Search for:
kralbetz.com1xbit güncelTipobet365Anadolu Casino GirişMariobet GirişSupertotobet mobil girişBetistbahis.comSahabetTarafbetMatadorbetbeylikdüzü korsan taksiBetturkey
Queen’s lying in state enters first full day as rehearsals take place overnight for late monarch’s funeral | UK News

The Queen’s lying in state has entered its first full day, with mourners braving lengthy queues for the chance to file past the late monarch’s coffin.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to walk through the ancient hall of Westminster Palace after the doors opened to the public at 5pm on Wednesday.

It will stay open for four full days until 6.30am on Monday – the day of her funeral.

Queen lies in state as guard faints – latest news

There are predictions the line could stretch for up to 10 miles with waits of up to 30 hours to get into Westminster Hall.

However, as of 5am on Thursday it was 2.1 miles long – stretching to Southwark Bridge.

Sky News reporter Olive Enokido-Lineham waited six hours to enter the palace, suggesting wait times are much shorter than initially feared.

Police officers, volunteers, and stewards are managing the queue, while toilets and water fountains are being provided at various points along the route.

People waiting in line are being given a coloured and numbered wristband to prevent any queue jumping, and to allow them to leave for short periods, such as to get food.

Watch the Queen lying in state

Members of the public wait in line in central London, to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state in Westminster Hall ahead of her funeral on Monday. Picture date: Wednesday September 14, 2022.

Rehearsals for funeral take place overnight as King takes day for reflection

Rehearsals have been taking place overnight for the Queen’s funeral.

Members of the military could be seen in Westminster carrying a stand-in coffin, ahead of Monday’s state funeral.

An early morning rehearsal for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London, ahead of her funeral on Monday. Picture date: Thursday September 15, 2022.
Image:
An early morning rehearsal for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth
An early morning rehearsal for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London, ahead of her funeral on Monday. Picture date: Thursday September 15, 2022.

King Charles has returned to his Highgrove home in Gloucestershire. He will have a private day of reflection and is not expected to attend any public events.

In the detailed planning for the aftermath of the Queen’s death – known as Operation London Bridge – a day was set aside at this point for the new monarch to have some time away from public duties.

A rehearsal for the Queen's funeral procession
A rehearsal for the Queen's funeral procession
A rehearsal for the Queen's funeral procession

The period will allow the King to pause, but it is understood he will be working in preparation for his new role and will already be receiving his red boxes of state papers.

Read more on Queen:
Seven things to look out for as the Queen lies in state
Queen leaves Buckingham Palace for final time
In pictures: Meghan reunited with Royal Family

Elsewhere, King’s Counsel will take part in wreath laying after the death of the Queen.

Senior barristers, now known as KCs instead of QCs after the proclamation of the King, have been invited to dress in robes and court mourning attire.

They will then gather outside the Old Bailey before walking to Gray’s Inn Chapel for the ceremony.

Meghan postpones celebratory event

Members of the royal family, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, walk as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown placed on top, arrives at Westminster Hall, London, where it will lie in state ahead of her funeral on Monday. Picture date: Wednesday September 14, 2022.
Image:
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Meanwhile, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has postponed a celebratory event she was due to attend as a woman of honour, as well as the release of her podcast, out of respect for the Queen.

Meghan was selected alongside other high-profile women, including Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Malala, as part of US outlet Variety’s Power of Women event.

The honourees will feature on the cover of the publication’s Power of Women special edition, with an event taking place on Wednesday, 28 September.

“Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, was chosen as one of one of this year’s stellar honorees,” Variety said.

“The Duchess’ cover will be postponed to a later date, out of respect for the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

“Similarly, she will not attend the Power of Women event in Los Angeles later this month.”

Meghan’s podcast, Archetypes, will also not be released during the duration of the mourning period for the Queen.

The bearer party carries the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall, London, where it will lie in state ahead of her funeral on Monday. Picture date: Wednesday September 14, 2022.
Image:
The bearer party carries the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall

Among her fellow honourees was US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who conducted the explosive interview with Harry and Meghan in March 2021.

Speaking recently at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Winfrey said she hoped the Queen’s death will allow the Royal Family to come together and provide “an opportunity for peacemaking”.

The royals were reunited as they joined a procession behind the Queen as she left Buckingham Palace for the final time on Wednesday.

King Charles, the Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex accompanied the monarch on the journey to Westminster Hall for her lying in state. The Queen Consort, Princess of Wales, Countess of Wessex and Duchess of Sussex travelled by car.

Truss to face Starmer at the despatch box in PMQs and brief her cabinet on her first full day as prime minister | Politics News

New Prime Minister Liz Truss will go head-to-head with Sir Keir Starmer for the first time today as the pair cross swords in Prime Minister’s Questions at noon.

On Tuesday, in her first speech as prime minister, Ms Truss said the UK would “ride out the storm” caused by the war in Ukraine and promised a package of reforms to “transform Britain” including measures to boost growth and put the NHS on a “firm footing”.

She also pledged to tackle soaring energy bills as an immediate priority. She is expected to announce a plan to freeze bills later in the week.

Liz Truss announces her cabinet – Politics latest

It has been reported that the freeze will be around £2,500 – more than £500 above the current price cap but £1,000 less than the limit due to be imposed in October.

Labour leader Sir Keir will likely probe Ms Truss on her prospective energy proposals at PMQs.

His party has called for the energy price cap to be frozen now, which would be paid for introducing a new windfall tax on oil and gas companies’ profits without a “major tax loophole” it claims the government’s current windfall tax has.

After giving her speech outside Number 10, Ms Truss then appointed her cabinet team who will gather for their first meeting this morning.

Supporters of leadership rival Rishi Sunak – including former justice secretary Dominic Raab, former transport secretary Grant Shapps and former health secretary Steve Barclay – were removed from their senior government positions.

