Cannon shots, speeches to the British and proclaiming: what is expected on Friday and Saturday
A ten day period of national mourning begins today – day one – in the UK until the funeral. The course of the next few days, prepared since the 1960s and supervised by the sovereign herself, has yet to be confirmed by the palace. But the main lines are already known. Here is what is expected the next day and the day after Elizabeth II’s death.
- Friday: King Charles III’s return to London and first speech to the British
At noon 96 guns will be fired from various locations across the country and the bells of St. Paul, Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle will ring.
After returning to London with Camilla, now queen consort, on Friday the king will address the British for the first time on television, in a message recorded and broadcast in the evening. For the moment, no images have been released from the announcement of Elizabeth II’s death.
Shortly before, he will meet Prime Minister Liz Truss, whose enthronement on Tuesday by Elizabeth II was the last constitutional act of a life devoted to her role to the end.
- Saturday: the proclamation of King Charles III
Charles III must therefore be officially proclaimed king on Saturday by the Accession Council, meeting at St. James’s Palace in London, near Buckingham Palace. The Accession Council is composed of some members of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister and several Ministers of State, two Archbishops of the Church of England, the Lord Mayor of the City and about seven hundred members of “Private Council” of the monarch.
The dress code will be black and the decorations – military and otherwise – will not be worn. The ceremony will take place in two phases, first without the new monarch, then in his presence. Then the announcement will be read in front of the Palazzo, and then, traditionally, at the Royal Exchange, a building in the heart of the city. Across the country, all flags, which were at half mast in mourning, will be raised on top of the mast, to signal the presence of the new ruler.
To find out more about the rest of these ten days of national mourning, you can read this article: