In spectacular never before televised ceremonials held in London, Charles the Third was formally pronounced King of England Scotland, Ireland and Wales on Saturday. That essential ceremony completed, England now mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
India observed a day of mourning on Sunday, September 11, with the national flag at half-mast on government buildings.
“The affection, admiration, became a hallmark of her realm. She combined these qualities.”
Earlier, on Friday, King Charles III on Friday delivered his first address as monarch after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen’s passing marked the end of an era, that spanned seven decades.
“I speak to you today with feelings of profound sorrow” he said in his speech. “Throughout her life, Her Majesty the Queen, my beloved mother, was an inspiration, an example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family could owe to their mother.”
The King returned to London on friday, after spending the night at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where the Queen died.
The King paid tribute to his mother at the same time he had to prepare to look forward to his own reign. Charles became king immediately after the death of Queen; but on Saturday he has been proclaimed and confirmed his role as King in a ceremony at St James’s Palace, in the presence of 200 members of the Privy Council, It is the first time the historic ceremony has been televised.
Charles is now the head of state and here was the seamless and symbolic transfer from one reign to the next, with oaths and signatures. The announcements also confirmed that the day of the Queen’s state funeral would be a public holiday.
The death of the Queen has left the world mourning, specially people from her own kingdom. Her funeral is expected to take place within two weeks, at Westminster Abbey. The exact day will be confirmed by Buckingham Palace.
PREPARED FROM MEDIA REPORTS BY HARSHIT PAUL