Queen’s coffin to lie at St. Giles’ Cathedral, King Charles visits Westminster Hall

Prince Louis says the Queen is ‘now with her great-grandfather’, Princess of Wales tells audience

Prince Louis said the Queen was “now with her great-grandfather” after learning of his death, his mother Princess Kate told mourners who gathered in Windsor on Saturday.

“My little Louis, he’s so nice, he said, ‘mum don’t worry, she’s with her great-grandfather now’… It shows you how special she was for everything the world, of all generations,” the Princess of Wales said. , according to TikTok footage verified by NBC News.

“Kate was so sweet and kind and focused. She was ready to talk to everyone in the audience,” Nicole Gumienny, a 16-year-old from Farnborough, England, who was in attendance at the reunion, told NBC News.

“My eyes started watering when she mentioned Prince Louis talking about the Queen being with her great-grandfather now.”

King Charles at Westminster Hall, where he addressed lawmakers

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King Charles III arrives at Westminster Hall in Parliament on September 12, 2022 in London.John Sibley/WPA Pool via Getty Images

Order of Service for the Thanksgiving Service at St Giles Cathedral

The service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s life at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday will be preceded by hymns such as “You know, Lord, the secrets of our hearts” and “Salvator mundi”.

Singer Karen Matheson will sing a psalm in Gaelic and readings will be given by the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Archbishop Leo Cushley and Bishop Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Prayers will also be read by Morag Mylne, a Church of Scotland elder, and Samuel Nwokoro, a student from the Commonwealth of Nigeria.

The service will be sung by the Cathedral Choir conducted by Master of Music Michael Harris, and the organ will be played by Jordan English. The service will end with the national anthem “God Save the King”.

King Charles says he is ‘resolved’ to follow the Queen’s ‘example of selfless duty’

King Charles addressed Parliament on Monday, saying he was “resolved” to follow his mother’s “example of selfless duty”.

The new British monarch said he was “deeply grateful” for the condolences received by lawmakers following the death of his mother. He said the messages of sympathy “embrace in such a touching way what our late sovereign, my beloved mother, the Queen, meant to us all”.

Of his mother, Charles said: “From a very young age, his late Majesty pledged himself to serve his country and his people and to uphold the precious principles of constitutional government, which are at the heart of our nation.”

“That vow she kept with unparalleled dedication,” he said. “She set an example of selfless duty, which … I am resolved to follow faithfully.”

The King and Queen consort arrive at Westminster Hall

King Charles and the Queen Consort have arrived at Westminster Hall, where the monarch is expected to address parliament.

They will hear messages of condolence from the British Prime Minister and other politicians.

Image: Presentation of addresses from both Houses of Parliament to His Majesty King Charles III
King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort, attend a speech at Westminster Hall on September 12, 2022 in London.Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The Yeomen of the Guard arrive at Parliament

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Yeomen of the Guard arrive at Parliament on September 12, 2022 in London, England. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Westminster Hall gives historical significance to Charles’ speech

In one of the main events today, Charles and Camilla will travel to Westminster Hall at 10 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET) to receive condolences from Prime Minister Liz Truss, as well as members of the House of the Commons and the House of Lords. Charles will then deliver a speech to Parliament.

Westminster Hall houses both Houses of Parliament and was built in 1097, making it the oldest existing building on what is known as the Parliamentary Estate. The building was originally part of the Palace of Westminster, which served as the principal residence of the English monarch until the reign of King Henry VIII.

The majority of the palace was destroyed by fire in 1834, but the hall was spared thanks to the work of the firefighters and the change in wind direction that night. The palace was also hit by bombs twice during World War II, but the hall survived.

The Queen’s coffin will be moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday, where she will rest until her funeral on Monday. The room will remain open for 24 hours during this time so that the public can pay their respects.

King Edward VII was the first monarch to reside there. After her death in 2002, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was the last royal to do so. Prince Philip has asked not to have a state funeral.

