The longest-reigning monarch in British history was 96 when she died on September 8. Following her death, England entered a 12-day mourning period as with tradition. King Charles III, who took over the throne after his mother’s passing, has since pushed the mourning period until seven days after the funeral.
“This is such an intensely difficult time for the princes,” the insider said on Thursday, September 15. “They both adored their grandma and it will take some time to process the reality of her passing.”
Despite having close connections with the monarch, the siblings still feel a “horrendous sense of loss and emptiness thinking that she’ll no longer be around,” according to the source, who added that William and Harry “console themselves with the fact she’s at peace with their grandfather in heaven and watching over them and in their hearts forever.”
“William said he thinks Monday [the queen’s funeral] will be hard,” well-wisher Bex Neeve told People on Thursday. “[Kate] said it’s been overwhelming and she and William are very grateful for everyone being here. She was emotional.”
After the Committal Service at St George’s Chapel, CNN reported that the family headed to a private reception.
Committal Service at St George’s Chapel & Burial
On the evening of September 19, the coffin will be lowered into the royal vault, according to Reuters. There will also be a private burial service inside the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which is where the queen’s parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, are buried and the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret, are housed. This will be Elizabeth’s final resting place.
Prince Philip’s Coffin Will Be Relocated
Before the longest-reigning monarch’s coffin is buried, her late husband, Prince Philip, will be moved from the royal vault at Windsor Castle to St George’s Chapel. The spouses, who were married for 73 years before Philip’s death in April 2021, will be “buried together,” per the royal family’s official website.
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Mourning Period Ends of September 26
The mourning period for the death of a monarch is traditionally 12 days. Charles, however, requested that the period be extended until seven days after the queen’s funeral. That means that the end of the mourning time in England will be on September 26.
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King Charles’ Coronation
While Charles automatically took over as sovereign once his mother died on September 8, he has yet to formally have his coronation. As of the time of this article, the date had not been set for the event, which is not uncommon. Elizabeth, for her part, had her coronation more than 15 months after her ascension to the throne.
Charles’ coronation won’t like take place until 2023, but it has already been given a code name: Operation Golden Orb, according to Vox. When the event does occur, it will keep with tradition and happen in Westminster Abbey. The church has been home to all British coronations since 1066.
There are many things that will have to change in England, the Commonwealth and the Realms with the new leader, one of which is the face on currency. The queen has been featured on coins, paper notes and more for decades, but in time Charles’ face will become the norm. The Bank of England, for its part, guestimates that the new money won’t get into circulation until about 2024 or 2025.
“Current banknotes featuring the image of Her Majesty The Queen will continue to be legal tender,” the Bank of England announced in a statement on September 8, via New York Magazine, adding that further instruction on the new turnover process will be delivered “once the period of mourning has been observed.”
When it comes to Canadian currency, prime minister Justin Trudeau said that same day that the late queen was “one of my favorite people” and that the Bank of Canada would not automatically change over the money.
“The current polymer $20 bank note is intended to circulate for years to come. There is no legislative requirement to change the design within a prescribed period when the Monarch changes,” a bank spokesman told Bloomberg at the time. It will be up to Trudeau’s government to tell the bank to start printing new bills with Charles’ face.