Individuals lay flowers in tribute to late queen at Buckingham Palace and different royal websites throughout United Kingdom.
Hundreds of individuals have gathered throughout the UK to pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, as her son Charles ascends to the throne amid a wave of world mourning.
Individuals flocked to Buckingham Palace in London and different royal websites on Friday because the royal household was making ready funeral providers for the UK’s longest-serving monarch.
Queen Elizabeth died “peacefully” on Thursday at age 96 after reigning as sovereign for greater than 70 years, Buckingham Palace mentioned. Regardless of her superior age, some expressed shock on the loss of life of the pinnacle of state.
“I feel there actually was that entire sense of, ‘Oh, we’ll have her endlessly.’ And sadly, that’s not been the case,” a mourner advised Al Jazeera outdoors of Buckingham Palace. “And I feel we’ll actually miss her, want she might have carried on longer.”
One other lady within the crowd recalled the queen’s assuring messages amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “The impression of just some phrases from her sort of settled the nation in a method that nothing else actually can,” she mentioned.
Reporting from London, Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons mentioned a “sense of permanence” got here with the late queen’s decades-long reign.
“She was generally known as the grandmother of the nation, however to the folks right here, they assume she was far more than that: within the good instances exuding attraction and enjoyable; within the dangerous instances, giving consolation and calm,” Simmons mentioned.
A person outdoors Buckingham Palace spoke of combined feelings amongst the mourners. “Everybody right here is reflecting the identical disappointment however on the identical time gratitude for her service to our nation and its folks,” he advised Al Jazeera.
Individuals had piled flowers and written tributes on the outer gates of Buckingham Palace. The gang greeted Charles, who has taken the title King Charles III, when he arrived on the palace within the UK capital earlier within the day.
Mourners additionally rallied to pay respect outdoors Windsor Fort, west of London, and Balmoral within the Scottish Highlands, the place the queen died.
“It’s not as if it wasn’t anticipated nevertheless it’s a shock. It’s simply she was such a rock, wasn’t she, for therefore lengthy actually,” Deborah O’Brien, who was visiting Balmoral from Norfolk, in jap England, advised the Reuters information company.
Alice Hendry, a 48-year-old textile designer, was among the many crowd outdoors Windsor Fort, the place a relentless stream of individuals got here to put flowers.
“What an superb girl,” Hendry advised Reuters. “She was working proper up till two days earlier than, swearing in a brand new prime minister. That’s fairly outstanding. You recognize, when anyone takes an oath to serve their nation and their sense of obligation to final their entire life. I imply, what a shining instance of that.”
In the meantime, worldwide tributes continued to pour in for the British queen on Friday, and US President Joe Biden confirmed that he’ll attend her funeral. “I don’t know what the small print are but, however I’ll be going,” he mentioned.