The death of Britain’s longest-serving monarch has raised a series of questions about the mourning process. Historical background events will take place at Westminster Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, as well as moments of high-profile showdown, thrusting dignitaries from the royal family into the limelight.
Here is a short guide.
What will King Charles do first?
Charles has been King since the time of Queen Elizabeth’s death, but his accession was officially recognized on Saturday when the Accession Council met at the state apartments of St James’s Palace in London. .
After officially being declared the new sovereign, King Charles convened his first Privy Council, an official advisory body of most high-ranking politicians, to take the oath and declare it. personal father with the new Queen, Camilla, and his eldest son, Prince William.
Charles’ first public statement as King was read at 11am from the balcony at St James’s Palace by Garter King of Armsa senior member of the Royal Family.
The second manifesto was read at noon at the Royal Exchange in the City of London. Further claims in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will take place on Sunday.
On Sunday morning, the King will meet the secretary general of the Commonwealth – which he currently heads – at Buckingham Palace. He will then hold a meeting with the High Commissioners – or ambassadors – in London of the territory for which he is head of state.
After a formal ceremony on Monday morning to receive condolences from both houses of parliament, the King will fly to Edinburgh. There he will take part in an official ceremony to mark Scotland’s accession to the throne, meet Nicola Sturgeon, first minister, and receive condolences from the Scottish parliament.
He will also participate in ceremonies around his mother’s lying condition at Edinburgh’s St Giles Church.
On Tuesday morning, he will fly from Edinburgh to Belfast for a similar sequence of events that will mark his becoming King of Northern Ireland.
On Wednesday, the King will accompany his mother’s casket from Buckingham Palace to her burial at Westminster Hall, in the Palace of Westminster.
He will visit Wales on Friday.
How long will the mourning last?
The 10-day period of national mourning begins on Friday and will continue until the Queen’s funeral.
In addition, King Charles has announced that the royal family and its staff will observe a period of mourning longer than 17 days.
Meanwhile, royal residences – including Balmoral, Sandringham, Hillsborough Castle and the Queen’s Gallery and Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace – will remain closed until after the funeral.
When is the Queen’s funeral?
The Queen’s coffin will be carried on Sunday from Balmoral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, and on Monday it will be carried in procession along the Royal Mile to St Giles Cathedral. It will stay there for 24 hours, allowing members of the public to show their respect.
On Tuesday 13 September, the coffin will be flown from Scotland to London and taken to Buckingham Palace before being taken on Wednesday in a procession to the Palace of Westminster. After a short service by the Archbishop of Canterbury, it will remain as is at Westminster Hall for four days. Senior royals are expected to stand guard around the coffin here, traditionally known as the Vigil of the Princes.
The Queen’s state funeral will take place on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey, with around 2,000 dignitaries in attendance. Her coffin will then be taken to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the pledge, just steps from her final resting place in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, where her mother and father are buried. few meters.
What will close in time of mourning?
The UK government will suspend most announcements, press releases and visits until the end of the official period of mourning, with some officials saying they expect normal work to begin on Sunday. September 22; Congress is not expected to sit next week.
The Bank of England has postponed the meeting of the monetary policy committee to set the rate by one week to September 22.
The Department of Education has said that schools and colleges should stay open during times of mourning. “While normal school attendance is expected, principals continue to have the right to allow students to be absent from school under exceptional circumstances,” it said.
Sporting events have been cancelled, including the second day of the third cricket test match between England and South Africa and several football matches this weekend.
The BBC canceled Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert hall while the Mercury Music Awards were also delayed.
The Trade Union Congress has postponed its annual conference and the RMT union has called off train strikes scheduled for September 15 and 17. PCS union has postponed industrial actions in the courts, which was scheduled for mid-September.
Will there be a bank holiday?
The public has enjoyed one more bank holiday this year, in celebration of the Queen’s platinum anniversary in May. The King has announced that the day of her funeral will also be a bank holiday across the UK.
The process of officially ascending the throne to the new monarch may take longer than many expect, in part to allow time for mourning for his predecessor.
No date has been set for Charles’ coronation but precedent suggests the delay can be as long as a year.
The delay lasted 16 months after the death of George VI on February 6, 1952 and the coronation of his daughter Elizabeth II on June 3, 1953.
Charles has revealed that he wants a shorter, less expensive ceremony than his mother’s coronation.