Charles III today is preparing to become also formally King of the United Kingdom. Proclamation by the Accession Council, meeting in the State Apartments at St. James Palace. “My life will change. I will serve you with love, loyalty and respect,” he said yesterday in his highly anticipated first address to the nation, recorded in the blue drawing room of Buckingham Palace, the same where Queen Elizabeth – died on 8 September at the age of 96 years old – he delivered many of his Christmas messages.
In his first address to the nation, which lasted about ten minutes, Carlo promised the same “unshakable” devotion as his mother to the service of the people: “” My mother was a beloved example and source of inspiration for me. I too now solemnly pledge, for as long as God will grant me, to uphold the constitutional principles that are at the heart of our nation. “” Wherever you live in the UK or in territories around the world and whatever your background and your beliefs, I will try to serve you with loyalty, respect and love, as I have done all my life, “said the new king.
THE PROGRAM OF TODAY – King Charles III will meet today with the ministers of the new government led by Liz Truss. This was reported by the British media, specifying that the main representatives of the government will participate this morning in the ceremony at St James’ Palace. The ministers will then travel to Buckingham Palace for their first meeting with the monarch, who had an interview with Truss yesterday. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was, said the premier, “one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known” and “the rock on which modern Britain was built”.
And she invited everyone to follow her example to face now with “courage” a passage that marks “a change in our lives”. So she also paid homage to the new ruler Charles III. “Even if he is in mourning his sense of duty is evident”, “we owe devotion to him”, she stressed, concluding her speech in parliament as a tribute to the Queen with the wish “God save the King”.
THE FUNERALS OF QUEEN ELIZABETH – The whole UK is mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, whose funeral is expected on 19 September. Here is what is expected to happen in the next few days. Tomorrow the sovereign’s coffin will leave the private residence of Balmoral and will be transported to the palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, the official residence of the royals in Scotland.
On Monday 12th September there will be a procession with the coffin from the palace to St. Giles Cathedral, where a religious ceremony is planned, in the presence of the royal family. Thereafter the cathedral will remain open to the public for 24 hours to allow homage to the coffin, although the real funeral home will be in London. On Tuesday the 13th, the Queen’s coffin will be transported by train to London, where it will be taken to Buckingham Palace.
On Wednesday 14 the funeral home with the Queen’s coffin will open in Westminster Hall, where the Archbishop of Canterbury will give a short service. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to parade in front of the coffin until Sunday 18.
The Queen’s expected state funeral at Westminster Abbey in the presence of foreign heads of state and government on Monday 19 September. The coffin should be carried in a cannon with the royal family who will follow it on foot. The funeral service, with two minutes of silence throughout the country, will be broadcast live on television. The coffin will be moved the same day to St. George Chapel in Windsor Castle, where a private ceremony will be held for the royal family. The sovereign will be buried in the sector where her parents and her sister already rest, the King George VI Memorial Chapel. Her husband Philip was buried in another part of St. George Chapel, but will later be moved next to his wife.
THE VOTE OF THE ENGLISH PRESS – All the front pages of British newspapers focus on Charles’ first speech to the nation. Many of the newspapers emphasize the personal tone of the speech, which focuses on the memory of the mother and the commitment to serve the country with loyalty, respect and love. Unanimous opinion that the new King has lived up to expectations. The Express called him “majestic,” while the Telegraph wrote that his “heartfelt” speech was one of the most personal ever delivered by a monarch. According to the Guardian, the “most emotional” moment was when the king paid homage to Elizabeth II.
For the Times, Carlo spoke with “warmth” and the Daily Mail described him as “sincere” and “surprisingly intimate”. With his first “touching” and “full of love” speech not only for his “dear mother” but also for his wife Camilla, Carlo demonstrated that he can fill the void left by the queen, the Sun said.
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