Final day for the Queen to lie in state, with a later national minute’s silence
The final day of the Queen’s state funeral is set to take place, while a minute’s silence will be held later to mourn her death.
The coffin of the late monarch will remain at Westminster Hall for the public until 6.30am on Monday before the state funeral at Westminster Abbey, with Sunday likely being the last chance to queue.
At 8pm, the country will observe a minute’s silence to commemorate the Queen, with people invited to celebrate the occasion privately at home, on their doorstep or street, or at community events and vigils.
It will recall her “wonderful blue eyes” shortly after the Queen Consort pays a televised tribute to the late monarch, saying “I will always remember her smile.”
Camilla will speak in pre-recorded words to the BBC about how Queen Elizabeth II was a “lonely woman” in a male-dominated world.
She will add: “I don’t remember anyone except the Queen who was there.”
A memorial service will also be held at 7.30pm near Falkirk, Scotland.
96 lanterns, one for each year of life of the late monarch, are lowered into the reflection pool at the foot of the Queen Elizabeth II Canal before wreaths are placed in the water.
Meanwhile, Liz Truss will have an audience with King Charles III before attending his Heads of State reception at Buckingham Palace.
The King and Queen consort will receive heads of state and official guests from overseas at the palace in what the King’s spokesman described as an “official state event”.
The Prime Minister will also meet Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Polish President Andrzej Duda at Downing Street.
It comes as world leaders head to the UK ahead of Monday’s funeral service.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced that the historic occasion will be shown on giant screens at various locations across the UK – from London’s Hyde Park to Coleraine Town Hall in Northern Ireland.
Around 125 cinemas will also be showing the event – along with Sky News, ITV and the BBC for viewers from home.
On Saturday night, the Queen’s eight grandchildren held a heartbreaking vigil together around their beloved grandma’s coffin.
The Prince of Wales stood at the head of the coffin, his brother, the Duke of Sussex, at the foot, both in the No 1 Blues and Royals uniform, with their heads bowed in their honor in the somber silence of the vast Westminster Hall.
The future King William was flanked at the corners by his cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Philips.
Harry was between Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, with 18-year-old Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn – the Queen’s youngest grandchild, who is just 14 – in the middle on either side of the coffin.
The grandchildren invited by the king wanted to pay their respects to him, as their parents had done the night before.
William and the King also took a tour in the afternoon to greet mourners in the queue for those in state after Charles was given a tour of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Special Operations Room.
Hundreds of people queuing in Lambeth, south London, cheered and applauded while William and Charles shook dozens of hands and the prince spoke about how long people had waited and whether they were able to keep warm.
Final preparations for Monday’s funeral are being made at Westminster Abbey.
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