“Whereas it has happy Almighty God to name to his mercy our late sovereign girl Queen Elizabeth the Second of blessed and superb reminiscence, by whose decease the crown of Nice Britain and Northern Eire is solely and rightfully come to Prince Charles Philip Arthur George,” the proclamation started.
“God save the king!” he declared.
In London and throughout the nation, flags that had been lowered at public buildings after Elizabeth died have been raised to full-staff.
Again at St. James’s Palace, a navy band performed the primary verse of the nationwide anthem, which for the 70 years of Elizabeth’s reign, was often known as “God Save the Queen.”
Shortly afterward, a 41-gun salute erupted at London’s Hyde Park which was adopted by a 62-gun salute on the Tower of London.
“Three cheers for his majesty the king,” White declared, whereas under the members of the Kings Guard eliminated their iconic bearskin hats. “Hip, hip!”
“Hooray,” they replied thrice.
Exterior the palace, three ladies who didn’t know one another earlier than Saturday — Astrid Jacobs, Virginia Forbes and Penny McDermid — grew to become quick mates as they waited for Charles to reach.
McDermid, who lives in London, mentioned she feels an amazing sense of hope for the nation’s future however acknowledged that Elizabeth will probably be a “powerful act to observe.”
“She virtually by no means put a foot improper, was not a political determine, was principally universally cherished,” she mentioned. “It’s going to be very arduous to dwell as much as that.”
Jacobs, who lives in Cambridge, mentioned she’s blissful for Charles however nonetheless mourning the queen.
“It’s a combined time I discover, emotionally,” she mentioned. “You’re making an attempt to reconcile the long run with the ache that you just’re feeling at her loss. I wasn’t ready.”