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Death of Elizabeth II: here is the first decision of the new King Charles III

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King Charles III is due to address the British on Friday and respond, in one of the first public acts of his reign, to the immense emotion aroused by the death of Elizabeth II beyond the borders of his kingdom.

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UA period of mourning will be observed by the British royal family from now until seven days after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace announced Friday morning. The date of the funeral of the monarch, who died Thursday at the age of 96, has not yet been decided, specifies the BBC.

In a press release, the Palace adds that this period of mourning was decided by “His Majesty the King”. The mourning will be observed by members of the royal family, the staff of the royal household and its representatives during their official missions, the press release concludes.

Distinct from the national mourning to be announced by the British government, this “royal mourning”, which begins this Friday, will be observed by members of the royal family and the staff of the monarchy as well as the troops engaged in the ceremonies.

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The funeral, at Westminster Abbey, is expected in ten days, around Monday, September 19. The Queen will then be buried in the chapel at Windsor Castle.

The royal residences, some of which are open to the public, such as the museums of Buckingham Palace, Balmoral in Scotland or Sandringham in the East of England, will remain closed until the funeral, said the services of the new King Charles III .

The flags have been lowered there and will remain so until 8 a.m. (0700 GMT) the day after the end of the royal mourning. The public is invited to bring flowers to royal residences across the UK but no condolence books will be opened as tributes can be left online.

At 1:00 p.m. local time (12:00 GMT) on Friday, 96 cannon shots will be fired from several locations in London including Hyde Park and the Tower of London.

The precise sequence has yet to be formalized. The queen having died Thursday in her castle of Balmoral in the North of Scotland, her body must be transported to London within a few days, via Edinburgh.