Princes William and Harry, along with their wives Kate and Meghan, caused a surprise on Saturday by sharing a walking tour near Windsor Castle, an unprecedented joint appearance since 2020, to pay tribute to Elizabeth II, whose funeral was scheduled for May 19. will take place in September.
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Reportedly cold for months, this is the first time since March 2020 that the sons of King Charles III. And their wives were seen together.
What Charles III. who was officially proclaimed king by the Accession Council in London on Saturday morning during a historic ceremony, two days after the death of Elizabeth II at the age of 96.
“All 4 One,” tabloid The Sun headlined its Sunday edition, eclipsing the new king from its front page to instead show a picture of the foursome, which also made the front page of all UK media outlets on Saturday night.
The two couples, once dubbed ‘The Fab Four’, have become estranged since Harry and Meghan announced they were stepping down from the royal family and moving to California.
On Saturday, the two couples first gathered in front of the bouquets of the crowd outside the gates of the castle where the Queen has lived most of the past two years. Though keeping everything at a distance, they then allowed themselves a walking tour of more than 40 minutes before departing in the same car.
Earlier, William, now heir to the throne, sent a poignant message to Britons to mark the “loss of a grandmother”. “It will take me some time to adjust to the reality of life without a grandma,” he said.
Buckingham Palace said the funeral of Elizabeth II, who died aged 96 after 70 years of reign, would take place at 11am (1000GMT) on September 19 at Westminster Abbey.
Heads of state from all over the world are expected there and the king has declared a public holiday to mark the occasion.
“I will honor his memory by supporting my father the King in any way I can,” added William, the eldest son of Charles III, who bestowed on him the title of Prince of Wales on Friday.
Step by step, with the greatest solemnity, Charles III, 73, installed himself as head of state with the difficult task of succeeding an ultra-popular monarch respected for his sense of duty and the preservation of the monarchy during his historic reign. the longest in British history.
“Prince Charles Philip Arthur George has now, in happy memory, through the death of our Lady Sovereign, become our Charles III…God Save the King,” the Council of Ministers announced on Saturday morning of his accession, although Charles automatically became monarch on the Queen’s death.
The ceremony at Saint James’s Palace, attended by around 200 dignitaries including Prime Minister Liz Truss and her six predecessors, was televised for the first time. The accession of Charles III. was then proclaimed on the palace balcony during a solemn ceremony from another era.
“My mother’s reign was unsurpassed in its duration, in its devotion and in its devotion (…). I am deeply aware of this great inheritance, the duties and the heavy responsibilities of sovereignty that are now being entrusted to me,” said Charles III.
Then trumpets sounded and guns were fired across Britain. Hundreds of people had gathered in front of Saint James hoping to catch a glimpse of the monarch. They were thousands around Buckingham Palace.
Prime Minister Liz Truss and MPs, including Opposition Leader Keir Starmer, swore allegiance to the King during a rare Saturday session of the House of Commons. Charles III then in the afternoon received the Prime Minister, the chief ministers and the leaders of the opposition.
At Balmoral, where the Queen died on Thursday, Princes Andrew and Edward and Princess Anne left to thank the public who had come to pay tribute to their mother.
“Thank you for coming,” Andrew said after crouching with his brother Edward and sister Anne in front of the flowers that were laid in front of the Scottish residence.
The coffin of Elizabeth II will be transferred by road to Edinburgh on Sunday during a long procession that will pass notably through Aberdeen and Dundee. He is due to arrive in the Scottish capital around 15:00 GMT.
Crowds in the Scottish capital watched on Saturday as police and security forces prepared for the coffin to arrive in the city.
“I told the boys that we live history. And being here, we wanted to come and see where she’s going,” explains Laura Burns, a Northern Irish woman driving through the Scottish capital, where one of her sons is preparing for college.
After a ceremony in Edinburgh, the body will travel to London on Tuesday and will rest for four days in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Houses of Parliament, which is open for the occasion, following a procession through the capital’s streets on Wednesday day for the public.
On Friday evening, the British anthem “God Save the King” was sung for the first time in 70 years at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. It replaces “God save the Queen” which had been sung since 1952.
Previously, Charles III. his first televised address as sovereign, a recorded address in which he paid a moving tribute to his “beloved mama” and pledged to serve the Brits throughout his life.
Charles III comes to the throne at a difficult time as the UK faces its worst economic crisis in 40 years while four Prime Ministers in six years have thrived.
At 73, he is the oldest British monarch to begin his reign and remains infinitely less popular than his mother, who knew how to protect the monarchy by not giving interviews and keeping her opinions to herself.
Nonetheless, the new king received a standing ovation when he arrived in Buckingham on Friday afternoon after returning from Scotland.
The King has revealed that royal mourning – which involves family, staff and representatives of the royal household – will continue for up to seven days after the Queen’s funeral. The national mourning ordered by the government must last until the day of the funeral.