Focus shifts to the Queen’s funeral as world leaders arrive, scaffolding erects, and rehearsals begin | UK news

Hundreds of soldiers took part in early morning rehearsals in Windsor as preparations continued for the Queen’s funeral.

The exercises took place in Westminster Abbey and Windsor as world leaders began arriving in London.

Marching bands were seen playing music, and the Grenadier Guards were seen rehearsing in the early hours in Windsor.

After a Monday service at Westminster Abbey, the late King’s casket will be carried from London to the town of Berkshire at State House before traveling in procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle via Long Walk.

As the state continues to lie in Westminster Hall, the line of mourners waiting to see the King’s coffin is now expected to take about 24 hours from back to front.

The Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports has long been warning people against traveling to join it — and check back later on Saturday for updates on waiting times.

Representatives from Commonwealth countries were invited to pay their respects, and Heads of state from all over the world arrive all weekendWhether to attend the Queen’s funeral or to sign the condolence book.

while, King Charles He will meet with Chiefs of Staff at Buckingham Palace before visiting Police Headquarters, where he will thank representatives of all emergency services involved in planning and delivering events during the mourning period.

It will also come with Queen consorta lunch for the Rulers General – the people who represent the king in the outer realms – at the palace.

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The Queen’s children stand awake one last time before honoring her grandchildren

Also on Saturday, the Queen’s grandchildren will take part in a vigil around her coffin.

The Prince of Wales will stand at the head of the Duke of Sussex at the foot.

William will be surrounded by cousins ​​Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips – children of the Princess Royal – while Harry will be with the Duke of York’s daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall leave after attending the National Thanksgiving Service at St Paul's Cathedral during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London, Britain, June 3, 2022. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Peter Phillips (left) and Zara Tindall and husband Mike Tindall (second left) during the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations

The Earl of WessexThe children of Lady Louise and Viscount Severn will stand near the middle.

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Forecasters say the sun is expected to shine on those waiting in the queue and those already securing the best locations for the funeral procession. After a cool start, Saturday should see long periods of sunshine with maximum temperatures of 17°C (62°F).

It was revealed on the London to Windsor road where thousands could see the Queen’s coffin on the day of the funeral

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Queen Elizabeth's funeral rehearsals take place on Monday sometime before dawn at Windsor Castle
Rehearsals take place in pre-dawn light on the grounds of Windsor Castle before the state funeral on Monday

The arrangements for the Queen’s death, codenamed Operation London Bridge, were carefully studied over the years, with the Queen herself supervising and approving every detail before her death.

However, the exact details were kept confidential until the seated monarch, King Charles III, gave them his final seal of approval.

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What is a state funeral?

A funeral was held on Monday at Westminster Abbey, one of London’s most famous landmarks and near the Palace of Westminster.

It has been the setting for every coronation since 1066, and it was where then-Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip in 1947.

Watch and follow the Queen's funeral on TV, web and apps on Mondays from 9am
Watch and follow the Queen’s funeral on TV, web and apps on Mondays from 9am