Millions want to say goodbye: guard collapses on queen’s coffin

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Millions want to say goodbye
Guard collapses on queen’s coffin

Anyone wishing to pay their last respects to the late Queen needs a lot of patience. A mile-long queue stretches through central London to Westminster Hall, where Elizabeth II is laid out. An incident on camera shocks the mourners.

Crowds of compatriots of the late Queen Elizabeth II bid farewell to their old head of state in London’s parliament. Westminster Hall, where the monarch lies in state, has been open to the public since early Wednesday evening. From the start there was a queue of about four kilometers through the center of the British capital. Wait times of up to 30 hours are expected for the next few days. According to some estimates, there are up to two million visitors who want to pay their respects to the Queen.

Several soldiers of royal regiments watch on the corners of the coffin. They should be replaced every six hours. Standing for a long time was clearly too much for one of the guards: He stood on a small platform in front of the coffin on Thursday night, then suddenly fell over during a changing of the guard and slammed his face to the ground. Bystanders rushed to the rescue and rolled him onto his back. Several waiting people who wanted to say goodbye to the queen clapped their hands in shock in front of their faces. Initially, nothing was known about the health of the security guard.

The incident was broadcast live on the internet due to the BBC broadcast. The flow then switched to an exterior view and back to Westminster Hall only some time later. There, as before, people could be seen walking in two rows along the coffin, some stopping and bowing. Some were visibly moved.

Given the long wait, hundreds of helpers, police officers and paramedics are on hand. The queen’s body should remain fit until next Monday morning (7:30 a.m. CEST). He will then be transferred to Westminster Abbey, where the funeral service will be held at 12 noon. This is followed by the state funeral, attended by hundreds of heads of state and government, members of royal families and other dignitaries.

Japanese Imperial Couple Come to the Funeral

It is considered a particularly great honor that Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will travel from Japan – representatives of the oldest hereditary monarchy in the world traditionally do not attend funerals, either in Japan or abroad. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have also been announced.

The Queen’s coffin was carried in a solemn procession from Buckingham Palace to Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, accompanied by her immediate family. Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday at the age of 96 at her Scottish estate Balmoral Castle. Her coffin was taken to the Scottish capital Edinburgh on Sunday and to London on Tuesday evening.

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