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Queen Elizabeth's Body Now in Holyroodhouse Palace; Queen Elizabeth's Last Days in Balmoral; King Charles Will Receive Message of Condolences; Chechen Leader Criticized Kremlin; Russian Forces Withdraws from Northern Ukraine; Queen Elizabeth's Love for Horses; Americans Commemorate 9/11 Attacks; Special Master Delays DOJ Investigation; Children Admires Queen Elizabeth. Aired 3-4a ET

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BECKY ANDERSON, CNN ANCHOR: Well, hello and welcome to our viewers around the world. I'm Becky Anderson at Buckingham Palace.

It's just after 8 o'clock in the morning here and in Edinburgh in Scotland where Queen Elizabeth II now lies at rest at the Royal family's official Scottish residence.

As the queen's coffin arrived following what was a six-hour journey from her Balmoral estate, crowds of mourners and admirers packed the streets to pay their respects.

This is or was the first leg of an eight-day journey to her final resting place in England. The public in London will also be able to pay its respects to the queen starting on Wednesday afternoon at the palace of Westminster where she will be lying in state until her funeral next Monday.

Well, ahead of that, in an emotional and poignant moment on Sunday. Princess Anne, the queen's daughter curtseyed to her mother as her casket entered the palace of Holyroodhouse. She had followed the hearse from Balmoral to Edinburgh on that 118-mile, six-hour journey. And you can see the grief reflected on the face of her daughter. The loss of the queen, of course, being felt by many across the U.K.


UNKNOWN: This is probably something quite historic. Like she's been through quite a lot if the country. And then, probably not going to see another queen again in our lifetime. So, it's probably something that we're not going to experience again.

UNKNOWN: She's the only queen I've known. I mean, I think she done really good for us, to be honest. I think she held a lot together. Otherwise, we could have lost a lot, especially with the family, what happened. So, yes, I think she's brilliant.


ANDERSON: Well, let's get you to Edinburgh now where CNN's Nic Robertson is standing by. Nic, what can we expect today?

All right. It doesn't appear that Nic can hear us at the moment. We will get back to Nic just as soon as we can. Let's move on. We're joined now by the Right Reverend Iain Greenshields who's moderator of the general assembly of the Church of Scotland. He is coming to us live from Edinburgh.

A very warm welcome to you, sir, at this morning. I know that you were with the queen at Balmoral the weekend before her passing. Just tell us about what you discussed there and how she was.

RIGHT REVEREND IAIN GREENSHIELDS, MODERATOR, CHURCH OF SCOTLAND: Well, my first impression when she walked into the room was a very frail lady. And, yet, once she sat down, and once she started to engage and speak, she was quite the opposite. She was attentive, her memory was exceptional, conversation was interesting.

And obviously, she was speaking to a minister in the church of Scotland and she had a great affinity with the church of Scotland and loved the church. and so, you know, she was talking about as she is around the church and as well as, international issues, personal issues, Balmoral, going way back to a history there when she was a child with her father. She spoke very warmly of those times as well.

It was a very wide-ranging conversation over two meals and also just a time sitting down in one of the rooms here.

ANDERSON: You've described it as quite a lively conversation. You also, as I understand it, talked about her love of horses. You know, we've been discussing the passion she had for racing, the passion she had for life, quite frankly, and the passion that she had for Scotland.


Can you just describe for our viewers around the world what the country of Scotland meant to her?

GREENSHIELDS: I think Balmoral was a place that brought her an incredible amount of peace. It's a very peaceful place, a very beautiful place to stay as well. And, yes, I think you're right. I mean, I think Scotland was a place that, for her, just had so much that she admired and loved, it was part of her realm obviously.

And, you know, it's -- I think it would be comforting to her to know that this service that will take place today with her body lying in state will be in St. Giles' in Scotland. And I think it will be comforting enough to know that she was in Balmoral, the place that she loved with her family when she passed away.

