In Edinburgh, a week of national mourning for Queen Elizabeth II began




In Edinburgh, Scotland, where the 96-year-old monarch’s casket landed Sunday, a service of prayer and reflection will kick off a week of global public mourning for Queen Elizabeth II.

King Charles III, Camilla, the queen consort, Princess Anne, princes Andrew and Edward, and other royals and dignitaries will attend a liturgy at St. Giles Cathedral on Monday afternoon.

Elizabeth passed away on Thursday at Balmoral Castle after more than 70 years as monarch of the United Kingdom. She had just appointed Liz Truss, the leader of the Conservative Party, as the 15th prime minister of her reign.

In a meeting at Westminster Hall in London earlier on Monday, the monarch and the queen consort will receive condolences from both Houses of Parliament. According to Buckingham Palace, Charles will “make his reply” before flying to Edinburgh for the service.

The public can pay their respects at the cathedral starting in the late afternoon on Monday and lasting through Tuesday.

The queen’s coffin arrived in the Scottish capital on Sunday afternoon on its first leg of its journey to London and a burial on September 19.

After being transported by air to London, the casket will first lie in state in Westminster Hall before being taken to Westminster Abbey for the official funeral.

Along with her parents, sister Princess Margaret, and late husband Prince Philip, who passed away 17 months prior to Elizabeth at the age of 99, Elizabeth will be buried at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Since Charles has proclaimed the day a “bank holiday,” most companies will be closed and many people will have the day off to attend the service.

As the casket arrived at Holyroodhouse, the monarch’s formal residence when she is in Scotland, on Sunday, Princess Anne, the late monarch’s sole child, curtseyed. The arrival was also witnessed by Princes Andrew and Edward, according to the Associated Press.

The casket was preceded by Anne, the princess royal, and her husband Sir Tim Laurence earlier on Sunday during a six-hour procession from Balmoral Castle, the location of Elizabeth’s death on Thursday.

The late queen was staying at the place, which had long been a favorite of hers, for her yearly summer vacation.

As the cortege passed, there was silence on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, where crowds had gathered up to ten deep in some spots. It had already passed by throngs of mourners as it moved through towns, through country roads, and across bridges.

Not everyone was grieving the loss; at a ceremony in the city when Charles was formally proclaimed king by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, Scotland’s leading herald, a woman with a sign reading “F*** Imperialism! Abolish Monarchy” was hauled away by police.

The protester was booed as she left the location because she was a member of a group that had laughed at the news.

“Tens of thousands of people have gathered here today to express their appreciation. I think it was disgusting for them to be present and heckle during the proceedings. “They shouldn’t have come if they were so against it,” observer Ann Hamilton told the Associated Press.

Beyond Scotland, formal proclamations of Charles as king took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Cardiff, Wales. Charles assumed the throne after the death of his mother.

On Tuesday, the king and his wife will travel to Northern Ireland to see an exhibit chronicling Elizabeth’s connections to the region and take part in a prayer session before departing for London.

Charles will attend memorial services on Friday in Wales, the region where he was sworn in as Prince of Wales on July 1, 1969, four months before turning twenty-one.

Envoys meet the new king

Charles met with the secretary-general of the Commonwealth of Nations, an organization made up of former British colonies, as his mother’s coffin was being transported to Edinburgh. He then hosted a banquet for the ambassadors of those countries.

Following an election in May, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese began preparing the foundation for an Australian republic, but on Sunday he indicated that the time had come to honor the late queen rather than make changes.

India, a former British colony, marked a day of national mourning, with all governmental structures flying their flags at half-staff.

Pitcairn Island, a volcanic protrusion in the midst of the Pacific Ocean, celebrated the new monarch’s coronation on Sunday. It is one of the UK’s smallest and most remote colonies.

According to the Pitcairn Island Study Center in Angwin, California, islanders, many of whom are descended from mutineers of the H.M.S. Bounty in 1789, also tolled a bell 96 times on Friday, one strike for each year of Elizabeth’s life.

The Accession Council, which was made up primarily of members of the Privy Council, the monarch’s inner advisory group, officially proclaimed Charles as king on Saturday.

Charles said to the group, “I am keenly aware of this tremendous inheritance and of the obligations and weighty responsibilities of sovereignty which have now passed to me.

In addition to pursuing the peace, tranquility, and prosperity of the peoples of these islands, he said, “I shall endeavor to follow the inspiring example I have been set in defending constitutional government.”

Charles and Camilla were met by an emotional crowd of onlookers outside Buckingham Palace after the council meeting, and they were able to see a virtual carpet of flower tributes to the queen near the palace’s gates. His hand was extended to one woman, who kissed it; another wanted to be hugged and was granted her wish.

Prince Harry, who retired from official royal family duties in 2020 and moved to America, and Prince William, the heir presumptive and current prince of Wales, went on a “walkabout” at Windsor Castle outside of London with their wives to see flowers left for the queen and to meet well-wishers.

One kid who was distressed by the events was consoled by Catherine, William’s wife and the current princess of Wales, according to media accounts.

William expressed his gratitude for his grandmother’s “knowledge and reassurance throughout my fifth decade” on Twitter, writing that he was “extraordinarily appreciative.”

She was at my side during my happiest moments, he continued. And she was at my side during the most difficult times in my life,” he said, alluding to the time when his mother Diana, the last princess of Wales, died in a Paris automobile accident nearly 25 years ago today.

As a representative of my generation, he continued, “I congratulate her for setting a timeless example of service and respect in public life. Grief, according to my grandma, is the price we pay for love.

Following Harry’s 2018 wedding to American actress Meghan Markle, the brothers’ reunion, which London tabloids called “The Fab Four,” raised hopes for further reconciliation between the princes.

However, Charles appeared to avoid making any form of peace offering in his Friday statement to the nation, stating merely, “I extend my affection to [Prince] Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their life overseas.”

According to media reports, Harry and Meghan will stay in the country until the funeral, and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, will fly Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, to London for the ceremony.