Britain’s King Charles to handle a nation in mourning By Reuters


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


By Michael Holden and Gerhard Mey

BALMORAL, Scotland (Reuters) – Britain’s King Charles will deal with a nation in mourning on Friday following the demise of his mom and the nation’s figurehead, Queen Elizabeth, on the age of 96.

Charles, who raced to be by the aspect of the queen earlier than she handed away at her Scottish residence on Thursday, was on account of journey again to London along with his spouse Camilla, now Queen Consort, earlier than assembly the prime minister and making a televised assertion.

The demise of the queen, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a towering presence on the world stage for seven many years, has drawn condolences from world wide.

At first gentle in London, members of the general public continued laying flower outdoors Buckingham Palace and billboards throughout town displayed messages of condolence. Newspapers ran front-page picture tributes to the queen.

On Thursday, hundreds had gathered outdoors the queen’s palace, the place the information was met with a surprised silence because the flag was lowered to half-mast.

Many described a way of shock on the demise of the one monarch most Britons have ever identified.

“She’s the individual we have all the time seemed as much as,” a tearful retiree Christine West advised Reuters outdoors the queen’s Windsor Fort residence to the west of London. “It is a unhappy day for us all”.

Charles, who mechanically turned monarch of the UK and the pinnacle of state of 14 different realms, together with Australia, Canada and New Zealand, mentioned the demise was a second of nice unhappiness for himself and his household.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved mom. I do know her loss will likely be deeply felt all through the nation, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by numerous individuals world wide,” the 73-year-old mentioned in an announcement.

He’s anticipated to fulfill Prime Minister Liz Truss on Friday earlier than later addressing the nation. There can even be gun salutes.

Information that the queen’s well being was deteriorating emerged shortly after noon on Thursday when her medical doctors mentioned in an announcement that she was below medical supervision, prompting her household to hurry to Scotland.

The queen had been affected by what Buckingham Palace had referred to as “episodic mobility issues” because the 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 responsibility got here solely on Tuesday, when she appointed Truss prime minister – the fifteenth of her reign.

“The demise of Her Majesty the Queen is a big shock to the nation and to the world,” Truss mentioned outdoors her Downing Avenue workplace the place the flag, like these at royal palaces and authorities buildings throughout Britain, had been lowered.

“By means of thick and skinny, Queen Elizabeth II offered us with the soundness and the energy that we wanted. She was the very spirit of Nice Britain – and that spirit will endure.”


The information surprised not solely individuals in Britain, with condolences pouring in from leaders world wide.

“Her legacy will loom massive within the pages of British historical past, and within the story of our world,” U.S. President Joe Biden mentioned in an announcement.

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 grow to be more and more scrutinised by the media.

“I’ve in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so lots of you’re pledged to mine. All through all my life and with all my coronary heart I shall attempt to be worthy of your belief,” she mentioned in a speech to her topics on her coronation day.

Elizabeth turned monarch at a time when Britain nonetheless retained a lot of its previous empire with Winston Churchill her Britain’s prime minister, whereas Josef Stalin led the Soviet Union and the Korean Warfare was raging.

Bereft of its image of continuity and resilience, Britain begins its new period in grave financial disaster, marked by ructions with Europe and a populace disaffected by years of political strife and scandal.

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