Royal mourning up to 7 days after the funeral
“After the death of Her Majesty the Queen, it is Her Majesty the King’s wish that a period of royal mourning be observed from now until seven days after the queen’s funeral,” reads a statement from the Royal Family. “The royal mourning will be observed by the members of the royal family, by the staff of the royal family and by the representatives of the royal house in official service, together with the troops engaged in ceremonial duties,” the note continues.
The last appearance for the appointment of Truss
After only Tuesday she had reappeared in a last public image – very fragile, but standing and with a serene smile printed on her face – to fulfill once again with irreducible dedication her duties as constitutional monarch: presiding over the handover between Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, the fourteenth and fifteenth premier of his very long reign, started under the sign of Winston Churchill in Downing Street. The sign of the worsening of the situation had been given in the morning by the completely irrational announcement with which Buckingham Palace had made public the “concern of the doctors” of the court for his health (in decline for some months now between periods of rest, compulsory forfeits and ‘mobility problems’ likely triggered by other pathological conditions), as well as their decision to place her ‘under medical surveillance’.
The whole Royal Family at Balmoral
Words that evidently prepared for the irreparable, for that fateful moment that the registry office was destined to impose sooner or later; and which, however, an entire country would have liked to postpone again: clinging to a point of reference that has remained unchanged for decades, to one of the few anchors of certainty left available to the island and perhaps to the world. The confirmation that time was now coming to an end came with the immediate departure of all four of His Majesty’s children for Balmoral: with Anna, Andrea and Edoardo (accompanied by his wife Sophie) in the wake of Carlo. And with that of his nephew William, Carlo’s eldest son and second in line of succession, as well as that of his younger brother Harry, who landed in Scotland without his wife Meghan, to avoid other shadows of gossip about a solemn and painful moment.
The Buckingham Palace note
Then a second statement came to mark the end, in the face of the crowds of subjects and admirers who in the meantime had gathered sad and anguished in front of the same Scottish residence, at Buckingham Palace or at Windsor Castle, on a day made mournful even from the gray sky and rain: «Her Majesty – the few words of the final official text – died peacefully this afternoon in Balmoral. The new King and Queen consort (Charles and Camilla) will stay at Balmoral tonight and will return to London tomorrow ». Words read in a voice broken by emotion by journalists from the BBC and other British TV channels, and followed by the tears of many people gathered in the heart of London in front of Buckingham Palace to witness the lowering of the royal flag. While on the screens, after a few moments of silence, a portrait of Elizabeth appeared in the splendor of her royalty to the sound of the hymn God Save the Queen; and from the entire planet – monarchies or republics, it doesn’t matter – the chorus of messages of condolence and tributes immediately departed, from American President Joe Biden to various leaders or former leaders, addressed to the memory of a queen loved by many and respected by almost all on the five continents.
The farewell of the United Kingdom
“The death of my beloved mother is a moment of great sadness for me and for all the members of my family”, then commented Carlo, in his first message as king. “I know you will be deeply felt throughout the country, the kingdom, the Commonwealth and by countless people around the world. The awareness of the affection and respect felt towards the queen is comforting ”, concluded the new sovereign who will reign under the name of Charles III, as announced by Clarence House. Words that echo those of politicians of all colors at home and of Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders. “We are devastated,” finally summed up on behalf of the nation Liz Truss, Tory Premier designated by Elizabeth II just 48 hours before her farewell, the last prime minister of her long reign. “The United Kingdom and the world are in shock – continued Truss, dressed in black, addressing the country on live TV outside the door at 10 Downing Street – Queen Elizabeth II was a rock, under her reign this country prospered. ” Not without underlining the “mourning” of these hours, but also the strength of a “lasting legacy”. And now pledging loyalty to “His Majesty the King Charles III” with the revised and corrected ritual formula: “God Save the King”.
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Farewell to Elizabeth II. Carlo receives Liz Truss, his speech at 7 pm
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