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Queen Elizabeth II Death, Highlights: Queen’s coffin leaves Edinburgh for London

Queen Elizabeth II Death, Highlights: King Charles, who visited Northern Ireland today will receive the coffin in London.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: September 17, 2022 7:06:37 am
Pallbearers carry the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II outside St. Giles Cathedral, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. (AP)

Queen Elizabeth Death Highlights: Queen Elizabeth’s coffin has left Scotland for London’s Buckingham Palace. The coffin was at Edinburgh’s cathedral for 24 hours, where the public paid tributes to the late queen.  King Charles, who visited Northern Ireland today will receive the coffin in London.

Meanwhile, King Charles III on Tuesday reaffirmed his vow to follow the “shining example” set by his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in a speech at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland during his state mourning tour of all parts of the United Kingdom. The 73-year-old monarch went on a brief walkabout in Hillsborough shortly after landing in Belfast for what is the first visit to the devolved nation by a British King in nearly 80 years.

In his first official since Queen Elizabeth’s death, her grandson Prince Harry hailed her as a “guiding compass” and praised her “unwavering grace and dignity. The personal statement, posted Monday on Harry and his wife Meghan’s Archwell website, said he cherished their times together “from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved greatgrandchildren.”

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21:22 (IST)13 Sep 2022
Queen's coffin leaves Edinburgh cathedral for London

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was carried out of St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh on Tuesday to begin her final journey through Scotland to a Royal Air Force plane that will carry her back to London.

A bagpiper played as the flag-draped coffin was carried out of the cathedral and crowds again lined the Royal Mile through the historic heart of Edinburgh to watch as the coffin, accompanied by the queen's daughter, Princess Anne, was driven away.

Crowds again lined the Royal Mile through the historic heart of Edinburgh as the coffin, accompanied by the queen's daughter, Princess Anne, was driven away. (AP)

20:59 (IST)13 Sep 2022
King Charles III's plane leaves Belfast as he returns to London to receive his mother's coffin

King Charles III, who visited Northern Ireland today, has left the nation for London to receive his mother's coffin. (AP)

19:53 (IST)13 Sep 2022
London flight, hotel fares surge ahead of Queen's funeral

Hotel prices in London and airfares to the British capital are soaring as hundreds of thousands of people flock there ahead of Queen Elizabeth's funeral on Monday, potentially providing some respite to the city's tourism business amid economic woes.

The death of the queen, 96, on Sept. 8 ended a 70-year run on the throne that made her Britain's longest-reigning monarch and one of the world's most recognisable faces as the only British monarch most living people have ever known.

Since the announcement of her death, the average rate for a hotel in London increased to $384 per night from $244 per night, according to Hayley Berg, lead economist at travel startup Hopper. (AP)

19:37 (IST)13 Sep 2022
Arrests of UK anti-royal protesters spur free-speech debate

In a country famed for irreverence, some worry a new code of silence has taken hold.

Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a handful of people in Britain have been detained by police for expressing - often bluntly - anti-monarchy views.

A woman in Edinburgh holding a sign reading "F-- imperialism, abolish the monarchy" was charged with a breach of the peace. A man faced the same charge after he heckled Prince Andrew as the queen's hearse travelled through the Scottish capital.

In Oxford, peace activist Symon Hill was put in handcuffs after he shouted his opposition during a ceremonial proclamation of the new king. (AP)

18:28 (IST)13 Sep 2022
King Charles vows to seek welfare of Northern Ireland inhabitants

Britain's King Charles said on Tuesday he would seek the welfare of the people of Northern Ireland, taking up the example of his mother late Queen Elizabeth.

"I take up my new duties resolved to seek the welfare of all the inhabitants of Northern Ireland," Charles said, recalling the "shining example" set by his mother.

"At the very beginning of her life of service, The Queen made a pledge to dedicate herself to her country and her people and to maintain the principles of constitutional government. This promise she kept with steadfast faith."  (Reuters)

17:37 (IST)13 Sep 2022
King Charles arrives in Belfast, greets crowd

King Charles III landed in Northern Ireland on Tuesday on the latest leg of his tour of the four parts of the United Kingdom, where crowds of well-wishers gathered to greet him in a region with a deeply contested British and Irish identity divided over the British monarchy. (AP)

Britain's King Charles and Queen Camilla greet people as they arrive at Hillsborough Castle, following the death of Queen Elizabeth, at Royal Hillsborough, Northern Ireland, September 13, 2022. (Reuters)
17:20 (IST)13 Sep 2022
500 foreign VIPs expected at queen's funeral

British officials say some 500 foreign dignitaries will attend Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral, but invitations have not been sent to the leaders of Russia, Belarus or Myanmar.