Loyal allies of Ms Truss were rewarded for their long-term support, including friend Therese Coffey who was promoted from work and pensions secretary to health secretary and deputy prime minister.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Big promises from the new PM

Elsewhere, former business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng was elevated to chancellor – and Sky News understands in the first few hours of the job he summoned the bosses of Britain’s biggest banks for talks today.

Posting on social media, Mr Kwarteng said being offered the position was “the honour of a lifetime”.

Read more: Who is Kwasi Kwarteng?

Former attorney general Suella Braverman was appointed home secretary following Priti Patel’s departure, while James Cleverly was promoted to the position of foreign secretary which Ms Truss had previously held.

Mr Cleverly had worked as a minister in the foreign office for two years, acting effectively as Ms Truss’s deputy.

Former minister of state for Brexit opportunities and government efficiency Jacob Rees-Mogg was promoted to business secretary, while Former Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis’s loyalty to Ms Truss saw him awarded the justice brief.

Former chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and policing minister Kit Malthouse was given the education beat, while former international trade secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan will deal with the autumn of planned railway strikes in her new role as transport secretary.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Who are Liz Truss’s top three cabinet members?

The PM’s press secretary said Ms Truss had appointed a cabinet “which represents the depth and breadth of talent in the Conservative Party” and which will “unify the party, get our economy growing and deliver for the British people”.

More junior ministers are expected to be appointed today.

Subscribe to the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts,  Google Podcasts,  Spotify, Spreaker

Read more: The conundrum facing Liz Truss could trigger ‘existential threat’ to Conservative Party
Truss needs to put her gaffe-prone days as foreign secretary behind her if she wants international respect

Shortly after making her first address outside Downing Street, the new PM made her first call – as promised – to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

In a statement after they had spoken, Ms Truss said: “Ukraine can depend on the UK for support in the long term.”

Meanwhile, in a post on social media, President Zelenskyy said he thanked Ms Truss for the UK’s continued support for Ukraine and invited her to visit the country.

Ms Truss also spoke to US President Joe Biden.

President Biden offered his congratulations, saying he looked forward to “deepening the special relationship between our countries and working in close cooperation on global challenges, including continued support for Ukraine as it defends itself against Russian aggression”.

Ms Truss said she and Mr Biden discussed working together on shared challenges such as the economic impact of the war in Ukraine and promised to build on “UK-US links”.

Lloyds to close 66 branches this winter – full list of those shutting | Business News

Lloyds Banking Group has announced it will close 66 branches this winter.

Between October and January, 48 Lloyds Bank branches and 18 Halifax branches will shut – the latest in a broad trend of big banks quitting the high street.

It comes just two months after the lender announced plans to shut 28 branches between August and November.

Russell Galley, director of consumer relationships at Lloyds Banking Group said: “Our customers have more choice than ever in how they bank with us.

“As our customers do more online, visits to some branches have fallen by as much as 85% over the last five years.

“Alongside our digital, online and telephone services, we’ll continue to invest in our branches, but they need to be in the right places, where they’re well-used.”

Lloyds said there will be no compulsory or voluntary redundancies, with staff able to move to other branches or another part of the business.

According to trade union, Unite, more than 5,000 bank and building society branches have closed since 2015.

But Lloyds insists it has 19.1 million online customers and 15.6 million app users, showing the increasing popularity of digital banking.

It has also promised that all of the branches set to close have at least one free ATM within half a mile, and a Post Office within 1.1 miles.

Once all the announced closures are complete, there will be 646 Lloyds Bank, 510 Halifax and 165 Bank of Scotland branches remaining.

The branches due to close between October and January are:

Lloyds, Bromyard
Lloyds, Chigwell
Lloyds, Catterick Garrison
Lloyds, Malvern Link
Lloyds, Redruth
Lloyds, Lutterworth
Lloyds, Palmers Green
Lloyds, Cheadle
Lloyds, Lytham St Annes
Lloyds, New Ollerton
Lloyds, Paternoster Sq, London
Lloyds, Earls Court Rd, London

Lloyds, Leadenhall St, London
Lloyds, Axminster
Lloyds, Barton upon Humber
Lloyds, Belper
Lloyds, Intake, Sheffield
Lloyds, The Moor, Sheffield
Lloyds, Tilehurst, Reading
Lloyds, New Romney
Lloyds, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Lloyds, Weoley Castle, Birmingham
Lloyds, Billericay
Lloyds, Immingham

Lloyds, Tonbridge
Lloyds, Edgware Rd, Paddington, London
Lloyds, Notting Hill Gate, London
Lloyds, Sandbach
Lloyds, West Wickham
Lloyds, Darlaston
Lloyds, Purley
Lloyds, Aldridge
Lloyds, Rothbury
Lloyds, Wootton Bassett
Lloyds, Guisborough
Lloyds, Cheddar

Lloyds, Cinderford
Lloyds, Cleobury Mortimer
Lloyds, Holyhead
Lloyds, Wallingford
Lloyds, Bishop’s Waltham
Lloyds, Helston
Lloyds, Looe
Lloyds, Slaithwaite
Lloyds, Welshpool
Lloyds, Pwllheli
Lloyds, Caldicot
Lloyds, Llandrindod Wells

Halifax, High Holborn, London
Halifax, Hitchin
Halifax, Ripon
Halifax, Stowmarket
Halifax, Newry
Halifax, Whitchurch
Halifax, Dorking
Halifax, Mitcham
Halifax, Retford

Halifax, Tiverton
Halifax, Tottenham Ct Rd, London
Halifax, Windsor
Halifax, Stroud
Halifax, Ruislip
Halifax, Birmingham
Halifax, Rawtenstall
Halifax, Coleraine
Halifax, Warminster