Queen’s funeral latest news: King Charles ‘to have slimmed-down coronation’ amid cost-of-living crisis

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin carried from Westminster Hall ahead of state funeral

King Charles III is reportedly planning a “less expensive” coronation ceremony than his mother’s as he wishes to avoid extravagance while ordinary people struggle with the cost of living crisis.

A date has yet to be set for the crowning of the new monarch, though royal precedent and a large amount of planning involved suggest the ceremony will be at least several months away – possibly next spring.

Charles’s coronation “will be shorter, smaller and less expensive” than the Queen’s in 1953, a royal source told the DailyMirror.

The source told the paper: “The King is very aware of the struggles felt by modern Britons so will see his wishes carried through that although his coronation ceremony should stay right and true to the long held traditions of the past, it should also be representative of a monarchy in a modern world.”

Meanwhile, the Queen’s name has been inscribed alongside her mother’s, father’s and Prince Philip’s on a ledger stone in the Windsor chapel where she was buried on Monday evening.


ICYMI: Who waited in the queue and who jumped?

this morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have insisted they would “never jump a queue” as they addressed their controversial visit to see the Queen lying in state.

The pair were accused of “skipping the queue” on social media after they appeared inside Westminster Hall on Friday without taking part in the public line.

Some media and MPs were able to bypass the queue and access Westminster Hall during the roughly four-day lying in state.

MPs are given special passes to bypass the public queue and can bring up to four guests with them – a privilege that has been criticized by members of the public as “elitist” and “unfair”.

But other celebrities joined the thousands of people who spent hours patiently standing in the line, which at one point reached a wait time of at least 24 hours.

ITV bosses later said Willoughby and Schofield attended to film a segment for an upcoming show, while Willoughby on Tuesday insisted they “would never jump a queue”.

As the fallout continues, my colleague Chiara Giodiano gives a roundup of all the celebrities who waited their turn in the public queue:


How the Queen’s orb, crown and scepter were kept safe during her funeral

Symbols of the monarchy that adorned the Queen’s coffin before her burial were fixed in place to avoid any unfortunate incidents in a long series of processions.

The Imperial State Crown, Sovereign’s Orb and Scepter stayed with the Queen from her coronation until moments before her coffin was lowered into the ground in St George’s Chapel on Monday.

The royal relics, which are usually kept in the Tower of London, were placed on top of Her Majesty’s coffin for her lying-in-state, traveling from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey then on to Windsor.

Viewers of the funeral were puzzled by how the trio of objects, one of which is spherical, stayed in place throughout the journey.

Footage showed that special fixtures had been attached to the coffin to secure them in place.


Bolsonaro films his shock at UK petrol prices on trip for Queen’s funeral

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized for filming a video in which he expressed his shock at UK petrol prices while visiting for the Queen’s state funeral.

The controversial leader shot the clip in an attempt to revive his flagging re-election campaign.

Critics accused him of using his funeral visit for his own political ends, saying such tactics were “disrespectful” of the late British monarch.

As part of this electioneering, the ex-army captain was filmed at a Shell forecourt on London’s Bayswater Road pointing at a sign showing the price of petrol.

In the video that was posted online on Sunday, he said the 161.9p per liter cost was “practically double the average of many Brazilian states”.


Scotland confirm minute’s applause for Queen before Ukraine game

The Scottish Football Association has confirmed a minute’s applause will be held in tribute to the Queen before Wednesday’s match against Ukraine.

The SFA has been granted approval from Uefa to hold the tribute in what is the country’s first match since the death of the Queen.

It comes following a weekend of disruption to tributes in the Scottish Premiership, with the SFA electing to hold a minute’s applause at Hampden rather than a period of silence in the wake of disturbances before matches at Rangers and Hibernian.

The Premiership gave clubs the option of choosing whether and how to pay respects, but the silence at Ibrox was disrupted by boos and chants from the traveling Dundee United supporters.

Some Celtic fans, meanwhile, chanted “If you hate the royal family clap your hands” after St Mirren elected to hold a minute’s applause before their match in Paisley on Sunday, defying pleas from their manager Ange Postecoglou to be “respectful” during any tributes .


