Sunday, September 25, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II death news: King Charles greets well-wishers at Buckingham Palace

King Charles III To Give Televised Address

As Britain mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II, her son – now King Charles III – has arrived back in London after flying from Balmoral, ahead of a meeting with prime minister Liz Truss and his first national address as monarch.

The King met mourners outside Buckingham Palace, having traveled from Scotland to London earlier.

As heartfelt tributes continued to pour in from across the globe following her death on Thursday, MPs held a minute’s silence in the Commons, with former PM Boris Johnson recalling being “moved to tears” after being asked in a BBC interview several months ago to discus the Queen in the past tense.

Gun salutes rang out across the country on Friday afternoon, with 96 rounds fired to mark the Queen’s life.

The Queen had reigned for nearly seven decades, overseeing huge political and cultural changes in the national life. Her son automatically succeeds her as King Charles III, taking her place in ruling over the UK and more than a dozen Commonwealth nations, a role for which he has spent a lifetime in preparation.


James Bond producers send ‘heartfelt condolences’ to royal family

Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson have sent their “heartfelt condolences” to the royal family, saying they “join the world in mourning” the Queen’s death.

The monarch famously appeared alongside 007 actor Daniel Craig during the opening ceremony for the London Olympics.

James Bond escorts the Queen to the London 2012 Olympics


What events have been canceled following the Queen’s death?

Events around the country, from sporting fixtures to strike action, have been canceled following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

My colleague Maryam Zakir-Hussain has compiled this comprehensive list of those no longer going ahead:


What is the royal family’s new line of succession?

Following the Queen’s death, here is the new royal line of succession:

(Press Association Pictures)


Watch: How will Queen Elizabeth II’s death be felt across the world?

The UK is in mourning following the death of the Queen, who passed away at Balmoral yesterday aged 96.

Politicians throughout the UK have been paying tribute to Her Majesty, who served for some 70 years.

World leaders have also been paying their respects. Watch below for a look at how Elizabeth II’s death will be felt around the globe.

How will Queen Elizabeth II’s death be felt across the world?


Hundreds join queue for St Paul’s memorial service

A hundreds-strong queue winding from St Paul’s Cathedral to beyond the Tube station streets away has formed, as mourners arrive for the service of remembrance on Friday evening.

Attendees were smartly dressed in black suits and ties while others wore black mourning veils as they waited to take their seat inside the cathedral.


Extinction Rebellion postpones ‘festival of resistance’

Extinction Rebellion has postponed a “festival of resistance” planned for this weekend due to the death of the Queen.

The climate action group had planned to hold events in London and several other locations but they are canceled until “further notice”.

“It was felt that the risks to our mobilization efforts outweigh the desire to continue, and occupying a Royal Park at this time would not be practical,” a statement said.

“ The decision has not been made lightly and in full appreciation that it will impact so many who have put much time, heart and commitment into making this festival the beautiful reality it was gearing up to be.”


Ed Miliband shares anecdote from meeting with Her Majesty on energy

As tributes were paid in the House of Commons, Ed Miliband told MPs how the Queen raised an eyebrow at his efforts to reduce energy use as climate change secretary in 200, Andrew Woodcockour politics editor, reports.

The former Labor leader recalled that he attended a meeting of the Privy Council, which involved the sovereign reading out a list of the laws that were being passed.

“As she did so, she paused for a moment because she was having trouble reading, and said: ‘It’s these new long-life lightbulbs that we’ve introduced,’ said Mr Miliband, to laughter from MPs.

“And she fixed me with a beady gaze and a twinkle in her eye, and I smiled. That was the sense of humor that she showed.”

Mr Miliband, now shadow climate change secretary, paid tribute to King Charles as “an extraordinary warrior on the issue of the environment long before it was fashionable”.


Theresa May pays tribute to Queen

Former prime minister Theresa May has paid tribute to the Queen, who died yesterday aged 96.

Ms May paid tribute with an anecdote about how she once dropped some cheese in the Monarch’s presence.

