follow the farewell to the queen live

follow the farewell to the queen live

ELIZABETH 2. This Monday, September 19, the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II is an opportunity for the United Kingdom to pay a final tribute to the sovereign. Follow the event live.

The 2,000 places available in Westminster Abbey, located in the heart of the British capital, are all appointed, in particular occupied by many foreign heads of state. Beyond the tribute, it will be a considerable diplomatic event. The district of Westminster has been under high security since Sunday, September 11, the streets leading to the abbey and to Parliament are already inaccessible, the whole area is cordoned off by the police. The images of these funerals will be broadcast in all Western countries and most likely beyond. Experts believe that this last day of tribute can be attended, in one way or another, by hundreds of millions of people on Earth.

In London, the authorities expect the arrival of several hundred thousand people: the hotels of the capital and the cities bordering London are facing a tidal wave of reservations. Many are already full. This great farewell day will be preceded by several highlights in London.

Who is present at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II?

Which members of the royal family will be present at the funeral of Elizabeth II?

  • His four children: King Charles III, Princess Anne, Duke Andrew, Prince Edward
  • His grandchildren: Prince William, Prince Harry (children of Charles), Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall (children of Anne), Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie (children of Andrews), Lady Louise Windsor and the Viscount James (Edward’s children)
  • His cousins: Duke Edward of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra of Kent and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester.
  • All spouses of members of the royal family should be present

Which heads of state or government should be present at the funeral of Elizabeth II?

  • Liz Truss, British Prime Minister and Leader of the British Conservative Party
  • Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the British Labor Party
  • Michael Martin, Prime Minister of Ireland
  • Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
  • Joe Biden, President of the United States
  • Emmanuel Macron, President of France
  • Frank-Walter Steinmer, President of Germany
  • Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy
  • Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
  • Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • Naruhito, Emperor of Japan
  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey
  • Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister of Australia
  • Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil
  • Yoon Suk-Yeol, President of South Korea
  • Members of the royal families of Spain, the Netherlands, Monaco, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Greece.

Queen Elizabeth II will be buried in London this Monday, September 19, 2022, at 8:30 p.m. When the solemn tributes are over, the Queen will be buried tonight in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where her parents – King George VI, the Queen Mother – and her sister rest. His body will remain in this royal residence, located west of London. Prince Philip’s coffin will be moved to this chapel to remain alongside Elizabeth II. This burial will not be open to the public. This is a confidential event, where only the royal family can go.

The death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2022 and made official by Buckingham Palace a few minutes later in a press release. The state of health of Queen Elizabeth II was a major concern since the publication of the press release from Buckingham Palace, this Thursday, September 8 at midday. Her Majesty’s doctors said they were “worried” about the sovereign’s state of health and recommended “that she be placed under medical supervision” at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, where she had been living since August 2022. Princes Charles, William and Harry, members of the royal family, made an emergency visit to Balmoral Castle.

A look back at the life of Elizabeth II

Elisabeth Alexandra Mary was born on April 21, 1926 in London and was not really destined to reign, her father being the king’s brother. In 1936, when she was 10 years old, her uncle Edward VIII abdicated, Elizabeth’s father acceded to the throne while young Elizabeth became the heiress presumptive to the British Crown. During the Second World Warshe refused to be evacuated from London and joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service, where she became ambulance driver. On November 20, 1947, she married Philip Mountbatten, Prince of Greece and Denmark, whom she had met a few years earlier. Their marriage gave birth to four children: Charles (1948), Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, Anne (1950), Andrew (1960) and Edward (1964). From 1951, the princess frequently replaced her sick father during public ceremonies. He died suddenly on February 6, 1952 while Elizabeth and Prince Philippe were in Kenya on an official tour. Despite the symbolic political attributions she embodies, the Queen has been able to create unity and cohesion in her country and the Commonwealth. His reign was not without turmoil, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s, a period when the royal family was the favorite subject of the tabloid press. In 2015, Queen Elizabeth broke a longevity record and became the longest-reigning British sovereign. Elizabeth II, who died on September 8, 2022 at the age of 96, will have lived long enough to be a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother but also to see her husband Prince Philip die on April 9, 2022, at almost 100 years.

