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Several events are planned for the day after the Queen's death


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Chloe Best
Lifestyle Features Editor
Updated: 9 September 2022
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As the world wakes up for the first day after the Queen's death, along with mourning, royal duties continue for the new King Charles III and the Queen Consort, who have a number of planned engagements for the days ahead. 

READ: Will businesses and schools close after the Queen's death?

The King arrived at Buckingham Palace on Friday having travelled down from Balmoral earlier this morning alongside Camilla. 

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King Charles III greeted crowds

As they emerged from their vehicle, they were met with huge cheers and chants of 'God Save the King'. 

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Charles and Camilla viewed floral tributes

The royal couple left Birkhall at around 11am before catching an Embraer Legacy 600 jet to London. It is the first time the King has been photographed since his mother's death. 

WATCH: King Charles arrives at Buckingham Palace

Dressed in mourning clothes, Charles and Camilla appeared teary-eyed as they commenced their journey down South. An emotional Charles was pictured in the back seat, whilst the new Queen Consort rode in the front passenger seat. 

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The Queen Consort looked emotional

Following the death of his mother, the royal released a deeply personal statement which read: "The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

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The nation is in mourning

"We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

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The couple left Balmoral this morning

"During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held."

Earlier today the new King confirmed his wish to hold an extended period of royal mourning, lasting a week until after his mother's funeral, the full details of which have yet to be announced. 

READ: The Queen's last weekend revealed

Friday is classed as D+0, and a number of events are already scheduled for the royals, including the return of the King and Queen Consort to London from Balmoral.

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The Queen died 'peacefully' on 8 September

The plans for today have long been planned in consultation with the Government, however, due to Her Majesty's death taking place in Scotland there is a slight shift to arrangements, with the Queen's coffin expected to temporarily lie in rest at the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the weekend before being transported to London.

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Here is what is expected to happen on Friday in the wake of the Queen's death…

The King and Queen return to London:

Charles and Camilla stayed at Balmoral overnight on Thursday, and returned to London on Friday. 

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The King and Queen Consort will return to London

It is understood that the Queen's son, now-King Charles III, and her daughter, Princess Anne, were by her side when she passed away.

Audience with the PM:

Despite his grief, new sovereign Charles is expected to hold his first audience as monarch with Prime Minister Liz Truss as soon as practically possible.

Liz Truss hailed the Queen as the "rock on which modern Britain was built", as she led tributes to the country's longest-serving monarch. The Prime Minister said the death of Elizabeth, aged 96, was a "huge shock" to the nation and to the world.

Their first meeting was held after King Charles arrived back at Buckingham Palace.

STORY: Why Prince Charles is returning to London so soon after the Queen's death

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King Charles will hold his first audience with PM Liz Truss

Gun salute:

Gun salutes kicked off at 1pm in Hyde Park in honour of the Queen. There was one round for every year of the Queen's life. Bells are also expected to toll at Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral and Windsor Castle.

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The Death Gun Salute is fired in Hyde Park

Thousands of people had stood in solemn silence for 16 minutes as the cannons boomed once every 10 seconds, sending smoke across the grounds with each round.

In preparation for the salute, a procession of 71 horses, 36 pulling First World War-era 13-pounder field guns cantered into Hyde Park in central London.

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Members of the Honourable Artillery Company

Police officers cleared the pathways as the military entourage rode through the south-eastern corner of the park.

Meanwhile, floodlighting at royal residences will be turned off, and the public will continue to gather and leave flowers as tributes from around the world pour in.

MORE: Prince Charles' tears during engagement with the Queen

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Tributes have already been left at Buckingham Palace

King Charles' televised address:

The King will made a televised address to the nation at 6pm, which was pre-recorded. He paid tribute to the Queen and pledged his duty to his service as the new sovereign. He also mentioned both of children in an emotional message. His full speech can be read here.

Over the weekend more meetings and events will take place, including the confirmation of the Queen's funeral plans and the schedule for the coming days, and the meeting of the Accession Council at St James's Palace in London to formally proclaim Charles as the new sovereign.

His new title explained:

Upon the Queen's death, her eldest son, Prince Charles, has immediately become King. The next-in-line to the throne automatically takes on the role when a Sovereign dies unless they choose to abdicate

There is speculation the 73-year-old royal could only take on the role as monarch for a few years before passing on the title to the next heir, his son the Duke of Cambridge.

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Duchess Camilla became the Queen Consort

Prince Charles' wife Camilla Parker-Bowles will officially become Queen Consort when her husband becomes King. On the eve of her Platinum Jubilee, the Queen released a deeply personal statement, expressing her wishes for the monarchy in future.

"I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me," she said.

"And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service."

When will his accession take place?

His Majesty The King will be proclaimed at the Accession Council at 10am on Saturday 10 September in the State Apartments of St James's Palace, London.

In Part I of the Accession Council, the Privy Council, without The King present, will proclaim the Sovereign, and formally approve various consequential Orders, including the arrangements for the Proclamation.

In Part II, The King will make his Declaration and read and sign an oath to uphold the security of the Church in Scotland and approve Orders in Council which facilitate continuity of government.

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