Queen queue funeral — latest: William ‘overwhelmed’ by support as details for service set out

Buckingham Palace announced there would be a two-minute nationwide silence at the end of the Queen’s funeral on Monday.

They also said the King and other senior members of the Royal Family would walk behind the coffin as it leaves Westminster Abbey.

The announcement comes as the new Prince and Princess of Wales spend time at Sandringham Estate to view flowers and tributes left in memory of the late Queen.

Prince William told a mourner he was “overwhelmed” with support, while Princess Kate said she couldn’t read all the cards left for the Queen for fear of crying.

In London, members of the public file past the coffin of the late Queen to pay their respects after queuing for hours as her lying in state began at Westminster Hall.

The queue currently stretches 4.2 miles past Tower Bridge, with some mourners claiming to have waited nine hours to reach his coffin.

King Charles III is taking a day of rest and reflection today and is not taking part in any events.


Union calls on Clarence House to end layoffs

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union has written to the chief of staff of the former household of King Charles asking him to halt the planned redundancies.

Up to 100 staff were told on Tuesday they could lose their jobs at Clarence House.

Now PCS have sent a letter to Principal Private Secretary Sir Clive Alderton asking him to halt plans and meet with the union before any future consultation.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “To issue a dismissal notice during the period of mourning is shocking and insensitive. We call on Sir Clive to think again, withdraw his letter and discuss with us any future staffing plans.


Prince William ‘overwhelmed’ by support from well-wishers

Prince William said he was “overwhelmed” by the support of mourners at Sandringham who came to pay their respects to the Queen.

He was accompanied on his visit by his wife Kate, who told a mourner she could not read all the tributes left for the Queen for fear of crying.

Fran Morgan, 62, spoke to Kate as she inspected the sea of ​​flowers left on the Norwich gate.

Ms Morgan recounted her conversation with the new Princess of Wales, saying: ‘She said she couldn’t believe how many cards and flowers there were. But she also said, “I can’t read them all or I’ll cry.”



“He collapsed right in front of me – how the hilt faded as I paid my respects to the Queen”

Thousands of people lined up until the early hours to see Her Majesty in state – and My colleague Maryam Zakir-Hussain was among them.

She witnessed the moment a member of the Queen’s Guard passed out while on duty.

Read his account of what happened here:


Bahamian Prime Minister announces referendum to remove Charles III as head of state

The Prime Minister of the Bahamas has said he will hold a referendum to remove King Charles III as head of state and become a republic.

Phillip Davis said the decision on the country’s involvement with the British monarchy was a matter for the Bahamian public.

Speaking to reporters after signing the book of condolences in the Senate on Tuesday following the death of Queen Elizabeth, the Prime Minister confirmed a public vote was on the table, telling reporters ‘for me it’s is always the case, but again, it is our people who will have to decide”.

“The only challenge with us to move to a republic is that I cannot, as much as I would like to do it, I cannot do it without your consent,” he continued, adding “I will have to organize a referendum and the Bahamians will have to say “yes” to me.

Read the full story of our Race correspondent Nadine White:


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Queen’s queue: Top tips and what to expect as mourners face eight hour wait

If you’re hoping to join the queue to see the queen’s coffin, you should be prepared for a long wait.

Some mourners, who waited in line overnight, had to wait at least eight hours before gaining access to the Palace of Westminster – where the Queen rests in repose.

Find everything you need to know about how to find the bottom of the queue, what you can and can’t take into the Palace of Westminster, and more here:


King Charles will hold a vigil over the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

King Charles is to watch with his siblings over Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in Westminster Hall on Friday evening.

The King, Duke of York, Princess Royal and Earl of Wessex will stand in silence for 15 minutes at the four corners of the catafalque carrying the late Queen’s coffin from 7.30pm on Friday evening.

Read the developing story here:


King Charles and other members of the Royal Family will walk behind the Queen’s coffin after the funeral

Buckingham Palace has announced more details of the Queen’s funeral plans.

King Charles and other members of the Royal Family, who are expected to be his three siblings, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, will walk behind their mother’s coffin as it leaves the Abbey of Westminster at the end of the funeral on Monday.

They will follow the coffin to Wellington Arch, where the coffin will then be transferred to a hearse.

Following the public funeral on Monday evening, the Queen will be buried with the Duke of Edinburgh in King George VI’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in a private service at 7.30pm.

There will also be a commitment service which will take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle at 4pm on Monday.

Buckingham Palace also said the King, Princess Royal, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex will hold a 15-minute vigil around the Queen’s coffin while it is in state at 7.30pm on Friday .


Pictured: Mourners line up for four miles to see the Queen lying in state

Mourners, who lined up for four miles, were pictured waiting to enter the Palace of Westminster this morning.

Many waited in line for many hours and joined in the early hours of Thursday morning.


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Breaking News: Two-minute silence across UK to conclude Queen’s funeral

A two-minute silence will be held at 11:55 a.m. Monday at the end of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, it has been announced.

Silence will follow the sound of the Last Post to end a service bringing together members of the royal family with visiting monarchs and presidents from around the world, senior British dignitaries and members of the public at Westminster Abbey.

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