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Edward and Sophie of Wessex in Manchester: lighting of candles and condolences of the population

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Manchester this Thursday, September 15, as part of condolence visits following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Prince Edward and Sophie visited the town library and Place Sainte-Anne which was flooded with flowers and gifts in memory of the late Queen.

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex receive condolences from Mancusians at the Central Library

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will take place on Monday, September 19. After several days of ceremonies linked to the repatriation of the remains of the Queen, who died on September 8 in Scotland, her coffin is now on display at the Palace of Westminster. It will remain on public display until Monday’s funeral, allowing family members to resume activities on their own.

The Prince and Princess of Wales made their first solo visit since the start of Charles III’s reign. William and Catherine traveled to Sandringham, Norfolk, to observe the flowers laid by the population in front of the gates of the Sandringham estate. Princess Anne traveled to Glasgow, Scotland, to secure engagements related to her mother’s disappearance.

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla took advantage of a day of beating to collect their thoughts at home and not ensure public engagements, enormously solicited since September 8. Finally, Prince Edward, brother of Charles and Anne, traveled to England’s second city, Manchester.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex meet the public near St. Anne’s Square in Manchester (Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Photos/ABACAPRESS.COM)

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On September 15, the Earl and Countess of Wessex visited the Manchester Central Library, where a book of condolences is deposited so that the population can pay homage to the sovereign who died at the age of 96, a week ago now.

Elizabeth II’s youngest son lights a candle with his wife in memory of the late Queen (Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Photos/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Edward and Sophie then walked through Place Saint-Anne, which served as the main place to lay flowers and gifts in memory of the Queen. From there the couple headed to Manchester Cathedral where they lit a candle in memory of Elizabeth II and signed the book of condolences which is on display in the cathedral.

Nicholas Fontaine

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Nicolas Fontaine has been a freelance web editor since 2014. After having been a copywriter and author for numerous Belgian and French brands and media, he specialized in royalty news. Nicolas is now editor-in-chief of Histoires royales. [email protected]