ANDERSON: You describe the life as the life and soul of things and full of fun. For the benefit of our viewers, again, just describe a little more of what you mean by that. GREENSHIELDS: Well, I think she probably did this to every minister

who came. We had guest ministers, or she had guest ministers on a regular basis, and then Balmoral there's a tower suite. And after dinner when she was going off to bed, she said that, moderator, it's time for you to be sent to the tower by your queen, and then just smiled and laughed at me.

And you know, I think that was something that she enjoyed doing to all of the clerics who appeared there and stayed the weekend with her.

ANDERSON: It'll be a memory, I assume, that you will cherish for a very long time. You will be part of the service, as I understand it, later today at St. Giles' Cathedral.

GREENSHIELDS: That's right.

ANDERSON: What can we expect, and what are you hoping to reflect during that service?

GREENSHIELDS: I think that it's important that we honor her as is due to our queen. I think it's important that we reflect her life adequately. And especially two things, service to others, which was at the heart of who she was. And to her faith which she was (Inaudible), something that she shared and expressed on a number of occasions particularly at Christmastime.

ANDERSON: It's good to have you on, sir. It's a busy day for you, and an emotional day for you, as it is for so many people in the United Kingdom, not least those in Scotland, who will once again line the streets for that procession for her coffin as it makes its way from Holyroodhouse Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse up to St. Giles' Cathedral. Thank you, sir.

I want to get out to the streets of Edinburgh now where I hope CNN's Nic Robertson can hear me and is standing by with more about the plans for today's event. Nic?

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC EDITOR: Good morning, Becky. I hope you can hear me now. The street here, it's beginning to get a few people setting their chairs out to watch the queen's coffin go by. The queen's coffin will pass up the street in a few hours' time. Coming from the Palace of the Holyroodhouse at the bottom of the Royal Mile, up the Royal Mile here to St. Giles' Cathedral.

But I think it will not only be the queen's coffin that people are gathering here to watch. It will be a real opportunity to see up close right here on the cobbles. King Charles, the queen consort, other members of the royal walk up this street for a prayer service at St. Giles' Cathedral.

Following the prayer service, King Charles will go back to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. He'll receive there the Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. Remembering, of course, Nicola sturgeon's political party, the Scottish National Party, is pushing for another independence referendum. After that, the king, the queen consort will go to the Scottish

parliament just across the road from the Palace of Holyroodhouse into the Holyrood the Scottish parliament. And then we'll see receive a motion of condolence.


During that time, it will be possible for members of the public, we understand, to view the queen's coffin at St. Giles' Cathedral. Later in the evening, the king, the king and other mem -- other royals will go back for a vigil at St. Giles' Cathedral.

So, a lot of opportunity here for members of the public to really see the royals perhaps express their feelings, their condolences as well as they walk up the street here.

ANDERSON: Nic Robertson is in Edinburgh. Thank you, Nic. Well, before departing for Edinburgh to take part in that service for the queen, King Charles III will visit Westminster Hall which is just moments from where I am here at Buckingham Palace where he'll receive condolences from both houses of parliament.

On Sunday, he met with Commonwealth leaders at Buckingham Palace, just some of the meetings that he is holding in his first week his monarch. King Charles was also greeted by massive crowds turned up outside Buckingham Palace.

Well, CNN correspondents are tracking all of this. Anna Stewart is joining us from London with more on the new guidance of the queen's lying in state at Westminster. First let's start with Salma Abdelaziz who is here with me at Buckingham Palace. We'll leave the details to Anna as to what we understand to be happening in the days ahead.

But I think it's really important that we talk about just how busy a period of time this is for Britain's new monarch. No time wasted at this point.

SALMA ABDELAZIZ, CNN REPORTER: I mean, I was dizzy just looking at today's schedule just for the next few hours. You have to remember that King Charles and queen consort their day begins here in London. There are events planned at Westminster Hall today for them.

