William, Harry, Kate and Meghan are together nine days from the Queen’s funeral

published on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 11:16 pm

Princes William and Harry and their wives Kate and Meghan made a surprise Saturday by sharing a walkabout near Windsor Castle, an unprecedented joint appearance since 2020, to pay tribute to Elizabeth II, whose funeral will take place on September 19.

Considered cool for months, this is the first time King Charles III’s sons and their wives have been seen together since March 2020.

What stole the show from Charles III, was officially proclaimed king at the meeting of the Accession Council in London on Saturday morning in a historic ceremony, two days after the death of Elizabeth II at the age of 96.

“All 4 One”, headlined the tabloid The Sun for its Sunday edition, covering the new king from its front page to publish an image of the four, also on the front page of all UK media sites on Saturday night.

The two couples, who were once called “the Fab Four” (the fabulous four), have been separated since Harry and Meghan announced that they were retiring from the royal family and moving to California.

On Saturday, the two couples first gathered in front of the bouquets that people left at the gate of the castle where the queen usually lived for the past two years. Despite all the remaining distance, they gave themselves a walkabout of more than 40 minutes before leaving in the same car.

Earlier, William, who is now the heir to the throne, sent a touching message to the British to evoke the “loss of a grandmother”. “It will take me some time to get used to the reality of life without Lola,” he said.

– Funeral on September 19 –

Leaders from around the world were expected there, and the king declared a public holiday for the occasion.

“I will honor his memory by supporting my father, the king, in every way possible,” added William, eldest son of Charles III who gave him the title of Prince of Wales on Friday.

Gradually, with the greatest solemnity, Charles III, 73, installed himself as head of state with the heavy task of succeeding a most popular monarch, respected for his sense of duty and because of the preservation of the monarchy. the longest in British history.

“Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now, through the death of our Lady Sovereign of happy memory, become our Charles III…God save the King,” the Council of Ministers proclaimed on Saturday morning. death of the Queen.

The ceremony at Saint James’s Palace, attended by around 200 dignitaries, including Prime Minister Liz Truss and her six predecessors, was televised, a first. The accession of Charles III was then announced on the balcony of the palace, during a ceremonial ceremony from another era.

“The reign of my mother is unmatched in its duration, devotion and devotion (…). I know very well this great inheritance, the duties and the heavy responsibilities of sovereignty, which are now entrusted to me”, said Charles III.

Trumpets were then sounded and cannons fired across the UK. Hundreds of people gathered in front of Saint James with the hope of seeing the monarch. There are thousands of them around Buckingham Palace.

– Coffin expected in Edinburgh –

Prime Minister Liz Truss and MPs including Opposition Leader Keir Starmer pledged their loyalty to the King in an extraordinary sitting of the House of Commons on Saturday. Charles III then received the Prime Minister, the chief ministers and the leaders of the opposition in the afternoon.

At Balmoral, where the Queen died on Thursday, Princes Andrew and Edward and Princess Anne went to thank the public who had come to pay their respects to their mother.

“Thanks for coming,” Andrew said after catching up with his brother Edward and sister Anne in front of flowers laid outside the Scottish residence.

Elizabeth II’s coffin will be moved down the road to Edinburgh on Sunday during a long procession that will pass mainly through Aberdeen and Dundee. He is due to arrive in the Scottish capital around 3:00pm GMT.

In the Scottish capital on Saturday, many onlookers watched as police and security guards prepared for the coffin’s arrival in the city.

“I told the boys that we are living in history. And since we are here, we want to go and see where it goes,” explained Laura Burns, a Northern Irish woman who passed through the Scottish capital where one of his sons was about to go. study.

After a ceremony in Edinburgh, the body will travel to London on Tuesday and, after a procession through the streets of the capital on Wednesday, it will rest for four days in Westminster Hall, the oldest section of the Houses of Parliament. which is open for the occasion. 23 hours a day in public.

– Applause at Buckingham –

On Friday night, for the first time in 70 years, the British hymn “God Save the King” was sung in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. It replaced “God save the Queen”, which had been sung since 1952.

Earlier, Charles III gave his first televised speech as sovereign, a recorded speech in which he paid a moving tribute to his “dear mother”, and pledged to serve the British throughout his life. life.

At 73, she is Britain’s oldest monarch at the start of her reign and remains less popular than her mother, who knows how to maintain the prestige of the monarchy, does not give interviews and keeps her affairs under wraps. opinion of himself.

But the new king still received a standing ovation when he arrived at Buckingham on Friday afternoon when he returned from Scotland.

The King has announced that royal mourning – which includes family, staff and representatives of the Royal Household – will last for up to seven days after the Queen’s funeral. The national mourning ordered by the government should last him until the day of the funeral.

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