The new King Charles III is traveling through the four nations of the United Kingdom this week, but it is in Northern Ireland, where he is expected on Tuesday, that the most important test of reconciliation awaits him. Certainly Scotland, where the monarch was on Monday, has every intention of organizing a new referendum on its independence, but the armed resistance of the province to the crown faded centuries ago.
Northern Ireland has only known peace since 1998, and it remains fragile.
00H00 GMT. In Edinburgh, the children of Elizabeth II gathered around her remains
Behind his coffin crossing Edinburgh, King Charles III and his brothers and sister gathered together with Elizabeth II, joined by tens of thousands of Britons in their farewell to the monarch with planetary popularity.
Another leg of the final journey taking the sovereign from her Balmoral Castle, where she breathed her last on Thursday, to London for her state funeral On Monday, her remains left the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the Scottish capital for St. Giles Cathedral , where it was first exhibited to the public.
To re(see): Farewell to Queen Elizabeth II in Edinburgh
Monday 9:25 p.m. UT. King Charles III left St. Giles Cathedral to enter the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
From now on, it is the Royal Archers who will stay close to the sovereign all night. Each group of four guards watches for 20 minutes before giving way to others for a 40-minute break.
To re(see) United Kingdom: first day of tributes in memory of Queen Elizabeth II
8:03 p.m. UT. The wait has already begun in London to see Elizabeth II’s coffin at Westminster.
She is not expected before Wednesday evening, September 13, but some Britons have already settled in to be the first to be able to pay homage to their sovereign in Westminster Abbey.
Three people had already lined up this evening on the other side of the Thames, where a queue begins which is expected to stretch for several kilometers through the center of the British capital in the days to come.
The British government has clarified how the ceremonies will take place and explains how stand in line. He warns that the wait will be very long, will last “most likely part of the night with very little opportunity to sit down as the line will continue to move”.