Hasina joins world leaders in paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth in London

Sheikh Hasina, accompanied by her sister Sheikh Rehana and Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem, arrived at the historic Westminster Hall on Sunday morning

Golam Mujtaba Dhrubabdnews24.com
Published : 18 Sept 2022, 10:20 AM
Updated : 18 Sept 2022, 10:20 AM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has paid her respects to Queen Elizabeth II in London, joining hundreds of thousands who said their farewells to Britain's longest-serving monarch as she lies in state.

Hasina, accompanied by her sister Sheikh Rehana and Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem, arrived at the historic Westminster Hall on Sunday morning. Hasina signed a book of condolence at Lancaster House.

Hasina there wrote her condolence message in Bengali. “I am expressing deep condolence on behalf of the people of Bangladesh, my family and my younger sister Sheikh Rehana,” she wrote.

She joined many world leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in paying tribute at the coffin.

Britain has hosted a series of poignant, carefully choreographed ceremonies in the 10 days that have followed Elizabeth's death, reflecting the traditions and pageantry of the British royal family whose lineage stretches back almost 1,000 years.

The royals and the British government are now looking ahead to Monday's funeral at Westminster Abbey, the site of coronations, weddings and burials of English and then British kings and queens since William I in 1066.

London's police force has described the ceremony as the biggest security operation it has ever undertaken, Reuters reports.

Some 500 guests representing nearly 200 countries and territories will be attending - presidents, prime ministers, kings, queens and sultans among their number - and huge crowds are expected to throng the streets.

Britain has not held a state funeral on the scale planned for the queen since that for World War Two leader Winston Churchill.

The government said big screens to watch the ceremony would be set up in Hyde Park in London and in cities across the country. The funeral will also be aired live by three broadcasters.

Queen Elizabeth died at Balmoral at the age of 96 on Sept 8, after reigning for 70 years. Bangladesh also announced three days of mourning for the queen and held special prayer services in her honour.

[With details from Reuters]

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