They will be receiving official condolences from both Houses of Parliament, from the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and the king will have to respond in kind. And then he will go up to Scotland and of course take part in that very important procession that we've just heard our colleague Nic Robertson describe.

So, yet another packed day. But I think tomorrow is going to be quite a momentous occasion here at Buckingham Palace because that's the homecoming. That's when the queen will arrive tomorrow evening, and King Charles and the queen consort will welcome the queen's remains here at Buckingham Palace where they will overnight tomorrow night and then Wednesday.

And you keep thinking about that poignant moment. If we're going to look at the procession today in Scotland in Edinburgh and it's going to give us an understanding of what that's going to be like on Wednesday when the queen's body, when the queen's remains are moved here from the palace to where they will lie in state for four days at Westminster.

And that is going to be a 40-minute walk from the palace along the mall past Downing Street in silence, the whole royal family, the king, the queen consort behind that hearse, Big Ben of course will toll. There will be gunfire salutes, and then of course there will be crowds packing this area. Right?

And I think we'll start to see people camping out from tomorrow night, I would expect, waiting for that moment to glance at the queen to see the royal family, to give their condolences, to throw flowers, whatever that may be before, of course, lying in state four days. I know Anna Stewart has more on those details for us.

ANDERSON: We do. Anna, let's bring you in. What do we know about these plans? And what's the advice to those who want to take part in this weeks' worth of opportunity?

ANNA STEWART, CNN REPORTER: Well, there is a lot of official guidance out this morning. And Becky, we're actually at the front of the queue for lying in state which is as you can see on the other side of the Thames from parliament. And it's going to be a long queue. So, this is not going to be for faint-hearted, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to join the line.

No one here yet. But here is what the official guidance says. It says you will need to stand for many hours, possibly overnight with very little opportunity to sit down as the queue will be continuously moving. So, this will run from Wednesday right through till 6.30 a.m. on the morning of the funeral Monday 19th. And to try to facilitate as many people as possible. It's going to be open for 24 hours a day.

Now, there is guidance in times of what you can bring, what you can't bring. People will be going through airport-style security, small bags, no liquids. And advice on what people should wear and even their behavior. You know, this is expected to be a dignified sort of behavior. Silence is expected from attendees. No photos.

And this is a tradition, Becky, that really dates back to the 17th century actually. Westminster Hall itself is even older than that. Built in 1097 on the order of William the conqueror's son. It has been 20 years since we've seen -- since we've seen a lying in state. That was the queen mother. For that 200,000 people attended. That really surprised organizers then. That will be dwarfed by this. Hundreds of thousands are expected, possibly more than a million. Becky?


ANDERSON: Remarkable. Anna Stewart is there. And with the Houses of Parliament behind her, Salma Abdelaziz with me here outside Buckingham Palace. All right. We'll have a lot more from London in the hours to come.

First, though, let's bring you back to some of our other news. Rosemary Church is with you at CNN center in Atlanta. Rosemary?

ROSEMARY CHURCH, CNN ANCHOR: All right. Thanks so much, Becky. We'll get back to you very soon.

Russia is on the retreat in eastern Ukraine, and its defense ministry is facing some rare public criticism from a Kremlin ally. What the Chechen leader says about Russian strategy. That's just ahead.


CHURCH: Welcome back, everyone. Well, we could be entering a critical new stage in Russia's war on Ukraine. Moscow's forces are withdrawing from the northeast pushed out by a blistering Ukrainian counteroffensive. But as the Russians retreat on the ground, they are lighting up the sky, launching missile attacks on key infrastructure.


Firefighters raced to douse the flames in Kharkiv on Sunday after a Russian strike hit a power plant. At least one person was killed, and electricity was knocked out in the Donetsk and Kharkiv regions. But those missiles are not reversing stunning Russian losses.

