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.

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Justin Trudeau’s team defends singing before Queen’s funeral

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office has defended him after he was filmed singing by a piano in a London hotel, two days before the Queen’s funeral.

He sang Bohemian Rhapsody by the British rock band, Queen, with pianist Gregory Charles at the Corinthia hotel.

A spokesperson for the PM said “the prime minister has taken part in various activities to pay his respects for the Queen.”

21 September 2022 09:00


Jobs of 20 royal staff at risk after Queen’s death

Up to 20 royal staff members who worked closely with Queen Elizabeth II have been told their jobs could be at risk, according to the Guardian.

Employees were reportedly told of their potential job losses shortly after the monarch’s death and were advised by the royal household that final decisions would be made following Monday’s state funeral.

Some of the all-female dressers responsible for the dressing the Queen and those who helped the monarch move between the royal palaces are those at risk, according to sources.

21 September 2022 08:32


Collectors clamor for rare Queen Elizabeth coins and notes

The death of Queen Elizabeth II has collectors scrambling to secure rare coins and bills bearing her likeness, even as her portrait is set to remain in circulation for years to come on money throughout the Commonwealth.

Coin dealers say demand for rare-issue notes and coins – such as a pre-World War II Canadian $20 bill featuring Elizabeth as a child or Australia’s Platinum Jubilee 50-cent coin – has surged since the queen died in Scotland on 8 September.

Queries have been coming in from both seasoned collectors and novices eager to commemorate the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who appears on a record 33 currencies around the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

“There’s been an incredible upsurge in demand,” said Peter Hutchison, heritage coin specialist at Hattons of London, adding he is fielding queries from as far away as Australia.

In highest demand are limited-issue coins that were sold to collectors in the first place. Prices are rising as seasoned numismatists try to fill gaps in their collections and newcomers join in, said Hutchinson.

“I think we’ll see them increase a considerable amount more now as more people enter the market and try to chase them down,” he said, pointing to items like Canada’s 1954 “Devil’s Head” note series where a part of the queen’s hair gives the illusion of a grinning devil.

“It just takes enough people on eBay to chase the price up.”

21 September 2022 07:53


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 criticised 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 Giodano gives a roundup of all the celebrities who waited their turn in the public queue:

21 September 2022 07:29


How the Queen’s orb, crown and sceptre 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 Sceptre 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, travelling 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.

21 September 2022 07:05


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

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has been criticised 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 litre cost was “practically double the average of many Brazilian states”.

21 September 2022 06:50


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 travelling 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.

21 September 2022 06:35


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:

21 September 2022 06:20


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 organisation 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.

21 September 2022 06:05


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

A man who was made an MBE in the Queen’s last birthday honours 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 honour after creating his website, TravellingTabby, 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 honour of attending Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral at Westminster Abbey.

21 September 2022 05:50


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