Queen Elizabeth, funeral plans and King Charles’s first address to the nation

Queen Elizabeth, funeral plans and King Charles’s first address to the nation

On the first day after the death of Queen Elizabeth, an intense series of official events is expected, but also unofficial or spontaneous. As reported by British media, the program certainly includes the return to London of the Balmoral residence in Scotland of King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla. Carlo will meet with Prime Minister Liz Truss. The king is also due to meet with Edward Fitzalan-Howard, the current Duke of Norfolk and responsible for planning the queen’s funeral, to approve the program for the next few days. The British government will then confirm the duration of the national mourning, which is expected to last around 12 days, starting today until the day after the Queen’s funeral. The public has already started to gather and leave flowers outside Buckingham Palace and other royal buildings. The British government will also announce that the day of the funeral will be a public holiday.

Instead, the king will determine the duration of royal mourning for members of the royal family. The judicial mourning is expected to last a month. Union monkeys in the royal buildings will all be at half-mast, while bells will ring at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Windsor Castle. Churches are then invited to ring the bells across England at noon. 96 cannon shots – one shot for each year of the Queen’s life – will be fired at Hyde Park and other stations. The king will then deliver a speech to the nation that will be broadcast on prime-time television but must be pre-recorded. King Charles will pay tribute to the Queen and reaffirm his duty to serve as the new ruler. The Prime Minister and top ministers of the British government are expected to attend a public memorial service at St Paul’s in central London.

Source: IL Tempo

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