The queen was described as an “imposing figure on the world stage” during a funeral service in Cardiff in the presence of Charles on his first visit to Wales as king.
Andrew John, Archbishop of Wales, highlighted the late monarch’s ability to “use soft power” and said we would never look at a jar of jam the same way again after she appeared with the fictional character Paddington Bear during its Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Charles and his queen consort were greeted by gun salutes and jubilant schoolchildren as they arrived in the capital of Wales, the final leg of their four-nation tour that began after the queen’s death last Thursday.
Meanwhile, in London, the public queue to witness the Queen’s recumbent has been suspended for at least six hours after reaching maximum capacity, the government said.
Mourners have been warned by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) not to attempt to join the queue in Southwark Park, South East London, no earlier than around 4pm. Friday.
The call was made because the official wait time estimate reached at least 14 hours.
The event at Cardiff’s Llandaff Cathedral was a service of prayer and reflection for the life of the Queen and among the congregation were Prime Minister Liz Truss, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford and Robert Buckland, Secretary of State for the Wales.
The Archbishop of Wales said in his speech: “His ability to influence, to use soft power – no less significant, no less authoritative – illustrates the wise and careful thinking that led to his role.
“The prime ministers found she was a trusted confidant. Her attention to government matters, her knowledge of world events, and the longevity of her reign have given her an unparalleled perspective and ability to see the distant scene.
He added: “We also saw a monarch who could surprise and delight us. We will never look at a jar of jam the same way again, nor will we look at Mr Bond without remembering 2012 and that extraordinary leap into the void.
“His late majesty was also an imposing figure on the world stage who embodies continuity and stability, but perhaps more than that, values, values shared between nations and cultures”.
The archbishop said of his ability to connect with people: “And in Wales, that ability was never as evident as when he visited Aberfan in 1966. That community finding his presence deeply comforting and His Majesty would return. four more times in that community “.
Previously, the decision to allow the Duke of Sussex to wear his uniform during a vigil at the Queen’s coffin was made by his father.
Royal sources said Charles also requested that the queen’s eight grandchildren be allowed to attend the vigil, standing in quiet contemplation around her grandmother for 15 minutes as a sign of respect, something everyone was eager to undertake.