Gun salute, national address and 10 hours of tributes: How the country will mark the Queen’s death on Friday | UK news

The United Kingdom has been plunged into a state of mourning following the death of its longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

Since her death was announced by Buckingham Palace, several notable moments have already taken place, including her son becoming King Charles III, a speech by Prime Minister Liz Truss and tributes from leaders around the world.

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A state of mourning has officially begun across the country, which is expected to remain until the Queen’s funeral.

People gather outside Buckingham Palace after the announcement of Queen Elizabeth II's death.  Photo date: Thursday, September 8, 2022.

What will happen on Friday to mark Her Majesty’s death?

The King and his queen consort Camilla will return to London from Balmoral, with the monarch having his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss.

The House of Commons sitting will not start at 9.30am. as planned, with both Houses meeting at noon.

MPs and peers will be invited to pay tribute to the Queen at the session, led by Ms. Trusswhich is set to last until 10 p.m.

The government is not expected to announce any other business, unless something urgent comes up, to allow the focus to be solely on the Queen during the 10-hour meeting.

Queen Elizabeth II welcomes Liz Truss during an audience in Balmoral, Scotland, where she called on the newly elected leader of the Conservative Party to become prime minister and form a new government.  Photo date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

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Ms Truss and senior ministers will also hold a public memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral in central London during the day.

The government is then set to confirm the length of national mourning, which is likely to be around 12 days, from now until the day after the Queen’s funeral.

It will also be announced that the day of the funeral will be a holiday in the form of National Mourning.

Throughout Friday, King Charles is likely to meet the Earl Marshal – the Duke of Norfolk – who is in charge of the Queen’s funeral, to approve the carefully choreographed program for the coming days.

He will also decide on the length of the court or royal mourning for members of the royal family and royal families, which is expected to last a month.

In the evening, His Majesty is expected to address the nation in a televised address where he will pay tribute to his mother and pledge to serve as head of state.

In central London, 96 gun salutes – one for each year of the Queen’s life – will be fired in tribute to the late monarch.

Churches have also been urged to ring their bells, with the Church of England sending guidance to parishes, chapels and cathedrals across the country encouraging them to open for prayer or special services.

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers recommended that dead bells be rung for one hour from noon.

The bells will ring at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Windsor Castle.

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What will happen on Saturday?

Unusually, the House of Commons will sit on Saturday to allow senior MPs to swear allegiance to King Charles III.

It will start at 2 in the afternoon and will be followed by tributes, which will continue until 22:00.

The session will conclude with a “formal humble address” to the King at the end, “expressing the deepest sympathy of the House” on the Queen’s death, the House of Commons said in a statement.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will recognize Indigenous communities affected by the Canadian school scandal.  Photo: PA

All MPs will have the option to swear an oath to the King when Parliament returns, but are not obliged to.

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle will set the timetable in the coming days, but it is expected to be significantly reduced until after the state funeral as Parliament adjourns.

This means no new laws can be passed until Parliament returns, although it could be recalled for the most urgent matters.

File photo dated 20/10/2014 of a general view of Friary Court at St James's Palace, central London, where the Council of Accession will meet following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and the balcony from which the main proclamation will be read .  Although Charles automatically became king on his mother's death, he will be formally proclaimed monarch at a historic Council of Accession usually convened at St James's Palace in London within 24 hours of a monarch's death.
St James’s Palace is where the Accession Council will be held

Also on Saturday morning, a Council of Accession will meet at St James’s Palace in London to formally declare Charles as the new sovereign.

The first public proclamation of the new sovereign will then be read outdoors from the balcony of Friary Court at St James’s Palace by the Garter King of Arms.

Union flags are raised again at 1pm and remain there for 24 hours to coincide with the proclamations before returning to half-staff.

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