King Charles III and Queen Camilla appeared in public for the first time

King Charles III and Queen Camilla appeared in public for the first time

King Charles III and Queen Camilla appeared in public for the first time

Britain's King Charles III (R) and Queen consort Camilla are driven out of Balmoral Castle in Ballater on 9 September 2022, one day after Queen Elizabeth II's death at the age of 96.  Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an instantly recognizable icon by billions around the world, died in her Scottish Highland retreat on 8 September.  (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)
ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP Britain’s King Charles III (R) and Queen consort Camilla are driven out of Balmoral Castle in Ballater on 9 September 2022, one day after Queen Elizabeth II’s death at the age of 96. Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an instantly recognizable icon by billions around the world, died in her Scottish Highland retreat on 8 September. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)

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The first image of King Charles III and queen consort Camilla, 9 September 2022.

UNITED KINGDOM – God save the king. After a night in Balmoral where Elizabeth II died on Thursday 8 September, Charles III and his wife Camilla left their Scottish residence to fly to London. This is their first appearance on camera as king and queen consort.

Charles III will meet Prime Minister Liz Truss and then deliver a two-minute (taped) speech on television at 7pm (French time), his first speech with the title of king. He will be officially proclaimed king on Saturday morning at a Succession Council meeting in London, Buckingham Palace also said on Friday 9 September.

National mourning for ten days

The government “ united in its support for the new king “, noted a moment of silence Friday morning in memory of the ruler who had reigned for more than 70 years, Downing Street said after an extraordinary council of ministers. The tribute to Parliament will be cut short as Charles III speaks, House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said.

The national mourning, announced by the British government, must last until the funeral, scheduled for ten days. After her funeral, the queen will be buried in Windsor Castle chapel.

The king also decreed in parallel a royal mourning of several weeks for the members of the royal family, the staff of the monarchy and the troops engaged in the ceremonies. He spoke for the first time on Thursday evening in a press release to express the “ great sadness ” of his family after death of a beloved sovereign and a beloved mother “.

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