Ukrainian officials say their forces have retaken more than 40 settlements. And as Ukrainian troops roll in, video show them being welcomed as liberators. As you see there, people embracing the newly arrived soldiers after months of Russian occupation. They are being hugged and thanked with cries of joy as blue and yellow flags go back up.

But the war of course is far from over. The Ukrainian gains set up a potential new front in the battle for Donbas. And Russia has said its forces are regrouping.

Well, meantime, the pro-Kremlin leader of the Chechen republic has offered some rare public criticism of Russia's defense ministry and its handling of the war. Ramzan Kadyrov is calling for changes in Russia's military tactics in the coming days, saying mistakes have been made on the battlefield.

His comments were posted in an audio message on his Telegram account. The Chechen leader has supplied thousands of fighters to the Russian campaign.

And CNN's Clare Sebastian is tracking events in Ukraine. She joins us now live from London. A good morning to you, Clare. So, what's been Russia's military action to these Ukrainian advances?

CLARE SEBASTIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Rosemary, they're not denying that there has been a loss of territory. But as you noted, they are sort of repainting this as an intentional and orderly regrouping of troops to try to redouble their efforts to take the Donetsk region.

Of course, we know, you can just tell from looking at a map that the loss of areas around Kharkiv actually weakens their position in terms of doing that because it reduces the number of directions from which they can reach the Donetsk region. So that is the tactic they taking.

Interestingly, if you look at, I've been looking at the Telegram post from the ministry of defense. This morning several times I've noted that in describing the sort of heroism of the Russian troops in the Kharkiv region, they've noted the superiority of the Ukrainian forces.

I think there's an attempt to emphasize that Ukraine is being armed by the west, and therefore Russia is having to fight multiple enemies here. So that is the sort of narrative that we're hearing, not much from the Kremlin. They have deflected questions so far to the ministry of defense. And the last we heard from Vladimir Putin in comments that were somewhat baffling at the time and haven't really aged very well in light of this advance of Ukraine is that they have lost nothing in this war.

So, we perhaps will hear more from the Kremlin this morning. We await their regularly scheduled briefing with journalists.

CHURCH: Of course. And, Clare, what more are you learning about Russian social media going after the generals who are losing ground in Ukraine?

SEBASTIAN: Yes. And not just the generals, Rosemary. There is a lot of discussion about potential mistakes on the battlefield. I think people are emboldened by those comments that you hear from people like Ramzan Kadyrov of the Chechen leader, pretty vitriolic, in some cases criticism, and some even directed at Vladimir Putin himself.

One prominent blogger saying in a post. you're holding a billion-ruble party, an emphasis to the fact that Putin was actually inaugurating a Ferris wheel over the weekend and as his forces in Ukraine were taking these defeats. The blogger goes on to say what's the matter with you. Not during such a horrifying failure.

And in a later post he says, this is no longer a special military operation, this is a war. So, we are seeing mounting criticism. There is some increased debate that we're seeing even on television in Russia.

But I think you have to sort of take this in the context that the Kremlin has strengthened the flow of information, the tight control over the flow of information to such a degree during this war that this is still sort of an incremental move here. I don't think we're going to see a widespread collapse of their propaganda machine.

But certainly, this is a humiliation the likes of which Russia hasn't really yet seen on the battlefield. And I think we're seeing some of that trickling through.

CHURCH: All right. Clare Sebastian joining us live from London, many thanks.

And as his troops retake territory in eastern Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy remains defiant after more than six months of fighting, he spoke exclusively with CNN's Fareed Zakaria while walking in the open outside the presidential palace. Mr. Zelenskyy says he's not afraid of Russia or Vladimir Putin.


FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST: So, I feel like every time I've talked to you in the past, you've been in a bunker.


ZAKARIA: Now here we are we did the interview in the presidential palace here on the grounds. Is this a confidence that Putin can't hit you here?

