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The doors of Westminster Abbey are now open. Heads of state, foreign royalty, governors-general and prime ministers gradually gather at the Royal Hospital Chelsea before being taken to Westminster Abbey. The streets are packed with guests looking to catch a glimpse of the funeral procession – some of whom have been camping out on the streets since last Friday.
+++ 09:19 Trudeau against abolition of the monarchy in Canada +++
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks out against the abolition of the monarchy in his country. The system of parliamentary monarchy offers “extraordinary stability,” Trudeau told BBC Radio 4. “We have an extraordinary governor general who embodies the best of Canadians, and we have a crown that sometimes oversees what’s going on from a comfortable distance.” happens.” The system is well balanced and serves the Canadians very well. The British monarch is also the head of state of Canada, which was once part of the United Kingdom. More than half of the residents recently indicated in surveys that they wanted to change the form of government.
+++ 09:06 rush for the queen’s favorite cocktail +++
The Dubonnet and Gin cocktail was known as the favorite drink of Queen Elizabeth II and her mother, the Queen Mother, who died in 2002. Because so many people in Australia want to toast them with the drink, supermarket chains can hardly keep up with the stocks on the shelves. According to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, the main ingredient – the French aperitif Dubonnet Rouge – has been partially sold out at major liquor chains in recent days. On the occasion of the state funeral, another rush for the vermouth-like drink is expected today.
+++ 08:53 Last mourners at the coffin: “Highlight of my life” +++
Just before the end of Queen Elizabeth II’s public construction, Christina Heerey is the last mourner to say goodbye to the late Queen. TV footage shows Heerey bowing to the closed coffin in Westminster Hall early this morning. “I was the last person to pay my respects to the Queen and it felt like a real privilege to do so,” the British Air Force member said afterwards. “It’s one of the highlights of my life and I’m honored to be here.”
+++ 08:41 disruption in the train connection to Windsor +++
Hours before Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in Windsor, trains in the area are disrupted. Links between Paddington and Slough station, west of London, were blocked Monday morning due to damage to the overhead wires, a DPA reporter at the scene reported. The condition is likely to affect many mourners. Slough is near Windsor. According to the British news agency PA, the route from the airport to central London is also affected.
+++ 08:33 German flags at half mast +++
Flags fly at half mast in Germany for today’s state funeral. SPD Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser has ordered mourning flags for all federal authorities, her ministry announced on Twitter. The tweet was accidentally tagged with the hashtag #RestInPeace (rest in peace). In several states, interior ministers have also ordered funeral flags to be hung in front of state buildings, as well as several city governments.
+++ 08:22 Up to four billion viewers expected +++
It is estimated that up to four billion people worldwide could watch Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on television. According to the British “Guardian”, a million people are expected to travel to London for the state funeral and experience the procession live. Countless dignitaries and heads of state have already arrived in the English capital.
+++ 08:10 cinemas show state funeral – but without popcorn +++
Several British cinema chains are broadcasting the Queen’s state funeral for free in their cinemas. Viewers receive a bottle of water from the operator Vue Cinemas, but according to the Sky News broadcaster, they have to do without popcorn, snacks and other drinks. All other broadcasts are canceled out of respect for the Queen. The cinema chains Curzon and Arc also want to show the funeral. Other companies such as Cineworld, Odeon and Showcase will close their halls during the state funeral.
+++ 07:56 Westminster Hall is closed to the public +++
Westminster Hall, which houses Queen Elizabeth II’s casket, is now closed to the public. During the night and into the early morning, many people flocked to the oldest building in the British Parliament to pay their last respects to the Queen. However, on Sunday evening, the queue was already closed for newcomers. Many who were not admitted after a long wait are disappointed. According to media reports, some are in tears.
+++ 07:53 Several medical emergencies in the queue +++
Due to long waiting times and cool temperatures in London, nearly 100 people needed medical attention overnight. Nine of them have been taken to hospital, the PA news agency reported.
+++ 07:42 George and Charlotte attend the funeral service +++
If her great-grandmother is buried today, two of the youngest royals will be there. As the “Daily Mail” announces, nine-year-old Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who is two years younger, will attend the funeral. The two travel in a car with Mother Princess Kate and Queen Consort Camilla to Westminster Abbey, where the funeral service will be held. Prince William and Kate’s youngest son, four-year-old Louis, is not included.
