London and the world mourn the sovereign of the United Kingdom, who died yesterday at the age of 96. In 10 days the funeral
The world mourns Queen Elizabeth II, who died yesterday at the age of 96 in Balmoral, Scotland. Scheduled for today is the speech of the new King Charles III, who will be formally proclaimed King of the United Kingdom tomorrow, Saturday 10 September. The official announcement of the sovereign’s death was made by Buckingham Palace after Prime Minister Liz Truss was formally informed. The funeral is scheduled in ten days according to a calendar already established for some time, during which mourning will be held. In this phase sporting events will be postponed, large screens will be set up in all the main cities of the country to follow the media coverage.
The formal steps ofaccession to the throne will begin this morning: the Accession Council will meet at St. James Palace and the new king will be proclaimed from the balcony. Charles will deliver a speech and meet with the Prime Minister, the government, the opposition leader, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Westminster.
In the D-Day + 2, the Queen’s coffin will leave Balmoral Castle and be transported to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, her official residence in Scotland. Tomorrow, D-Day + 3, there will be a procession from the palace to St. Giles Cathedral, where a religious ceremony is scheduled, with the royal family present. 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. The new King Charles, who will have already received condolences from the Westminster Parliament, will also receive them from the Prime Minister and the Scottish Parliament.
In the evening of D-Day + 4, the Queen’s coffin will be transported by train to London, where it will arrive the next day. On that day, Charles III will be in Northern Ireland for official condolences and a mass at Belfast Cathedral. In the following days Carlo will also go to Wales. The D Day + 5, the coffin will be transported to Buckingham Palace. From there it will be transferred to Westminster Hall, where the funeral home is open 23 hours a day until the state funeral, which will be held on D Day + 10 at Westminster Abbey. The whole town will observe two minutes of silence. The queen will then be buried in the royal chapel in Windsor.