Royal parks ban mourners from bringing gifts and teddy bears

Mourners hoping to pay their respects to the Queen will not be able to do so with gifts such as teddy bears and balloons, according to Royal Parks, the charity that runs London’s royal parks.

Tributes to the Queen that are not flowers will not be permitted in Green Park next to Buckingham Palace, the authority announced on its website. Cards and tags, on the other hand, will be authorized but will be periodically removed.

The lighting of candles for the queen will also not be permitted.

Burj Khalifa illuminated with the Queen’s portrait

The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, was lit up on Sunday evening with a portrait of the Queen superimposed on the British Union Jack national flag.

A portrait of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II superimposed on the British Union Jack national flag is projected on the Burj Khalifa in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on September 11, 2022, in remembrance of the late monarch who died days earlier.RYAN LIM / AFP-Getty Images

Brazil’s Bolsonaro to attend Queen’s funeral

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has accepted her invitation to attend the Queen’s funeral next week.

Bolsonaro will join other world leaders in London for the September 19 debates.

Prince Harry issues statement in memory of his ‘grandmother’

Prince Harry released a statement on Monday celebrating his grandmother’s life and honoring her “unshakable grace and dignity”.

“As we celebrate the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen – and mourn her loss – we all remember the compass she has been for so many in her commitment to service and duty,” said he declared.

“Grandma, as this latest parting brings us great sadness, I am eternally grateful for all of our first encounters – from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren,” the statement continued later. “I cherish those times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between.”

“We already miss you very much, not just us, but the whole world. And in terms of first encounters, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III.”

“Thank you for your commitment to service.

Thank you for your wise advice.

Thank you for your contagious smile.

We, too, smile knowing that you and Grandpa are reunited now, and both at peace.”

Clarence House social media accounts have been deleted

Clarence House social media accounts for King Charles and the Queen Consort have been taken down.

The social media pages of Clarence House, the London residence of the former Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, have been updated with the message: “This account is no longer being updated.

“Please follow @theroyalfamily for updates on His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty The Queen Consort.”

Clarence House’s Twitter account had around 1.1 million followers early Monday morning, while the Instagram page had around 1.7 million followers.

New Zealand PM says country has no plans to become a republic anytime soon


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said her government will not discuss plans to remove the British monarch as her country’s head of state following the Queen’s death.

“It’s a big, important debate. I don’t think that’s the one that would or should happen quickly,” Ardern said Monday.

The prime minister, however, said she believed New Zealand would eventually become a republic, possibly in her lifetime, but said there were other more pressing issues to consider at the moment.

Ardern will join other world leaders this week to attend the Queen’s funeral.

The Queen’s subjects will have one last chance to pay their respects at the Palace of Westminster

The general public will have the opportunity to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth, with a 24-hour operation that will allow mourners to file past the Queen’s closed coffin.

The Queen’s subjects and supporters will be able to walk past the raised platform to view her coffin inside Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster from 5.00pm BST Wednesday until 6.30am weekdays from Monday , the government announced on Sunday.

However, officials have warned that the process could be physically taxing for mourners.

“You will be required to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit down as the queue will continually shift,” a government statement said.

Larger bags, food and food containers will be strictly prohibited once mourners reach the Palace of Westminster, where they will undergo “airport-style” security screening, officials said.

On Monday, Scotland celebrates the life of the Queen

Monday is a time for the people of Scotland to celebrate the life of Queen Elizabeth II before her coffin returns to London for a national viewing ahead of her funeral on Monday September 19.

His coffin will travel in procession from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. At 3 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET), the cathedral will host a service of prayer and reflection.

The queen will rest in repose at Saint-Gilles Cathedral until Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the King and Queen Consort will appear at Westminster Hall in London, where both Houses of Parliament will meet to express their condolences.

The couple will then fly to Edinburgh and Holyroodhouse and then to the cathedral service.

Later, the King was due to meet Scottish government officials before receiving a motion of condolence from lawmakers.

Monday evening, the king will participate in a vigil in Saint-Gilles. Other members of the royal family were expected.

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