Royal Family LIVE: Queen’s four children in vigil by mother’s coffin as mourner file past

Jack Walters

25 hour long queue for Queen’s Lying-In-State,

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has released an update about the queue to attend the Queen’s Lying-in-State in Westminster.

They said: “The queue is near total capacity with a wait time of at least 25 hours.

“Please do not travel to join the queue.

“Check back for updates in the morning.”

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN’S LYING-IN-STATE QUEUE UPDATE, 1:15AM, 17 SEP

The queue is near total capacity with a wait time of at least 25 hours

Please do not travel to join the queue

Check back for updates in the morning pic.twitter.com/3bLTgIfgHu

u2014 Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (@DCMS) September 17, 2022

Jack Walters

Queen’s corgis not likely to attend state funeral at Westminster Abbey

Writing on Twitter, Anglea Levin, a journalist and royal commentator, said that she had no reason to believe the dogs would be attending despite being beloved well-known pets of the late monarch.

“She said: “Just been interviewed by my friends at Japanese TV. One question was ‘are the corgis going to the funeral?’

“I said I thought not.”

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Police floor man after ‘disturbance’ at Westminster Hall

Scotland Yard said: “[At] 10pm on Friday, September 16, officers from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command detained a man in Westminster Hall following a disturbance.

“He was arrested for an offence under the Public Order Act and is currently in custody”.

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Good evening!

Good evening. I’m Jack Walters. I will be bringing you the latest Royal Family developments over the next eight hours. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.

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Francesca Edwards

Princess Beatrice and Eugenie emotional as Andrew dons military uniform

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were also present as the Queen’s children stood vigil around her coffin on Friday evening.

The royals had solemn looks on their faces as they mourned their late grandmother.

The Princesses joined the King and his siblings as they stood in silent contemplation guarding their mother’s coffin in Westminster Hall.

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Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie (Image: Getty)

Francesca Edwards

Sophie Wessex looks on with Louise and James as Charles leads special vigil

Sophie Wessex was one of the Royal Family members observing the vigil around the Queen’s coffin. 

Sophie looked mournful as she watched over her children, Lady Louise, 18 and James, Viscount Severn, 14. 

Standing beside Sophie was Camilla, now Queen Consort, who watched as her husband King Charles III led the vigil. 

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Sophie Wessex looks on with Louise and James as Charles leads special vigil

Sophie Wessex looks on with Louise and James as Charles leads special vigil (Image: PA)

Francesca Edwards

Accessible queue paused until tomorrow

The accessible queue to see the Queen lying in state has been paused until midday tomorrow. 

The queue is for people who have specific accessibility requirements or who are unable to stand for long periods of time.

Francesca Edwards

Scottish independence supporter sparks outrage after strange Queen coffin rant

Douglas Henshall has sparked outrage after a strange rant about the Queen’s coffin. 

The actor swiftly admitted he had no evidence to back up the bizarre and fruitless claim.

A TV star sparked outrage for a sick tweet in which he bizarrely assumed the Queen’s body was not in the coffin which thousands have been queuing to see, despite not a shred of evidence to suggest this is the case.

The star of crime drama Shetland,  caused outrage when he suggested those queuing for tens of hours to pay their final respects to Her Majesty were either being duped, or knew the coffin was empty and decided to queue anyway.

Mr Henshall wrote: “Do you think the Queue would be so long if people knew that the Queen isn’t in that coffin? Or do they know and it’s just symbolic?”

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Francesca Edwards

Round of applause for Queen’s children

The King and his siblings left Westminster Hall following the vigil,members of the public gave them a round of applause.

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IN PICTURES: Queen’s children stand vigil in Westminster Hall

The Queen’s children are standing vigil at their mother’s coffin while she lies in state at Westminster Hall.

All four children are wearing their military uniforms, including Prince Andrew.

King Charles led his siblings in the tribute

King Charles led his siblings in the tribute (Image: Reuters)

Princess Anne stands vigil

Princess Anne stands vigil (Image: BBC)

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King Charles leads siblings in vigil

King Charles is leading his siblings in a vigil around Her Majesty’s coffin at Westminster Hall.

Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince each stand at one corner of the catafalque, the wooden framework bearing the late Queen’s coffin.

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Queen’s children leave Buckingham Palace

King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward have left Buckingham Palace to make the short journey to Westminster Hall. 

There they will stand vigil around the Queen’s coffin for around 15 minutes.

Queen's children leave Buckingham Palace

Queen’s children leave Buckingham Palace (Image: BBC)

Francesca Edwards

King Charles met with first anti-monarchy protests

Boos from anti-monarchy protesters could be heard over the hundreds of cheering well-wishers who greeted the King and Queen Consort at Cardiff Castle.

Around 40 demonstrators gathered outside the castle walls on Friday with banners displaying messages such as “Abolish the Monarchy” and “Democracy Now”. I

It is the first negativity the King has encountered during his tour of the devolved nations as the new monarch.

Charles took his first visit to Wales as King

Charles took his first visit to Wales as King (Image: Getty)

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King Charles to lead vigil shortly

The Queen’s four children are set to stand vigil around Her Majesty’s coffin shortly. 

King Charles will lead his siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edwards in standing vigil in Westminster Hall. 

They will spend around 15 minutes in silence at the four corners of the coffin. 

Francesca Edwards

Queen will be ‘looking down’ on funeral, says Prince William

Prince William said the Queen will be “looking down” on her funeral on Monday. 

During a visit to Army Training Centre Pirbright in Surrey with the Princess of Wales, William was heard saying the difference between the celebrations in June and the funeral preparations show “the highs and lows of it all”.

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Countess of Wessex praises mourners ‘rather stoic’

Well-wishers at Windsor said the Countess of Wessex acknowledged the “rather stoic” mourners who had endured the hours-long queue to pay respects to the Queen at Westminster Hall.

“She said ‘have you braved the queue down in London?’ and we said we hadn’t and she said ‘you have to be rather stoic’,” Whitney Bacon-Evans, 34, said.

Ms Bacon-Evans, from Windsor, added: “She had a very good handshake, very strong.

“I said she looked beautiful and I was so sorry for her loss and she said ‘thank you’.”

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, interacts with members of the public at Windsor Castle

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, interacts with members of the public at Windsor Castle (Image: Getty)

Francesca Edwards

Mike Tindall told off for breaking silence during procession

Mike Tindall was spotted breaking silence during the late Queen’s procession as “Zara shot him a look”. 

The Queen’s eldest granddaughter, Zara and her husband, Mike Tindall were among those in attendance at the Queen’s procession on Wednesday.

Speaking on the latest episode of Palace Confidential, The Mail on Sunday’s assistant editor Kate Mansey told how Zara Tindall was spotted “shot a look” at Mike as he appeared to break the silence that fell upon the Procession service.

Speaking of the atmosphere, Ms Mansey said: “As the procession got closer, obviously we couldn’t see it in the hall, but we could hear the bells tolling and the drums getting closer and closer and inside the hall was complete silence.”

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Francesca Edwards

Queue wait time more than 24 hours

The queue to see the Queen lying in state is now over 24 hours long. 

The Government is warning that temperatures overnight will be cold with lows of 8C. 

Entry to the queue resumed shortly after 5pm after more than seven hours. 

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN’S LYING-IN-STATE QUEUE UPDATE, 5:05PM, 16 Sep

Entry to the queue has resumed

Expected queuing time is over 24 hours and overnight temperatures will be cold

The queue may be paused again if it reaches capacity

Tracker: https://t.co/6BYxq66a8X pic.twitter.com/gzaB4fY0vi

u2014 Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (@DCMS) September 16, 2022

Francesca Edwards

David Beckham looks emotional as he bows to Queen’s coffin

David Beckham has paid tribute to the Queen after queueing since 2am on Friday. 

Footage of Westminster Hall showed Beckham, who met the queen several times during her 70-year reign, looked tearful as he waited to file past her coffin.

Stopping to pay his respects by the coffin at around 3.25 p.m, Beckham bowed his head and closed his eyes momentarily.