ZELENSKYY: Nobody knows where he wants to push rockets from the mind these days. Nobody, nobody, I think, understands it till they begin to do. Each morning and then the night their rockets can come from any, you know, from even Belarusian territory, from Russia, from occupied territory. It doesn't matter for me because what -- we can't -- we can't afraid -- we can't be afraid of him, and I'm not afraid.


CHURCH: And that was Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaking with CNN's Fareed Zakaria in Kyiv.

Queen Elizabeth loved horses and horse racing. And she was a patron of the Royal Windsor horse show. When we come back, our Becky Anderson will speak with the director of that event. Do stay with us.


ANDERSON: Well, we are getting new details about Queen Elizabeth's body lying in state at the palace of Westminster. Officials say the public will be able to file past her coffin 24 hours a day starting 5 p.m. Wednesday until the morning of her state funeral on September the 19th. That's Monday next week.

The government warns those who wish to attend will be required to stand in line for many hours, possibly overnight. They are expecting tens if not hundreds of thousands of people. We are also looking ahead to events in Edinburgh today, in a few hours from now the queen's coffin will be moved to St. Giles' Cathedral.


King Charles and royal family members will walk in that procession. They will attend service of prayer at the cathedral. And later they'll hold a vigil at that cathedral.

Queen Elizabeth was honored on Sunday ahead of a key horse race in England. This was the scene in Doncaster ahead of the race there. Horse racing, along with many other sports in Britain was suspended after the monarch died as a mark of respect.

Queen Elizabeth had a well-known passion for horses and horse racing. She owned a large stable of very successful thoroughbreds. Major General Simon Brooks-Ward is an army reserve officer and show

director of the Royal Windsor Horse Show and has worked alongside the queen for that show. He joins me now live.

And I want to bring up a photo from the queen's 96th birthday this year. Standing between two fell ponies. This was taken at Windsor on April the 21st this year. Just talk to me about the queen's relationship and appreciation of these animals.

SIMON BROOKS-WARD, SHOW DIRECTOR, ROYAL WINDSOR HORSE SHOW: Well, I think that's my favorite photograph of the queen. That some white fell ponies which is very unusual, and she bred them herself. And the queen selected the background, which is the magnolia tree coming out in April. And it was a significant shot for her birthday but also for her platinum jubilee. So, for me, it's a favorite.

ANDERSON: I think there will be people around the world who will be aware of her love of horse racing. We're going to talk about that in a moment. But it's more than that. Her passion for horses ran a lot deeper than just the thoroughbreds for the racing, didn't it?

BROOKS-WARD: Sure. And you know, there was -- I don't believe in this country there was a person in this country who had that sort of broad range of interests in horses, ponies, racing horses. You know, we talk about racing horses and they were really important in her life. But there are hundreds of breeds of horses and ponies. Some of which the queen was responsible for saving because they were -- they were on the extinct list. And the queen, through her patronage and support over the years, has ensured their survival. You know, it's been tremendous.

ANDERSON: She was 96 when she passed away. I want to bring up her photo that will take us back 90 years. This is a photo of Queen Elizabeth at 6 years old on her pony Peggy.


ANDERSON: This has been -- this has been a deep love. Was she -- was she a good rider herself?

BROOKS-WARD: Exceptional. Exceptional. And, you know, you know this because when you see people either around horses or on horses, you know whether they are comfortable with them. And the queen was always, always comfortable with horses and ponies.

And that photograph you see there, she had an instructor called Sybil Smith who's one of this re-dandiacal women wears very thick tweed skirts and lots of, come on, leg on, and kick on, and heels in and all this sort of business. But she was a great favorite of the queen when she was growing up and taught her to ride.

And -- but it was that sense of being around horses. She was so calm around -- you know, like you'll see pictures of the queen with a thoroughbred that's jigging around a bit and the queen would just stand there, you know, I am the boss, come to me, and it calmed down the horse. Amazing all the time.

ANDERSON: The horse whisperer.


