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the one—minute silence has been observed on the eve of the state funeral for her majesty queen elizabeth ii, and across britain as we saw there people eager to show their respect and indeed to think about what tomorrow represents, and judith and giles are still with me for a final thought as we look ahead to tomorrow. what do you think tomorrow, judith, will mean to people, as a day of remembering and giving thanks? will it touch millions of people as some people
predict i would very much think it will be a beautiful day and we will see all the wonderful thing that can happen in music and the wonderful abbey, and i think also an important moment for us to realise we will not be seeing the queen again. she won't p0p up, seeing the queen again. she won't pop up, as she so often did, even in the last year doing some delightful things like cutting a cake at the wru or something. she has died and this is our real moment. yes, wru or something. she has died and this is our real moment.— this is our real moment. yes, i think it will _ this is our real moment. yes, i think it will dawn _ this is our real moment. yes, i think it will dawn on _ this is our real moment. yes, i think it will dawn on people - think it will dawn on people tomorrow that the world has changed, charles. i tomorrow that the world has changed, charles. ~ , charles. i think it will end whilst bein: charles. i think it will end whilst being very _ charles. i think it will end whilst being very emotional— charles. i think it will end whilst being very emotional and - charles. i think it will end whilst being very emotional and very l being very emotional and very respectful, i think also it will be in the _ respectful, i think also it will be in the way— respectful, i think also it will be in the way is the greatest show on earth _ in the way is the greatest show on earth wiih— in the way is the greatest show on earth with the military bands and the parades and they will put on a good _ the parades and they will put on a good show— the parades and they will put on a good show and that will be seen around — good show and that will be seen around the world and hopefully we will all _ around the world and hopefully we will all do — around the world and hopefully we will all do her proud. may i also say, _ will all do her proud. may i also say, huw— will all do her proud. may i also
say, huw edwards, what an amazing 'ob say, huw edwards, what an amazing job you _ say, huw edwards, what an amazing job you and — say, huw edwards, what an amazing job you and everyone at the bbc has done over— job you and everyone at the bbc has done over the last days. absolutely fantastic _ done over the last days. absolutely fantastic. ~ ., ., ., , , fantastic. well, doing a “ob, but thank ou fantastic. well, doing a “ob, but thank you very * fantastic. well, doing a “ob, but thank you very much. _ fantastic. well, doing a “ob, but thank you very much. it_ fantastic. well, doing ajob, but thank you very much. it is - fantastic. well, doing ajob, but thank you very much. it is good| fantastic. well, doing a job, but i thank you very much. it is good to have you both with us. thank you so much, judith and charles, thank you very much for your company. our coverage of the state funeral of her majesty queen elizabeth ii will begin tomorrow on bbc one. join us at 7:58am in the morning. why that time? it isjust ahead of at 7:58am in the morning. why that time? it is just ahead of the opening of the doors of westminster abbey at 8am in the morning, so we are coming on a couple of minutes before then. we'll be covering the sovereign pageantry of course here in windsor, sojoin us sovereign pageantry of course here in windsor, so join us then sovereign pageantry of course here in windsor, sojoin us then in sovereign pageantry of course here in windsor, so join us then in the morning at 7:58am. thanks to all our guests, but through all the bbc team is here in windsor and at westminster, thank you very much and have a good evening. good night.
this is bbc news, i'm lucy hockings. a minute's silence for queen elizabeth i people across the uk reflect on her life and legacy. president biden pays his respects at queen elizabeth's lying—in—state and later made this tribute. mi; elizabeth's lying-in-state and later made this tribute.— elizabeth's lying-in-state and later made this tribute. my hearts go out to ou. made this tribute. my hearts go out to you- you — made this tribute. my hearts go out to you. you were _ made this tribute. my hearts go out to you. you were fortunate - made this tribute. my hearts go out to you. you were fortunate to - made this tribute. my hearts go out to you. you were fortunate to have | to you. you were fortunate to have had herfor 70 years, we all were. the world is betterfor had herfor 70 years, we all were. the world is better for her. hundreds of world leaders are attending a reception at buckingham palace hosted by king charles, ahead of his mother's funeral on monday. this is the scene here in westminster — as the opportunity for people to pay respects to her majesty the queen lying—in—state enters the final hours.
