King Charles and William surprise people waiting in line - RTL reporter up close

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Writed by - Andy Gocker
  . 17/09/2022. London, United Kingdom. King Charles III and Prince William meeting members of the public queuing to see the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II lying in state at Westminster Hall in London. PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxHUNxONLY xStephenxLockx/
King Charles shakes hands with the numerous people waiting. © IMAGO/i Images, IMAGO/Stephen Lock / i-Images, www.imago-images.de

Meanwhile, the line to the laid-out coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is miles long. Royal fans from all over the world stand in line for hours to say goodbye to the late Queen. And for some waiting who sometimes accept a waiting time of 24 hours, This perseverance was now paying off. Then King Charles III (73) and his son Prince William (40) paid them a surprise visit. RTL reporter Sarina Sprengelmeyer was there up close.

King Charles and Prince William diligently shake hands

Anyone standing near Lambeth Palace on the south bank of the Thames on Saturday afternoon (September 17) could hardly believe their luck. Because suddenly William and his father Charles appeared in the crowd and took their time to diligently shake hands. 'I hope you're not too cold,' the new king asked a woman in line, according to the BBC. However, cell phone snapshots and videos were not welcomed during the spontaneous visit. According to the report, people waiting to enter Westminster Hall were asked by security staff to put away their mobile phones 'and enjoy the moment'.

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  . 17/09/2022. London, United Kingdom. King Charles III and Prince William meeting members of the public queuing to see the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II lying in state at Westminster Hall in London. PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxHUNxONLY xStephenxLockx/
Prince William accompanied his father Charles and chatted with people in line. © IMAGO/i Images, IMAGO/Stephen Lock / i-Images, www.imago-images.de

“He took his time with the people”

RTL reporter Sarina Sprengelmeyer was there when the royal duo sought contact with the people. “My cameraman and I had actually just been preparing for our next live broadcast when we suddenly noticed that there was a bit of unrest here. Suddenly more police were there than usual and then a murmur went through the queue. And suddenly we saw King Charles a few meters away from us, who had come here for a surprise visit,” reports the journalist. 'He took his time for the people, he shook hands, he accepted expressions of condolence and, above all, made people very happy by showing himself here,' says Sprengelmeyer.

In the video: King Charles III. and his siblings keep vigil

  King Charles III and his siblings keep vigil

After King Charles got into his car, Prince William arrived shortly after. He also took his time and talked to many of the children in the queue. 'I think that was a really great compensation for everyone for waiting so long. Because if you've made it this far, where I'm standing, you've been in line for at least ten hours. So a nice surprise for everyone who was waiting here. I think that made everyone here really happy,” is the conclusion of our reporter. (dga)

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