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Queen Elizabeth II, who was Queen of Britain for nearly 70 years, will be cremated today with state honors. During this, about one million common citizens will be part of special events in London. More than 500 heads of state, representatives and royals from all over the world have been invited.
Visitors mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Senior citizens and children stand in long queues to pay their respects. A local resident said that I would sit on my little stool till her last rites were done, I was in love with Rani. The Queen is to be cremated at Westminster Abbey on 19 September.
10 km long line
Monday is a national holiday in Britain to mark the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Despite the severe winter, people have started coming only at night. There is a 10 kilometer long line for the last darshan. People may have to wait a long time, about 24 hours.
Who will attend the British Queen’s funeral?
Presidents, Prime Ministers and dignitaries of many countries including India’s President Draupadi Murmu, US President Joe Biden have come here to be a part of the last moments of the era that is going to be history in Britain. President Murmu has arrived in Britain on a three-day visit. She will express her formal consolation on behalf of the Government of India at Westminster Abbey on Monday. Canadian President Justin Trudeau, Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will attend the funeral of the Queen. Apart from all this, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, European Union President Ursala von der Leyen, Turkish President Rajab Tayyip Erdogan will also attend the funeral. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been invited to the Queen’s funeral.
What will happen in Britain on Monday?
A two-minute silence will be observed on the day of the Queen’s funeral. Public participation will also increase with the resumption of the practice of celebrating National Mourning Day. With this, a large number of viewers will be able to watch the funeral ceremony on television. Several retailers across the UK will also close business so their employees can pay tribute to the Queen. According to a report in The Guardian, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Lids, McDonald’s and other institutions have asked to close their outlets.