ANDERSON: Who people call her, those that have that sort of -- that sort of impression around horses. Let's talk about her love of racing, this image I think our viewers will enjoy. This is of the queen at Ascot. And we talk about the fact that so many people are grieving the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. And yet people didn't really -- hadn't met her. They felt like they knew her. They hadn't met her.

And this was a woman who was extremely reserved and dignified apart from when she was on the races, which is when you would see the passion. There's a series of photographs here. I'm not sure if we've got one of the ones where she's really looking excited. Here we go. You see her, and one of those horses would be winning and she would really gin them on.

BROOKS-WARD: Yes. No, it's simple pleasures. You know, we all get simple pleasures. And she is no different. She was no different to us. And when the queen had a winner at the races, we all knew about it, and it was great, you know.


Because the queen did not only just see the horse going past the finishing post. The queen saw it from its very inception as a foal and took it through all of the training nightmares and everything else. And then to see it cross the finishing line, wow, what a moment.

ANDERSON: She was on the phone to her trainers all the time, as I understand it.

BROOKS-WARD: Yes. And to her trainers, to her producers for show ponies and the horses. And she took a huge interest in what they were doing. Always supportive. Never trying to interfere. But just really interested.

ANDERSON: I heard a story recently, had her uncle not abdicated and therefore, you know, her father takes over as sovereign, and clearly, she was heir to that and took over, coronated in 1953. Had that not all happened, as I understand it, you know, there is a sense that she would quite like to have got married, lived on a farm somewhere, had the dogs and the horses. And she would have been completely content with that sort of life, correct?

BROOKS-WARD: The queen was a great country woman. She loved her dogs, whether they'd be Lambert dogs or corgis, horses and ponies, the fresh air that she was breathing. And you know, in some ways that's what Windsor Castle provided the queen as well.

ANDERSON: How will you remember her?

BROOKS-WARD: Gosh, that's a really difficult question. I will remember her as being humorous, supportive, just incredibly privileged to have known somebody who was so different but so the same as everybody else. And you never forgot that the queen was the queen. But the queen was always so generous in her time, her comments, and everything that she did, and particularly for the role (Inaudible) and we will -- we will miss her.

ANDERSON: You will miss her, but you will continue.

BROOKS-WARD: We will continue in her name, and the legacy continues in racing with her horses with our show at Windsor Castle that we run and probably should be doing so. And we will celebrate somebody who had been with us for 79 years and won a prize at the very first Royal Windsor Horse Show.

ANDERSON: And, as I understand it, her last prize was there as well. She won this year.

BROOKS-WARD: So, we were tremendously fortunate this year that the queen was there when she won the supreme championship, so, of her ponies. And then she came to the platinum jubilee celebration on the Sunday evening and spent an hour and a half with us. And we'll never forget that.

ANDERSON: Lovely. Thank you very much, indeed --


BROOKS-WARD: Great pleasure.

ANDERSON: -- for joining us and sharing your stories this morning. Major General Simon Brooks-Ward for you here with at Buckingham Palace.

Well, there's been much speculation and concern since the queen's death as to what would happen to her dogs. We've just been discussing those corgis and the doggies and the Springer Spaniel, for example.

Well, a source tells CNN that the corgis will go to live with the duke and duchess of York, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson despite divorcing more than 25 years ago, the two still do live at the royal lodge on the Windsor estate. The queen is also reported to have left behind the older mixed-breed dog called Candy and the Cocker Spaniel named Lizzy.

It's unclear where they will go, who will be looking after them. One source told me it is likely to be Princess Anne who also has a great love of dogs and a great love of horses she shared with her mother.

Well, I'll have more from London in a few moments. But first let's bring in Rosemary Church at CNN center in Atlanta. Rosemary?

ROSEMARY CHURCH, CNN ANCHOR: Thank you so much, Becky. See you again soon.

