Dark ceremony. King Charles III was seen leaving his residence at Clarence House before the procession of Queen Elizabeth II to Westminster Hall in London.
The 73-year-old king traveled to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, September 14, where his late mother’s coffin had been delivered the day before after he left Scotland on an RAF flight. Charles, dressed in black, looked solemn as he waved to the crowd of mourners from the back seat of his car.
Funeral arrangements have been underway for days now as Britain continues to mourn the loss of its longest-reigning monarch, who has died in Scotland at the age of 96. Charles immediately assumed the throne after the death of his mother and was formally proclaimed sovereign. Ascension Cathedral on Saturday, September 10.
“My mother’s reign was unsurpassed in duration, dedication and devotion,” His Majesty said at the time. “Even when we mourn, we give thanks for this most faithful life. I am deeply aware of this great legacy and the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty that have now passed to me.”
During the meeting, Charles approved claims that Elizabeth’s state funeral was named a national holiday. The service, the first state funeral in decades, will take place on Monday, September 19.
Several events in honor of the late Queen will take place before the funeral on Monday, and her coffin will lie in Westminster Hall for four days after a procession on Wednesday. Ceremonial transport departs from Buckingham Palace and follows the mall, Horse Guards Road, Horse Guards Parade and Whitehall to Parliament Square and the Palace of Westminster.
Members of the public will be able to pay their respects to Her Royal Highness as her casket is in public service, but government officials have warned well-wishers to expect very long lines.
Charles and his wife Queen consort Camillawere at the palace to receive the coffin of Elizabeth on Tuesday, September 13th. Together with the new rulers, Princess Anna, Prince Andrew as well as Prince Edward stood to greet their dead mother, with Prince William as well as Princess Kate also visits.
Prince Harry as well as Meghan Markle were also seen at the palace on Tuesday when the queen’s coffin arrived. The Sussexes were dressed all in black, joining the royal family on an emotional occasion.
The couple, who stepped down from their senior positions in 2020, were previously invited by 40-year-old William to walk in Windsor on Saturday. Harry, aged 37, and Suits The 41-year-old alum accompanied the new Prince of Wales and his wife, 40, on a rare walk together as they greeted mourners and accepted flowers.
Scroll down to see Charles getting ready for his late mother’s procession: