An ecumenical prayer for Queen Elizabeth II is taking place tonight in the St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle. The meeting in the St. Vitus Cathedral is organized by the Archbishopric of Prague, the Ecumenical Council of Churches and the Anglican European Diocese, in cooperation with the British Embassy in Prague. President Miloš Zeman also arrived.
Prague Archbishop Jan Graubner started the prayer. “We gather today to remember before God the late Queen Elizabeth II,” he said at the outset, recalling that the Queen was a woman of “inner and deep faith”.
“The Queen Elizabeth II. she was never our queen, yet many people felt and still feel that she meant a lot to this world.” his colleague continued.
The monarch, who headed the British monarchy for 70 years and was at the same time the highest representative of the Church of England, she died a week ago at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She was 96 years old.
After the Queen’s death, her eldest son Prince Charles, who became King Charles III, became the head of the monarchy and the British Commonwealth. State funeral of Elizabeth II. will take place in London’s Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September. Hundreds of monarchs and heads of state from all over the world will arrive, Prime Minister Petr Fiala will attend the final farewell for the Czech Republic.
Until then, people can say goodbye to the monarch in the parliament building – Westminster Palace, where the coffin with the remains of Elizabeth II arrived at the head of the funeral procession from Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.