among the 2,000 guests for the funeral at westminster abbey are members of the public, who've been preparing for the solemn occasion. fa i rley fairley choked up. emotional, yeah. honoured and emotional. a national minute's silence has been held for her majesty the queen, reflecting on her life and legacy. on the eve of her majesty's state funeral. after ten days of national mourning, days which have seen hundreds of thousands of mourners gathering to pay their respects, waiting patiently outside the royal residences, the bustle of ceremonial
events and public appearances by the royal family and just in the last few minutes, millions of people from the uk and beyond fell still and silent in poignant tribute. those people here still queueing also joined those people here still queueing alsojoined in those people here still queueing also joined in the silence. thousands of them still waiting in line patiently to pay their respects to her majesty as she lies in state in westminster hall. earlier they were also joined by president biden. you can see and hear with the first lady and the us ambassador to london, jane hartley. mr biden was on a ia us presidents in office during the queen mack's 70—year reign. she met them all apart from lyndonjohnson. he re—attended a reception at buckingham palace which was hosted by king charles iii and queen consort camilla. it comes
ahead of the state funeral to be held here in london at westminster abbey tomorrow morning. present biden also signed a book of condolence for queen elizabeth had paid this very moving tribute.— for queen elizabeth had paid this very moving tribute. when the queen had us to the — very moving tribute. when the queen had us to the castle _ very moving tribute. when the queen had us to the castle for— very moving tribute. when the queen had us to the castle for tea _ very moving tribute. when the queen had us to the castle for tea and - very moving tribute. when the queen had us to the castle for tea and we i had us to the castle for tea and we were joking had us to the castle for tea and we werejoking over campus. she kept offering me more and i kept eating everything she put in front of me. but she was the same in person as her image. decent, honourable and all about service. my heart go out to the royal family, king charles and all the family. it is a loss that leaves a giant hole and sometimes you think you will never overcome it. but... as i told the king, she is going to be with him every step of the way, every minute, every step of the way, every minute, every moment. inaudible
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reception at buckingham palace still ongoing or is it over?— ongoing or is it over? no, lucy, it lasted about— ongoing or is it over? no, lucy, it lasted about an _ ongoing or is it over? no, lucy, it lasted about an hour _ ongoing or is it over? no, lucy, it lasted about an hour and - ongoing or is it over? no, lucy, it lasted about an hour and a - ongoing or is it over? no, lucy, it lasted about an hour and a guest| lasted about an hour and a guest started to departjust before 7pm this evening local time, but it was an unprecedented gathering of world leaders, heads of state, royalty, there were princes and princesses there, presidents and prime ministers, diplomats and ambassadors. and the us president, joe biden, arrived herejust before 6pm local time in the presidential motorcar is known of course as the beast, in the middle of a convoy of vehicles and he arrived with the first lady, doctorjill biden, having come from westminster hall, where they attended the queen's lying—in—state and signed that book of condolence. we are told the president's entourage mingled with household staff and police next to the police alone while the reception went on inside. the palace has said
that we won't get a full guest list, but we have a fair idea that there were about 500 guests from about 200 different countries and among the other guests that i think we may have pictures that we can show you are arriving here at the reception a little earlier, president macron of france attending with his wife, brigitte, of course. they arrived to enter the palace. and then we also know that the prime minister of new zealand, jacinda ardern, and there you go she is in the forefront there, and the prime minister of canada, justin trudeau, arriving at the reception with his wife as well. other presidents there, well, we saw the arrival of president bolsonaro
of brazil. he was here to attend this reception hosted by king charles iii and the queen consort camilla. and we also know the king and queen of spain, there you go, the king and queen of spain were also in attendance at this very special reception, which, as i say, lasted just one hour. that is pictures of them, i think, at westminster hall, where they went to pay their respects to the queen lying—in—state. it wasn'tjust pay their respects to the queen lying—in—state. it wasn't just the king and the queen consort who were at the reception in terms of members of the royal family. the prince and princess of wales were also there, the earl and countess of wessex, the princess royal and the vice admiral