David Beckham looks emotional as he bows to Queen's coffin

David Beckham looks emotional as he bows to Queen’s coffin (Image: BBC)

The former footballer queued for over 12 hours

The former footballer queued for over 12 hours (Image: BBC)

Francesca Edwards

Edward and Sophie pay tribute to Queen

Te Earl and Countess of Wessex have paid tribute to the Queen, saying they have been “overwhelmed by the tide of emotion”.

In a statement Prince Edwards and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex said: As a family, we have grown up learning to share our parents, especially our beloved mama, with the Nation, her Realms and the Commonwealth. While it has been lovely to have spent time saying our own farewell privately at Balmoral, it is now time to allow others to be able to say their farewell.

“We have been overwhelmed by the tide of emotion that has engulfed us and the sheer number of people who have gone out of their way to express their own love, admiration and respect to such a very special and unique person who was always there for us. And now, we are there for her, united in grief. Thank you for your support, you have no idea how much it means.

“The Queen’s passing has left an unimaginable void in all our lives. Sophie and I have taken huge pleasure in seeing our James and Louise enjoying the places and activities that their grandparents loved so much. Given that my mama let us spend so much time with her, I think she also rather enjoyed watching those passions blossom. Those times together, those happy memories, have now become massively precious to each and every one of us.

“May God bless Her Majesty and may her memory be long cherished even as the baton she has carried for these past 70 years now passes to the next generation and to my brother, Charles.

“Long Live The King.”

Francesca Edwards

‘Strange’ to go from Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to funeral within months, say Wales’

The Prince and Princess of Wales have discussed how “strange” it has been going from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to her funeral in a matter of months.

William and Kate were speaking with troops from the Commonwealth, who are taking part in the late monarch’s funeral, at Army Training Centre Pirbright in Surrey, on Friday afternoon.

William, talking with troops from Australia, was heard saying the difference between the celebrations in June and the funeral preparations shows “the highs and lows of it all”.

Meanwhile, Kate, who was speaking with Canadian military personnel, said: “Going from that (the Jubilee) to this in a few months is very strange.”

She was also heard discussing “lack of sleep” with the troops.

The Prince and Princess of Wales met with troops from the Commonwealth

The Prince and Princess of Wales met with troops from the Commonwealth (Image: Reuters)

Francesca Edwards

Scotland to observe one-minute silence

Scots are being invited to observe a “moment of reflection” on Sunday in honour of Her Majesty. 

Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Culture Secretary Angus Robertson will lead the country in a minute of silence from St Andrews House at 8pm. 

The Scottish Government has encouraged community groups, clubs and organisations to take part, while other Scots are expected to mark the moment at home.

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Two women sexually assaulted while queuing to see Queen

Two women have allegedly been assaulted while queueing to see the Queen lying in state. 

A man allegedly exposed himself and pushed into the women, then reportedly jumped into the River Thames to escape.

Adio Adeshine, 19, allegedly exposed himself and pushed into the mourners from behind as they waited in line at Victoria Tower Gardens on Wednesday evening after Westminster Hall opened its doors to the public.

He is said to have gone into the River Thames in an attempt to evade police officers before coming out and being arrested.

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IN PICTURES: Rehersals for Queen’s funeral

Late night and early morning rehearsals have been taking place for the Queen’s funeral.

The Queen's funeral takes place on Monday

The Queen’s funeral takes place on Monday (Image: PA)

An early morning rehearsal for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

An early morning rehearsal for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II (Image: PA)

Francesca Edwards

King Charles to host state reception on eve of Queen’s funeral

King Charles will host senior royal family members at Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening. 

World leaders, diplomats, and international royals will also attend the reception on the eve of Her Majesty’s funeral. 

According to Omid Scobie, Yahoo’s Royal editor the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been invited to join.

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Francesca Edwards

King and Queen meet with invited guests at Cardiff Castle

The King and Queen Consort have met with invited guests at the Banqueting Hall in Cardiff Castle for a reception.

The Aberfan Wives were present at the reception, and told the PA News agency the Queen had travelled to the area after disaster “at the right time”.

