- Charles officially declared king
- The Queen’s funeral will be held on September 19
- ‘We thought she was invincible’ – William
- Queen Elizabeth, 96, died on Thursday
LONDON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will take place on Monday, Sept. 19, royal officials said on Saturday, after her son Charles was officially announced as Britain’s new king. Centuries.
The death of the 96-year-old monarch has prompted tears, sadness and loving tributes from not only the Queen’s own family and many Britons, but from around the world – reflecting his presence on the world stage for 70 years.
“We all thought she was invincible,” said her grandson Prince William, now heir to the throne. read more
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“It’s surreal,” he said during a walk outside Windsor Castle as he and his wife Kate appeared close in public for the first time in two years with his younger brother Harry and his wife Meghan – a rift Elizabeth’s death will help heal. Between the sons of Charles.
Elizabeth’s oak coffin, draped with the royal standard of Scotland and topped with a floral wreath, lay in state in the ballroom of Balmoral Castle, her summer home in Scotland, where she died peacefully on Thursday.
On Sunday, it will be driven by hearse through remote highland villages on a six-hour journey to Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, to allow people to pay their respects. read more
The coffin will be taken to London on Tuesday, where it will lie in state at Buckingham Palace, then to Westminster Hall until the funeral is held at 11 a.m. (1000 GMT) on September 19 at Westminster Abbey.
The death of Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, has sparked an outpouring of emotion around the world. Buildings and landmarks in Europe, America and Africa are lit up in the red, white and blue of the United Kingdom flag.
Charles, 73, succeeded his mother immediately, but a council of accession met at St James’s – the UK’s oldest royal palace – built for Henry VIII in the 1530s – to declare him king on Saturday.
The council – made up of Privy Councillors, a centuries-old role to advise the monarch – includes her son and heir William, wife Camilla and Britain’s new prime minister, Liz Truss.
Six former prime ministers, senior bishops and politicians chanted “God save the king”.
“I am deeply aware of the duties and heavy responsibilities of this great inheritance and sovereignty,” said Charles. “I will try to follow the inspiring example that has been set.”
Later, in the Proclamation Gallery, on the balcony above the Friary Court of St. James’s Palace, the Garter King of Arms, David White, joined by others in gold and red heraldic robes, to the sound of trumpets, read the Principal Proclamation.
Soldiers in traditional crimson uniforms shouted “hip, hip, hurrah”.
A few hundred people were allowed inside the court, including small children on their parents’ shoulders, a woman holding flowers and elderly people on mobility scooters.
Charles is the 41st monarch in a line that traces its origins back to the Norman King William the Conqueror who took the English throne in 1066. Saturday’s events mirrored announcements announcing new kings and queens from hundreds of years ago.
He became King and Head of State of 14 countries including Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, not just England.
It was the first televised announcement by a monarch. For most Britons, this was a first in their lifetime, as Elizabeth was the only monarch they had ever known. Charles was just 3 years old when he became Queen in 1952.
Britain has announced that mourning will be observed until Elizabeth’s funeral, which will be a public holiday. Leaders from around the world, including US President Joe Biden, are expected to attend.
Charles’ coronation will take place at a later date – the timing of which is not yet clear. There was a gap of 16 months between Elizabeth becoming Queen and her coronation in 1953.
He has already made his eldest son William, 40, the new Prince of Wales, a title traditionally held by heir to the throne, and William’s wife Kate has become Princess of Wales, a role last held by the late Princess Diana.
The couple have been very public with Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, after deciding to leave royal duties and move to California in 2020.
Harry and Meghan coincidentally attended some charity event in Britain last week and weren’t even expected to see William – until their grandmother passed away.
However, the foursome stood together and chatted briefly, although they looked very awkward and didn’t spend much time together during their 40-minute walk in Windsor, following William’s call to his brother.
A royal source said it was an important show of solidarity at an incredibly difficult time for the family.
Meanwhile, at Balmoral, the Queen’s three youngest children – Anne, Andrew and Edward – and their own families also made a public appearance, thanking the crowd before heading to a nearby church to survey the news amid flowers.
One of Prince Andrew’s daughters, Princess Eugenie, wiped away tears and hugged her father.
“It’s a very emotional moment, it’s very heartfelt,” said local businessman Ian Smith, who was in front of the barricades. “It’s really special that they came to acknowledge us and we can show them our support.”
Elizabeth, the world’s oldest and longest-serving head of state, came to the throne on February 6, 1952, aged 25, following the death of her father, King George VI.
Over the decades he witnessed a seismic shift in the social, political and economic structure of his country. During her long reign, she was praised for modernizing the monarchy, despite intense media scrutiny and her family’s public suffering.
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Reporting by Kate Holden and Michael Holden Additional reporting by Muwija M, Peter Nicholls and Alistair Smout in London and Andrew MacAskill in Balmoral, Scotland; Editing by Andrew Heavens, Christina Fincher and Frances Kerry
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