Queen Elizabeth’s funeral… London under security!

-Galla S Kiran Kumar,Bureau Chief Telagana (Andhra Pradesh)

London: All arrangements have been completed for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The government has made elaborate arrangements for the Rani’s final yatra to be held on Monday. Thousands of celebrities from around the world and millions of British citizens are expected to attend the event. Queen Elizabeth’s final journey will continue through the streets of London as millions of citizens look on amid strict security to ensure the royal kingdom is strong. Let’s take a look at what arrangements have been made in London and across the UK to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth, who passed away on September 8.

* 2000 dignitaries : 2,000 dignitaries from around the world will attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth 2, which will begin at Westminster Abbey. Leaders like King Charles III, other royal families, US President Joe Biden and Indian President Draupadi Murmu will be present.

* 800 guests : Along with these, 800 guests who have served in various fields will pay their respects at St. Chapelle, Windsor Castle.

* 5949 Soldiers : While 5949 soldiers are already on duty for the Queen’s funeral, 4416 are Army personnel, 847 are Navy personnel, and 686 are Air Force personnel. In addition to these, 175 armed forces personnel from Commonwealth countries are available.

*  1650 military personnel : About 1650 military personnel will participate in the final procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. Another thousand people will keep vigil along the streets on the way to the final journey.

* 10,000 policemen : For the first time in the history of London, massive police force is being established. London Police has revealed that 10 thousand personnel will be on duty on Monday for this purpose.

* 36 km barricades : The police have built barricades to control lakhs of citizens who will come for the funeral procession of the queen. They have been set up in Central London alone with a length of about 36 km.

* 10 Lakhs : Officials estimate that around 10 lakh citizens will attend the Rani’s funeral on Monday. For this, 250 additional train services are being run across the city.

* 8 km long queue : Citizens are waiting in a queue of about 8 km long to see the body of the Queen who is currently in Westminster. It is expected that this traffic will continue till Monday morning.

* 125 theaters : Arrangements have been made in 125 theaters to telecast live the funeral of the queen on Monday.

* 2868 : Along with pearls and rubies, a total of 2868 diamonds will be placed on the queen’s coffin.

* 2 minutes of silence : Two minutes of silence will be observed across the country during the funeral at Westminster Abbey.