The Daily Telegraph

Praise for a King who has lifted the nation’s spirits while grieving the loss of his mother


SIR – I am so impressed by our new King and the Prince of Wales, who on Saturday went on a walkabout to speak to the people queuing up on the South Bank to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

I am sure I write on behalf of many when I say how moved I have been by the generosity of members of the Royal family in taking so much time to meet the public while they have been grieving themselves. King Charles, in particular, has hardly had time to draw breath in his travels across the country. Amanda Malas

Hartley, Kent

SIR – It is hard to imagine a tougher act to follow than Queen Elizabeth, but our new King has made a very impressive start.

Bruce Chalmers

Goring-by-sea, West Sussex

SIR – In recent days we have seen spontaneou­s demonstrat­ions of love and affection for our late Queen, on an unpreceden­ted scale.

We have also been privileged to witness matchless pageantry and meticulous planning for an event of epic proportion­s. The organisers, as well as the participan­ts, deserve our warmest praise. But the nation as a whole should also congratula­te itself on demonstrat­ing to the world its gratitude to Queen Elizabeth for dedicating her whole life to serving her country.

Air Cdre Michael Allisstone (retd) Chichester, West Sussex

SIR – Queen Elizabeth, first as princess then as sovereign, gave this country 96 years of service. She asked for little in return from her subjects. The least I could give her was 10 hours of shivering and eating Tracker bars, as I queued to bid her farewell throughout Thursday night and Friday morning.

My fellow queuers recounted tales of journeys from around London, the surroundin­g counties and the furthest reaches of the United Kingdom. Nuns waited with Orthodox Jews. Military veterans waited with students. The procession snaked ahead of us as far as the eye could see. We did not know how long we had left to go. Nobody grumbled.

As we were battling with Covid, the late Queen described Britons’ core attributes of “self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling”. Throughout those long, chilly hours, this was us. We were unified in that most British of expression­s – a queue – to say goodbye to the greatest Briton of all.

Amid the extraordin­ary reverentia­l silence enveloping Westminste­r Hall, we descended the stone staircase, we turned to the catafalque, we bowed, we curtsied, we clasped our hands in prayer and gratitude. Then we walked out into the morning sunshine. Dickon Prior

London SE26

SIR – Twenty years ago, as we stood near the Cenotaph to watch the late Queen Mother being taken to Westminste­r Abbey for her funeral, I said to my daughter that we would never see anything like this again.

I was wrong. No other country can pay tribute like this one can.

Kay Clifton

West Horsley, Surrey

SIR – David Beckham must have gone up in many people’s estimation after waiting 13 hours to pay his respects to the late Queen, rather than using his VIP status to skip the queue.

However, the question remains: why should there be VIP access in the first place? How is it decided who qualifies? At this time, only one family should be treated as VIPS. The rest of us are equal and should be treated as such.

Geoff Syrett

Winchester, Hampshire

SIR – Since when have Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby been VIPS? They are minor celebritie­s and should have followed Mr Beckham’s example. Robert A Weaver


SIR – Those who were fast-tracked to Westminste­r Hall have been roundly criticised, but the loss was theirs.

I queued for 14 hours overnight, and experience­d the magic that was created through the collective efforts of all who made the journey. I wouldn’t have missed a moment.

Benjamin LC Smith

Hedge End, Hampshire

SIR – At last, the perfect use for Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth: surely there will never be a more worthy occupant than the late Queen (report, September 18).

Charles Penfold

Ulverston, Cumbria

SIR – A statue of the late Queen on the fourth plinth would be an insult. Lord Nelson, a servant of the Crown, would tower over her.

A remodelled Parliament Square Garden – where she, along with her first prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill, could remind MPS of the importance of duty and service – would be a far more suitable location. Michael Bacon

Bordon, Hampshire

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The King and the Prince of Wales follow the late Queen’s coffin to her lying in state

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