Honors, National Mourning: The world mourns Queen Elizabeth II
Europe with AFP
06:22, 09 Sep 2022
The world’s most famous monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, died at her Scottish residence in Balmoral on Thursday aged 96, ushering in a new era for the British crown to which she had dedicated her life. The disappearance of the sovereign, whose health had been deteriorating for a year, has sparked great emotion in the UK and around the world. His son and heir ascended the throne at the age of 73 with the name of Charles III.
What to think about:
- Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96 at her Scottish residence in Balmoral
- His son Charles becomes king at the age of 73
- Charles III will be officially proclaimed king this Saturday
- A national mourning period of about ten days begins before the Queen’s funeral
Honors from around the world
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday lamented a “great loss” to the international community following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and expressed his “deep sadness”. “The disappearance of the Queen who has carried the UK through turbulent times around the world is a great loss not only for the British people but also for the international community,” said Fumio Kishida.
Joe Biden praised “a stateswoman of unparalleled dignity and steadfastness.” Elizabeth II is “more than a monarch. She embodied an era,” added the American President, who personally signed the register of condolences opened in his honor by the British Embassy in Washington.
His reign was marked by “grace, elegance and an unwavering sense of duty,” added former White House tenant Barack Obama. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also stressed Elizabeth II’s “grace, dignity and devotion”. “There are no words that can even partially appreciate the paramount importance of this Queen, her sense of duty, moral integrity, devotion and dignity.” , said former German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Prince Charles becomes king
The UK is entering a new era: the new King Charles III is due to address his subjects on Friday, mourning the death of Elizabeth II, which has sparked an immense wave of emotion around the world. The disappearance of the 96-year-old Sovereign, who died at her Scottish residence of Balmoral on Thursday after 70 years of reign, has ushered in a period of mourning for the country.
The challenges are considerable for Charles, who becomes king at 73 with much less popularity than his mother and heir, Prince William. He inherits a kingdom grappling with the arrival of a fourth Prime Minister at Downing Street in the face of a deep economic and social crisis and the unity divided by Brexit, the urge for independence and community tensions in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and political upheaval in six years.
In Balmoral with his mother, as she died “peacefully” on Thursday afternoon and joined throughout the day by his three brothers and sister and his two sons, the new sovereign will return to London on Friday.
A well prepared funeral
If the course of the next few days, which has been prepared for years, still has to be confirmed by the palace, the main lines are known. Returning to London with Camilla, now Queen Consort, the new King addressed Britain for the first time on television, in a pre-recorded message broadcast in the evening.
He is also due to meet Prime Minister Liz Truss, whose enthronement by Elizabeth II on Tuesday was the final constitutional act of a life devoted to her role to the end. During the day, 96 guns are fired from several locations across the country and the bells of St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle ring out. Charles III must then be officially proclaimed king on Saturday by the Council of Successors, meeting at St James’s Palace in London.
The death of the sovereign, who made limited appearances in hospital for one night in October 2021, opens a period of national mourning leading up to her funeral in ten days.
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