PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron turned his attention from the new head of state to the new head of government on Saturday night.
He sent his condolences to British Prime Minister Liz Truss, saying ties between France and the UK have historical roots.
In the future, “we will strengthen them,” Macron said in a tweet. He added: “Our support for Ukraine, as well as food and energy security, will be among our shared priorities.”
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Wearing black armbands, cricketers from England and South Africa observed a minute’s silence before a senior military officer rang a bell at the Oval.
To the west of London, golfers from around the world paused their rounds and other professionals, officials and caddies gathered on the green off Wentworth’s first tee for a two-minute period of silence, also impeccably observed.
There were moving and respectful tributes to Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday as sports resumed in Britain after a nationwide lockdown on Friday as a show of respect for the 70-plus-year-old monarch who died at the age of 96 on Thursday.
Professional and grassroots football, including the Premier League, decided to cancel all games this weekend to give participants a chance to mourn the passing of the queen.
However, international cricket and golf made a comeback, as did English domestic rugby, thanks to government guidance that sporting organizations were under no obligation to cancel or reschedule events during the nation’s period of mourning.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, joined Prince William and his wife Kate at Windsor Castle to view floral tributes left by the public in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.
The two princes and their wives took time to study the flower bouquets before waving to the crowd of well-wishers who huddled against the road barriers outside the gates of Windsor Castle on Saturday.
William and Kate were seen shaking hands and talking to members of the public.
It was the first public appearance for the two couples since the queen died on Thursday.
LONDON (AP) — Palace officials say Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral will take place Sept. 19 at London’s Westminster Abbey after the public has a chance to pay their last respects to the monarch. .
Elizabeth, the nation’s longest-reigning sovereign, died Thursday at her summer retreat in the Scottish Highlands.
Details about the 96-year-old queen’s funeral will be released later, but organizers described Saturday’s ceremony as “a fitting farewell to one of the defining figures of our time.”
Palace officials said there will be opportunities to view the late sovereign’s oak coffin on its journey from Balmoral Castle in Scotland to Edinburgh and back to London, where her body will lie in state for four days from Wednesday.
LONDON (AP) — Prince William has made his first statement on the death of Queen Elizabeth II, saying “it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie feels really real.”
William, who is now the heir to the throne behind his father King Charles III, said in a statement on Saturday that the queen “was by my side in my happiest moments. And she was by my side through the saddest days of my life.”
William, the Prince of Wales, said the late queen provides “an example of service and dignity in public life that was from a different time, but always relevant to us all”.
OTTAWA, Ontario — King Charles III was officially announced as the monarch of Canada on Saturday at a ceremony in Ottawa.
Charles automatically became king when Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday. But like the ceremony in the UK hours before, Saturday’s accession ceremony in Canada is a key constitutional and ceremonial step in introducing the new monarch to the country.
Charles is now the head of state of Canada, a member of the British Commonwealth of former colonies.
Although Canadians are somewhat indifferent to the monarchy, many had a great affection for the late Queen Elizabeth II, whose silhouette marks their coins.
Overall, the anti-royalty movement in Canada is miniscule, meaning Charles will almost certainly remain King of Canada. One reason is that abolishing the monarchy would mean changing the constitution. That is an inherently risky undertaking, given how delicately it is designed to unite a nation of 37 million that encompasses English speakers, Francophones, indigenous tribes and a steady stream of new immigrants.
BALMORAL CASTLE, Scotland — Members of the royal family stopped to enjoy a sea of floral tributes left by the public outside the gates of Balmoral Castle in Scotland after attending a prayer service nearby.
Queen Elizabeth II’s three youngest children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, as well as their families, waved to a crowd of people who gathered to line the route outside the castle on Saturday.
Princess Eugenie, Andrew’s daughter, was seen laying out a bouquet of flowers, while the rest of the family took time to read the many tributes to the queen.
The tribute came two days after Queen Elizabeth II’s death and on the same day her eldest son, King Charles III, was officially proclaimed monarch of Britain.
LONDON — Prime Minister Liz Truss and senior members of her government have taken the oath of allegiance to King Charles III in the House of Commons.
The speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, was the first to promise that “you will have true loyalty to his majesty King Charles, his heirs and successors”, followed by the longest-serving lawmakers and the prime minister.
All legislators swear allegiance to the monarch after being elected. Taking a new vote when the monarch changes is not a legal requirement, but the 650 lawmakers will have the opportunity to take the oath again in the coming days if they wish.
Normal parliamentary business was suspended for a period of mourning for the queen. The House of Commons is holding a rare Saturday session so lawmakers can pay tribute to the late monarch.
A royal official publicly proclaimed King Charles III as Britain’s new monarch during a ceremony at St. James’s Palace.
David White, the Garter King of Arms, read the proclamation from a balcony at the royal residence in London flanked by trumpeters in gold-trimmed robes.
Gun salutes echoed in Hyde Park, at the Tower of London and at military sites across the UK as the proclamation was made.
Soldiers in scarlet robes in the palace courtyard presented arms and doffed their bearskin hats in royal salute.
LONDON — King Charles III has declared that the day of his mother’s funeral will be a public holiday.
Charles approved the decision during his formal accession ceremony on Saturday.
The date of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral has not been announced, but it is expected to be around September 19.
This will be the second additional public holiday for Britons this year: a public holiday was declared in early June to celebrate Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee, for 70 years on the throne.
LONDON (AP) — King Charles III was officially announced as Britain’s monarch on Saturday in a ceremony steeped in ancient tradition and political symbolism and, for the first time, broadcast live.
Charles automatically became king when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on Thursday, but Saturday’s accession ceremony is a key constitutional and ceremonial step in introducing the new monarch to the country.
The ceremony at St. James’s Palace, a royal residence in London, is attended by the Accession Council, made up of senior politicians and officials who advise the monarch. They found themselves without Carlos, officially confirming his title, King Carlos III. The king will then join them in making a series of oaths and declarations.
It is the first time the ceremony has been held since 1952, when Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne.