England began to mourn after Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch of England, died at the age of 96.
Flags were lowered at half-mast, events were canceled, and the Royal Family temporarily closed its official website. Flags on royal residences and government buildings were lowered at half-mast, and cultural and sporting events began to be cancelled. The national mourning that began over the Queen’s death is expected to continue until her funeral takes place. The Empire State Building in New York, USA, was also illuminated in memory of the deceased Queen.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING 10 DAYS OF MORNING?
Although there is no official statement about the funeral of the Queen, who died at the age of 96, the Queen’s funeral is expected to be moved from Balmoral Castle in Scotland to Buckingham Palace in London and stay there for 5 days. Prince Charles of Wales, the heir to the throne with the death of the Queen, is expected to sign the official plans in the coming days.
In addition, the UK government is not expected to make any important decisions or announcements unless they are compelled to keep the focus of the agenda on the Queen.
CHARLES IS EXPECTED TO HAVE THE FIRST MEET
Ceremonies and a national minute’s silence are expected in Hyde Park and Tower Hill on the first day of mourning. King Charles is expected to have his first meeting with the prime minister.
He will also meet with the Earl Marshal to formally sign the full funeral plans, and the funeral is expected within 10 days.
The Accession Council, made up of top government officials and special advisers, is expected to meet at St James’s Palace on Saturday to formally proclaim the new king. Another statement will be read at the Royal Exchange in London. The new king will meet with the prime minister and cabinet, the leader of the opposition, the archbishop of Canterbury and the dean of Westminster.
King Charles will visit Northern Ireland in the coming days, where he will receive a message of condolence at Hillsborough Castle and will go to St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.
Rehearsals will take place for the Queen’s body to be passed from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall. The body is expected to arrive at Buckingham Palace a few hours before the grand ceremony scheduled for London.
IT WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC VISIT FOR 23 HOURS
In the coming days, the Queen’s body will be open to the public 23 hours a day at the Palace of Westminster.
King Charles will travel to Wales to attend a service at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, then visit Welsh Senedd and offer a condolence. Ahead of the funeral, Charles will host foreign royal families attending the funeral.