+++ 07:35 Comedian Guido Cantz is amazingly “touched” +++
Guido Cantz also mourns Queen Elizabeth II. “I didn’t think it would affect me so much,” the TV entertainer and comedian admits to the German news agency in Cologne. “The news of his passing was very sad and I have been following it in all media ever since.” Now he is looking forward to the lavish and certainly just as sad as it is impressive state funeral. “I think I’m getting a lump in my throat again. Although she wasn’t my queen, she wasn’t our queen here in Germany, it’s been a constant in my life, a woman who has accompanied me since I was born. And now this journey is over.”
+++ 07:25 The queen’s corgis are not welcome +++
Queen Elizabeth II was known for her love of corgis. But the dogs cannot attend their mistress’s state funeral. “Unfortunately, the answer is no,” says Sky News. Even the formal nature of the event excludes the animals. Plus, Westminster Abbey’s rules forbid you to take them with you – “no dogs,” it says in the famous London church. “Dogs are not even allowed to walk around the abbey grounds,” emphasizes the broadcaster. Most recently, the Queen owned two corgis, Muick and Sandy. They are now being cared for by their second son Prince Andrew, his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
+++ 07:12 Time to say goodbye is almost over +++
The four-day coffin set-up, with an opportunity for the public to say goodbye, ends at 7:30 a.m. (CEST). “The Queue” was already closed at midnight. According to the British Ministry of Culture, people are no longer allowed. Many thousands of people have queued for miles in recent days to pay their last respects to Elizabeth II. Most recently, the wait time was eight hours; the line stretched as far as Tower Bridge. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender also said their goodbyes at the coffin.
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+++ 07:01 Charles III. is “deeply touched” +++
British King Charles III. is deeply moved by the deepest condolences on the passing of his mother: “Over the past ten days, my wife and I have been deeply touched by the many messages of sympathy and support we have received from this country and the world.” Before bidding farewell to the Queen, he wished the “countless people who support and comfort to my family and me at this time of sorrow”.
+++ 06:49 Palace shares unknown queen photo +++
Just before the state funeral, Buckingham Palace brings a previously unpublished photo of the late monarch. In the photo she is smiling happily in a light blue dress and with her pearl jewelry. She also wears aquamarine and diamond brooches from her father George VI. gave her for her 18th birthday in April 1944. According to British media reports, the photo was taken in May, shortly before the Queen’s platinum anniversary at Windsor Castle, by Ranald Mackechnie, who also photographed the official anniversary portrait.
+++ 06:37 The queen’s coffin has been ready for decades +++
According to a report, the Queen’s coffin was made more than three decades ago. According to The Times, it was made from English oak at least 32 years ago. This wood is used less and less these days, most wooden boxes are made of American oak. According to royal tradition, the coffin is lined with lead. This helps preserve the body longer after being buried in a crypt. The lead must seal the box airtight so that no moisture can penetrate. However, the metal makes the box considerably heavier. Eight porters are needed for him.
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+++ 06:23 London Fashion Week Limited Program +++
London Fashion Week is severely limiting its schedule due to national mourning for the Queen. A statement said they wanted to show respect for the Queen as an industry and honor her legacy to the creative industry. Therefore, all scheduled shows are canceled today. All London Fashion Week parties and events will be on a smaller scale or at a different time.
+++ 06:15 Prominent visitors from all over the world expected +++
According to media reports, approximately 2,000 guests are expected to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, including U.S. President Joe Biden, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and many other crowned heads, heads of state and government from around the world. world. world. They were reportedly asked to arrive on a scheduled flight. According to Buckingham Palace, there will also be representatives of the Commonwealth countries and holders of various orders. “This is the largest international event we have organized in decades,” The Telegraph newspaper quoted a government source as saying. The logistical task is comparable to organizing hundreds of state visits within a few days. The newspaper spoke of “one of the greatest diplomatic moments of the century”.
+++ 6:00 AM Funeral starts at 12:00 PM (CEST) +++
Today it is time to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II. The British monarch’s coffin is transferred from Parliament to nearby Westminster Abbey, where the funeral service begins at 12 noon. In the evening she finds her final resting place in Windsor Castle.
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