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© Reuters. Candles and flowers are positioned exterior the British embassy following the information of Queen Elizabeth’s demise, in Oslo, Norway, September 8, 2022. NTB/Beate Oma Dahle through REUTERS


By Michael Holden and Andrew MacAskill

BALMORAL, Scotland (Reuters) – Britain’s King Charles will on Friday tackle a grieving nation following the demise of his mom Queen Elizabeth after seven a long time on the throne, as a interval of nationwide mourning started for the one monarch most Britons ever knew.

Charles https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/charles-britains-conflicted-new-monarch-2022-09-08, who raced to be by the facet of the queen at her Scottish dwelling on Thursday, was heading again to London together with his spouse Camilla https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/rottweiler-queen-consort-camillas-rise-shadow-diana-2022-09-08, now Queen Consort, earlier than assembly the prime minister and making a televised assertion.

The demise of the queen https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/obituary-elizabeth-queen-who-moved-with-changing-world-2022-09-08, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/life-queen-elizabeth-2022-09-08 and a towering presence on the world stage for 70 years, has drawn condolences from around the globe.

Waking as much as their first day with out a girl as soon as described by her grandson Harry as “the nation’s grandmother”, members of the general public started gathering once more exterior Buckingham Palace and Windsor Fort to put flowers and take images of the rising memorials.

Billboards throughout the town displayed messages of condolence and newspapers ran front-page picture tributes to the queen.

Buckingham Palace stated there would a interval of mourning to be noticed by family members and the royal family till per week after the funeral, the date of which has not but been confirmed however is predicted in about 10 days time.


The federal government declared a interval of nationwide mourning which might proceed till the state funeral. A web-based e book of condolence https://www.royal.uk/send-message-condolence was additionally opened.

On the distant Balmoral Fort in Scotland the place she died on Thursday and the place her household are gathered, individuals additionally arrived to pay their respects.

“She was superb. She was like everybody’s granny. She at all times managed to seize the temper together with her phrases,” stated Kay McClement, 55, who got here with a good friend to go away flowers on the fortress.

1000’s additionally gathered at Buckingham Palace, the queen’s dwelling in central London, to put flowers exterior the well-known black railings.

“I introduced my younger daughter right here, as a result of despite the fact that she will not bear in mind it, we will inform her she was right here as historical past was occurring,” stated railway employee Liam Fitzjohn, 27. “She’s all we ever knew, we’ll by no means have a queen like that once more.”

The federal government stated it anticipated giant crowds to mass at royal residences. “We count on vital crowding and delays on some public transport,” it is assertion stated.

Elizabeth was head of state of the UK and 14 different realms together with Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Charles, who routinely succeeded her as king, stated the demise was a second of nice disappointment for himself and his household.

“I do know her loss shall be deeply felt all through the nation, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by numerous individuals around the globe,” the 73-year-old stated in a press release.

He’ll meet Prime Minister Liz Truss on Friday afternoon earlier than later addressing the nation.

There shall be gun salutes at London’s Hyde Park and on the Tower of London and the bells at Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s will toll. At Windsor Fort, the Sebastopol Bell, captured throughout the nineteenth Century Crimean Warfare and which is barely struck to mark the demise of the sovereign, will toll.

Common enterprise in parliament was changed with a particular session for lawmakers to pay tribute to the queen. Parliament will even convene on Saturday, one thing it not often does, to approve a message of condolence to the king.

Bereft of its image of continuity and resilience, Britain begins its new period with a brand new king and new prime minister in grave financial disaster and following years of political division.

Lengthy-running industrial motion sparked by surging inflation was cancelled throughout the interval of mourning. The BBC nationwide broadcaster stated that “as a mark of respect” it had known as off its remaining ‘Proms’ live shows – whose patriotic, flag-waving finale was resulting from happen on Saturday.

Information that the queen’s well being was deteriorating emerged shortly after noon on Thursday when a palace assertion stated she had been put below medical supervision, prompting her household to hurry to Scotland.

The queen had been affected by what Buckingham Palace had known as “episodic mobility issues” for the reason that finish of final yr, forcing her to withdraw from practically all her public engagements. Her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, died in 2021.

Her final public obligation got here solely on Tuesday, when she appointed Truss prime minister – the fifteenth of her reign.

“She was the very spirit of Nice Britain – and that spirit will endure,” Truss stated exterior her Downing Road workplace the place the flag, like these at royal palaces and authorities buildings throughout Britain, was lowered.


Condolences poured in from leaders around the globe.

“To you, she was your queen. To us, she was the queen. To us all she (will) be with us endlessly,” French President Emmanuel Macron stated in a heartfelt message to the British individuals.

Queen Elizabeth II, who was additionally the world’s oldest and longest-serving head of state, got here to the throne following the demise of her father King George VI on Feb. 6, 1952, when she was simply 25.

She was topped in June the next yr. The primary televised coronation was a foretaste of a brand new world wherein the lives of the royals had been to develop into more and more scrutinised by the media.

Elizabeth grew to become monarch at a time when Britain retained a lot of its outdated empire with Winston Churchill her prime minister, whereas Josef Stalin led the Soviet Union and the Korean Warfare was raging.



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