Denise Morgan said she believed the King would continue his “bond” with the people of Aberfan.

Fellow member of the Aberfan Wives, Gloria Davies, told PA: “I don’t think they will have seen another side to him yet, but we have – he likes a bit of banter.”

Francesca Edwards

World leaders begin to arrive for Queen’s funeral

Jacinda Ardern is among the first world leaders to attend Queen Elizabeth’s lying-in-state in Westminster Hall. 

New Zealand’s Prime Minister s among first dignitaries to arrive in London ahead of Her Majesty’s funeral on Monday. 

Ms Arden stopped to curtsy as she filed part the coffin on Friday. 

Francesca Edwards

David Beckham queues for over 12 hours to see Queen lying in state

David Beckham has said he feels “lucky” to have spent time with the Queen while queueing to pay tribute.

The former England football captain was spotted in the queue after joining at 2am. 

He told ITV news it was “special” to sing God Save Our Queen in an England shirt. 

He added: “So this day was always going to be difficult, and it’s difficult for the nation, it’s difficult for everyone around the world, because I think everyone is feeling it, and our thoughts are with the family and obviously with everybody here today.

“Because it’s special to be here, to celebrate, and to hear the different stories that people have to say.”

David Beckham queues for over 12 hours to see Queen lying in state

David Beckham queues for over 12 hours to see Queen lying in state (Image: GRAHAM STONE / Avalon)

Francesca Edwards

‘Minimum 14 hour’ wait to see Queen’s coffin

The queue to see the Queen lying in state has grown to 14 hours long. 

Entry to the queue was paused this morning at 9.52am for around six hours after the queue grew to capacity. 

Mourners have been urged not to join the line until 4pm on Friday by the Government. 

'Minimum 14 hour' wait to see Queen's coffin

‘Minimum 14 hour’ wait to see Queen’s coffin (Image: Getty)

Francesca Edwards

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson view masses of touching tributes

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson have viewed the hundreds, if not thousands of flowers and messages left outside Windsor Castle.  

The duo looked emotional while taking the many messages of well-wishing planted by Britons while the country is in a period of Royal Mourning.

The local Rotary Club was giving children free flowers to lay down outside the gates of Windsor Castle at the weekend, according to ITV.

Sarah and the Duke of York were married for 10 years between 1986 and 1996.

Following the Queen’s death, the Duchess praised Her Majesty’s “fantastic example of duty and service and steadfastness”.

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Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson view masses of touching tributes

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson view masses of touching tributes (Image: Reuters)

Francesca Edwards

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Good afternoon I’m Francesca Edwards, I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments on the Royal Family. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.

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Tara Fair

King Charles greets wellwishers after Llandaff Cathedral service

King Charles III meets the local community after a Service of Prayer and Reflection for the life of Queen Elizabeth II, at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales.

King Charles III is visiting Wales for the first time since ascending the throne following the death of his mother.

King Charles III meets members of the public in Cardiff (Image: GETTY)

King Charles III is visiting Wales for the first time since ascending the throne (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Queue ‘full of people trying to photograph David Beckham’

Former Manchester United and England star David Beckham is reportedly in the queue to attend the Queen Lying-in-State. 

A couple shared photographs of a man who closely resembles him, though it could not be independently verified whether it is him.

Jules Birkby said: “The queue is now full of people trying to photograph David Beckham and forgetting to actually move onwards. It’s madness!

“I feel a bit sorry for him, but he’s taking it very well.”

Tara Fair

King speaks in Welsh to First Minister

King Charles III has delighted his audience by responding to First Minister Mark Drakeford in Welsh following the Motion of Condolence. 

The motion, which was agreed at an extraordinary session of the Senedd held last Sunday, said: “That this Senedd expresses its deep sadness at the death of Her Majesty The Queen and offers its sincere condolences to His Majesty The King and other members of the royal family.

“We recognise Her Majesty’s enduring commitment to public service and duty, including her support for many Welsh charities and organisations, and her lifelong association with Wales and its people.”

