King Charles and his siblings hold a silent vigil on the side of their mother Queen Elizabeth’s coffin as it rests in Edinburgh’s historic cathedral to honor Britain’s longest-serving monarch Thousands queued up.
With their heads bowed, Charles, with sister Princess Anne and brothers Princes Andrew and Edward, stood solemnly for 10 minutes next to the oak coffin, wearing a cloak, with the Royal Standard of Scotland garland of white flowers and the Crown was wrapped with. Scotland.
They came out of the city’s St. Giles Cathedral to applause from the audience.
The coffin was first brought from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the monarch’s official residence in Scotland, in a procession, mostly watched in silence by a large, mourning crowd, with Charles and other royal family members slowly following the chariot .
The mourners, some weeping, and others bowed or bowed, slowly walked past the coffin after waiting patiently for hours to be allowed into the cathedral.
“We were very upset. It was very emotional. It all brought home,” said 70-year-old Michael Hensworth, a retired music teacher who was comforting his crying wife and entering the cathedral to see the coffin. He was one of the first people. ,
“It’s hard to put into words. You don’t think it will hit you, but then it does,” said Heinsworth, who had been in the queue for seven hours.
Queen Elizabeth died on Thursday at her holiday home in Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands at the age of 96 after a 70-year reign, plunging Britain into mourning despite facing an economic crisis and a change in government.
His coffin arrived from Balmoral on Sunday and stood overnight at Holyroodhouse.
A bagpipe lament was the only sound as soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland bore the coffin from the castle and placed it in hares for the short visit to the cathedral.
A gun salute was fired from a battery at Edinburgh Castle when the chariot stopped and one round was fired every minute of the procession. Beyond that, there was only silence – except for a brief outcry from a heckler aimed at Prince Andrew.
Under a sunny sky, 73-year-old Charles, who automatically became king upon his mother’s death, and his siblings slowly followed the chariot while the Royal Company of Archers provided a guard of honour.
Tina Richardson, 63, a retiree from Dunbar, stood on the centuries-old Royal Mile next to the cathedral. She said her middle name was Elizabeth, after the late queen.
“There will be no one like him,” she told Reuters. “She was such a beautiful woman who gave so much to all of us. She dedicated her entire life to the country. She was there in good times and bad, especially during COVID. She united everyone.”
An art maker, 52-year-old Ellie Merton, who traveled through the Scottish frontier, said: “We had pipers, horses and archers. There was a sense of being around a Scottish community during our last journey.”
In a packed timetable for the new monarch, Charles went to the devolved Scottish Assembly after the service to hear a motion of condolence. He started the day in London when he addressed members of the British Parliament at Westminster Hall.
He called Parliament “the living and breathing instrument of our democracy” and resolved to follow the example of his late mother in maintaining her independence.
With all the celebrations for the death of the Queen and the accession of Charles to the throne, there was much excitement.
He arrived at Westminster Hall with trumpet fanfare with his wife Camilla, Queen Consort. The royal couple sat in ceremonial chairs, accompanied by mounted soldiers in red tunics and plumed helmets lined up for attention behind.
He told members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, “He set an example of selfless duty which, in God’s and your consultation, I am determined to faithfully abide by.”
The gathering then sang “God Save the King”.
Charles, now King of the United Kingdom and 14 other territories including Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, is known for expressing his views on matters ranging from the environment to youth issues.
He suggests that as king, he would moderate his style in keeping with the tradition that the emperor stays out of political affairs.
On Tuesday, the coffin will be taken to London, where on Wednesday, on a cathedral at Westminster Hall – the day of Elizabeth’s state funeral – 19 September – will begin a period of laying in the state.
In London, members of the public will be allowed to process the back of the coffin, which will be covered by the Royal Standard, over which the sovereign’s orb and scepter will be placed, until 6.30am (0530 GMT) on 19 September Will be for 24 hours. ,
The government said those wishing to do so should queue up for several hours and possibly overnight due to the large number of people expected.
Britain had last seen such a display of public mourning in 1997 after the death of Charles’ first wife, Princess Diana, in a Paris car accident.
In his first public remarks since the Queen’s death, Prince Harry – Diana’s son – paid an emotional tribute to his “nanny” on Monday, saying she will be greatly missed not only by the family, but around the world.
“We also smile to know that you and Grandpa are now reunited, and the two are at peace together,” Harry said, referencing Elizabeth’s husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, who died last year. Went.