King Charles thanks public ahead of Queen’s funeral: ‘Deeply touched’

King Charles III said he was “moved beyond measure” by the support following the death of Queen Elizabeth II during a statement the night before her funeral.

World leaders including President Joe Biden and overseas royalty will join members of the royal family in what is expected to be the biggest police event Britain has ever hosted.

Five hundred dignitaries from around the world have arrived for the somber occasion, while hundreds of thousands are expected to line the streets for Elizabeth’s final journey.

The new king tried to calm a grieving nation at 10pm London time on September 18, the night before he will bury his mother in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where her parents, King George VI, were buried. and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, will be laid to rest, and sister Princess Margaret were all buried.

Charles said: “Over the past ten days, my wife and I have been so touched by the many messages of condolence and support we have received from this country and around the world.

“In London, Edinburgh, Hillsborough and Cardiff we were moved beyond measure by all who took the trouble to come and pay their respects to the lifelong service of my dear mother, the late Queen.

King Charles with the Queen's coffin
King Charles III stands with the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at a vigil at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh September 12, 2022 ahead of her funeral service at Westminster Abbey on Monday September 19, when he will follow in procession behind her coffin becomes .
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“As we all prepare to say our last goodbyes, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the countless people who have been such support and comfort to my family and I during this time of grief.”

The day begins with the last members of the public being admitted into Westminster Hall at 6.30am London time on Monday 19 September to see the Queen.

At 10.44am London time, Elizabeth’s coffin will be carried into Westminster Abbey in the back of a Royal Navy state gun wagon, the Imperial crown, orb and scepter will rest thereon, with the Royal Standard beneath.

They are followed by the King and his family, including his sons Prince Harry and Prince William, and Elizabeth’s other children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

They will arrive at the Abbey eight minutes later, where pallbearers from the Grenadier Guards of the Queen’s Company 1st Battalion will lift the coffin and carry it on their shoulders.

Heads of state, including the great, the good and possibly even some of the bad, will join the royals and nearly 200 people the Queen honored in her birthday list this year for the funeral service, which begins at 11am

The Dean of Westminster will lead the service, while Prime Minister Liz Truss will be among the readings.

The last post is played, there is two minutes of silence, followed by the national anthem, and then, around noon, the funeral service ends.

Next, the Queen’s coffin is carried by gun carriage in a procession to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, while Big Ben collects tolls and members of the royal family follow.

NHS staff, police officers and members of the armed forces are also included in the procession and minute guns are fired by The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery on arrival.

From there, Elizabeth will be taken by hearse to Windsor Castle, the residence where she spent most of her final years following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A funeral service for around 800 people, including the Queen’s former staff, will be held at 4pm at St George’s Chapel, the same location as Prince Philip’s funeral and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

The Imperial crown, orb and scepter will be removed from the coffin, there will be a final hymn, the king will place the color of the Queen’s company of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin, while the head of the Elizabeth family symbolically breaks a thin, white staff , the staff of the office.

The Queen is then lowered into the royal vault, the national anthem is sung and finally, after hours of mourning in the full splendor of global public scrutiny, the royals have a chance to say their goodbyes privately while burying her in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, along with her husband Prince Philip.

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Rick Schindler

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