Sep 19, 2022

World bids farewell to the Queen!

The last rites of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain is scheduled to be held in London, UK today (19).

The Queen's remains were taken from Balmoral Palace to Edinburgh on the 11th before being brought to London on the 13th and placed at the Westminster Abbey in London from the 14th.

For four days, the last remains of Queen Elizabeth II were placed at the chapel allowing the public to pay respect to the Queen, and thousands of British citizens gathered outside the Buckingham Palace in London and paid their respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

Meanwhile, over 500 diplomats including Heads of State, foreign ministers from many countries paid their last respects to the Queen.

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Dr. Maithree Wickremesinghe also paid their last respects to her yesterday (18).

In addition, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, Indian President Droupadi Murmu, and Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan have also arrived in London to pay their last respects to the Queen.

According to the funeral plan of Queen Elizabeth II, her death has been notified to the 15 countries where the Queen is considered the Head of State and to the other 36 countries of the Commonwealth including Sri Lanka.

Born in 1926 in Mayfair, London as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Winsor, the princess ascended the throne in 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe instructed the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs to fly the national flag at half-mast in all public buildings to mourn the death of the Queen, who was the leader of 56 countries of the Commonwealth of Nations.

In addition, today has been declared a day of national mourning.

Following the death of the Queen, who was in the throne for 70 years, Prince Charles has become the King of Britain.