Proclamation of King Charles III is televised for the first time

King Charles III will be officially declared monarch on Saturday evening with Prince William at his side in a ceremony that will be televised for the first time.

He became king after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, but his role will be confirmed.

The ceremony will be held by the Affiliation Council at St. James’s Palace, which he will not attend.

He will then join his first Privy Council meeting at 7:00 pm EDT, where he will make a personal statement on the Queen’s death.

Prince William, Queen Consort Camilla, the Archbishop of Canterbury and new British Prime Minister Liz Truss will be among those who will sign the proclamation.

Flags flown at half mast in mourning for the Queen will be flown again at full mast after the meeting.

At 8:00 pm EST, the first public proclamation will be made from the balcony of the Palace’s Friars’ Palace as gun salutes are fired in Hyde Park and the Tower of London.

This is because the funeral of Queen Elizabeth will be an event unlike anything the world has ever seen.

Although we have witnessed large royal funerals at Westminster Abbey before, no reigning monarch has said goodbye to this sacred site in over 250 years.

Before her death, the queen participated in organizing her own funeral, the plans and protocols of which were discussed for a long time and even rehearsed by Buckingham Palace in case of unforeseen circumstances.

According to “Operation London Bridge” – the code name for the massive organizational and security arrangements behind the mourning period – the funeral is to take place 11 days after the Queen’s death. But as the news of her passing broke late Thursday night local time, the funeral is now expected to take place 12 days later, on Monday, September 19, starting at 11:00 am.

The Covid-19 precautions that were taken at Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, which resulted in moving images of the Queen left to mourn her 73-year-old husband, have thankfully been lifted, meaning Westminster Abbey can accommodate its capacity. crowd 2000.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is expected to lead the hour-long service, which will be attended by members of the royal families and heads of state of many countries.

“Virtually every nation on earth will want to send their king, queen, prime minister or president to a funeral,” former Metropolitan Police Chief Bob Broadhurst told PA Media.

Australia’s Governor General David Hurley and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese are present, and our own royal, Princess Mary, will likely be there with her husband, Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark. (All European monarchies are expected to be well represented.)

US President Joe Biden said he would be there, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip said, “If we have the opportunity, we would like to attend this ceremony.”

The position about any famous guests is somewhat less clear.

While celebrities have increasingly attended royal events over the years – George and Amal Clooney were at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 2018 wedding despite reportedly barely knowing the couple – the severity of the case suggests that it is unlikely that this will happen. too many Hollywood whiffs.

However, there can always be exceptions. Royal family commentator Neil Shawn told British television he wouldn’t be surprised if Tom Cruise received an invitation after the Top Gun actor performed at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration earlier this year.

On this day, the shortcomings and delicacy of the royal family are likely to be scrutinized, especially any signs of tension between Princes William and Harry.

During a procession in honor of Prince Philip last year, the two feuding brothers were separated by their cousin Peter Phillips, leading to speculation that a similar arrangement could be applied to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth.

The presence of the Duchess of Sussex will also generate increased interest, especially after she remained in London and did not join the rest of the royal family in a rush to Balmoral on Thursday evening, as the Queen’s condition worsened.

Fox News Digital quoted one royal pundit as saying the Duchess could return to California to be with her children Archie and Lilibet. In any case, expect a lot of columns to be written on this topic.

King Charles is expected to take part in the ceremony, just as the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth attended the funeral of her father George VI in 1952. services.)

Out of respect for the monarch, two minutes of silence will be observed.

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth will be the first televised funeral of a royal monarch. In 1952, Buckingham Palace agreed to broadcast a procession in honor of George VI, but not the funeral itself, but even this broadcast is said to have caused a mini-boom in television sales. The Queen’s funeral is expected to set new records for streaming services.

At this stage, it is unclear whether King Charles will deliver a eulogy for his mother or whether the archbishop will take over this part of the formalities.

(The then Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, delivered a eulogy to the Queen Mother in 2002.)

After the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will be carried in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, where it will be loaded into a hearse and taken to Windsor Castle.

On the same day, starting at 4:00 pm, the Queen will be buried in a special crypt in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in a ceremony attended only by family members. The Queen’s coffin will stand next to her parents and sister Princess Margaret, who died in 2002, while the remains of the Duke of Edinburgh will be moved next to her.

The actual burial of the coffin will take place even later, at 19:30; again, it will only be a family ceremony.

Official mourning in the UK will last seven days after the funeral.

Originally published as Proclamation of King Charles III is televised for the first time

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