The funeral chapel of Elizabeth II was completed this morning in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the British Parliament, before the state funeral of the Queen, who died on September 8, is held on Monday.

Thousands of people have queued for several hours in recent days to access the site where the sovereign’s coffin was installed, covered with the royal standard, the imperial crown, the orb; coin which represents the Christian world, and the golden scepter, symbol of power, and which was guarded by the royal guard.

During the days that the burning chapel remained open, Isabella II’s four children, King Carlos III and his three brothers, Ana, Andrés and Eduardo, held a Friday evening vigil.

On Saturday, the Queen’s grandchildren, Princes William and Henry (the King’s sons), did the same; Mark Phillips and Zara Tindall (children of Princess Anne); Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie (daughters of Prince Andrew) and Louise and James Montbatten-Windsor (son of Prince Edward).

The Queen’s funeral will begin at 11 a.m. local time (1000 GMT) at Westminster Abbey this Monday, after the funeral procession made the short journey from Westminster Hall to the religious temple in central London.

Police on The Mall Avenue, London, during the funeral of Elizabeth II. EFE/EPA/Tolga Akmen

Some 2,300 police officers will guard Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin on her final journey from Westminster Abbey, where her state funeral will be held, to Windsor Castle, where she will be buried in St George’s Chapel.

Thousands of people in London and Windsor to see the motorcade of Elizabeth II

Citizens await the state funeral of Elizabeth II. EFE/EPA/VINCE MIGNOTT

Thousands of people have already packed into London and Windsor to see Elizabeth II’s funeral procession up close at the state funeral.

Along the streets through which the procession will pass, thousands of people, many carrying British flags, have spent the night occupying the best place to see the coffin pass, carried on a gun carriage, and which will be accompanied by several members of the royal family, with King Carlos III at its head.

With coats, hats and scarves, due to the cold of the night and the morning, the British and also the tourists await the beginning of the national funeral – at 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT) -.

Edited by Oscar Tomasi

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