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Charles proclaimed king as William, Catherine, Meghan and Harry reunite

 

LONDON — King Charles III was publicly proclaimed Britain’s new monarch Saturday, in a modern version of an Anglo-Saxon ceremony steeped in political symbolism that was televised for the first time.The event at St. James’s Palace in London was followed by gun salutes, fanfare and declarations across the United Kingdom. The meeting of the Accession Council was attended by Charles, his son and heir William, whose new title is Prince of Wales, and wife Camilla, Queen Consort, as well as a host of senior political and religious figures.

 

Charles proclaimed king as William, Catherine, Meghan and Harry reunite

A statement was issued to the public from the balcony of the palace and read throughout Britain.The ceremony is part of long-established and highly choreographed plans for the days of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday. Buckingham Palace announced Saturday that the queen’s state funeral will take place Sep. 19 at Westminster Abbey in London.Following the ceremony, Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales, as well as Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, reunited at Windsor Castle in the afternoon, appearing to put aside their rift to pay tribute to their late grandmother.
King Charles III waved to crowds gathered near Buckingham Palace in London on Saturday.

 

 

Charles proclaimed king as William, Catherine, Meghan and Harry reunite

The new king then stopped his car, got out and greeted people on The Mall, a road between the palace and Trafalgar Square, shaking their hands and taking a bouquet of flowers.Meanwhile, the crowd cheered for the king and chanted, “All hail the King!” and “God save the King!”The queen’s coffin, which currently resides in the ballroom at Balmoral Castle, will make multiple stops as it travels to London ahead of the state funeral, Buckingham Palace said in a statement Saturday.On Sunday, it will travel by road to Edinburgh, Scotland, making its way to the to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where it will stay until Monday, the palace said.

 

Charles proclaimed king as William, Catherine, Meghan and Harry reunite

On Monday, the coffin will be taken to the St. Giles’ Cathedral in Scotland’s capital. There, King Charles III and members of the Royal family will attend a service, according to the palace. The queen’s coffin will then lie at rest in the cathedral to allow the country’s people to pay their respects.
On Tuesday, the coffin will travel by air to RAF Northolt, a Royal Air Force station in England, before it’s transported to Buckingham Palace by road, the palace said. And on Wednesday, the coffin will be led in a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, where the queen will lie in state at Westminster Hall until Sept. 19, the day of her funeral.WINDSOR, England — Prince William, Prince Harry and their spouses reunited at Windsor Castle on Saturday afternoon, appearing to put aside their rift to pay tribute to their late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

 

Charles proclaimed king as William, Catherine, Meghan and Harry reunite

Hundreds of mourners and visitors lined the four-mile path to the castle, straining their necks to catch a glimpse of the royals and cheering when the foursome appeared.William, Harry, Kate and Meghan paused at a large flower memorial for the queen, stopping to read handwritten notes and admire the bouquets that mourners had left throughout the day.The reunion was a notable and striking event given that the siblings have grown distant in recent years, especially following Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit the royals for a life in the United States.

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