For the first time in the lives of most Britonsa new monarch today succeeds to the throne, but the mourning period following the end Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign is only just beginning.
Sunday, September 11, is expected to be a quieter day than the ceremony-filled Saturday but there are still several key moments to watch out for.
When does the Queen’s body leave Balmoral Castle?
The Queen’s body has been lying in rest since she died on Thursday but it could be many more days before it reaches London.
The body is expected to be moved from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh on Sunday.
Her coffin will be paraded up the Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where it will rest in the throne room until the following afternoon.
The Queen’s body will then be taken to St Giles’ Cathedral, where it will lie in rest again until Tuesday afternoon (local time) to give the Scots a chance to pay respects.
Next, accompanied by Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, it’s flown to London, where it will lay in state at Westminster Hall until the morning of the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey, on December 19.
The monarch will eventually be laid to rest at St George’s Chapel.
Does the King have any important meetings on Sunday?
The King is expected to meet with Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland and the Dean of Windsor, David Connor.
What’s the flag protocol on Sunday?
Flags will return to half-mast out of respect for the Queen’s passing. More proclamations are expected to be read in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
What is accession to the throne?
Within 24 hours of a monarch’s death, a new sovereign is formally proclaimed as soon as possible at St James’s Palace in London by the “Accession Council”.
This is made up of officials from the Privy Council, which includes senior Cabinet ministers, judges and leaders of the Church of England, who are summoned to the palace for the meeting.
What happened at the Accession Council?
The proceedings at St James’s Palace involved two parts, beginning with the Accession Council meeting, without the King, to proclaim the sovereign and make arrangements for the proclamation.
Next, his majesty’s Privy Council met for the first time as the king makes a declaration and took the oath to preserve the Church of Scotland. He’ll swear a similar oath to the Church of England at his coronation of him.
The royals haven’t lived at St James’s Palace for almost 200 years but accession ceremonies have carried on being held there.
When was Charles proclaimed and succeeded to the throne?
The Accession Council met at 10am (7pm AEST) in the state apartments of St James’s Palace in London.
The main proclamation was read out at 11am from the palace from balcony overlooking Friary Court. That was done by the garter king of arms, accompanied by the earl marshal, other officers of arms and the sergeants at arms.
A second proclamation was read an hour later at the Royal Exchange in London.
Did Camilla become Queen?
According to royal protocol: yes.
“And the matter was put beyond doubt by the Queen in her Accession Day message of 5 February 2022 when she said ‘it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service ‘.”
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What were the nation’s politicians doing on Saturday?
Much like the day before, they were paying tribute. The House of Commons met for almost 10 hours on Friday for tributes from the prime minister, former leaders and others.
The second day of taxes began again at 1pm (10pm AEST). Politicians in both the House of Commons and House of Lords also took their oaths of allegiance to the new monarch.