Officials said the funeral next Monday, to be held at London's Westminster Abbey, will be the biggest international event Britain has hosted in decades.

US President Joe Biden was among the first to announce that he would be flying in with his wife, Jill Biden. The leaders of most Commonwealth countries, including Australia, New Zealand and Canada, are also expected to attend.

France's Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italy's Sergio Mattarella, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro are among the presidents attending.

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, as well as former Spanish monarch Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, are also due to travel to London for the occasion. (AP)

16:36 (IST)13 Sep 2022
In Pics: Massive queues form as Queen's coffin to travel from Edinburgh to London

People queue to see the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies at rest at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022.  (AP Photo)
People queue at King George IV bridge, following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, September 13, 2022.  (REUTERS)
Police snipers keep guard near Holyrood Palace, following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, September 13, 2022. (REUTERS)

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16:27 (IST)13 Sep 2022
King Charles heads to N.Ireland

King Charles heads to Northern Ireland on Tuesday, leading the mourning for Queen Elizabeth in the four parts of the United Kingdom before his mother's coffin is flown to London ahead of four days of lying in state.

After a silent vigil attended by Charles, his sister Anne and brothers Andrew and Edward at St Giles' Cathedral in the Scottish capital Edinburgh on Monday, people queued overnight to file past the queen's coffin, some with sleeping children.

Charles, 73, is travelling to the four parts of the United Kingdom before the queen's funeral on Sept. 19. In Northern Ireland, people started to line the streets at Hillsborough Castle, the monarch's official residence, ahead of his visit. (Reuters)

15:23 (IST)13 Sep 2022
Russia, Myanmar not invited to Queen Elizabeth's funeral

Britain has not invited representatives from Russia, Belarus and Myanmar to attend Queen Elizabeth's state funeral due to be held next Monday, a Whitehall source said on Tuesday.

Britain, along with its Western allies, has sought to isolate Russia and its ally Belarus on the world stage with economic sanctions and other measures in response to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

Myanmar and its military have also been the subject of British sanctions as London steps up support for the Southeast Asian country's Rohingya community. (Reuters)

15:01 (IST)13 Sep 2022
Queen Elizabeth’s coffin to be flown to London

Queen Elizabeth’s coffin will be flown to London on Tuesday at the end of 24 hours of lying at rest in Edinburgh’s historic cathedral, where her son King Charles and his three siblings held a silent vigil.

Britain's King Charles III, center, and other members of the royal family hold a vigil at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland, Sept 12, 2022. (AP)

Charles was joined by his sister Anne and brothers Andrew and Edward for the 10-minute vigil on Monday at St Giles’ Cathedral, where they stood, heads bowed, at the four sides of the coffin while members of the public filed past to pay their respects.

While a bagpipe lament had been the only sound as kilted soldiers bore the casket earlier in the day, the four royals left the vigil in darkness to the sound of applause from mourners lining the street. (Read more)

15:00 (IST)13 Sep 2022
King Charles inherits untold riches and passes off his own empire

King Charles III built his own empire long before he inherited his mother’s.

Charles, who formally acceded to the British throne Saturday, spent half a century turning his royal estate into a billion-dollar portfolio and one of the most lucrative moneymakers in the royal family business.

While his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, largely delegated responsibility for her portfolio, Charles was far more deeply involved in developing the private estate known as the Duchy of Cornwall. Over the past decade, he has assembled a large team of professional managers who increased his portfolio’s value and profits by about 50%. (Read more)

22:29 (IST)12 Sep 2022
Scottish service hails queen as 'constant in all our lives'

As Queen Elizabeth II's four children walked silently behind, a hearse carried her flag-draped coffin along a crowd-lined street in the Scottish capital Monday to a cathedral, where a service of thanksgiving hailed the late monarch as a “constant in all of our lives for over 70 years.”

Four days after the 96-year-old queen died at her beloved Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands, a military bagpiper played as her oak coffin, draped in the red-and-yellow Royal Standard of Scotland, was borne from the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh under late-summer sunshine.

King Charles III, dressed in army uniform, and Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward walked behind as the hearse traveled to St. Giles’ Cathedral, flanked by a bearer party of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and a detachment of the Royal Company of Archers, the king's ceremonial bodyguard in Scotland. (AP)

21:47 (IST)12 Sep 2022
Long wait as line forms to view queen's coffin

A line has already started forming to view Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin when she lies in state in London, even though that won’t start till Wednesday evening.Security staff are preparing for millions of people to pay their respects to the late monarch, whose coffin will be in London’s Westminster Hall until her state funeral on September 19.

