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Mourning after the death of the Queen: King Charles III is head of state

Created: 9/9/2022, 9:50 a.m

The English monarch died at the age of 96 at her country estate in Balmoral, where she was being cared for by a medical team. Her successor will be King Charles III.

+++ 6.10 a.m .: For most people in Great Britain it is the first morning without a queen – after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, the monarch is now male. King Charles III (73), who was considered the eternally waiting heir to the throne, succeeded his mother as head of state. “During this time of grief and change, my family and I are comforted and carried by knowing the respect and deep affection that has been so widely bestowed upon the Queen,” he said in a statement.

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Mourners gather outside Buckingham Palace after the death of Elizabeth II was announced. © James Manning/dpa

Update from Friday, September 9, 2022, 2:45 a.m .: According to information from the Scottish newspaper The Herald , huge crowds of people are expected in Scotland to mourn the Queen. It is clear that the Scottish Parliament, “the neighboring Holyroodhouse Palace and St. Giles Cathedral will be the focal points”. Holyroodhouse is the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh. A book of condolences will be laid out in the neighboring parliament building in which grieving citizens can write their names.

The Queen’s body will first be laid out at Holyroodhouse, according to The Herald , after which her coffin will be taken to St Giles Cathedral. Eventually he is taken to London by train from Waverley station in Edinburgh.

The ten-day mourning period, which officially begins this Friday (September 9), will culminate in a public memorial service at Westminster Abbey in London. The date of Charles’ coronation has yet to be determined

National mourning in Great Britain: Queen Elizabeth II is dead

+++ 9.40 p.m .: After the death of the English Queen Queen Elizabeth II, thousands of people gather in front of Buckingham Palace in the city center of Great Britain’s capital London to pay respect to the late monarch. Millions of people across the country are mourning the monarch. The flag flies at half-mast over the Royal Family’s London headquarters. In Great Britain, national mourning is now in effect until the funeral of Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96.

The new head of state will be the eldest son of the 70-year reigning queen, who will take the name of King Charles III. will wear. Prime Minister Liz Truss called Queen Elizabeth II the “rock on which modern Britain was built” in her speech at 10 Downing Street. Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon also expressed her condolences to the royal family.

Mourning in Great Britain: Queen Elizabeth II dies at the age of 96

Update from Thursday, September 8th, 7:35 p.m .: Great Britain mourns the loss of its head of state. The death of Queen Elizabeth II marks the end of the longest reign by a monarch in Great Britain in the country’s history. The 96-year-old died on Thursday at the Balmoral royal family’s Scottish country estate west of Aberdeen. Her closest family members, including her children, heir to the throne Prince Charles and grandchildren Prince William and Prince Harry, had come to Balmoral during the day.

The 96-year-old commissioned the new Prime Minister Liz Truss to form a new government on Tuesday (September 6). She had previously received Truss’ predecessor Boris Johnson and accepted his resignation. Due to the state of health of the monarch, these meetings were held at Balmoral instead of the usual Buckingham Palace.

Family, doctors and politicians concerned about Queen Elizabeth II

First report from Thursday, September 8th, 6:11 p.m.: London / Ballater – Great Britain is worried about its monarch. As British media reports, citing the royal family, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who is currently staying at her Scottish country estate of Balmoral, is currently being intensively cared for by a team of doctors. Their children and many other relatives, including Prince William and his brother Prince Harry, who was in London with his wife Duchess Meghan, are said to have arrived on Thursday (September 8th).

In a first message it was said on Wednesday that the English queen had to cancel the planned participation in a meeting of her advisory body Privy Council due to health problems. There is now talk that Elizabeth II “remains under medical supervision” and that her doctors are very concerned about the health of the Queen.

Queen Elizabeth II: New Prime Minister expresses deep concern

On Tuesday, the Queen accepted the resignation of the previous Prime Minister Boris Johnson and appointed his successor Liz Truss – contrary to tradition, not in Buckingham Palace in London, but at Balmoral Castle, which she did not want to leave for the ceremony for health reasons. A photo from the appointment showed a deep purple bruise on the monarch’s right hand.

New Prime Minister Truss said the whole country was “deeply concerned” at the news from the Queen. The heads of government of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also expressed concern about the monarch’s health. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said he was praying for the Queen. Welby is the most senior minister in the Church of England.

Concern for Queen Elizabeth II: the 96-year-old monarch has recently withdrawn more and more

Elizabeth II had been suffering from health problems for a long time and had greatly reduced the number of her public appearances. In the past year, she has been represented more and more frequently by her son, heir to the throne, Prince Charles. He replaced her for the first time at the opening of Parliament in May and read out the government’s program in her place.

It was only in April 2021 that the Queen of England mourned the death of her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, to whom she had been married since 1947. (ska/skr with agencies)

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