London, April 11th (EFE). The United Kingdom faces a week of national mourning after the death of Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, at the age of 99, a period during which flags will fly halfway through until Parliament will not pass new laws and the government will suspend unnecessary public announcements.
On Monday, the House of Commons and Lords held extraordinary sessions in which parliamentarians will commemorate the Duke of Edinburgh, whose funeral will take place next Saturday at the 17th at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Until the funeral takes place, presenters of the major UK television networks will be dressed in black, ministers will cancel their public functions and routine press conferences on fighting the pandemic will be suspended.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not attend tomorrow, as scheduled, a bar that will open its balconies for the first time in three months, an important first step in easing the strict confinement imposed in England. Last 6 of January.
The conservative prime minister will not attend Felipe’s funeral, which only 30 people can attend due to restrictions still in effect due to the Coronavirus.
His official Downing Street correspondent reports that Johnson has resigned from attending the ceremony that will be given by the Archbishop of Canterbury to allow more members of the royal family to bid farewell to Philip at his funeral.
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The youngest of Elizabeth II and the Duke, Princes Andres and Eduardo, attended mass on Sunday at a church near Windsor Castle, as they both responded to media questions.
They agreed to thank the “extraordinary” appreciation his father’s personality had received and emphasized the grief that his family was experiencing in the face of this loss.
Andres explained, 61 years old, that Elizabeth II described to those close to her that the death of her husband, whom she married for 73 years, leaves “a great void in her life.”
“The closest family is with her to make sure she has our support,” said the prince, who described his 94-year-old mother as “an incredibly sedate person”.
Eduardo, 57, said the death of Philip was a “shock” to him. “As much as one tries to prepare for something like this, it is a terrible shock. I am still trying to reconcile with it,” he said.
Reunion Guillermo and Enrique
Princes Guillermo and Enrique, the Duke’s grandsons, will meet again next Saturday at their grandfather’s funeral. The meeting comes at a time of particular tension between Enrique, who will travel to the UK from the US, and the rest of the royals.
Relations between the two brothers were particularly troubled after the Duke of Sussex’s wife, Megan, in an interview, accused an unspecified member of the royal family of showing racist attitudes – and the Duchess added that they were not of the royal family. Queen or Duke of Edinburgh.
In this regard, former British Prime Minister John Major today expressed his wish that the funeral be appropriate to try to defuse the tension.
In an interview with the BBC, the former conservative president, who was appointed in 1997 as a “special guardian” to Guillermo and Enrique, for their help in resolving negotiations over the region, said, “I sincerely hope that any differences that may exist can be amended.” Their mother’s inheritance, valued at 21 million pounds (approximately 24 million euros and 28 million dollars at the current exchange rate).
Enrique is expected to arrive in the UK without his wife, who has received medical advice not to travel due to her pregnancy. Like the rest of the people arriving in the country, the prince must comply with a mandatory ten-day quarantine and take three tests for Coronavirus, one before travel, another on the second day of residency and one on the eighth day.
However, restrictions imposed by the epidemic stipulate that a person can leave isolation temporarily for “humanitarian reasons,” including attending funerals of close family members. EFE
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