King Charles will address the world as the period of mourning begins

An emotional King Charles III was seen for the first time since the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II – as he prepares to address the world for the first time as Britain’s new monarch on Friday.

Charles and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, were visibly upset as they left Balmoral, the Scottish estate where he would be one of the few royals to arrive in time to be with the 96-year-old Queen when she died on Thursday. .

He was pictured leaving early on Friday, beginning the trip to London where he will make a televised address for the first time as king – in a pre-recorded speech at 6 p.m. local time.

Ahead of that, church bells across the country will ring in commemoration at midday, when Parliament will also call a special hearing for politicians to pay their respects.

There will also be gun salutes at major London landmarks, including the Tower of London – 96 shots, one for each year of the Queen’s life.

Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace announced on Friday that “It is His Majesty the King’s wish that a period of royal mourning be observed from now until seven days after the Queen’s funeral.”

King Charles III and the Queen Consort pass through Ballater as they leave Birkhall in Scotland.

“Royal mourning will be observed by members of the Royal Family, Royal Household staff and representatives of the Royal Household on official duties, as well as troops engaged in ceremonial duties,” the palace said.

Although the exact date of Her Majesty’s funeral remains to be confirmed, long leaked plans suggest it will likely take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday September 19.

Charles, 73, is also expected to meet Britain’s new political leader Liz Truss on Friday – the last person to be pictured with the Queen after traveling to meet her at Balmoral on Tuesday to be formally confirmed as Prime Minister.

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Truss became the 15th Prime Minister of Elizabeth’s historic 70-year reign.

This long reign made Charles the oldest person to ever assume the British throne when he instantly became king upon the death of his mother.

The flags of the royal residences will remain at half mast until 8 a.m. the day after this last day of mourning, the palace said. Special areas have been set up to leave flowers, and the palace has also opened an online condolence book.

The palace has yet to confirm the length of national mourning, which is expected to last until the day after the Queen’s funeral.

Parliament ditched Routine Proceedings for a special session allowing lawmakers to pay their respects to the Queen. A “special service of prayer and reflection” will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

While Charles has automatically succeeded his mother, the date of his coronation has not yet been set, traditionally delayed for several months to allow “a period of mourning” as well as “the enormous preparation necessary” to organize it, the says the royal family.

On Thursday, Charles had said that “we deeply mourn the passing of a beloved sovereign and a much loved mother.

“I know his loss will be deeply felt across the country, the Kingdoms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people across the world,” he said in a statement.

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