And still to come, what's at stake in the latest legal wrangling over the classified documents seized at Donald Trump's Florida home? Details in just a few moments.


CHURCH: Twin beams of light reaching up into the sky will be shining until dawn. The lights represent the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center destroyed during the September 11th terrorist attacks. They're a tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed on that tragic day.

And Americans commemorated the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sunday. U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris joined others at different locations to remember those who died that day.

CNN's Joe Johns has the story.

JOE JOHNS, CNN SENIOR WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks honoring the victims, the heroes, including the first responders, the president, the vice president, and the first lady all fanned out in different directions going to events at the separate locations where hijacked planes crashed 21 years ago.

The vice president went to Ground Zero in New York City at an event attended by the mayor and the former mayor. The first lady attended an event in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where flight 93 went down. And here in the Washington area, the president went to the Pentagon, an event attended by the defense secretary as well as the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.

The president speaking directly to the survivors of the victims of 9/11 even quoting a 9/11 message from the late queen. Listen.


JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: I remember a message sent to the American people from Queen Elizabeth. It was on September 11. Her ambassador read a prayer of service at St. Thomas Church in New York where she poignantly reminded us, quote, grief is the price we pay for love. Grief is the price we pay for love.


JOHNS: Turning now to the issue of the queen's funeral. We now know a little bit more about the president's travel plans. We had been told that he expected to go to the funeral. The question was whether there would be an official delegation attending the funeral with him.

The answer, we are told, thanks to the reporting of Jake Tapper, is, no, there will be no U.S. delegation attending the funeral. However, there is still a possibility that a U.S. delegation could travel with the president to England.

Joe Johns, CNN, the White House.

CHURCH: The court battle over documents seized at Donald Trump's Mar- a-Lago resort continues on Monday. Trump's legal team has just a few hours left to respond to the Justice Department's latest request.


It wants the judge to revisit her ruling regarding the so-called special master and allow investigators to continue reviewing the classified documents found on the property.

Michael Genovese is the president of the Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount and author of "The Modern Presidency: Six Debates that Define the Institution."

He joins me now from Los Angeles. Always great to have you with us.


CHURCH: So, Donald Trump's legal team has until 10 a.m. this morning to respond to the Department of Justice's latest request to continue reviewing the classified documents recovered from the former president's Mar-a-Lago home as part of their ongoing investigation. How do you expect the Trump team to respond?

GENOVESE: Well, you know, it's still a legal jumble. The Department of Justice weighs in, the Trump team weighs in, the judge weighs in. And this is going to be a long process. It's going to take several more steps because there are appeals that can be made. And even if there is a special master that is assigned, it's going to take time to find one who has the high clearance. They're going to have to set up a schedule. It's going to take a long, long time. So, we're going to -- we're going to be in the middle of this for I think another few weeks.

CHURCH: Right. And of course, the midterms are less than two months away. And on Sunday morning, GOP Senator Tim Scott was asked about recent comments from Mitch McConnell, hinting that the Republican Senate candidates may not be the strongest. And Scott said who we have on the field is who we're going to play. So that doesn't sound like there's much excitement for the current GOP lineup. What is going on here?

GENOVESE: I think he made the painful recognition in public that many of the candidates in many key states in really tight races are weak. Pennsylvania being one of them. Georgia. A few others. The question is why. Why are some of the Republican candidates so weak. And there's a one-word answer, and the answer is Trump.

Donald Trump endorsed a lot of candidates, most of them won the nomination of the party, and they were very far right, and they don't play well in a general election. And so, by Trump winning in the primaries, he may end up hurting the Republicans in the general. When some of those candidates were still spouting the big lie, may not be very convincing to moderates and independents.

CHURCH: So, what do you think this means for the Democrats in terms of their chances in November? And where do you see issues like abortion rights and gun violence up against high inflation and other economic issues?

