeral for the late Queen Elizabeth II in London on Monday in the ZDF “heute-journal”. The state funeral was an “event of the century,” he said, recognizing the queen’s authority, which she had achieved “by her consistency, her experience.” A 70-year reign will hardly be possible anymore, said the Federal President. “You can’t imitate that,” he said when asked about the Queen’s role model. “But it shows that the Queen has found ways and means of influencing the population, to give assurances that this country has a future despite all the problems,” Steinmeier said, referring to Britain. This is also the task of a German Federal President.

Steinmeier understood that numerous state guests traveling to London for the funeral service were being driven through London in buses. “I don’t blame this at all,” he said. The state funeral was “a huge organizational task” that the British “solved in an excellent way”. The Federal President, who attends the funeral ceremonies in London with his wife Elke Büdenbender, emphasized that there was also an opportunity to talk to many other state guests. However, with a view to the war in Ukraine, the Federal President warned against too high expectations: “We should not expect that such meetings on the sidelines of funeral services will give rise to new initiatives, for example for peace solutions, or that ideas suddenly grow about how the war will end. in Ukraine.”

Kilometer line closed

London’s “The Queue” queue to bid farewell to the Queen’s coffin has now closed. As the British Ministry of Culture announced around 10:40 p.m. local time on Sunday evening, no more people were allowed in. Many thousands of people have queued for miles in recent days to pay their last respects to Elizabeth II.

The doors of Parliament’s Westminster Hall, where the monarch had been deployed since Wednesday evening, were set to close Monday morning. Most recently, the wait time was eight hours; the line stretched as far as Tower Bridge. Meanwhile, people have been queuing for more than 20 hours to see their queen’s coffin. Even celebrities like the former English footballer David Beckham lined up, also known as the “Elizabeth Line” – after the metro line of the same name.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend memorial service

Prince George (9) and Princess Charlotte (7) attend the funeral service for their great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II next Monday. This is evident from the program of the service at Westminster Abbey, which was published in the evening. For example, the two older children of Prince William and Princess Kate (40) join the procession behind the coffin in the church. About 2,000 guests, including heads of state and government and crowned heads from around the world, are expected to attend the funeral service as part of the state funeral.

On the eve of the state funeral, King Charles III thanked him for the great sympathy after the death of his mother. “My wife and I are deeply moved by the many condolences and support we have received from across the country and the world over the past ten days,” the monarch said in a statement from Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening. “As we all prepare for the final goodbyes, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the countless people who have been such support and comfort to my family and me at this time of grief,” the King said.

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