Funeral date set for September 19

King Charles III was formally proclaimed as monarch on Saturday hours before Buckingham Palace announced Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral will be held Sept. 19. 

The accession ceremony at St James’s Palace in London officially marks a new era in British rule following Queen Elizabeth’s death Thursday.

Though Charles automatically became king after his mother’s death, he was officially announced as Britain’s new king Saturday in a ceremony steeped in ancient tradition and political symbolism — and, for the first time, broadcast live.

David White, the Garter King of Arms, made the king’s proclamation official while flanked by trumpeters in gold-trimmed robes before leading cheers — “hip, hip, hooray!” — for the new king.

After the proclamation concluded, Buckingham Palace announced the official date and plan for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, which will be preceded by her coffin lying in state for four days for the public to pay respects. 

On Sunday King Charles III will meet with Britain’s secretary general at Buckingham Palace and will later host high commissioners in the palace’s Bow Room. 

Here’s the latest from Saturday’s royal ceremony, details of the upcoming funeral and key moments from what’s happened following Queen Elizabeth’s death.

Britain's King Charles III, back to the camera, greets well-wishers as he walks by the gates of Buckingham Palace following Thursday's death of Queen Elizabeth II in London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. King Charles III, who spent much of his 73 years preparing for the role, planned to meet with the prime minister and address a nation grieving the only British monarch most of the world had known. He takes the throne in an era of uncertainty for both his country and the monarchy itself.

Prince Harry and Meghan join Prince William, Kate at Windsor Castle

On Saturday afternoon, brothers Prince William and Prince Harry were joined by their wives Princess Kate and Duchess Meghan to view the floral tributes left by the public to honor the late queen.

The public appearance by Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan marks a rare occurrence since they walked away from royal responsibilities. The California transplant couple stood over a man-made field of flowers left by royal supporters paying respects to Queen Elizabeth II. 

Prince William, Princess Kate, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan greet a mourning crowd at Windsor castle as they visited the field of flowers left by the public to honor the queen.

Prince William and Princess Kate, now Prince and Princess of Wales, joined them and greeted the crowd along the long walk of Windsor Castle. 

Harry and Meghan shook hands and collected flowers from the crowd as they mourned Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. 

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Queen Elizabeth’s funeral set for Sept. 19

The state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II, will take place Sept. 19 at Westminster Abbey, according to a Saturday statement from Buckingham Palace. 

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