Queen's Funeral

Here’s A Minute To Minute Detail Of Queen’s Funeral

With world leaders and dignitaries flying from across the globe, and an expected crowd of over 2 million people, the Queen’s funeral will, in all likelihood, be the highest-attended event in the history of the United Kingdom.

Let’s see what will happen at the state funeral – a detailed step-by-step plan for Monday.

According to the New York Times, the funeral will begin at 11 am (London Time). According to Indian time, it will be 4:30 pm.

The Queen’s funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey and according to Buckingham palace officials, The Royal Hospital Chelsea which is a residence for retired soldiers in West London will host a gathering of heads of state and foreign royals before they leave for Westminster Abbey.

New York Times quoted some local UK media reports that claim that many world leaders are unhappy with community transportation because they heard rumours that some of them will get preferential treatment and be permitted to drive their own cars.

Currently, the Queen’s coffin is at Westminster Hall and after 6 am (London time) on September 19, the doors will close to the public. Preparations will thereafter begin for the Queen’s coffin to be moved to Westminster Abbey.

According to New York Times, the Westminster Abbey will open at 8:00 am (London time) for those who have been invited to the funeral.

New York Times also reports that the coffin will be carried in a procession from Westminster Hall to the abbey. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel will be stationed along the way. About 200 musicians, including the pipes and drums of the Scottish and Irish Regiments, will lead the procession. King Charles III and other royal family members will ride in the carriage.

The Queen’s funeral service will be conducted by the dean of Westminster, and readings will be given by Patricia Scotland, the secretary general of the Commonwealth, and Prime Minister Liz Truss. The sermon will be delivered by Canterbury’s archbishop, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.

Two minutes of silence will be observed across Britain towards the end of the ceremony. The service is expected to end around 12 pm (UK time)

After the service ends, a procession will follow the coffin to Wellington Arch in London after which it will be driven to Windsor.

New York Times also revealed that following the funeral, visiting heads of state and government representatives would attend a reception hosted by the foreign secretary.

Now, after the Queen’s coffin will reach Windsor, the hearse will join a new procession on the journey to St. George’s chapel. A committal service will be held there. All members of the queen’s staff, including those who have worked on private estates, will be in attendance.

The dean of Windsor will conduct the service there.

According to the online media portal, The Imperial State Crown, the orb, and the sceptre will be taken off the top of the coffin and placed on the altar by the crown jeweller before the last hymn is sung.

Then, the coffin will be lowered into the royal vault, a burial room underneath the chapel, following the hymn. New York Times quoted a Buckingham Palace release that read, “The Queen is to be buried together with The Duke of Edinburgh”.

The blessing will be pronounced by the archbishop of Canterbury, and “God Save the King” will then be sung.

The funeral service will be private and begin at 7:30 p.m. The dean of Windsor will be conducting it. (ANI)

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Queen's Funeral

Queen’s Funeral Security To Cost Rs 59 Cr INR

More than USD 7 million (around INR 59 crores) will be shelled out to beef up the security for the Queen’s funeral on September 19.

According to New York Post, protecting Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will be the most expensive single-day operation in UK history, costing over USD 7.5 million.
To secure the unprecedented number of foreign leaders, who are expected at the funeral on Monday, the British Mi5 and Mi6 intelligence agencies, London’s Metropolitan Police, and the Secret Service will work together.

“This is the biggest policing operation that the United Kingdom policing has ever undertaken,” New York Post quoted Simon Morgan, a former Royal security officer, as saying.

“When you look at the other events, they were big — the Prince and Prince of Wales’ wedding in 2011 was the biggest — but in comparison to this, you can’t compare it,” he said.

William and Kate’s 2011 wedding had heavy police deployment. According to New York Post, Police costs for the 2011 wedding were an estimated USD 7.2 million.

London will be covered with heavy security — from marksmen and observers perched on rooftops and observation points, to police dispersed among the crowd — with police and intelligence officers anticipating a “substantial threat of terrorism,” Morgan said.

The online new portal reports that parts of the city are already cordoned off and it’s likely that more streets will shut down ahead of the funeral.

Despite the fact that 750,000 people are expected to attend the funeral — considerably more than at Will and Kate’s wedding — Morgan, who currently oversees the London-based, private international security company Trojan Consultancy, predicted that London will essentially “shut down” for the late Queen’s memorial.

New York Post further reports that extremist environmental activist groups like Extinction Rebellion, which has been organizing large-scale protests across England with the intention of obstructing daily life, are being closely monitored by British authorities.

Royal protection has also been given to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who lost their right to taxpayer-funded security when they quit their royal duties.

