Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral takes place on Monday morning before she is laid to rest in the afternoon. More news today: Hurricane Fiona made landfall in southwestern Puerto Rico on Sunday, shortly after the entire island lost power.
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Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey
Queen Elizabeth II is celebrated at a funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday and later laid to rest beneath St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle with her husband, sister Margaret and parents. The state funeral is expected to be the biggest gathering of world leaders in years, drawing millions to the streets of London and billions more to their TVs and computer screens. Security will be high as this will be the biggest single day police operation in London. Read more.
- What is the significance of Westminster Abbey? The church has been associated with the royal family for centuries, hosting generations of coronations, royal weddings and funerals. Queen Elizabeth II was “married here and was crowned” at the site, according to a statement posted on the abbey’s website.
- How was the funeral planned? The royal funeral is planned decades in advance by governments and the Crown, and plans are updated regularly. The monarch plays a crucial role in deciding the details. The choice of flowers in her coffin wreath, music and prayer selections, even the bespoke design of the royal hearse, were all decisions made by the Queen.
- Who is present? Family members and heads of state, including President Joe Biden, are among the few 2,000 people present at the funeral. It is not open to the public.
Hurricane Fiona makes landfall in Puerto Rico and approaches the Dominican Republic
Hurricane Fiona is expected to rumble near the northern coast of the Dominican Republic on Monday, about a day after making landfall in Puerto Rico. Fiona, a Category 1 storm, made landfall in Puerto Rico shortly after the entire island lost power. It had brought maximum sustained winds of 85 mph to the island, the National Hurricane Center said. The system is expected to trigger historic rainfall of up to 30 inches, widespread flooding and dangerous mudslides, forecasters said. LUMA Energy, the company that operates power transmission and distribution, said full power restoration could take several days. Read more.
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Millions ordered to evacuate due to typhoon in Japan
More than 8 million people in Japan have been ordered to evacuate as Typhoon Nanmadol roars across the country. Government officials across Japan told national broadcaster NHK that a Level 5 alert, the highest on Japan’s disaster alert scale, had been issued to more than 330,000 people in around 160 000 households in Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Oita prefectures. A total of nearly 8 million people in about 3.7 million households affected by a Level 4 alert have been ordered to evacuate in parts of Kyushu, Shikoku and Chugoku regions, NHK said. The Japan Meteorological Agency said it was “raining like never before” in Miyazaki. Read more.
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