William, Harry, Kate and Meghan joined nine days before Queen’s funeral

William, Harry, Kate and Meghan joined nine days before Queen’s funeral

William, Harry, Kate and Meghan joined nine days before Queen’s funeral

published Saturday 10 September 2022 at 11:16 pm

Princes William and Harry and their wives Kate and Meghan created a surprise Saturday by sharing a walkabout near Windsor Castle, an unprecedented joint appearance since 2020, to pay tribute to Elizabeth II, whose funeral will take place on September 19. .

Reputed to be cold for months, this is the first time King Charles III’s children and their wives have been seen together since March 2020.

What steals the show from Charles III, officially proclaimed king by the Accession Council which met in London on Saturday morning during a historic ceremony, two days after the death of Elizabeth II at the age of 96.

“All 4 One,” headlined the tabloid The Sun for its Sunday edition, eclipsing the new king from its front page to instead post a picture of the quartet, also on the front page of all British media sites on Saturday night.

The two couples, once dubbed “the Fab Four” (the fantastic four) have moved away from Harry and Meghan’s announcement that they are retiring from the royal family and moving to California.

On Saturday the two couples gathered for the first time in front of the bouquets left by the crowd at the gates of the castle where the queen has lived most of the time for the past two years. Despite everything remaining distant, they then allowed themselves a walk of over 40 minutes before leaving with the same car.

Earlier, William, now heir to the throne, had sent a touching message to the British to evoke “the loss of a grandmother”. “It will take me some time to get used to the reality of life without my grandmother,” he said.

– Funeral on September 19th –

Leaders from all over the world are expected and the king has declared a public holiday for the occasion.

“I will honor his memory by supporting my father, the king, in every possible way,” added William, eldest son of Charles III who on Friday bestowed on him the title of Prince of Wales.

Step by step, in the highest solemnity, Charles III, 73, took office as head of state with the burdensome task of succeeding an ultra-popular monarch, respected for his sense of duty and for having preserved the monarchy during his historical reign. the longest in British history.

“Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now, with the death of our sovereign lady of happy memory, become our Charles III … God save the king,” proclaimed the Council of Ministers on Saturday morning. accession, although Charles automatically became monarch upon accession the queen’s death.

The ceremony at Saint James’s Palace, which was attended by some 200 dignitaries, including Prime Minister Liz Truss and his six predecessors, was televised for the first time. The rise of Charles III was then announced on the balcony of the palace, during a ceremonial ceremony of other times.

“My mother’s reign was unmatched in its duration, devotion and devotion (…). I am deeply aware of this great inheritance, duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty, which are now being passed on to me,” said Charles III.

Trumpets then sounded and cannons were fired across the UK. Hundreds of people had gathered in front of St. James with the hope of catching a glimpse of the monarch. There were thousands around Buckingham Palace.

– Awaiting coffin in Edinburgh –

Prime Minister Liz Truss and lawmakers, including opposition leader Keir Starmer, swore allegiance to the king during a rare session in the House of Commons on Saturday. Charles III then received the Prime Minister, the main ministers and the leaders of the opposition in the afternoon.

In Balmoral, where the queen died on Thursday, princes Andrew, Edoardo and Princess Anna went to thank the public who came to pay homage to their mother.

“Thank you for coming,” Andrew said after crouching with his brother Edward and sister Anne in front of the flowers placed outside the Scottish residence.

Elizabeth II’s coffin will be transported by road to Edinburgh on Sunday during a long procession which will pass in particular in Aberdeen and Dundee. It should arrive in the Scottish capital around 15:00 GMT.

On Saturday in the Scottish capital, many spectators watched the police and security guards prepare for the coffin’s arrival in the city.

“I told the kids we were living the story. And since we’re here, we wanted to come and see where it was going,” says Laura Burns, a Northern Irishwoman passing through the Scottish capital where one of her children is about to study.

After a ceremony in Edinburgh, the body will travel to London on Tuesday and, after a procession through the streets of the capital on Wednesday, will rest for four days in Westminster Hall, the oldest section of the Houses of Parliament open for the occasion 23 hours at day to the public.

– Cheers to Buckingham –

On Friday night, for the first time in 70 years, the British anthem “God Save the King” was sung in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. It replaces “God save the Queen”, sung since 1952.

Earlier, Charles III gave his first televised speech as ruler, a recorded speech in which he paid a moving tribute to his “dear mother” and vowed to serve the British for life.

At 73, he is the oldest British monarch at the beginning of his reign and remains infinitely less popular than his mother, who had been able to maintain the prestige of the monarchy, without giving interviews and keeping her opinions to herself.

But the new king still received a standing ovation when he arrived in Buckingham on Friday afternoon on his return from Scotland.

The king has announced that the royal mourning – involving family, staff and representatives of the royal house – will last up to seven days after the queen’s funeral. The national mourning decreed by the government must last until the day of her funeral.

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