LKing Charles III and his siblings attended a wake on Monday evening at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, where the coffin of their mother, Queen Elizabeth II, rests.
The presentation of the remains of the monarch, which had started an hour earlier in the Scottish capital, did not stop when King Charles, Princes Andrew and Edward and Princess Anne placed themselves around the coffin.
After a religious ceremony in the afternoon, the children of the sovereign therefore returned in the evening for a funeral wake around the coffin, covered with the Scottish royal standard (yellow, red and navy blue), and on which was deposited the crown of Scotland, in solid gold, as well as a crown of white flowers. They meditated for about ten minutes, their backs turned to the coffin, before leaving the cathedral to the applause of the crowd.
30,000 visitors expected at Saint-Gilles Cathedral
Four days after her death, a week before her funeral, the coffin of Elizabeth II, symbol of stability during decades of upheaval, planetary icon which reassured the British in times of crisis, rests for the first time in public, arousing an influx massive.
The police indicated that 30,000 bracelets, sesame necessary to enter the cathedral, had already been distributed. The queue stretched for more than 1.5 kilometers, according to an AFP journalist.
The population can thus bow several meters away and behind a security cordon in front of the oak coffin, raised on a platform, under the supervision of four archers from the Royal Company and a dozen police officers.