King Charles III was officially declared king on Saturday, hours before Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral would take place on September 19.
The accession ceremony at St James’s Palace in London officially marks a new era in British rule following the death of Queen Elizabeth on Thursday.
Although Charles automatically became king after his mother’s death, he was officially announced as Britain’s new king on Saturday in a party steeped in ancient tradition and political symbolism – and was broadcast live for the first time.
David White, Garter’s King of Arms, made the king’s proclamation official while surrounded by trumpeters in gold-adorned robes before leading chants – “Hip, hip, hooray!” – For the new king.
After the announcement ended, Buckingham Palace announced the official date and plan for the official funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, which will be preceded by her coffin, which will lie in the state for four days to offer condolences to the public.
Here’s the latest news from Saturday’s royal celebration, details of the upcoming funeral and key moments of what happened after the death of Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Elizabeth’s funeral set for September 19
The state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, will take place on September 19 in Westminster Abbey, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday.
For four days before the funeral, the Queen will lie in Westminster Hall for the public to visit and pay respects. Services will also mark the last seven days of royal mourning, which began on Friday.
The funeral plan for the late king is a distinctive Windsor blend of ancient tradition and modern practicality, marked by chime bells and half-mast flags, with social media accounts disappearing.
Queen Elizabeth’s coffin is currently lying at Balmoral Castle, where she died on Thursday. Saturday’s statement said her remains will travel on Sunday to Edinburgh, where they will rest in the throne room.
A week before the state funeral, members of the royal family will gather in Edinburgh for a “service at St Giles’ Cathedral to receive the coffin”. He will eventually be transported to Buckingham Palace before laying in his state prior to the funeral.
Two days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, now called Prince of Wales by his father, King Charles III, issued a moving statement of his grief and gratitude for the loss of his grandmother.
“I have benefited from the wisdom and reassurance of the Queen in my fifties. My wife has been given twenty years of guidance and support. My three children should spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their lives,” Prince William wrote.
Prince William concluded his statement by thanking his late grandmother for her kindness and with words that Queen Elizabeth II conveyed her grief.
“My grandmother famously said that sadness is the price we pay for love. All the sadness we feel in the coming weeks will be a testament to the love we felt for our extraordinary queen,” he wrote.
King Charles III is officially declared king
Dozens of senior politicians past and present, including Prime Minister Liz Truss and five of her predecessors, gathered in the ornate state apartments of St James’s Palace for Saturday’s Accession Council meeting.
They met Don Charles, officially confirming his title of King Charles III. The king joined them to make a personal statement, pledging to follow his “mother’s inspiring model” as he assumed the duties of king.
The new king formally agreed to a series of orders – among them an order declaring the day of his mother’s funeral a public holiday. The date of the official funeral has not been announced, but it is expected to be around September 19.
This is the first time the accession ceremony has taken place since 1952, when Queen Elizabeth II took the throne.
Charles was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife Camilla, the Queen, and his eldest son, Prince William. William is now heir to the throne and is known by the title of Charles he has long held, Prince of Wales.
Read: King Charles III’s announcement during his inauguration ceremony
On Saturday, His Majesty made the announcement addressing the Accession Council while at St James’s Palace. Read it in full below:
“Lords, ladies and gentlemen.
It is a very painful duty to announce to you the death of my beloved mother, the Queen.
I know how deep your sympathies are, you, the entire nation – and I believe the entire world – sympathize with me at the irreparable loss we have all suffered. It is my greatest consolation to know the sympathy so many have for my sister and brothers and that such affection and support should extend to our entire family in our loss.
For all of us as a family, for this kingdom and for the broader family of nations of which she is a part, my mother set an example of lifelong love and selfless service. My mother’s reign was unparalleled in its duration, dedication, and devotion. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this life most sincerely.
I am fully aware of this great legacy and the enormous duties and responsibilities of the Sovereignty now bequeathed to me. In assuming these responsibilities, I will strive to follow the inspiring example I have set of upholding constitutional government and striving for peace, harmony and prosperity for the peoples of these islands and the worlds and territories of the Commonwealth throughout the world.
In this purpose I know that I will be supported by the love and loyalty of the peoples to whom I have been called, and that in the performance of these duties I will be guided by the advice of their elected parliaments. In all this, I am very encouraged by the constant support of my beloved wife.