sir tim lawrence and the duke and duchess of gloucester all mingling with guests. the event, we know, took place in the picture gallery at buckingham palace, but also in the blue drawing room, the white drawing room and the music room. and you saw president biden and the first lady arrived in their presidential car. some of the other dignitaries also arrived in their own vehicles, including the uk prime minister, liz truss, and the president of israel and the king and queen ofjordan, but we also saw a convoy of coaches, frustratingly with blacked out windows, so it was difficult to know who the dozens and dozens of guests inside were, but it was rather tantalising to imagine as an emperor might have been rubbing shoulders with a king, but we do understand that among those who did arrived by coach the president of ireland and the kings and queens of spain, sweden and denmark. and as i said,
all those attending were also given the opportunity to travel to westminster hall to see the queen lying—in—state and also to sign the book of condolence at lancaster house. �* , , , book of condolence at lancaster house. , , , ., house. and briefly, rebecca, a huge security presence _ house. and briefly, rebecca, a huge security presence there, _ house. and briefly, rebecca, a huge security presence there, obviously, l security presence there, obviously, at buckingham palace. how did the police deal with the many thousands of people who have been in and around that area today laying floral tributes and just being there so they could feel they were part of history today? how did they move them on? it history today? how did they move them on? , , , ., them on? it is interesting you mention the _ them on? it is interesting you mention the security - them on? it is interesting you| mention the security operation because we can hear the helicopters hovering over our heads as i speak to you, lucy. the crowds had kept coming this morning, more and more and more of them and then in the early afternoon a public announcement was made over the tannoy to say that the area around buckingham palace was to be closed, that access to the mall, to horse guards parade and stjames's park was to be restricted and that anybody who did have floral tributes
was being encouraged to take them to hyde park. those that had gathered, and as you suggest, there were considerable numbers of them, were politely, but firmly moved on by the police. politely, but firmly moved on by the olice. , ., ~' politely, but firmly moved on by the olice. , ., ~ . from buckingham palace there. we go live now to kentucky to talk to matthew barzun, who was the us ambassador to the united kingdom from 2013-2017. and author of the power of giving away power. very good to see you, thank you for taking the time. how was it for you watching from afar when london was your home for a long time?— your home for a long time? lucy, thank you — your home for a long time? lucy, thank you for— your home for a long time? lucy, thank you for having _ your home for a long time? lucy, thank you for having me - your home for a long time? lucy, thank you for having me on. - your home for a long time? lucy, thank you for having me on. it. your home for a long time? lucy, l thank you for having me on. it was wonderful to hear the words of president biden because i think his personal tribute spoke to what so many americans, i mean, the level of interest and care shown by americans for the british people at this time of transition and this time of loss and remembrance arejust of transition and this time of loss and remembrance are just so deep.
of transition and this time of loss and remembrance arejust so deep. i actually was able to be part of it, as fate would have it, my wife brooke and i arrived in london the day before her majesty passed away, so for eight of those ten days of mourning we were able to be with our british friends and then get all sorts of outflow wings of love from this side of the atlantic from our american friends. ﬁnd this side of the atlantic from our american friends.— this side of the atlantic from our american friends. and matt, was there something _ american friends. and matt, was there something in _ american friends. and matt, was there something in particular- american friends. and matt, was l there something in particular while you were here that particularly touched you?— you were here that particularly touched you? you were here that particularly touched ou? ., , touched you? there was. i was able to, as all ambassadors _ touched you? there was. i was able to, as all ambassadors and - touched you? there was. i was able to, as all ambassadors and high - to, as all ambassadors and high commissioners do, have this wonderful, quite formal, by american standards, opportunity to present our credentials to her majesty when i arrived as ambassador and she said something to me and i will tell you what it was, but it moved me so much that i ended up making a very big mistake. which was i said out loud in the presence of a reporter, so it ended up in a newspaper, which as
you know, is a big no—no, and so i apologised and the palace was very gracious in accepting my apology. what was more frustrating, rather than making the mistake, was that they misquoted in the paper what i had said and all the many articles that have been written about various royal wedding since have included this misquote and the misquote was that i had revealed that her majesty had told me there were, quote, no selfies allowed, which is the opposite of what said that day, and so i wanted to set the record straight on this moment of remembrance because my wife and i had arrived into buckingham palace on a horse—drawn carriage wearing a top hat, so very unusual for most people and certainly for an american. and when we were speaking with the queen, i had asked her something about, what is it like with these thousands and thousands of tourists? we had done it once, people snapping their photographs. and she said... well, you know, there has always had cameras and she assimilated what it was like to have
