Sunday, September 25, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II death news: Charles to be formally declared King at Accession Council ceremony

King Charles greets well-wishers outside Buckingham Palace

King Charles III will be formally proclaimed monarch during an Accession Council ceremony today.

The new monarch will not attend the ceremony at the State Apartments of St James’s Palace, and will only join after he is proclaimed monarch, at 10am, to hold his first Privy Council meeting.

The historic event comes after Charles gave a landmark address to the nation yesterday and paid tribute to his “darling Mama” the Queen, who died on Thursday afternoon at Balmoral.

“We owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example,” he said.

The King pledged his whole life as service as the new sovereign just as the Queen did, saying: “That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today.”

And he used his speech to announce he had created his son William the Prince of Wales, with Kate the Princess of Wales, and expressed his “love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas”, a symbol of his bid for reconciliation amid past troubles with the Sussexes.

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What will happen today?

Today marks D-Day + 1 in Operation London Bridge- a meticulous plan that lays out exactly what will happen when the Queen dies.

At 10am today, King Charles III will be proclaimed at the Accession Council in the state apartments at St James’s Palace in London.

The event, attended by private counsellors, is divided into two parts. In the first part, the Privy Council will proclaim the King and formally approve various consequential orders, including the arrangements for the Proclamation, without the King present.

The second part is held by the King of His Majesty’s first Privy Council.

The King will make his declaration and read and sign an oath to uphold the security of the Church in Scotland and approve orders in the council which facilitate continuity of the Government.

The King will be accompanied by the Queen Consort and the Prince of Wales as they are both privy counsellors.

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Queen’s funeral will be ‘biggest policing and protective operation the UK has ever mounted’

President Joe Biden and dozens of other world leaders will attend the Queen’s funeral as preparations are made for what could be the “biggest policing and protective operation the UK has ever mounted.”

Monarchs and heads of state from countries around the globe are expected to gather in Westminster Abbey for a solemn gathering on a scale seldom witnessed in recent decades.

Mr Biden said on Friday he will be present, although the date has yet to be confirmed.

Thousands of police will be on duty every day in the capital as crowds gather at Buckingham Palace and nearby Green Park to pay their respects, and the force has urged people to “remain vigilant”.

Our home affairs editor Lizzie Dearden reports:

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Grief turns to joy as mourners meet new monarch

Mourners were left “flabbergasted” as King Charles III left his official car to greet well-wishers outside Buckingham Palace.

The new monarch arrived in London from Balmoral following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. He later met with the prime minister and made his first address as King.

James Walmsley, from Liverpool, saw King Charles as he greeted the crowd at Buckingham Palace. “If you said 24 hours ago ‘you’re going to see the king’ you’d never believe it but now we’re here,” the trainee teacher told The Independent.

“Seeing him made us all feel a lot more positive,” the 23-year-old added. “My biggest concern was is the King going to be someone you don’t see very often – just due to age?

“It’s been a shame not seeing the Queen as much in the last 10 years as in years before, so it was nice seeing him get out of the car and walk around a bit, being active – it’s a nice sign.”

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Video captures emotional moment when pilot tells BA flight of Queen’s death

A British Airways crew and passengers onboard a New York to London flight were left fighting back tears as its pilot announced the death of the Queen.

The announcement was made over loudspeaker by the pilot as the plane approached London’s Heathrow airport, just over an hour after news emerged that the Queen had died at Balmoral on Thursday.

The emotional moment onboard BA Flight 178 was captured on video by passenger Michael Capiraso, who was flying from the US to the UK to drop his daughter off at the University of Edinburgh.

“Elizabeth, the Queen, passed away earlier today with the family by her side, we have little more information than that at the moment,” the pilot can be heard announcing on the video.

My colleague Graeme Massie reports:

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What will happen today at D+1?

Today marks D-Day +1, or D+1, in the plans for the aftermath of the Queen’s death, codenamed London Bridge. Here is the timeline of events that are expected to take place.