GENOVESE: Well, about two or three months ago, we were looking for a red tsunami. Then about a month ago, it was maybe a red trickle. Now it looks like it's some kind of a purple haze. And the reason why the Democrats are much more hopeful and the numbers look much better for them are, number one, abortion has become a dominating issue in the campaign. Especially when Democrats want to raise it.

Republicans don't want to raise it. Inflation three months ago was a huge problem for the Democrats. It's much less of a problem now. And Biden's popularity is inching up. And there's kind of a Trump fatigue going on in America. They're getting a little tired of all those antics. All which add up to right now a tossup.

In midterms, the Republicans should do well because the out party does very well, the president's party did poorly in midterm elections. But this may be a kind of a break-even election.

CHURCH: Michael Genovese, always great to get your analysis. Many thanks.

GENOVESE: Thank you, Rosemary.

CHURCH: Well, Carlos Alcaraz is the new world's number one in tennis after winning the U.S. Open Sunday in New York. The 19-year-old from Spain is now the youngest man ever to top the world tennis rankings.

Alcaraz beat Norway's Casper Ruud in Sunday's final, capturing his first Grand Slam title. The Spaniard played three consecutive five-set matches just to reach the final including the second longest match in U.S. Open history.

Well, as the world mourns for Queen Elizabeth, the flowers and mementos are piling up outside Buckingham Palace. And some of the most poignant remembrances are coming from some of her majesty's youngest subjects. How the 96-year-old monarch touched their lives, that's next.



ANDERSON: Well, it's a tribute fit for a queen. The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai lights up with an image of Elizabeth II and the British flag, the 828-meter-tall building is the latest in a string of iconic landmarks around the world to mark the death of the 96-year-old monarch.

Well, in the days since the queen's death, piles of flowers and other mementos have been placed outside Buckingham Palace and in Green Park, which is just beside the palace. And you see them here. Amongst them handmade messages of love and sorrow, written by children. It's part of a reaction to the 96-year-old's recent efforts to connect with her youngest subjects. Have a look at this.


ANDERSON: With eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, Queen Elizabeth was not only the matriarch of her family but also of the nation. And mourning her death for many people around the country is turning out to be a family affair.

UNKNOWN: The queen made the king shine.

UNKNOWN: And do you think Charles can do the same?



ANDERSON: Queen Elizabeth reigned for 70 years. And even the youngest of her loyal subjects are getting a chance to say good-bye by leaving handmade cards and drawings at memorials or laying flowers with their parents.

UNKNOWN: I think that lots of people will want to lay flowers down or wave at the car as she goes past.

ANDERSON: The father of 10-year-old Pippa says his daughter has always had a special connection with the queen as they share the same birthday.

UNKNOWN: She used to send the queen a birthday card every year and she thinks that she's a fantastic example for what it means to be British.

ANDERSON: The royal protocols of such an event, the transfer of titles, the lines of succession are details that even grownups may find hard to follow. But there's a simple wisdom in some of the children's responses about why so many people are waiting for a final glimpse of the late queen's coffin. Sometimes it's simply about showing up.

UNKNOWN: To celebrate the queen's funeral and see the -- what do we call it --

UNKNOWN: A procession.


ANDERSON: Kate, the princess of Wales was reportedly overheard telling a group of children that her young son Louis had tried to comfort her by saying that granny is now with great grandpa.

UNKNOWN: Perhaps you would like a marmalade sandwich. I always keep one for emergencies.


ANDERSON: For her platinum jubilee celebration, the queen famously appeared in a video with Paddington Bear, the character of the classic children book series and recent films. Some children were holding the stuffed bears while waiting for the queen's hearse to drive by.

The bear, a bridge between young and old, and perhaps one of the ways Queen Elizabeth's youngest generation of followers will remember her.


ANDERSON (on camera): Well, it's just before 9 o'clock in the morning here. Our continuing coverage of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II continues after this short break. I'm Becky Anderson. Stay with us.