Our policy corresponds Jon Stone reports:


‘I decided the revolution could wait’: Independent journalist recalls meeting the Queen

Our home affairs editor Lizzie Dearden writes:

I never expected to meet the Queen, and to be honest I didn’t want to. I’m a republican and had never had any interest in the monarchy – my dominating memory of Princess Diana’s death was being absolutely fuming that my favorite cartoons had been canceled and there was nothing fun on telly.

Fast forward 17 years and I was living in London, working as a journalist, and an unexpected series of events led to a proper, full-on “and what do you do?” meeting with my HRH namesake.

It was 2014 and I had won an award for the best media law paper in the national senior reporters’ exams (apologies for all the humblebrags in this anecdote). As a result, I and the other winners were invited to the Journalists’ Charity’s 150th anniversary celebrations at the Stationers’ Hall in London.

The Queen was a patron of the Journalists’ Charity, but then she was a patron of so many charities that it didn’t remotely occur to me that she would turn up. But turn up she did, with the Duke of Edinburgh. A line of dignitaries, politicians and famous journalists were there to meet the Royal party, and my fellow young hacks and I assumed that would be the end of the engagement. As we chatted away with our free prosecco, the crowd suddenly parted and by pure coincidence, we were standing smack bang in the Queen’s path.

She approached, cameras flashed, I inexplicably started sweating. She stopped in front of us and I tried to curtsey, but narrowly avoided headbutting the Queen in the face. Unfazed by the near assault, she asked the immortal royal question: “And what do you do?” I and my two fellow journalists, now riding the situation out with a sense of detached amazement, told her who we worked for.

Queen Elizabeth II at Stationers’ Hall in London in 2014, following a ‘narrowly avoided headbutting’

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Queen Elizabeth II at Stationers’ Hall in London in 2014, following a ‘narrowly avoided headbutting’

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I expected that to be the end of the conversation but she followed up with a series of surprisingly insightful and frankly nerdy questions. Was it dreadfully frustrating, she asked, when we put a lot of effort into writing stories and then our editors don’t run them? Yes, it very much is! The Queen then asked if we still used shorthand, which she learned in her youth. I confirmed we did and she asked which system – we were Teeline, she was Pitman’s. The conversation went on for a while before she moved on to the next huddle.

Several things struck me. The first was that she was absolutely tiny, even more miniscule than she appeared on television. The second was that she smelled like my gran, which can only be a compliment. The third was that in the brief time we spoke I felt like she was genuinely listening to me, that she took time she didn’t need to take and showed a level of interest and knowledge that caught me off-guard. Cynics would rightly say that the Queen had a lot of practice, and I am sure there are thousands of people with similar anecdotes that left them feeling exactly the same.

The result for me was a republican identity crisis. I tracked down the media snaps of the event and sent them to relative to frame, I started looking up stories of the Queen being badass, I told random people she was a lovely lady, I even tried to watch The Crown. In the end, I remained a republican. But I decided the revolution could wait.


Met Police to up patrols and initiate well-rehearsed security plans following Queen’s death

London’s Metropolitan Police have released information on security arrangements linked to the Queen’s death, as crowds gather at Buckingham Palace and other sites to pay their respects, reports home affairs editor Lizzie Dearden.

Britain’s largest force said it had “initiated well-rehearsed policing plans” across the UK capital and that “highly visible patrols” were underway.

Additional officers are being posted outside key locations, including major railway stations, the Royal Parks and outside royal residences in London.

Road closures are being put in place around crowded areas as part of the security arrangements, and the public have been asked to remain vigilant.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy said: “I wish to pass my deepest sympathies to the entire Royal Family at this extremely sad time.

“This will be an extremely poignant moment for the nation, and I know people will want to pay respects and celebrate The Queen’s dedication to public service.

“Working closely with the City of London Police and British Transport Police, the Met will now coordinate and deploy a comprehensive policing plan in London. This operation will be highly visible, particularly in Westminster and areas around Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park.

“A great number of police officers will be on duty during this period, to ensure the safety of those visiting London and to deter any potential criminality. Officers will also be offering advice to visitors, particularly those who may be unfamiliar with the city.

“Those visiting London are asked to remain vigilant and report any concerns to police officers on duty.”

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