Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren party around the coffin in Westminster Hall – The Irish Times

On Saturday evening, the Queen’s eight grandchildren held a vigil around their grandmother’s coffin before the last day of lying in state.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, joined his brother William, Prince of Wales, in uniform around the coffin in Westminster Hall.

Prince Harry, who served two terms of service in Afghanistan, was previously denied the opportunity to wear his military uniform on public mourning duties as he is no longer a member of the royal family.

Separately, British Prime Minister Liz Truss’s meeting with US President Joe Biden on Sunday has been cancelled.

Number 10 said they would instead attend a “full bilateral meeting” at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

Truss will still meet Taoiseach Michael Martin, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Polish President Andrzej Duda in Downing Street on Sunday.

Meanwhile, people flocked to central London to join a queue to advance in front of Queen Elizabeth’s coffin on Saturday despite the government’s warning to stay home to avoid queuing for hours to see the late king lying in state.

Already tens of thousands of people marched in front of the coffin in a steady, majestic flow, queuing for hours in the dark and cold to pay their respects to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

By mid-morning, the Department of Culture said the wait time was 16 hours to get to Westminster Hall.

Earlier, the ministry said it would temporarily stop entry to the waiting list if demand became too high, adding at 1 am “please do not travel”.

On Saturday, mourners were greeted in line by the King and Prince of Wales as the Queen lay alone.

Hundreds of people queuing in Lambeth in south London cheered and applauded as King Charles and Prince William appeared on Saturday afternoon, before the two thanked those waiting to pay their respects to the late king at Westminster Hall.

Separately, leaders from around the world including Biden are traveling to London ahead of Monday’s funeral.

Ms. Truss spoke, Saturday, with the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who expressed his condolences on the death of the Queen, her office said.

She was expected to hold a phone call with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, on Saturday evening.

The Prime Minister also met her counterparts from Australia and New Zealand.

Ms Truss spoke with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Government House in Chevening on Saturday.

The meetings were framed by No 10 as conversations, not formal bilateral sessions, with politics likely.

On a Friday night in Westminster Hall, a man was arrested after being pulled out of a queue to approach the Queen’s coffin. The police said the accident occurred at around 10 pm, as the live broadcast from inside the hall was briefly interrupted.

2,000 people will gather at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday for the Queen’s funeral.

About 800 people, including members of the Queen’s family and Royal Windsor staff, will attend a referral service next at 4pm at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

After the funeral, the King and members of the royal family will walk behind the Queen’s coffin to Wellington Arch when it leaves Westminster Abbey, before it is taken to Windsor for the state funeral. – agencies