Elisabeth Alexandra Mary was born on April 21, 1926. She was the first child of Prince Albert, Duke of York and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Nicknamed “Lilibet” by her father as a child, she had a younger sister, Margaret, born a year after her. The two princesses are educated at home by a governess, Marion Crawford, who teaches them history, elocution, literature and music. The young Elizabeth developed during this period a passion for dogs, horses and an amazing understanding of responsibilities.
At birth, Elizabeth is third in line to the British throne. His fate was changed in 1936 when his grandfather, King George V died and his uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated after a few months of reign. She suddenly becomes, at the age of 10, heiress presumptive to the British throne. The education of the future sovereign took a new turn, she notably studied French and constitutional history. During the Second World War, his family stayed in London when the city was bombed. Elizabeth participates in the common effort and becomes an ambulance driver.

She married Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey. She gave birth to her first child, Charles, in 1949, heir to the British throne, then to Princess Anne in 1950.

From 1951, the fragile health of her father King George VI forced Elizabeth to become more and more involved in public life. She frequently replaces him in England and abroad. In February 1952, while on an official tour abroad, Elizabeth learned of her father’s death from lung cancer. She becomes queen at the age of 26 and moved to Buckingham Palace, the official residence of British sovereigns, with his family. His coronation took place on June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey. At the same time, she becomes head of the Commonwealth and of 16 countries. The ceremony is televised for the first time in history.

During her reign, Elizabeth II witnessed the transformation of the British Empire into a Commonwealth. It is also witness to the political, social and economic developments of the country. The Queen manages to maintain and smooth her image over time, despite the successive crises of the early 1990s. In recent years, Prince Charles has taken more and more part in the obligations normally incumbent on the monarch. In 2021, the transition accelerated due to the sovereign’s unstable health.

Although she celebrated her birthday twice a year (on April 21 and in June, to allow the military parade to take place in good weather), the weather seemed to have no hold on Queen Elizabeth II. The one who celebrated her 96 years old on April 21, 2022 celebrated her Golden Jubilee (fiftieth anniversary of her reign) in 2002, and her Diamond Jubilee (60 years of reign) in 2012. Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, marking her 70 years of reign, has as to him was celebrated from June 2 to 5, 2022. Several events including the traditional parade of Trooping the Color, a mass at Saint Paul’s Cathedral and a concert given at the palace, entitled “Platinum Party at the Palace” celebrated the event with great pomp. The Queen, due to health issues, will only have attended part of the celebrations. Grand festivities that were compared to a “joyful goodbye” by several observers.

Elizabeth II will be the first sovereign of the United Kingdom to achieve such longevity – in Europe, it is Louis XIV, with his 72 years of reign, who is the sovereign to have reigned the longest. Result: Elizabeth II saw 15 British Prime Ministers parade (from Winston Churchill to Boris Johnson) and 10 French Presidents. Longevity is also a family affair among the Windsors: the Queen Mother died at the age of 101, on April 1, 2002.

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Photograph of the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, with Charles and William, heirs to the throne © Stefan Wermuth/AP/SIPA (published 05/31/2022)

In order of succession on the throne, it is the eldest son of the Queen, Charles, who became king after the death of his mother. Charles III was to be proclaimed king within 24 hours of Elizabeth II’s death at St James’s Palace Church in London. But he can only be crowned later, like his mother who had waited a year between her proclamation as queen and her coronation.

If Charles III in turn were to die, his son William, Duke of Cambridge, would ascend the throne. After the latter, it is Georges of Cambridge, eldest son of William and Catherine, known as Kate Middleton, who will accede to the throne. Next in line are his younger sister, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and then his brother, Prince Louis of Cambridge.

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