Tara Fair

PHOTOS: People continue to flock to the queue

The wait time to attend the Queen Lying-in-State in Westminster now exceeds 14 hours. 

The queue has been temporarily closed to allow people to move ahead and clear the barriers. 

The wait time now exceeds 14 hours (Image: GETTY)

People continue to flock to the queue (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Meghan Markle appeared ‘self-consciously awkward’ off-camera – claim

The awkward and tense body language between Meghan Markle and three senior royal women was spotted on Wednesday, as the Royal Family paid tribute to the late Queen at Westminster Hall.

Daily Mail’s Royal Editor Rebecca English remarked on Meghan’s uncomfortable interactions with Kate, the Princess of Wales, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Queen Consort Camilla.

She also noted that anyone could tell “something is slightly wrong here” even if they didn’t know about the royal rift in the family.

Ms English claimed a lot of the body language could be seen “off-camera”.

She told Palace Confidential: “A lot of what we saw happened off-camera because you weren’t allowed to pick up your cameras until they saw the coffin.

“We had five to ten minutes of just watching them. The body language was fascinating.

“You couldn’t help but notice the body language between the senior royals, and Meghan from where we were standing.

“You could see that Camilla, Kate and Sophie were together and the body language was very comfortable between them.

“But then there was Meghan and you could have almost fitted somebody else in that space.

“It spoke volumes.

“Even if you didn’t know what we all know that has happened over the past few years, you’d have turned up and thought, ‘that looks a bit odd, there’s something slightly wrong here’.”

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Meghan Markle appeared ‘self-consciously awkward’ off-camera – claim (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Meghan and Harry warned it will ‘take an awful lot’ to mend Royal Family rift

Speaking on the latest episode of Royally Us, royal expert and author Christopher Anderson discussed how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex still appear “uneasy” alongside the Royal Family, noting that it is going to “take an awful lot” for the couple to make amends with the family.

Speaking of the Sussexes, he said: “I just think Harry and Meghan still are uneasy.

“We have seen that in a recent interview that Meghan gave.

“So it’ll take an awful lot, I think, for them to amend those fences, to get things back to where they were.”

Mr Anderson also noted that William “did the reaching out” prior to the Sussexes walkabout in Windsor with Kate and William on September 10.

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Meghan and Harry warned it will ‘take an awful lot’ to mend Royal Family rift (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

‘We will never look at a jar of marmalade in the same way again,’ touching tribute to Queen

Andrew John, the Archbishop of Wales, has delivered a touching tribute to the late Queen, saying the nation will “never look at a jar of marmalade in the same way again”.

The Archbishop is addressing King Charles, the Queen Consort and others gathered inside Llandaff Cathedral.

As well as the Paddington bear sketch the Queen took part in for her Platinum Jubilee, he said that people will be reminded of the late Queen every time they watch James Bond due to the sketch she filmed with Daniel Craig.

Tara Fair

Charles and Camilla arrive for special service in Wales

King Charles III has walked through the cathedral to the sound of a Welsh hymn alongside his wife Camilla, Queen Consort. 

Earlier, military units from the Army, Navy and RAF have marked the King’s arrival in Wales with a gun salute.

Reservists from 104 Regiment Royal Artillery carried out the gun salute from Cardiff Castle on Friday as Charles arrived at Llandaff Cathedral.

Charles and Camilla arrive for special service in Wales (Image: SKY NEWS)

Tara Fair

King Charles III is en route to Llandaff Cathedral

King Charles III can be seen en route to Llandaff Cathedral, near Cardiff, for a service. 

Later, he will visit the Welsh parliament and Cardiff Castle.

The King flew by helicopter to the Welsh capital from Gloucestershire.

Thousands of people have lined the streets filling the air with cheers to welcome the new King.  

King Charles III is en route to Llandaff Cathedral (Image: SKY NEWS)

Thousands line the street to welcome the King (Image: SKY NEWS)

Tara Fair

Some 34 arrests made during policing of events following Queen’s death

Scotland Yard says it has arrested 34 people during the policing of events related to the aftermath of the Queen’s death, according to Sky News. 