assimilated what it was like to have a 35mm camera and she said, well, they used to put them up, take a picture and put them down. but now, she said, and she pulled her white gloved hand in front of their eyes and held it up there as she finished her sentence and she said, and now they hold up these rectangles and may never take them down. and you know what? she said, i miss seeing their eyes. i miss seeing their eyes. and i love that because it seems such a fitting tribute to the way she chose to lead. that from the outside you could think, oh, that is a one—way transaction. right? of the tourists snapping at the queen being snapped, but that is not how she saw it. for her it was a connection and thatis it. for her it was a connection and that is what i am remembering today. so many people have reflected that as well, that when they met her she made that connection so strongly that they really felt like they were the only person in the room and she was speaking to them. matt, i
wonder, bigger picture, though, do see the relationship between the uk and the united states changing now with king charles? i and the united states changing now with king charles?— with king charles? i do. i do. changing _ with king charles? i do. i do. changing in _ with king charles? i do. i do. changing in a _ with king charles? i do. i do. changing in a good _ with king charles? i do. i do. changing in a good way, - with king charles? i do. i do. changing in a good way, for i with king charles? i do. i do. i changing in a good way, for two reasons that i was thinking of. one, here we have in king charles and in president biden, who in addition to being of government of government of courses are head of state as well and these are two men who have had a long chance to prepare for these big jobs that they are both now in and they bring all the wisdom seasoning that that sort of time provides. and the second thing, i think, is as we talk about change, one of the things i have been reflecting on is that an adjective used over and over again in describing the remarkable reign of her majesty was the word, steadfast, and i think stood fast is not the same as never changing. the way i think about it is if you have a leader represented by this finger and the public they serve here, if
someone never changes public opinion always moves, so then you appear out of step or if you get out in front of step or if you get out in front of it you are out of step, so the trick is how do you constantly evolve and adapt with the public who serve? and i think queen elizabeth was a wonderful example over seven decades of how you do that. and if you do that, you remain steadfast, but you don't fall into the trap of being rigid, or brittle. and that is something i think king charles will do and already is doing in his own way. do and already is doing in his own wa . , , ., ., , do and already is doing in his own wa . , , ., , do and already is doing in his own wa. ,,. ., way. yes, steadfast is also a word often used — way. yes, steadfast is also a word often used to _ way. yes, steadfast is also a word often used to describe _ way. yes, steadfast is also a word often used to describe queen - often used to describe queen elizabeth and now king charles as well. matthew, very good to get your thoughts, thank you forjoining us from kentucky. as we've been hearing, people are being asked not to set off to join the queue to pay their respects to the queen. the end of the queue has now been
moved, it is a bit closer to westminster ahead of the lying—in—state period at 6:30am tomorrow morning. we understand that the queue will be entirely closed at some point in the coming hours. we are not sure when, but that is what we have been told. hundreds of thousands of people have already visited westminster hall. our special correspondent, lucy manning, reports. where there was despair, it brought hope. where there was sadness, it broughtjoy. the queue itself was a journey, notjust in the steps people took. the lines will close this evening. the end of a perfect tribute. the last few running to make sure they were in it. remember, it is a marathon, not a sprint today. i'mjo and i'vejust joined the queue at 15:22. i've come from bournemouth. we queued on friday night and then my daughter was crying her eyes out, her back and feet and knees, so we left the queue at six o'clock
yesterday morning and we thought, we have got to give it another shot. luckily, i'm flustered, because we wanted to get here before the queue closed, and we have made it. for those nearer the front it was also a challenging night. i'm emma and this is esme. we are from cornwall and we have been queueing about 11 hours. my legs have been hurting. it's been pretty hard. it's cold and we stopped for quite a longtime, we were going to give up, but we carried on and we got each other through it, didn't we? yeah. why didn't you give up, esme? because the queen would have wanted us to be resilient in ourselves - and to push ourselves to be the best we can. _ you feel quite emotional about the journey you have done? yes, there's a lot of reasons for coming, people we have lost, and seeing so many people here all united. we lost my gran during covid, so we did not get the chance to say goodbye. emma kept turning back for a last look. was it worth a very hard night? yes. i think it was.