How all the pieces of the monarchy move around after the Queen’s death

The Queen’s death marks a huge moment of transition for members of the royal family as they take on new roles, titles and responsibilities.

Following the late sovereign’s state funeral and burial on Monday, the national period of mourning came to an end and the royal mourning period of seven days began.

Royal family members are not expected to carry out official duties until after Monday September 26.

The details of future engagements that working members of the royal family will undertake are not yet clear.

But here we look at everything we know so far about what happens next and how the royal family members’ lives have changed:


Queen’s funeral service seen by average of 26.2 million viewers in UK

The Queen’s funeral service at Westminster Abbey on Monday was watched by more than 26 million viewers in the UK, one of the country’s biggest ever TV audiences, provisional figures show.

The service was broadcast simultaneously on a range of channels between 11am and just after midday, including BBC One and Two, ITV and Sky News.

An average of 26.2 million people watched across all channels, according to overnight ratings released by the research organization Barb.

The figure is not quite as high as the official ratings for the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales in September 1997.

This was seen by an average of 32.1 million viewers, including 19.3 million on BBC One and 11.7 million on ITV, and remains the highest audience for a television broadcast since comparable figures began in August 1981.


Man awarded MBE in Queen’s last honors ‘grateful’ for chance to attend funeral

A man who was made an MBE in the Queen’s last birthday honors says he is “forever grateful” at having the chance to attend her funeral.

John Frace, 27, from Dunoon in Argyll, said it was hard to put into words the experience of attending the funeral, after being one of 182 MBEs invited to the service.

He received the honor after creating his website, TravelingTabby, which translated often complicated and hard to read data sets about hospital admissions and deaths into easily understandable numbers.

Mr Frace, a former student at the University of the Highlands and Islands, said the late monarch had been a “constant, calm presence” in his life.

In a thread on Twitter outlining his experiences at the funeral, he added: “I had the honor of attending Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral at Westminster Abbey.


Floral tributes for Queen to be composted and used in Royal Parks

Floral tributes to the Queen will be composted and given a new lease of life in planting projects throughout the Royal Parks.

It is expected that work to remove items laid by the public will begin on Monday, a week after the state funeral, and will continue for seven days.

Visitors will still be able to lay tributes but blooms which have already deteriorated will be moved to the Hyde Park nursery.

Once taken away, any remaining packaging, cards and labels will be removed, before the plant material is composted in Kensington Gardens.

The compost will then be used on landscaping projects and shrubberies across the Royal Parks.


Queen’s corgis will understand emotion of missing the monarch, says dog expert

A dog expert has revealed that the Queen’s corgis will feel the loss of the monarch, and may even display signs of depression following her death.

It was announced that the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York are to look after the Queen’s beloved corgis, Muick and Sandy, who even made an appearance at the Windsor Castle quadrangle during her funeral on Monday.

John Smith, dog expert and founder of pet personalization product website Yappy, said while dogs do not understand the concept of death, the canines might feel the loss of their owner being gone.

“Dogs don’t quite understand the full extent of absence due to their owner passing away, so they don’t grieve death in a sense… Instead, they suffer a feeling of loss and emotional despair which abandoned dogs would feel too,” Mr Smith said.


Mourners leave floral tributes to the Queen at Windsor Castle

Mourners have traveled hundreds of thousands to lay cards and flowers outside the walls of Elizabeth II’s final resting place in Windsor Castle.

Although the official mourning period ended on Monday, when the late monarch was buried in St George’s Chapel, tributes have continued to pour in from across the country and the wider world.

Several cards, thanking Elizabeth for her service and expressing sympathy for the royal family, had been placed by people from as far away as Poland and Hong Kong.

Others were from closer at hand, with Fortescues, a cafe across the street from the castle, writing: “It has been a pleasure to be your neighbour.”

With the main entrance blocked off, flowers – particularly red roses and sunflowers – along with candles, flags, balloons and teddy bears have piled up along the castle’s west wall.

Read the details in this report:

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