King Charles III live updates: Queen Elizabeth II’s body to be moved from Balmoral to Edinburgh

Queen Elizabeth II’s body will be moved from Balmoral to her official residence in Scotland, Holyrood Palace. 

Several roads have been closed across Edinburgh and bollards have been set up to control the thousands of people who are expected to arrive to farewell her on Sunday. 

Live updates

By Bridget Judd

When do we get coins with King Charles’ portrait?

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When do we get coins with King Charles’ portrait?

Most Australians have never seen any other face on their coins other than that of Queen Elizabeth II.

So, with a new monarch on the throne, what will happen to the money?

Michael Theophilis from the Australian Catholic University says it’s “impossible to do a recall and remind of every coin someone has in a jar or the attic”.

“So that’s not going to be the case. New coinage will be brought into circulation as years proceed, and through damage and loss and normal patterns of circulation, those coins will be taken out of circulation.

“In terms of timing, the Royal Australian Mint has indicated that it’ll probably be sometime next year in 2023 that that process for us will occur.”

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A proclamation ceremony will be held in Victoria on Monday

Is there a proclamation in Victoria too?

– Nick

Morning Nick. A proclamation ceremony will be held in Victoria tomorrow morning for King Charles III.

The Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau, will hold the ceremony at 11:00am.

Senior office holders will also re-swear oaths to the new King.

By Bridget Judd

Queen Elizabeth II changed lives of Australians in small ways

It was 1977. Thousands of people stood shoulder-to-shoulder along Perth’s Esplanade, craning their necks in a bid to see the Queen. To one young boy, it felt “like the whole world had rocked up”.

Peter Bewick and his two older brothers pushed their way from the very back of the pack to the front, and pressed their bodies against the thin rope dividing them from royalty.

“The thing is, I can’t remember what I had for breakfast yesterday, so it’s really quite bizarre that what happened that day is still very, very clear,” Peter says.

Check out the full story by Monique Ross.

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The Tasmanian proclamation of King Charles III will be held at Government House

Premier Jeremy Rockliff and Tasmanian Governor, the Honourable Barbara Baker, will sign the proclamation before it’s read out loud to guests.

It follows the official announcement of the king at the Accession Council in the UK overnight.

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What we know about the journey the Royal cortege will take from Balmoral to Edinburgh

A map shows Edinburgh Waverley, St Giles' Cathedral and Holyroodhouse in relation to each other.
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As we heard earlier this morning, Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin will travel in a hearse from Balmoral Castle to The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh today.

  • The cortege is due to leave at around 10:00am (that’s about 7:00pm AEST tonight), and will travel from Balmoral on the A93 to Aberdeen, and Dundee and Edinburgh via the A92 and the A90.
  • Between 10:00am and 2:00pm (7:00pm and 11:00pm AEST), a range of events will take place along the route, with viewing platforms in place at Ballater, Aberdeen and Dundee

There will also be two public proclamations in Edinburgh, beginning at midday in the UK, to announce the Accession of the King.

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What’s the Privy Council meeting? And why is it significant? Anne Twomey explains

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Constitutional expert explains significance of Privy Council meeting

Anne Twomey is a constitutional law professor and spoke to the ABC News channel a short time ago.

She says King Charles’ accession ceremony was the first public meeting of the Privy Council.

“A Privy Council in the United Kingdom is a little bit like our Executive Council, comprised of ministers who advise the Governor-General. But it’s actually bigger than our Executive Council.

“The Privy Council… includes other advisers to the monarch, like all the judges and the UK Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. So there is that judicial committee, which we know as a court, that’s part of the Privy Council.

“Then you have some clergy as well… and you have some senior civil servants, some senior royals, so Prince William, and of course the spouse of the monarch is also a Privy Councillor.”

Professor Twomey says usually the Privy Council must swear to an oath of secrecy.

“So now you see why it’s interesting that we got to see this for the first time ever, because normally there’s an oath that would prevent us from seeing what actually happened in this meeting.”

