A two-minute silence ended just as the whole country began to prepare. The death of her longtime reigning Queen Elizabeth II. After the clock strikes and a hymn is sung with the text changed to “God save the King”, life in England can begin again after it has stopped.

London (from our correspondent) The public holiday declared for the Queen’s funeral was celebrated by many as a holiday. Some were deciding where to shop when most chain stores such as McDonald’s closed for the day.

But for the nearly one million people who visited the UK capital for the event, it was a chance to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 at the age of 96. The royal family, current and former members of the government of many countries, including Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS), attended services at Westminster Abbey. But ordinary people experienced funerals differently.

Funeral montage of Queen Elizabeth II. | | Video: Associated Press

In addition to the well-planned funeral, many informal events took place in London, which were not included in the precise plans. A video was made this year to celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne because people were taking it to the memorial.

But in the end the authorities had to stop the British. Mice, foxes and other animals in the area also liked the sandwiches.

On the other hand, the procession that formed to the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall from Wednesday to Monday morning, i.e. before the funeral itself, was planned and strictly controlled. Tens of thousands of people joined this queue and it was temporarily closed several times due to great interest.

Their reasons were often repeated. Be it an effort to pay tribute to the Queen, to appreciate her service to her people, or to participate in a wonderful event that will never happen again.

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“I always said I would go to a funeral procession in London, but I don’t live here, so I wasn’t sure if it was possible. But when the opportunity presented itself, I wanted to do it.” Julia, 57, explains what drives her long lines.

“The Queen is our national treasure. I never met her but it doesn’t matter. She’s like a grandmother and mother to all of us. It’s part of being British. ’” she believes. London in the afternoon from 15:00. She joined the queue around 4:00.

“I will stay until the end. I will not leave. That’s how stubborn we Brits are. As we say, we have to carry on,” he added. rice field.

On Sunday, Daniel, 37, who was with his 11-year-old daughter Eleanor, said he wanted to keep waiting. In doing so, she knew that she would not reach her coffin until after midnight. “It will probably be tiring, but I don’t think she will be bored,” said little Eleanor. “It’s going to be an experience and I think it will bring us together,” her mother added.

Even Henrietta, who proudly sported a wrist bracelet on Sunday, faced an 11-hour queue on her first day. He ensured that visitors would still line up when they went to pick up refreshments.

Henrietta therefore wanted to reduce the waiting time for other users. She offered them the chance to use her coffee, tea, or the restroom at her home free of charge during the final hours of her funeral. “We are not going to take advantage of the Queen’s death,” she said firmly.

Henrietta and Anne.

Henrietta and Anne. | | Photo by Jana Václavíková

But people were so grateful to her that they offered the money anyway. But Henrietta plans to donate all the money to a church near her.

“One gentleman gave us £20 bills. Some gave us £10 bills each. When we bought plain water for £2 at the next kiosk, they usually gave us free money.” I’m amazed to have it,” added her friend Ann. “They’re crazy. Two pounds of water!” Henrietta got angry.

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Others said goodbye to the Queen on the day of her funeral. and grandchildren, her eldest son, the new King Charles III, walked behind her. Scottish and Irish regiments led the procession to the Abbey. The carriage, flanked by coffins, was symbolically guarded by the traditional Scottish bodyguards, the army of the Royal Society of Archers.

People rolled out folding chairs, mats, and sometimes entire tents behind police barricades to see it all. Families with children who took it as an adventure were no exception.

“The woman in the front row has been here since Saturday and even flew in from America,” said two friends who came to the location at 6 p.m. Sunday evening. I was only able to secure a seat in the third row due to time constraints. Still, they were excited. “We have Prosecco and the toilets are nearby.

Funeral of Elizabeth II.

Funeral of Elizabeth II. | | Photo by Jana Václavíková

“It’s a spiritual pilgrimage. People here support each other and share their stories. We were divided during the pandemic, but the Queen said we would meet again.” And now we are here. She brought us together.” Jacqueline works as a pastor at a hospital.

In the future, I hope that England will be united by Charles III. “We support him. Many people used to laugh at him, but now his problems are paramount: the environment, agriculture, or how we care for our country and the world. I think he’s going to be a king with a vision,” he said, sitting in a folding chair overlooking Buckingham Palace.

Thousands watched the procession and ensuing service on big screens across the UK. At the end of the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, he began a two-minute silence, and the people of Hyde Park fell silent. The slogan from the national anthem that followed the silence, “God save the king” was thus carried across London.

Video: The Queen said goodbye to the double rainbow

A double rainbow to say goodbye to the Queen. Thousands gathered outside Buckingham Palace. | | Video: Reuters

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