Sat. Oct 1st, 2022

King Charles III and his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, have been “deeply moved” by the global outpouring of support and messages following the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, according to a statement released on Sunday.

“Over the past ten days, my wife and I have been deeply moved by the many messages of condolence and support we have received from this country and around the world,” Charles said in a statement posted on the royal family’s website.

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“In London, Edinburgh, Hillsborough and Cardiff we were touched beyond measure by everyone who went out of their way to come and pay tribute to the lifelong service of my dear mother, the late Queen,” he said.

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The message comes less than a day before the Queen’s funeral on Monday when hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather in London.

Transport for London says it is preparing for around a million people to visit the British capital on Monday for the state funeral.

Leaders from around the world, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, also flew in to pay their respects.

Elizabeth died on September 8 at the age of 96 at her Scottish residence, Balmoral Castle, with several members of the royal family by her side.

A private funeral, attended by the family, will be held at 2:30 PM ET on Monday at the King George VI Memorial Chapel, where the Queen will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Prince Philip.

Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died last year at the age of 99.

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“As we all prepare to say our final goodbyes, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all those countless people who have been such a support and comfort to my family and me in this time of grief,” Charles said.

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Charles’ wife Camilla also paid tribute to Elizabeth in a video message broadcast on Sunday night, highlighting her reign as a woman in a world dominated by male leaders for much of her time as queen.

“It must have been so hard for her to be a recluse,” says the Queen Consort.

He adds: “There were no women prime ministers or presidents. She was the only one, so I think she carved out her own role.”

— With files from the Associated Press

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