On September 6, it was the 25th anniversary of a historic funeral in London: that of Lady Di, who had died on August 31 in a traffic accident in the Alma tunnel in Paris. Walking behind the coffin were Princes William and Harry, who had at that time 15 and 12 yearsaccompanied by his father.
The scene was repeated this Wednesday, a quarter of a century later, but with Queen Elizabeth II as the protagonist of A challenge that transcends the borders of the United Kingdom. During the procession, which left at 2:22 p.m. (local time, 3:22 p.m. in Spain) from the Buckingham Palace bound for Westminster Hall, where the funeral chapel was installed, Carlos III and his children followed the coffin on foot, accompanied by Princess Anne and Princes Edward and Andrew.
The Queen consort, Camila; Catherine, Princess of Wales; Sophie, Countess of Wessex; and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
During the 38 minutes that the funeral procession lasted, they were cannon salvos fired in Hyde Park and the sound of the bells of Big Ben paid tribute to the monarch, who died last Thursday at Balmoral Castle, in Scotland, at the age of 96.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Accompanied by the Dean of Westminster, he presided over a brief religious service after the arrival of the coffin, but the most awaited moment by the public will come at 5:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. in Spain), when the doors of the historic building open so that the thousands of people who from Monday began to queue, can say goodbye to the Queen.
The wake will last until next Monday at 6:30 a.m. (7:30 a.m. in Spain), and four and a half hours later the state funeral will begin, to which more than 500 heads of state and dignitaries.