World King Charles and Camilla Prepare for 'Our Last Farewell' at Queen's Funeral
Biden is 13th and final US president to meet Queen Elizabeth
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Joe Biden gained the distinction of being the 13th and final U.S. president to meet the woman whose reign spanned seven decades. The queen, who died Thursday at her summer residence in Scotland at age 96, had met every American president since Dwight Eisenhower, with the exception of Lyndon Johnson, who did not visit Britain during his presidency. She was still a princess when she met President Harry Truman in Washington. Every living former U.S. president — Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump — joined Biden in mourning her passing and sending condolences to her family.
Giving thanks.shared a statement on behalf of himself and to respond to all the sympathetic messages and support given to the royal family amid II’s death.
“Over the last ten days, my wife and I have beenby the many messages of condolence and support we have received from this country and across the world,” the new monarch shared on Sunday, September 18, via the royal family’s official Instagram.
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“In London, Edinburgh, Hillsborough and Cardiff we were moved beyond measure by everyone who took the trouble to come and pay their respects to the lifelong service of my dear mother, The late Queen,” Charles, 73 said in the statement.
After acceding the throne, the king and Camilla, 75, went on a tour of the U.K., making stops in all four countries in the week following his mother’s death. In addition to attending services in Scotland, whereon September 8, and England, where on Monday, September 19, visits were also made to Wales and Northern Ireland.
“As we all prepare to say our last farewell, I wanted simply to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those countless people who have been such a support and comfort to my Family and myself in this time of grief,” he concluded.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined Prince William and Kate Middleton for an impromptu walk to view tributes to Queen Elizabeth II
William reportedly reached out to Harry an hour before their promenade and asked if he and Meghan would like to join them. Both couples are currently staying at Windsor Castle, ET writes. This is the first time the couples have been seen together publicly since the Queen's death earlier this week. © Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Kate Middleton look at floral tributes at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022.
Sunday night’s statement followed a national moment of silence at 8 p.m. BST (2 p.m. ET). Prime Minister Liz Truss stood outside 10 Downing Street with her head bowed for the minute-long tribute, and citizens gathered in Belfast, Blackpool and more cities throughout the U.K. to silently pay tribute, the BBC reports.
Queen Elizabeth’s casket is lying in state at Westminster Hall in London, where the public has lined up for hours to pay their respects to her. Charles andvisited the mourners on Saturday, September 17.
“, honestly, she really wouldn’t,” the new Prince of Wales said in a shared by onlookers via Twitter when speaking about how his grandmother would’ve reacted to the massive outpouring of love.
The queen’s coffin will remain in the historic building until Monday when her coffin will be moved to Westminster Abbey for a state funeral service attended by hundreds of world leaders includingand . After the ceremony, a procession will lead the monarch’s remains through London and out to Windsor Castle, where she’ll be buried in a tomb next to , her late husband.
One of Charles’ first proclamations as the new monarch was made on Saturday, September 10, during his meeting with the Ascension Council. He approved two drafts of statements “appointing the day of Her Late Majesty’s state funeral as a bank holiday” across the United Kingdom.
Live updates: Military rehearse queen's Windsor procession .
WINDSOR, England -- Hundreds of troops from the British army, air force and navy have taken part in the first full rehearsal of the procession that will bring the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II to its final resting place. With troops lining The Long Walk, a picturesque path leading to Windsor Castle, the thumping of drums echoed as marching bands walked ahead of a hearse early Saturday. On Monday, they will do the same, only surrounded by thousands of people expected to travel to Windsor for a final farewell to the queen, who died last week at age 96.