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.


Hong Kong man arrested while paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

A 43-year-old man from Hong Kong was arrested under the country’s sedition law while he was paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II outside the city’s British consulate on Monday.

The man, identified in the local media only by his second name Pang, was arrested for playing songs on his harmonica, including the British national anthem and “Glory To Hong Kong” — a popular song during pro-democracy protests three years ago.

Maroosha Muzaffar has the full story.


Viewers praise pallbearers who carried Queen’s coffin

The soldiers who carried Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin have been praised for their professionalism, “utmost precision” and “nerves of steel” during the state funeral on Monday.

Pallbearers from the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards carried the late monarch’s coffin through Westminster and Windsor, where the Queen was laid to rest.

Those watching the events from across the world highlighted the work of the eight pallbearers, with many describing them as “heroes”.


London Fashion Week concludes with tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

After a day’s hiatus to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, London Fashion Week concluded on 20 September with a tribute to Her Majesty by designer Richard Quinn. Quinn had a special connection to the Queen as his LFW show was the only one she attended in her 70-year reign.

Queen Elizabeth II at Richard Quinn’s London Fashion Week show in 2018 (Yui Mok/PA)

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In 2018, she also presented Quinn with the inaugural QEII Award for British Design.


ICYMI: Man flag tried to grab flag wanted to check Queen was in coffin, court told

A man who tried to grab the flag draped over the Queen’s coffin as she lay in state at Westminster Hall did not believe she was dead, a court has heard.

Muhammad Khan, 28, allegedly wanted to look in the coffin to “check for himself” the Queen was there and also planned to go to royal residences to “try to make contact” with the monarch.

Doctors assessed Mr Khan as not fit to take part in proceedings at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and he was granted bail on condition he remains in a mental health hospital until his next hearing.


ICYMI: Queen’s name inscribed on Windsor chapel stone

The Queen’s name has been inscribed on a new ledger stone in the Windsor chapel, where she was buried on Monday.

The late monarch was laid to rest with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in the George VI Memorial Chapel alongside her parents and sister.

The private service was attended by King Charles and the royal family following her state funeral at Westminster Abbey and committal service in Windsor.

Buckingham Palace says the stone replaces a black slab bearing the names of George VI and Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

Liam James has the full story.


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.”


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.


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.”


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:


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.

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