Sons Isabel IIAt the helm King Charles iiiThey saw their mother’s coffin in Westminster Hall on Friday, with many Britons willing to wait in line for more than 20 hours. 73-year-old Carlos III and his brothers Ana, 72, Andrés, 62, and Eduardo, 58, entered the majestic hall, the oldest part of the British Parliament, with serious faces as they walked in deathly silence towards the coffin.
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They ceremoniously ascended three of the four red steps on which the catapult stood and They were placed on all four sides, with their heads bowed with their backs to the coffin.
They remained there for 12 minutes before the attentive gaze of the English marched in front of the Queen’s remains. To bid his last farewell. Then they left the room with the same dignity.
Known as the “Rising of the Princes,” the tradition dates back to 1936, when George V’s four sons stood guard unannounced around his coffin.
Carlos and his brothers have already seen the coffin in Scotland on MondayThe monarch died aged 96 on September 8 at her summer home in Balmoral.
On that occasion, Andrés did not wear his military uniform, an honor that the Queen herself had deprived him of in his life due to a sex scandal. But on Friday, an exception allowed him to show his finesse.
Prince Harry, 38, has decided to leave the Royal Family with his wife Meghan in 2020 and will be able to do so on Saturday when he joins Elizabeth II’s seven other grandchildren in a similar vigil.
22 hour queue
In Westminster Hall, Coffin Isabel II is on a The purple catafalqueCovered by the royal standard, the imperial crown and scepter are symbols of the power of the British monarchy.
The funeral home remains open until 0630 (0530 GMT) on Monday, hours before the funeral, and thousands of Britons are lining up to see it.
Friday’s high turnout forced officials to prevent more people joining the kilometer-long route along the River Thames for hours. Then the wait lasted for about 14 hours. Shortly after the reopening, the government warned that at least 22 hours.
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid player David Beckham, 47, was spotted there.
Dressed in a black suit, tie and coat, with a hat and umbrella, he said he arrived at two in the morning. Twelve hours later, he was seen leaving the funeral home, where he calmly bowed his head before the coffin and wiped away tears. To thank Her Majesty for being so kind, loving and comforting over the years,” Beckham told a group of journalists, including AFP.
Cheers and some fanfare in Wales
A few hours before the “awakening”, Carlos III as the new king finished his tour of the United Kingdom in Wales.
“Diolch o galon ichi am eich georlo caredig” (“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words”), he said in Welsh after receiving condolences from the regional parliament, which he visited with his wife Camilla.
The death of Elizabeth II, a symbol of unity for seven decades, has boosted independence sentiment in Wales, as it has in Scotland and Northern Ireland, so the tour by her son and the new king is considered important.
“I hope Wales is independent. “Of course it will disrupt our economy because we are dependent on the UK economy, but I firmly believe in independence,” Zahra Ameri, 22, told AFP.
However, hundreds of fans greeted Charles III in Cardiff with Welsh flags, a white and green red dragon.
The crowd chanted “Hip, hip for the King!” As he chanted, the new king shook hands for 20 minutes. and “God Save the King!”
“I shook her hand and said, ‘I’m sorry about your mother’s passing’. She said, ‘Thank you, it means a lot to me,'” Sharon Driscoll, 48, who came with her 14-year-old daughter Fionn, told AFP.
“How proud you must be to see so many people,” he added, unable to hold back his tears.
Nearby, a few anti-monarchy protesters held up banners reading “Abolish Monarchy”, “Citizen Disobey” and “Democracy Now”. But, in a very small number, their boos were drowned out by a standing ovation.
With Charles’ accession, the title of Prince of Wales passed to his eldest son William, 40, now heir to the throne. However, some in the region are calling for the abolition of an honor originally created for Welsh princes and seen as a symbol of English victory since the 13th century.
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