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UK: 'A hard act to follow' - London prepares to receive Queen Elizabeth II coffin03:58

UK: 'A hard act to follow' - London prepares to receive Queen Elizabeth II coffin

United Kingdom, London
September 12, 2022 at 12:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Locals and visitors described both their sadness at the death of the Queen, and the challenges facing the monarchy, as hundreds continued to gather outside Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday.

"She has been a part of our lives, well, all of my life but I feel like Charles will take on the mantle, will be a hard act to follow but he will do a good job of it. He's been well-prepared since a baby for this big role," said one mourner.

King Charles III is currently on a tour of the United Kingdom during the period of national mourning. Footage shows the Household Cavalry rehearsing in front of the palace for the Queen’s funeral next Monday, with visitors from as far away as Australia.

"She’s been around my whole lifetime, not somebody that you often think about though as being a big figure in your life but then her passing, you suddenly realise what a big impact she did have," she explained. "We’re part of the Commonwealth as well, so there’s talk in Australia about a public holiday to mark the occasion."

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was flown from Edinburgh to RAF Northolt on Tuesday. She will lie in state for four days at Westminster Hall, ahead of the funeral.

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Locals and visitors described both their sadness at the death of the Queen, and the challenges facing the monarchy, as hundreds continued to gather outside Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday.

"She has been a part of our lives, well, all of my life but I feel like Charles will take on the mantle, will be a hard act to follow but he will do a good job of it. He's been well-prepared since a baby for this big role," said one mourner.

King Charles III is currently on a tour of the United Kingdom during the period of national mourning. Footage shows the Household Cavalry rehearsing in front of the palace for the Queen’s funeral next Monday, with visitors from as far away as Australia.

"She’s been around my whole lifetime, not somebody that you often think about though as being a big figure in your life but then her passing, you suddenly realise what a big impact she did have," she explained. "We’re part of the Commonwealth as well, so there’s talk in Australia about a public holiday to mark the occasion."

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was flown from Edinburgh to RAF Northolt on Tuesday. She will lie in state for four days at Westminster Hall, ahead of the funeral.