Queen Elizabeth II dies.. What to expect from the upcoming days?
After 70 years of service, Queen Elizabeth II dies at the age of 96. The British public was notified hours before that the queen was under medical supervision, but that she was ‘comfortable and resting’.
News flooded afterwards of her family members rushing to join her side at Balmoral castle, and on Thursday September 8th, it was announced that London bridge has fallen.
The news comes only months after the queen celebrated her platinum jubilee along with the nation and its citizens as Britain’s longest reigning monarch.
What happens after Queen Elizabeth II’s death?
Since the announcement of her passing, a national mourning period has commenced in the UK, and operation “London Bridge” – the name of a funeral plan for Queen Elizabeth II – has been officially launched.
The crown was immediately passed down to the Queen’s royal heir- her eldest son, Charles. However, Charles III will be officially proclaimed king in Buckingham Palace on Saturday morning.
Also on Saturday, the queen’s body will be moved to the throne room in the Edinburgh’s Palace of Holyroodhouse. The newly appointed king – along with other members of the royal family – will travel the following day to process behind the hearse.
From Scotland, King Charles will travel to Northern Ireland to meet the first minister and deputy first minister.
Queen Elizabeth’s body will be moved once again on Tuesday to Buckingham Palace, then to Westminster Abbey, where it will stay for five days to allow members of the public to pay tribute to their late monarch.
In the following few days, the King is expected to hold several meetings with officials from England and Northern Island, before the queen’s official funeral next Saturday (September 17th) on 11 am.
What about Camilla?
In February, the queen declared that it was her ‘sincere wish’ for Camilla – Charles’s wife – to be addressed as Queen Consort after he eventually ascends the throne.
Previously, there had been speculation that Camilla would only be called Princess Consort due to controversy concerning King Charles’ late wife, Princess Diana.
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