Most dignitaries planning to attend will likely take shared buses, but some, like President Biden, will make their own arrangements. (ANI)

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Nepal FM To Attend Queen’s Funeral

Nepalese Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka will be travelling to the United Kingdom to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

The state funeral for the long-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom will be taking place on September 19.
“Dr Khadka is confirmed to represent Nepal in the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth,” Arun Subedi, Foreign Affairs Advisor for Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba confirmed to ANI over the phone.

The British Queen breathed her last at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8. Nepal had announced three-day mourning over the passing away of the 96-year-old queen.

The death of the 96-year-old Queen ended a generation-spanning, seven-decade reign that made her a beacon of stability in a tumultuous world. The UK has entered a period of official mourning, with tributes pouring in worldwide.

King Charles III was proclaimed as the new monarch of England on Saturday after his mother Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8. Moreover, the national anthem of Britain will now again shift back to “God Save the King” after the Queen’s demise.

UK authorities had devised Operation London Bridge to manage events during the first 10 days between the Queen’s death and the funeral. They had thought of Operation Unicorn in case the queen died in Scotland.

The funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey on September 19 and there will be a committal service in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. After that, Queen Elizabeth II will be buried in the castle’s King George VI Memorial Chapel. (ANI)

British Monarch

Queen Elizabeth II, Longest Serving Monarch of UK, Dies At 96

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch of the UK, died on Thursday, aged 96.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow,” the Royal Family said in a statement.

Earlier today, the palace said that the Queen was under medical supervision at Balmoral after the doctors expressed their concern over her health.

“Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision,” the official statement from Palace said.

The Queen was born on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York – who later became King George VI – and Queen Elizabeth.

Buckingham Palace earlier reported that doctors were concerned about the health of Elizabeth II, and recommended that she remain under medical supervision .

If reports are to be believed the British government have a plan Codenamed Operation LONDON BRIDGE, in the event of her death. (ANI)

Queen Elizabeth II Appoints Liz As UK’s New PM

Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday appointed the Conservative Party leader Liz Truss as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

“The Queen received Liz Truss at Balmoral Castle today. Her Majesty asked her to form a new Administration. Ms. Truss accepted Her Majesty’s offer and was appointed Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury,” The Royal Family tweeted.

Truss was elected the head of the UK’s Conservative Party on Monday after defeating former chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak.

Truss became the first prime minister to be appointed by the Queen in Scotland, and not at Buckingham Palace, as tradition requires .

After meeting the Queen, the new prime minister will return to London and speak outside the Downing Street office.

Forty-seven-year-old Liz Truss became the third female prime minister of the UK.

Truss defeated Rishi Sunak through a postal ballot of all Conservative members. She secured 81,326 votes while Sunak got 60,399 votes.

“I am honoured to be elected Leader of the Conservative Party. Thank you for putting your trust in me to lead and deliver for our great country. I will take bold action to get all of us through these tough times, grow our economy, and unleash the United Kingdom’s potential,” Truss wrote on Twitter. (ANI)

UK court orders seizure of Mallya's assets

By Aditi Khanna A UK High Court judge has issued an enforcement order in favour of a consortium of 13 Indian banks, seeking to recover funds owed to them by beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya who is fighting extradition to India on fraud and money laundering charges worth nearly Rs 9,000 crore. The order grants permission to the UK High Court Enforcement Officer to enter the 62-year-old tycoon’s properties in Hertfordshire, near London. It permits the officer and his agents entry to Ladywalk and Bramble Lodge in Tewin, Welwyn, where Mallya is currently based. However, it is not an instruction to enter, which means the banks have the option to use the order as one of the means to recover estimated funds of around 1.145 billion pounds. “The High Court Enforcement Officer, including any enforcement agents acting under his authority, may enter Ladywalk, Queen Hoo Lane, Tewin, Welwyn and Bramble Lodge, Queen Hoo Lane, Tewin, Welwyn, including all outbuildings of Ladywalk and Bramble Lodge to search for and take control of goods belonging to the First Defendant (Mallya),” notes the order by Justice Byran, dated June 26. “The High Court Enforcement Officer, including any Enforcement Agent acting under his authority, may use reasonable force to enter the Property if necessary,” it states. According to legal experts with knowledge of the case, the latest order by the High Court’s Queen’s Bench Division is the granting of permission, should it be required, while the banks consider “all the enforcement options available to them”. The order relates to the UK’s Tribunal Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 and follows a UK High Court ruling in May, which refused to overturn a worldwide order freezing Mallya’s assets and upheld an Indian court’s ruling that the Indian banks were entitled to recover funds. It marked the first recorded case of a judgment of the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) in India being registered by the English High Court, setting a legal precedent. The victory for the 13 Indian banks which include State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Corporation bank, Federal Bank Ltd, IDBI Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Jammu & Kashmir Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of Mysore, UCO Bank, United Bank of India and JM Financial Asset Reconstruction Co. Pvt Ltd enables them to enforce the Indian judgment against Mallya’s assets in England and Wales. Mallya has made an application in the Court of Appeal seeking permission to appeal against the order, which remains pending. Mallya, who is separately fighting extradition to India on fraud and money laundering charges worth an estimated Rs 9,000 crores, had recently issued a media statement condemning the charges against him as politically motivated. He then took to social media to clarify that he made the statement “after a long period of silence” because he had filed an application before the Karnataka High Court on June 22, setting out available assets of approximately Rs 13,900 crores. “We have requested the Court’s permission to allow us to sell these assets under judicial supervision and repay creditors, including the Public Sector Banks such amounts as may be directed and determined by the Court,” he tweeted. (PTI)]]>

