Thousands of people have been queuing in Edinburgh all night to pay their last tribute to the late British Queen Elizabeth. Local media show photos and videos of long lines winding through the park in front of the cathedral. Eyewitnesses speak of a “bizarre spectacle”.By our news editors
The first interested parties could enter the cathedral early in the evening on Monday for their tribute to the deceased queen. A small group was also able to catch a glimpse of Elizabeth’s four children, who were holding a short vigil by the coffin around 8 p.m.
Police and local authorities have warned those waiting that it could be hours before it is their turn. Temporary toilets have been set up in the park for those waiting.
Elizabeth’s body will be flown from Edinburgh to London on Tuesday evening. The Queen will be lying there in Buckingham Palace. Princess Anne, the daughter of Elizabeth, accompanies the coffin on the journey from Scotland to England.
The funeral will take place on Monday
The Queen died at Balmoral Castle and was transferred Sunday to Edinburgh’s Holyroodhouse, the official royal residence in Scotland. Elizabeth has been lying in state since Monday in St. Giles’ Cathedral in the Scottish capital.
On Wednesday, the coffin will continue to Westminster Hall, where it will remain until the morning of the state funeral on Monday, September 19. There, the public also has four days to say goodbye and pay their last respects to the Queen.
Florists in London expect peak crowds
British florists expect to do good business next week in the run-up to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. In recent days, florists have noticed that they are selling more flowers than usual, says the British Florists Association.
On Sunday, the day before the funeral, florists expect the peak of demand. In total, more flowers may be bought in memory of the Queen than in 1997, when the sudden death of Princess Diana caused a run for flowers. Then some 60 million bouquets were left at Buckingham and Kensington Palaces.
Now the authorities have asked people not to leave flowers at the palace but in a specially designated garden in the park. The authorities also request that no objects other than flowers or sandwiches with marmalade be left behind.
The queen conjured the latter from her handbag in a skit with Paddington Bear on the occasion of her seventieth anniversary earlier this year.
Half of Britons have cried for the Queen
Nearly half of Britons have shed a tear over Queen Elizabeth II’s death, polling agency YouGov said on the basis of a poll released Monday. This is 44 percent of the British.
Women cried more than men, 55 percent of women versus 32 percent of men. Young people cried less than the elderly. Only a quarter of young people between the ages of 18 and 24 said they cried over the Queen’s death, compared to 55 percent of those over 65. Conservatives cried more often than the supporters of Labor or the Liberal Democrats.
Source: NU by www.nu.nl.
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