King Charles is assembly Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace because the nation prepares for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, the climax of 11 days of nationwide mourning.
Charles was scheduled to satisfy the prime minister within the 1844 room at Buckingham Palace at 12.15pm on Sunday, earlier than conferences with prime ministers of nations the place he’s additionally head of state. They embody Kausea Natano of Tuvalu; Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda, and James Marape of Papua New Guinea.
The King met different Commonwealth leaders on Saturday together with the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand prime ministers, Justin Trudeau, Anthony Albanese and Jacinda Ardern.
There was hypothesis that some international locations would possibly select to change into republics after the Queen’s demise, however Ardern stated on Sunday that she had no intention of instigating that course of for New Zealand, though “there’ll proceed to be an evolution in our relationship”.
The King met Truss final Saturday after the accession ceremony at St James’s Palace. The pair will meet for weekly audiences when parliament is sitting.
In a while Sunday, the King and Camilla, the Queen Consort, joined by different members of the royal household, will host a reception for heads of state and official abroad visitors at Buckingham Palace, together with the US president, Joe Biden.
At 8pm, the nation might be invited to look at a minute’s silence. An interview with the Queen Consort might be broadcast on the BBC wherein she’s going to converse of how Queen Elizabeth II was a “solitary lady” in a male-dominated world.
She’s going to add: “I can’t keep in mind anybody besides the Queen being there.” Big screens are being erected in varied areas throughout the UK to broadcast the service, together with Hyde Park in London and Coleraine City Corridor in Northern Eire. About 125 cinemas may also display the occasion.
In the meantime, folks have been urged to not journey to affix the queue for the Queen’s mendacity in state, which is because of shut on Sunday.
The Division for Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport stated: “Queue occasions are already 13.5 hours and will enhance. To keep away from disappointment, please don’t set off to affix the queue.”
Transport for London is getting ready for about a million folks to go to the capital on the day of the funeral and the police have described it as their “largest ever occasion”, involving 10,000 officers on responsibility.
About 250 additional rail providers will run – together with some in a single day trains – and Nationwide Highways has suspended deliberate motorway closures throughout England.
The previous archbishop of York John Sentamu stated the funeral service, which is able to begin at 11am on Monday at Westminster Abbey, could be uplifting.
“The Queen doesn’t and didn’t need what you name lengthy, boring providers; you’re not going to seek out boredom, however you’re going to be lifted to glory as you hear the service,” he stated.
“The hearts and folks’s cockles might be warmed, and on the similar time, there might be a second of claiming this can be a funeral service that’s wonderful in its setting.”