King Charles III Reign Commences Amid Mourning
On Friday, King Charles III. prepared to address his grieving subjects on the first full day of his new reign as Britain and the world commemorated the extraordinary life of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II. At 73, Carlos is the oldest monarch to date.
succeeding the British throne after the death of his “beloved” mother at her Scottish estate in Balmoral on Thursday. He was due to return to London from Balmoral, where the 96-year-old Queen died “peacefully” after years of illness and decay, at the culmination of a record-breaking 70-year reign.
“During this time of sorrow and change, my family and I are comforted and strengthened by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection shown to the Queen,” Charles said in a statement.
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One of the most recognizable people on the planet, she was the only British monarch most people alive today had ever known.
Honors were everywhere, including from Russia and China. The Empire State Building in New York was lit up in silver and royal purple after sunset, while the Eiffel Tower in Paris dimmed its lights in honor.
Describing Queen Elizabeth as “a statesman of unparalleled dignity,” President Joe Biden conveyed the words of comfort she spoke as the United States fell in mourning on September 11.
They were the same words the Daily Telegraph used on its somber front page: “Pain is the price you pay for the love of
. Other British newspapers also printed special editions for the occasion.
“Our hearts are broken,” headlined the popular tabloid Daily Mail. The Mirror simply wrote: “Thank you. Charles’ inaugural speech, which was to be pre-taped, was due to be broadcast on Friday night, part of plans fine-tuned over decades by Buckingham Palace and the UK government.
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The new king was also due to hold his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was appointed on Tuesday in one of the Queen’s last acts before her death. Truss hailed the “second Elizabethan age” in
, five centuries after the famous first.
“We offer (Charles) our loyalty and devotion, just as his mother gave to so many people for so long,” he said in a televised address Thursday.
“God bless the king. Charles should also meet with officials responsible for the lavish preparations for his mother’s lavish state funeral, which will be attended by crowned and elected heads of state from around the world.
He will be on the length of the royal family’s mourning period decision which is expected to last a month. , while in
the UK Government will mark at least 10 days of official commemoration if limited business is transacted.
Gun salutes, a round for each year of the Queen’s life, will be given in Hyde Park on Friday at the centre fired from London and from the Tower of London over the Thames.