I take this opportunity to affirm my desire and determination to continue the tradition of handing over the hereditary revenues, including property of the Crown, to my Government for the benefit of all, in exchange for the Sovereign Grant, which supports my official duties as Head of State. and head of the nation.
And in carrying out the heavy task that he has entrusted me to and to which I now dedicate the remainder of my life, I pray for the guidance and help of God Almighty.”
King Charles expected to receive officials on Saturday afternoon
During Saturday, King Charles III is also expected to receive various officials at Buckingham Palace at separate times including the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Prime Minister, cabinet members, opposition party leaders and the Dean of Westminster.
King Charles III respects his “dear mother” in the first official Tabuk
On Friday, King Charles III, on the first full day of his reign after Queen Elizabeth II’s death Thursday, addressed the nation in a nearly 9-minute pre-recorded message.
The new king expressed his respect for his mother and queen – and the era in which she ruled – and commented on how his life would change in the future with a promise to serve his people.
The new king expressed his “deep sadness” following the death of Queen Elizabeth.
“My beloved mother was an inspiration, an example to me and all of my family,” he said. “And we owe her the most important debt any family can owe to its mother because of her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example.”
He continued, referring to her 21-year-old pledge to dedicate her life to her people as a “deep personal commitment that defined her entire life.”
“As the Queen has done herself with such unwavering devotion, I also solemnly pledge now all the remaining time which God grants me to keep constitutional principles in the heart of our nation,” he said.
“In a little over a week,” he said, “we shall gather as a nation, as a commonwealth, and indeed a world community to comfort my beloved mother.” “In our grief, let us remember and draw strength from the light of her example.”
King Charles then thanked him for his condolences and support and shared another message, addressing his mother directly.
“To my dear mother, as you begin your last wonderful journey to join my dear late father, I simply want to say this: Thank you. Thank you, your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years the angels’ journeys sing for your comfort.”
William and Kate have new titles such as Prince and Princess of Wales
During his first address to King Charles on Friday, he commented on how his life would change and how the lives of his family members would change too – noting his wife’s transition to Queen Consort and Prince William’s assumption of several titles the King now holds, including William’s new role as Duke of Cornwall.
As expected, King Charles also named William, Prince of Wales, another title he inherited from his father.
In doing so, the former Kate Middleton became the Princess of Wales, and the first to hold this title since the death of William’s mother, Princess Diana, in 1997. In fact, she is one of only three princesses known as the Princess of Wales since then. 1901.
“Today, I am proud to be Prince of Wales, Tewiswj Simroe (Prince of Wales in Wales), the country of which I have been most honored to bear the title during so much of my life and duty,” the King said. Pre-recorded letter. “With Catherine at his side, our new Prince and Princess of Wales, as I know, will continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping bring margins to the center where vital assistance can be provided.”
Joe Biden says he plans to attend the Queen’s funeral
President Joe Biden said Friday that he will attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
“I don’t know what the details are yet, but I’m going,” Biden told reporters traveling with him in Ohio.
In a statement issued shortly after her death, Biden and First Lady Jill Biden praised the Queen for her leadership of “grace, unwavering commitment to duty, and the unparalleled strength of her example.”
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than just a king,” Biden said. You have defined an era.
Biden has known the Queen for three decades and met her three times, most recently in June 2021.
According to Buckingham Palace, the date and details of the Queen’s funeral have not been set, but it will be announced “in due course”. While an official date has not been set, it is expected to take place over the next 10 days at Westminster Abbey in central London. The Queen will then be laid to rest at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, with her mother, father and husband, Prince Philip.
Closure of the royal residences and the “crown” suspends photography
The palace announced Friday, that the royal residences, including the Queen’s Gallery, the Royal Building at Buckingham Palace and the Queen’s private estates, will be closed throughout the mourning period and even after the Queen’s funeral.
Events and events planned in connection with the Queen are also postponed or cancelled. London Fashion Week, which is scheduled to run from September 16 to September 20, is likely to be affected. The company confirmed that Burberry has already canceled its scheduled September 17 offering.
Netflix said in a statement that filming for “The Crown” was halted on Friday and will be suspended on the day of the Queen’s funeral. The series, which depicts Queen Elizabeth’s long reign, is in mid-production for its fifth season, with actress Imelda Staunton playing the role. Olivia Colman and Claire Foy have played a younger queen in previous seasons.
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