The death of Elizabeth II: Charles’ announcement, homage, funeral Program for the coming days
According to strict protocol, the UK will live to the rhythm of the many events in memory of the Queen over the next 10 days.
The UK has been in mourning since Thursday evening, when Buckingham Palace announced the death of Elizabeth II. As Britons flock to the palace to pay tribute to their King, who died at the age of 96 at Scottish Balmoral Castle after 70 years of rule, the monarchy and the British government are busy organizing the many events planned for the next day. some days.
According to a meticulous protocol called Operation London Bridge, which has been in place for years, festivities in honor of the Queen should extend beyond ten days after her death. After his son Charles’ first speech as sovereign, Friday evening, the exact program for the coming days began to take shape. We begin Saturday with the announcement of the new king.
Saturday: Charles announced
The person known to the public as Prince Charles becomes, at the age of 73, King Charles III. By Thursday, the crowd was chanting “Long live the King!” In front of Buckingham Palace, the British anthem in its male version of “God Save The King” was sung Friday evening at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, AFP reported. However, it is only on this Saturday that Charles will be officially proclaimed king by the Council of Accession.
The latter, made up of members of the royal family, Prime Minister Liz Truss and ministers of state, among others, will meet at 11 a.m. – French time – at St James’s Palace. The announcement is expected to be read an hour later by David White, King of the Order of the Rabat, on the balcony of the palace and then in the city in front of the Royal Exchange. Charles III will receive the Prime Minister and key ministers at 3 pm, Parliament will take the pledge of allegiance and express its condolences in the afternoon.
Sunday and Monday: Charles’ Travels
On Sunday, the Queen’s coffin will be moved from Balmoral Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. King Charles III will be proclaimed in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and will have a meeting with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The new king will address the Scottish Parliament, and a mass will be held at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.
Scotland will pay homage to the Queen on Monday, with the Queen’s sarcophagus procession to St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. A religious ceremony, in the presence of the royal family, will take place there. Meanwhile, in London, Parliament will meet in Westminster Hall to pay homage to the King.
Tuesday: The ark arrives in London
Only on Tuesday will the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II be taken to Buckingham Palace in London. Charles III will visit Hillsborough Castle, the official residence of the royal family in Northern Ireland, to receive condolences from Parliament. A mass will be held in her presence at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, Church of Ireland.
From Wednesday, the audience will gather in front of the sarcophagus
On Wednesday, the procession will take the Queen’s coffin to Westminster Hall, where she will rest for four or five days. The public will be able to come and gather there 23 hours a day for several days, and the royal family must also come to honor him.
The next day, Charles III will continue his tour of the United Kingdom: he will travel to Wales to meet Prime Minister Mark Druckford there before giving a speech. On Friday, they will return to London to receive the heads of state of the Commonwealth of Nations.
The weekend of September 17 and 18 should mark a break in official events. As reported by Le Parisien, tradition dictates that the king’s funeral take place ten days after his death. Which should correspond to the 18th, but the sanctity of Sunday in the Church of England will undoubtedly force the monarchy to review its programme.
So it is likely that the funeral of the former Queen of England will take place on Monday the 19th. The coffin will arrive in Westminster Abbey, London, followed by the royal family. The ceremony, which is expected to attend 2,000 guests, will be filmed.
At the end of the latter, the coffin procession will take it to the final resting place of the Queen, at Windsor Castle. She will be buried there in private in King George VI Chapel, the vault where her parents and sister Margaret rest, according to the Histoires Royales website. You’ll find her husband there, Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99.