Return of the Queen to London in a coffin – Charles in Northern Ireland

Before sunrise on Tuesday, thousands of soldiers in ceremonial uniforms were rehearsing for the procession. Die-hard royalists have lined up along the route to get a good view of the action. King Charles III visited Northern Ireland with Queen Camilla on Tuesday. Charles has also been officially appointed head of state in Papua New Guinea.

At the state funeral, where hundreds of heads of state and government, members of royal families and other dignitaries are expected in London on Monday (September 19), including US President Joe Biden and German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, representatives of Russia are not welcome.

According to a media report, representatives of Russia and Belarus, against which Great Britain issued numerous sanctions because of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, and Southeast Asian Myanmar did not invite. The PA news agency also reported, citing government sources, that Iran, with which diplomatic relations are strained, should only be represented at ambassadorial level.

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Following the arrests of opponents of the monarchy during the Queen’s ceremonies, there is also a debate in Great Britain about a possible lack of freedom of expression. Ruth Smeeth, head of the Index on Censorship organization, described the arrests following protests against the monarchy as “very worrying”, according to the BBC. The royal ceremonies should neither intentionally nor unintentionally restrict citizens’ freedom of expression.

There were isolated protests against the royal family

In Scotland, two 22-year-olds have been arrested in recent days for breach of the peace when the new king Charles III was proclaimed. and a funeral procession for the Queen. On Tuesday, one of the two demonstrators who had explicitly turned against Prince Andrew was charged. Andrew (62) is particularly controversial because of his involvement in the abuse scandal surrounding the late US multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

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There was also an arrest in the English university city of Oxford. Video footage from London also showed police turning a woman away from the entrance to Parliament holding a sign that read ‘Not my King’.

Jodie Beck of the Liberty organization said it was very worrying that the police were using their powers in a harsh and punitive manner, according to the BBC. London’s Metropolitan Police pointed to the enormous challenge facing police at the royal mass events, but also reassured the public had a right to protest.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II in Edinburgh

Royal Guards carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at the start of the procession from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles Cathedral.

(Photo: dpa)

On his first visit to Northern Ireland as King, Charles was greeted with cheers and a gun salute. The monarch and his wife shook hands outside the Hillsborough royal residence and viewed hundreds of bouquets of flowers outside the castle. School children waved British flags.

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In Hillsborough, the king first met the British Minister for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris, and representatives of the political parties. Later, the condolences of the regional parliament was planned. It is Charles’ 40th visit to the former civil war province of Northern Ireland.

“The Crown” wins streaming numbers

On the global streaming service Netflix the number of views of the Queen series “The Crown” has skyrocketed in the past few days. As the industry journal “Variety” reported, citing figures from the analysis company Whip Media, the number in Great Britain rose significantly over the weekend. The magazine reported a similar development in the USA and other countries.

Staged since 2016 Netflix the lives of the British royals in his award-winning series. So far, Claire Foy (38) and Oscar winner Olivia Colman (48) have played the queen. The upcoming fifth season with Imelda Staunton (66) as Queen is expected to be about the early 90s, when Charles and Diana’s relationship continued to deteriorate.

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