The Queen is dead, long live the King. London prepares for the last embrace to the mortal remains of Elizabeth II, queen of a life for many, while welcoming the eternal heir Charles with an even unexpected warmth: the eldest son who reached the crown at the age of 74 and accompanied by the cheers of thousands upon thousands of people today on his first entry into Buckingham Palace as a sovereign. Side by side with Camilla, now recognized as “Her Majesty the Queen Consort“almost as if to make us forget the stigma of having been” the rival “of the late Diana. A mature king and queen, now in charge of taking on the responsibility of a difficult succession.
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In a country left as the orphan of 96-year-old Elizabeth, who died Thursday in the Scottish residence of Balmoral after seven decades of reign sealed by the admiration of many, on the island and in the world. As Carlo himself did not fail to recognize in his debut message to the nation: the first speech of the king. “I address you with a feeling of deep sadness and pain”, she said in a calm tone to millions of spectators, not without addressing a “thank you” worldwide to her “beloved mother”. To then point to “the example” of “service” and “dedication” to the monarchy and to its subjects, as a source of “inspiration”. Inspiration that translates to him now in the commitment to “serve” in turn the Kingdom “for life”: “with loyalty, respect and love”, rooted like the mother in the faith of the Anglican Church, but regardless of the creed or convictions of each of her subjects.
The solemn funeral in 10 days, the farewell stages
Words that mark the dawn of a transitional kingdomin expectations, and to which however Charles III aspires to give a full meaning: invoking first and foremost as support to his side the “dear wife Camilla”; then the eldest son and successor William, publicly designated Prince of Galles entering next to his wife “Catherine, new princess of Wales”; and addressing public words of “affection” also towards the rebellious second son Harry, and his wife Meghan, explicitly cited as if to deny the gossip of some tabloids about their alleged exclusion from that personal will of Elizabeth destined to remain secret for 90 years. All this against the background of an ecumenical discourse, in which the only reference absent was the unforgettable mother of his children, Lady D.
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This morning there will be room for the official proclamation at St James Palace of his accession to the throne, a sort of notarial deed which in the coming months, after the period of mourning, will be followed by the coronation ceremony. While on the flagpole of the royal residence the banner raised to signal the presence of “His Majesty King Charles “and” Her Majesty the Queen consort Camilla “, as stated on the court website. Their arrival from Balmoral, illuminated by glimpses of sunshine after the pouring rain of the very sad Thursday afternoon, revived the mood of the tens of thousands of admirers and onlookers present: among which the tears for the farewell to Elizabeth mingled with smiles, the cheers, the invocations to the cry ‘God save the King’ and even a few kisses to Carlo; who in turn stopped willingly with several people huddled against the barriers, before reviewing with Camilla the mountain of bouquets of flowers and cards left in honor and in memory of her mother. In the meantime, a memory strongly underlined by blow-ups and various tributes around London, as in other cities of the Kingdom, in the countries of the former empire and almost everywhere on the planet.
Liz Truss with Queen Elizabeth
It is celebrated in a House of Commons dressed in mourning, as well as in a first public liturgy officiated in St Paul’s Cathedral by the leaders of the Anglican church, in the presence of 2000 guests: including a parterre of authorities and notables including the Labor mayor of the capital Sadiq Khan and, in the front row, the new British Conservative Prime Minister Liz Truss, fifteenth and last head of government designated by the matriarch of the Windsor house.
Truss who had been received at Buckingham Palace a few hours earlier by Charles, at his first audience as a sovereign on the sidelines of a day, who saw the new king also in conversation with the Duke of Norfolk: master of funeral ceremonies, with whom he defined the last details of the long farewell to Elizabeth. A farewell that began in the morning with the sound of the death bells in the heart of London and the echo of 96 cannon volleys sounded by honorable military units, one for each of the years lived by her Majesty. It is destined to continue for another ten days of national mourning, with the display of the coffin first in Edinburgh, for 24 hours; then in the Palace of Westminster, for 5 days; and finally culminating in the State funeral set for Monday 19 September: when many earthly powerful people are expected to bow in London, including Joe Biden, president of the American superpower.
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