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King Charles III conscious of family’s cost to British taxpayer, royal historian says

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Charles acutely aware of royal family’s cost to British tax payer

Royal historian Dr Jane Connors says King Charles has already taken steps to remove some members of the monarchy from the Royal List.

“Those debates around the cost are very sharp in the UK particularly, around whether the money that is spent on them is worth the tourism revenue that comes in. That’s a pointed debate which arises constantly in the UK.

“And Charles apparently has been, of all of them, the person most conscious of this, so he’s been quietly taking junior and more subsidiary royals off the pay list.”

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Thousands expected to turn out for proclamation in Adelaide

Thousands of South Australians are expected to attend a Proclamation of the Accession in Adelaide today.

The event is open to all, with public transport across the city also free for the day.

South Australia’s Governor Frances Adamson says it’s a day to honour the King’s accession.

“We will get a better understanding even as we mourn the death of the Queen, and there will be a lot of focus on what he’s saying and doing,” Ms Adamson says.

“I think Australians will be interested, many Australians anyway, to learn more about him.”

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Australia House to open historic home in UK ‘to all who wish to honour’ the Queen

“A rare and reassuring constant, Her Majesty touched the lives of Australians from all walks of life,” Australia House says.

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‘Buffer’ between Prince William and the throne ‘has now been removed’, royal watcher says

Prince William, long second-in-line to the throne, is now the heir apparent after his father, King Charles III, became Britain’s new monarch.

That means Prince William and his wife, Kate, immediately assume a much more central role as the new face of the monarchy.

They made a surprise joint appearance with Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, on Saturday, warmly greeting a large crowd gathered outside Windsor Castle.

“Certainly William and Catherine, as the new Prince and Princess of Wales, will be even more in the media spotlight if that’s possible,” said Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine. “

Until Thursday, there was a buffer between him and the throne. That buffer has now been removed.”

By Bridget Judd

There will also be two public proclamations in Edinburgh today

At around 11:25am in Edinburgh (that’s about 8:25pm AEST tonight), the King’s Body Guard for Scotland and the Guard of Honour will march from the Castle Esplanade to the Mercat Cross.

At 11:50am (or about 8:50pm AEST), the main procession will make its way from Parliament House to the Mercat Cross.

  • At midday (9:00pm AEST), the Lord Lyon King of Arms will read the Proclamation to the people of Scotland. 
  • This will be followed by a 21 gun salute from Edinburgh Castle.
  • The Procession will then make its way to Edinburgh Castle where the Lord Lyon will read the second Proclamation at 12:30pm (9:30pm AEST).

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‘These are processes that we haven’t seen in 70 years’

The ABC’s Nour Haydar is reporting from outside Government House in Canberra, where the Governor-General will issue the proclamation.

She says these are processes “that we haven’t seen in 70 years, not since 1952 when the Queen first began her reign”.

A woman in a black jacket with brown hair reports live from outside Government House in Canberra.

“Essentially this replicates some processes that we saw take place in the United Kingdom overnight, officially recognising Charles III as the new monarch.

“From there, members of the Federal Executive Council will make their way to Parliament House. It is a short drive from Government House to Parliament House, and on the forecourt of Parliament House, the
Governor-General will make this public proclamation.

“This will be open to members of the public. You will not need an invitation to attend should you wish to witness this historic moment, and that will be followed by a 21-gun salute on the forecourt of Parliament House.”

By Bridget Judd

Here’s how today’s official proclamation will work

Australia’s Governor-General will today officially proclaim King Charles III as Australia’s new head of state.

David Hurley will make the proclamation at Parliament House in Canberra as part of a formal half-hour ceremony.

It will be the first time a proclamation has been read at Australia’s current Parliament House.