it was our final chance to pay our respects. . it meant a lotto you to be able to do that? it did. i will be telling the people who aren't here any more all about it. but it makes me closer to them. we're lucy and jamie and we have been queueing for 12 hours and this is my second time doing this. she came first with her parents, returning today with her husband. the question is why do it again? that five minutes was so special, and it was almost not enough time to take it all in, but i thought, well, i'll go through it again. it will be worth it. for me, it has restored my faith in humanity quite a bit because you see all of these people who are coming together and who may come from different backgrounds, but we have one thing in common today. there was something in the air in there that was just magnificent. this queue is a phenomenon. it has helped sustain the royal family and given
the nation a focus for its grief. the british people, just by turning up and by being here, have turned a part of the national mourning into a celebration of the queen's life. millions of steps. hundreds and thousands of people. all for one queen. lucy manning, bbc news. we are now hearing that the end of the queue is hayes galleria on an embankment. stillabouta the queue is hayes galleria on an embankment. still about a seven—hour wait and if you can imagine the different steps in that seven hours, the different moments people are sharing with each other. i still find it amazing to turn around and see how the people just keep on coming, it doesn't seem to end. there was that incredibly special moment when we had the minute's silence and i was standing here
watching the crowd and the queue come to a complete stop to observe that silence. i saw a few people actually crying as well i think because they have been through so much to get to do this point and they are so close. it was just another part of the day, but also many memories they will carry with them as they enter the hall, of course, and as they come out. the experiences they have been sharing with us, really some people it is an incredibly emotional moment, very moving and quite touching, so we will continue to be here throughout the evening to give you stories of the evening to give you stories of the queue and other updates, but for now back to you in the studio. lucy hockings in westminster, thank you very much. 3 million people injapan have been urged to leave their homes as the country prepares for one of the most destructive typhoons in years. winds of more than 90 miles per hour have been battering the southern coast and at least 25,000 properties are already without power. our tokyo correspondent, rupert wingfield—hayes, reports. so far, the more dire predictions
about typhoon nanmadol have not come to pass. despite winds gusting to nearly 150 miles an hour, only minor damage is being reported from western japan. but this is a huge storm, one of the biggest to hit japan in half a century, and it is farfrom over. as it swept ashore this morning, the government issued an emergency alert which has never been issued for anywhere before on the japanese mainland. translation: there's a chance we will see winds of a kind - we haven't experienced before. we could also get big swells, storm surges and record rain. the destructive winds are only part of the threat. it is also carrying vast quantities of water, and that is now falling right across the eastern half of kyushu. as much as half a metre of rain could fall in less than 2a hours. kyushu is very mountainous
and the danger will then be of landslides and even more so of flooding. there is now too much water coming down for the rivers to handle, so the japanese government has told nearly 3 million people they need to leave their homes and head to local evacuation centres. this morning, thousands began to heed that advice, but hundreds of thousands more will likely choose to ignore that advice and ride out the storm at home. it will be a very tense night for them and for the authorities. river levels across kyushu and southern honshu are expected to peak sometime in the next 12 hours, putting japan's flood defences under severe strain. it would only take one breach for whole towns to be inundated in minutes, giving those who've refused to evacuate no time to escape. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, tokyo.
ukraine's president zelensky says investigations into possible russian war crimes are continuing in the city of izyum, which was recently retaken from russian forces. bodies are being exhumed from a mass burial site on the edge of the city. izyum is one of several areas back in ukrainian hands after significant territorial gains in recent days — although heavy fighting is still continuing. our ukraine correspondent james waterhouse gave us the latest from kyiv. it seems ukraine isjust it seems ukraine is just as focused on documenting as it is defending. president zelensky today claiming that investigators have found new evidence of ten torture chambers around the city of izyum, used by the russians during their occupation. there are once again reports as well of fighting, with one official in the region of kharkiv saying that for health workers were killed in a shelling as they tried to evacuate patients. i think we can see such claims
continuing over the coming days, weeks and months, but the question over how russia will respond to recent ukrainian successes, but that is only going to get louder, but the ministry of defence in the uk is reporting that russia is looking to expand the number of civilian targets it wants to target with long—range missile strikes. this past week we have seen a dam and major electricity substations targeted, but look, throughout this war russia has always used long—range weapons to strike across ukraine to undermine ukrainian morale and as things stand, very much the opposite is happening. james waterhouse _ opposite is happening. james waterhouse in _ opposite is happening. james waterhouse in kyiv. - i'm joined now by the defence technologies specialist and ex—army officer mike mihailovic in toronto, canada. thank you very much forjoining us here on bbc news. how did ukrainian forces managed to retake so much ground from the russians?-
forces managed to retake so much ground from the russians? while, our preparations — ground from the russians? while, our preparations lasted _ ground from the russians? while, our preparations lasted for _ ground from the russians? while, our preparations lasted for a _ ground from the russians? while, our preparations lasted for a long - ground from the russians? while, our preparations lasted for a long time - preparations lasted for a longtime and ukrainian forces started amassing with large quantities of armoured artillery and they had something which is one of the most important things of this war, which is the information and that information came from nato sources, so there are coordination centres and nato provided ukraine withjoint planners with a set of information that actually pinpointed locations that actually pinpointed locations that the russians lines around the weakest. russia before this, they started to withdraw some troops in the other directions and then it was detected by the surveillance means and ukrainians exploited that weakness in the russian lines, and the attacking started. before that they tried an offensive, but that offensive bogged down because it was not successful, but that has amassed