Migration matters: Goans unique in Indian diaspora

By Deepak Pant Visit Hounslow, Southall, Heathrow or Swindon near London and chances are that you will be served in a restaurant or at a shop counter by a Konkani-speaking person recently arrived from Goa. London and the United Kingdom have been one of the favourite destinations of emigrating Indians; Goans are the latest layer in the history of Southall and Hounslow that have hosted large numbers of people from Punjab and elsewhere from the Indian sub-continent over the decades. The Goan presence is increasingly visible in parts of London, not least in churches, where dwindling attendance has been boosted, with some churches in Southall and Hounslow holding prayers in Konkani, at times led by visiting priests from Goa. The annual Goa Festival in Hounslow reflects their growing presence: from hundreds participating some years ago, it now attracts tens of thousands of people enjoying a day of Goan food, music, prayers and conviviality – or ‘Goenkarponn’ (Goan-ness) – for which the sylvan state is known. People from Goa have been migrating for centuries, excelling in professions in various countries, but the more recent migration to the UK is unique. If the history of colonialism and post-colonialism has much to do with the migration of Indians to the UK, the more recent arrival of Goans in the UK reflects the rare phenomenon of the ‘double post-colonial’: Portugal was the first western country to colonise parts of India — Goa from 1510 — and the last to leave in 1961. India gained independence from the British in 1947, but Goa remained under Portuguese rule until December 19, 1961, when it was ‘liberated’ by India under Operation Vijay. Portuguese nationality law allows those born in Goa before December 19, 1961, and two generations, to acquire Portuguese citizenship. Thousands of Goans have used the provision in recent decades. Portuguese citizenship makes them citizens of the European Union, which allows them to move, work and settle in any of the 28 countries in the group, and also access state’s financial and other benefits. Many new Goan-Portuguese citizens do not have links with Portugal, do not know the language, never visited the country of their passport, but travel to the more familiar London and United Kingdom. Swindon got its first Goan-origin councillor during the May elections (Imtiaz Shaikh from Vasco). There have also been earlier Goa-origin migrants to the UK, via east Africa, reflected in three MPs in the House of Commons: Keith Vaz, Valerie Vaz and Suella Fernandes. The recent migration from Goa has raised hackles in the perennially tense discourse of immigration in the UK, which was a major reason for the Brexit vote in the 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. Campaign group Migration Watch UK wants the government to stop the ‘loophole’ of Indians (Goans) acquiring Portuguese passports and moving to the UK. The continuing uncertainty over Brexit poses now questions about the future of the Goan-Portuguese who are already in the UK and those considering to move in future, but the fact remains that several localities and villages in Goa have emptied out. Families and neighbours have taken the Portuguese passport-route to the UK, mainly for economic reasons, but ostensibly due to lack of jobs in Goa and the prospect of a better life. In turn, there is concern in Goa over large numbers of non-Goans taking up jobs that the locals cannot or will not do in the state (even if those who have migrated do similar jobs in the UK). The story of ‘autochthones and the other’ is a familiar one. The script has played out in various parts of India and elsewhere (including in the UK), where population groups considered indigenous cannot or will not do jobs in various sectors, and tensions arise when the gap is filled by the foreigner or the ‘other’. Due to Brexit, lesser number of EU applicants for jobs in the UK has already created a situation for various sectors, including health. In India, the skills crisis in Goa and the tensions it has thrown up may be the latest, but few can forget Assam, which saw prolonged agitation and the killing of thousands of people in the 1980s. Tensions along the ‘insider-outsider’ or ‘citizen-foreigner’ dimension continue to boil over in the north-eastern state: plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose. Most migration has roots in global, national and regional economic imbalances. Unless these are addressed beyond platitudes, grants and international agreements, the images of thousands of people trying to cross dangerous seas or trekking through forests and hazardous routes for days and months to Europe and other developed parts of the world will continue to make news. In Goa’s case, unless the Manohar Parrikar government delivers on its election promises, the sense of frustration, ennui and despondency among many over corruption and lack of jobs will continue to drive them to take the Portuguese passport-route, eventually reaching the UK.]]>