  • The ceremony will include a band performing the Australian anthem and God Save the King, a version of the British national anthem not heard for 70 years
  • There will also be a Welcome to Country and Indigenous spiritual dance before the ceremony concludes with a 21-gun salute at 12:30pm AEST

The national flag will temporarily be flown at full mast before being lowered to half mast.

You can read more from political reporter Nicole Hegarty.

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King Charles to put personal causes aside as monarch, veteran journalist says

Veteran journalist Peter Riddell says Charles has indicated he will put his personal political causes to the side as King.

“One of the interesting things in the new King, King Charles’s broadcast… was how he said some of the interests he had as Prince of Wales, notably in the environment and green issues and so on…

“He didn’t refer to them specifically, but he now says some of the causes he spent a lot of time on he’d have to put to one side, they’ll have to be taken forward by other people.

“And he specifically referred to his constitutional role, which will limit what he says publicly.”

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Charles will have to put personal causes aside as King, one journalist says.

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When condolences (and job seekers) go to the wrong Prince William

Prince William Living magazine chronicles local news from Prince William County near Washington in the United States.

But its website is understandably also one of the first to pop up (along with the royals’ official site) in a Google search for “contact Prince William”.

The result has been a small flood of phone calls and emails with condolences, sketches, poems, requests — even an offer to make a casket drape — pouring into the magazine’s small offices.

Publisher Rebecca Barnes says they’re receiving about 40  messages a day from all over the world — including one from a man who messaged to ask if he could be the next King of England.

 “Who am I to stand in his way,” Barnes says.

“I wrote back and asked him to submit an application.”

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Queen Elizabeth II ‘came to sympathise with Queenslanders and to show she really cared’

Government House in Brisbane will also hold a public ceremony this afternoon to proclaim King Charles the third as Queensland’s new sovereign.

The ceremony will be replicated across 15 Commonwealth countries.

More than 500 people have visited Government House in Brisbane to pay their respects.

Queensland’s Governor Dr Jeannette Young says many have shared memories of of the Queen, who travelled to the state eight times — including in 2011, after Brisbane’s devastating floods.

“She came to to sympathise with Queenslanders and to show that she really cared. I mean, that was just emblematic of her through her reign.”

The Queen holds a boquet of flowers and shakes a young girls hand as she mingles with crowds.
The Queen visited Brisbane in 2011.(Reuters: Daniel Munoz)

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Look back at last night’s proclamation at St James’s Palace

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British PM to accompany King Charles on tour to lead mourning

British Prime Minister Liz Truss will accompany King Charles III on a tour of Britain’s four nations to lead days of national mourning for his mother, Queen Elizabeth.

Ms Truss swore an oath of allegiance to the new king in a special session in parliament on Saturday, and was among those in attendance when Charles was officially proclaimed Britain’s new king.

She later met King Charles along with other senior ministers at Buckingham Palace.

“In terms of the prime minister’s involvement, she will join the king as he leads the national mourning across the United Kingdom, attending services of reflection in Scotland on Monday afternoon, in Northern Ireland on Tuesday, and Wales on Friday,” a spokesman told reporters.

By Bridget Judd

The journey the Royal cortege will take from Balmoral to Edinburgh

A map shows Edinburgh, Holyroodhouse and St Giles' Cathedral in relation to each other.

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin will travel in a hearse from Balmoral Castle to The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh today.

The cortege will travel from Balmoral on the A93 to Aberdeen, then North Deeside Road, Holburn Street and Great Southern Road past Duthie Park, and then to Dundee and Edinburgh via the A92 and the A90.

There will be opportunities for the public to view the cortege and pay their respects from around 10:00am (around 7:00pm tonight Australian time).

By Bridget Judd

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King Charles III will be proclaimed Australia’s new sovereign today

King Charles III will be proclaimed Australia’s new sovereign today by the Governor-General, David Hurley.

The Governor-General will preside at a special meeting of the Federal Executive Council at Government House at 11:00am.

A ceremony will also be held outside Parliament House in Sydney at 12:30pm, with public transport set to be free until midnight.

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