10am – King Charles III will be proclaimed at the Accession Council in the state apartments at St James’s Palace in London.

11am – The Principal Proclamation then follows. It will be read from the balcony overlooking Friary Court at St James’s Palace. The proclamation will be read by the Garter King of Arms, accompanied by the Earl Marshal, other Officers of Arms and the Serjeants-at-Arms. This will be the first public reading of the proclamation.

12pm – The second proclamation will be read at the Royal Exchange in London. Further proclamations will be read in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales at 12pm on Sunday.

The King will hold audiences with the prime minister and the cabinet.

Court mourning – A period of royal mourning for members of the royal family and royal households will be observed until seven days after the Queen’s funeral, the date of which is to be confirmed by Buckingham Palace.

National mourning – The government is expected to confirm the length of national mourning, which is likely to be around 12 days, up to the day after the Queen’s funeral.

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Charles to be formally declared King at Accession Council ceremony

King Charles III will be formally proclaimed monarch during an Accession Council ceremony televised for the first time.

Charles automatically became King on the death of his mother, but the Accession Council, attended by Privy Councilors, will confirm his role on Saturday morning.

The new monarch will not attend the ceremony, held at the State Apartments of St James’s Palace, only joining after he has been proclaimed monarch, at 10am, to hold his first Privy Council meeting.

The historic event comes after Charles gave a landmark address to the nation on Friday and paid a poignant and moving tribute to his “darling mama” the Queen who died on Thursday afternoon at Balmoral.

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What happens next? Day by day after the Queen’s death

The Queen has died and Charles has addressed the nation for the first time as the new King.

Plans for the aftermath of the Queen’s death, codenamed London Bridge, now incorporate Operation Unicorn, the contingency plans for her death in Scotland.

Thursday would traditionally have been D-Day or D+0 in the plan but the announcement came late in the day – at around 6.30pm – meaning Friday was considered as D+0 to allow the complex arrangements to be put in place.

Here is the day-by-day account of what is expected to happen next, leading up to the Queen’s funeral in around nine days.

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Cabinet ministers to have audience with new King

Members of the cabinet will have their first meeting with the King just days after Liz Truss formed her new government.

Senior ministers will attend the Accession Council at St James’s Palace where King Charles III will be formally proclaimed sovereign.

Later they will travel to Buckingham Palace for an audience with the monarch.

Ms Truss, who was invited to form a government by the late Queen on Tuesday, had her initial audience with the King on Friday.

The prime minister curtsied as she was ushered in by a palace aide for the first of what will be their regular weekly encounters.

As she offered her condolences, the King shook her hand and thanked her, saying: “You are very kind for coming – I know how busy you are.”

He added: “But it’s been so touching this afternoon when we arrived here, all those people come to give their condolences.”

Ms Truss again repeated: “Your Majesty, my very greatest sympathies.”

He replied: “You are very kind. It was the moment I have been dreading, as I know a lot of people have. We’ll try to keep everything going. Come, come have a seat.”

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King Charles III: What is the Accession Council and how will proceedings unfold?

King Charles III will be formally recognized as Britain’s new sovereign on Saturday morning when the historic Accession Council convenes at 10am at St James’s Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

For the first time ever, the council’s proceedings will be televised.

Although the Queen’s eldest son automatically became monarch with the passing of his mother, the ceremonial gathering will provide official acknowledgment of the fact and agree a proclamation announcing the news to be read to the wider world.

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King Charles kissed by well-wishers as he meets crowds lining street outside Buckingham Palace

The nation’s new monarch King Charles III was kissed by well-wishers outside Buckingham Palace following the death of his mother the Queen.

The King and his Queen Consort, Camilla, exited the state Bentley as they approached the royal residence and were met with cheers of “God Save the King”, smiling faces and a sea of ​​smartphones as Britons clamoured to capture his first encounter with the public since the death of his mother.

The King put on a brave face as he greeted the adoring crowds by shaking their hands and thanking them for their support in a time of national grieving.

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