Crowds gather to watch the procession of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles' Cathedral, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, September 12, 2022. (Lesley Martin/Pool via REUTERS)

The line is expected to stretch from Parliament along the bank of the River Thames.Officials have advised commuters in the city to change their working patterns because London is expected to be extremely busy in coming days. (Reuters)

21:15 (IST)12 Sep 2022
White House: Invite for queen's funeral was for Bidens only

The royal invitation sent to the White House to attend Queen Elizabeth's funeral was for President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden only, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Monday. Her statement suggested Biden would not be assembling a U.S. delegation to attend the Sept. 19 funeral in London. He is to depart for London on Saturday. (Reuters)

20:43 (IST)12 Sep 2022
Loss of unifying queen could fray the bonds of fractious

Queen Elizabeth II has been likened to the invisible glue holding the United Kingdom together. Some think the reign of King Charles III will see those bonds come unstuck, giving new momentum to Scotland's push for independence. But the fact the queen died last week at her beloved Highland retreat, Balmoral Castle, has made Scotland the focus of commemorations watched around the globe in the first days after her death.

That has served as a reminder of the monarchy's deep ties to Scotland — and could provide a boost for the union. Scottish historian Tom Devine said because by “extraordinary serendipity” the queen died in Scotland, “it was possible for the world to see the relationship between the queen and this country.” “It was a fitting end to a life of service and a life of concern for the four nations — not simply one nation — of the UK,” he said. (AP)

20:04 (IST)12 Sep 2022
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19:35 (IST)12 Sep 2022
King Charles III and his siblings escort queen's coffin

King Charles III and his three siblings marched behind their mother’s coffin Monday in a solemn procession along the Royal Mile in the historic heart of the Scottish capital of Edinburgh.

A military bagpiper played the national anthem as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the royal standard, was carried from the Palace of Holyroodhouse and placed in a hearse. The king, dressed in an army uniform, and Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward walked behind as the hearse rolled to St. Giles’ Cathedral.

The hearse was flanked by a bearer party of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and a detachment of The King’s Body Guard in Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers. The coffin will remain at the cathedral until Tuesday so members of the public can pay their respectEarlier, Charles and his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, were driven from the airport to the palace, where the coffin lay overnight in the Throne Room. (AP)

19:03 (IST)12 Sep 2022
Watch: King Charles’ reply to the addresses of condolence at Westminster Hall
17:59 (IST)12 Sep 2022
King Charles III arrives in Edinburgh for queen coffin procession

King Charles arrived in Edinburgh on Monday to accompany his late mother’s coffin on an emotion-charged procession through the historic heart of the Scottish capital to a cathedral where it will lie for 24 hours to allow the public to pay their last respects.

Charles and his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, were driven from the airport to the royal family's official residence in Edinburgh, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where Queen Elizabeth II's coffin lay overnight in the Throne Room. On their way, they passed large crowds of people who were packed behind metal barriers along the Royal Mile, the road between Holyroodhouse and St. Giles' Cathedral.

Onlookers clapped and waved as the king's limousine passed.Charles and Camilla got out of their car at Holyroodhouse and greeted people, and looked at floral tributes before a gun salute boomed from Edinburgh Castle. Earlier, in London, Charles received condolences at Parliament and told lawmakers he would follow his late mother’s example of “selfless duty.” Earlier, Elizabeth II's grandson, Prince Harry, hailed her as a “guiding compass” and praised her “unwavering grace and dignity.

"The government, meanwhile, announced that the nation will observe a minute of silence on Sunday, the evening before the queen's funeral. The “moment of reflection” will take place at 8 p.m. (1900 GMT). People were encouraged to mark the silence at home or at community events. (AP)

elizabethQueen Elizabeth II of Britain laying a wreath at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat on November 18, 1983. (Express archive photo)

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch passed away at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday (September 8). While the plan of action following her death was carefully laid out, there is uncertainty over the fate of her cherished dogs: the famous corgis.

An enduring symbol of her legacy, the corgi breed has come to be associated with Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year-long reign. She had a lifelong love for her pet corgis, who accompanied her during vacations and official events in Buckingham Palace, her honeymoon, and even featured in her official photos and portraits. Fed gourmet meals of rabbit, steak and vegetables made by royal chefs, the corgis were even given their own stockings on Christmas by the Queen, filled with toys and doggy treats.

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If the British monarchy has survived into the 21st century, that has a lot to do with the manner in which Queen Elizabeth II carried the crown. It was a manner singularly free of the turbulence that surrounded the late Queen’s seven decades on the throne. The basic reason is that from her tutor at Eton who groomed her to become the symbol of her nation, she learned well the distinction that the 19th century British political scientist, Walter Bagehot, had drawn between a British monarch’s “dignified” and “efficient” duties. Had she deviated from that distinction and allowed the crown to get caught in a swirl of controversy, it is doubtful that King Charles III would so smoothly be stepping into the succession.

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First published on: 11-09-2022 at 07:45:27 am
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