These arrests were for “a range of offenses”. 

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Tara Fair

A nation in mourning: People leave tributes in Green Park

People continue to leave their tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II in Green Park, near Buckingham Palace. 

The Queen will be Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall until the morning of her funeral to allow members of the public to pay their last respects.

People view flowers at a memorial site in Green Park (Image: GETTY)

A memorial site in Green Park near Buckingham Palace (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Charles requested Harry to be allowed to wear military uniform in final vigil

Prince Harry will be allowed to wear his military uniform at the Queen’s vigil at his father’s request, it has been claimed. 

A Kensington Palace spokesman said today the late monarch’s grandchildren, including Prince William and the Duke of Sussex, will remain beside her coffin for 15 minutes for what promises to be a moving and poignant tribute to Her Majesty on Saturday evening.

The Prince of Wales will stand at the head of the coffin while the Duke of Sussex will be at the foot. Both will be in uniform at the King’s request, according to royal experts.

Queen Elizabeth II’s other grandchildren will wear morning coat and dark, formal dress with decorations.

GB News royal reporter Cameron Walker wrote on Twitter: “I understand it was the King’s request that Prince Harry would be permitted to wear uniform when the Queen’s grandchildren stand vigil beside her coffin on Saturday evening.”

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Harry allowed to wear military uniform in final vigil

Harry allowed to wear military uniform in final vigil (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry will be allowed to wear his military uniform at the Queen’s vigil at Charles’ request (Image: GETTY)

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Prince William has ‘more of a grudge against Harry’ as Charles wants to welcome him back

King Charles wants to welcome Prince Harry “back into the fold” while Prince William still holds a “grudge” against him, a royal expert has warned. 

Discussing Harry’s recent return to the UK Christopher Anderson told the Royally Us podcast: “Sure Charles would like everybody to be there, and doing their jobs.

“It’s in his interest to get Harry back into the fold.”

Despite this, he added: “I’m not sure William is that interested.

“I think he’s got more of a grudge against Harry at this time.”

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Prince William has 'more of a grudge against Harry' as Charles wants to welcome him back

Prince William has ‘more of a grudge against Harry’ as Charles wants to welcome him back (Image: Getty)

Tara Fair

Chinese officials ‘banned’ from Queen’s Lying-in-State

A delegation of Chinese government officials will not be allowed to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s lying in state in Parliament after Sir Lindsay Hoyle reportedly imposed a ban on Beijing representatives.

Sir Lindsay, the Commons Speaker, has reportedly refused a request for a Chinese delegation to enter Westminster Hall to pay their respects, according to BBC and Politico. 

He has reportedly banned the delegation amid a long-running dispute between Parliament and the Chinese government over the sanctioning of MPs.

Westminster Hall forms part of the parliamentary estate and as such is under the control of the Commons Speaker and the Lord Speaker.

Chinese officials ‘banned’ from Queen’s Lying-in-State (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Prince William’s investiture may not follow that of Prince Charles’s, says Mark Drakeford

Mark Drakeford has suggested that the investiture of Prince William need not follow the pattern set by the ceremony that saw Charles made prince of Wales in 1969.

He said: “The Wales of 2022 is very different to the Wales of 1969. I don’t think looking back at that event and thinking of it as some sort of pattern that you would wish to pick up and copy, I don’t think that would be the right way to go about things.

“I think the new Prince of Wales will want to take time to establish himself in that role, to work out where he can make the most contribution to creating a successful Wales of the future.”

Tara Fair

All 43 police forces helping with security for Queen’s funeral

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said all 43 police forces will be contributing to the security operation for the Queen’s funeral on Monday. 

Speaking to Sky News, he said: “We’ve got brilliant personnel from the armed forces helping in London, the Army, RAF, Navy, as planned.

“Thousands of stewards as well.

“This funeral is unprecedented. It’s the largest gathering of world leaders for decades.

“On top of that, you’ve got literally hundreds of thousands coming to pay their respects.

“And you’ll be seeing over the course of the next few days, prime ministers, presidents, sovereigns arrive in lots of teamwork between the Foreign Office, the Home Office, City Hall and many others.”

Tara Fair

Prince Harry ‘seeing cost’ of quitting royal life

Conservative author Douglas Murray has suggested Prince Harry is now “seeing the cost” of quitting the Royal Family as he experiences a “lonely” time grieving for his grandmother, the Queen. 

Speaking to TalkTV, Mr Murray said: “I think this must be a very lonely time for Harry by all accounts on the day of the late Queen’s death, having to arrange his own travel.

“Being reminded of the fact that if he had been part of the family still, he would have been looked after by them but he had to go his own way because he said he would.

“Now he’s seeing some of the costs of it.

“One of the costs of it is a certain coldness from members of the family.

“How could you not guard what you say when a member has said so many things about the family and is expected to say more.”

Prince Harry: ‘A very lonely time’ says commentator

Tara Fair

TfL warns THREE central London tube stations to be closed on Monday

Transport for London (TfL) has warned three central London tube stations will be closed on Monday, the day of the Queen’s funeral, to avoid overcrowding. 

Passengers will not be able to start or end journeys at Westminster, St James’s Park and Hyde Park Corner, Transport for London (TfL) said.

It will “aim to reopen stations” after the funeral to help people get home from the Westminster area.

Green Park station will be exit-only between 10am and 8pm.

Many buses in central London will be diverted because of road closures.

Buses will pull over “if it is safe and practical to do so” and switch their engines off during the one-minute silence on Sunday at 8pm and the two-minute silence at around 11.55am on Monday.

Passengers will not be able to use Westminster, St James’s Park and Hyde Park Corner (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

King Charles and the Queen Consort to visit Wales

King Charles and the Queen Consort will fly to Wales by helicopter today, where they will attend a service of prayer and reflection at Llandaff Cathedral at 11am.

The couple will then go to the Welsh Parliament, where they will receive condolences and meet members of the Senedd.

There will also be a private audience with Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford at Cardiff Castle at about 12.25pm.

King Charles and the Queen Consort to visit Wales (Image: GETTY)

King Charles and the Queen Consort to visit Wales (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Are you queuing today? Here’s the latest waiting time

If you are queueing to attend the Queen Lying-in-State today, follow our LIVE blog to keep track of the wait times and latest developments. 

Right now, the line is 4.9 miles long, which results in an 11.5 hour wait to Westminster Hall. 

The nearest station to that is Bermondsey on the Jubilee line. It is also a 17-minute walk from Canada Water on the Jubilee line and the Overground.

FOLLOW THE QUEUE TRACKER, HERE.

Tara Fair

Zelensky’s wife to attend Queen’s funeral

Olena Zelenska, the wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, is reportedly going to attend the Queen’s funeral on Monday.

Ms Zelenska will be among 500 heads of state and dignitaries invited to a VIP reception hosted by King Charles the day before which excludes Russia, The Sun reported.

A source told the newspaper: “Olena Zelenska’s presence is yet another sign of the global support for Ukraine while Russia is isolated.

“Britain is one of Ukraine’s staunchest allies. Her presence at the funeral is a sign of that friendship and mutual respect.”

Olena Zelenska, the wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Prince Harry to be allowed military uniform for vigil in major U-turn

Prince Harry will wear his military uniform for a vigil tomorrow as his beloved grandmother lies in state.

The late Queen’s eight grandchildren, including the Duke of Sussex and his older brother the Prince of Wales, will hold a 15-minute vigil on Saturday as she lies in state at Westminster Hall ahead of next Monday’s funeral.

Palace officials are said to have intervened after Prince Andrew, who stepped back from public duties in 2019 amid the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, was given the go-ahead to don his uniform as he joins King Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Edward for a separate vigil on Friday.

A royal source told the Mirror: “Common sense has prevailed. It was a ludicrous situation given the Duke of Sussex has served his country and is a highly respected member of the armed forces with everything he has done for veterans.

“It is important that the Queen’s grandchildren are all made to feel welcome and comfortable as they grieve their beloved grandmother together.”

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