King Charles III will address the UK on Friday as tributes have been paid from around the world following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96.
The new king will travel to London from Balmoral, the royal estate in Scotland, and is expected to hold an audience with Liz Truss, who became prime minister just three days ago. He is expected to deliver his first televised address to the nation as head of state at 6 p.m.
Parliament will meet at 12 noon for a 10-hour session for MPs to pay their respects to the Queen, while the bells will ring in St Paul’s Cathedral, Windsor Castle and Westminster Abbey.
A ceremonial bell at Windsor Castle will ring 96 times, once for each year of the Queen’s life – and a 96 gun salute will be fired in Hyde Park.
The Church of England has called on parish churches, chapels and cathedrals to ring their bells for an hour from 12 noon.
Truss and other senior politicians will attend a memorial service at St Paul’s to mark the start of a 10-day period of national mourning, reflecting the Queen’s pivotal role in British life for seven decades since the death of her father George VI in 1952.
The king’s formal accession to the throne and proclamation as monarch will take place on Saturday, when parliament meets for senior MPs to swear an oath of allegiance.
The death of Elizabeth II – announced by Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening – has left her people in mourning, but reflecting on a life of duty in which she bound the country together through profound changes.
Crowds have gathered outside the Queen’s residences, including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, to leave flowers and tribute.
Sports matches scheduled for Friday, including horse races, the England-South Africa cricket test match and English Football League matches, have been cancelled. The Mercury Music Prize was canceled on Thursday night and the classical music BBC Proms were canceled on Friday and Saturday as a mark of respect.
The new king said his mother’s death was a moment of “the greatest sorrow for me and all members of my family”. He said the family would be “comforted and sustained” by the respect and affection felt in Britain and the Commonwealth for the Queen, who this year celebrated the 70th anniversary of her reign.
The Queen’s death sparked public tributes and expressions of gratitude and condolences from leaders in Britain, across Europe and the Commonwealth, as well as business leaders and US presidents.
The Queen’s reign included the decolonization of much of the British Empire in Africa and Asia, as well as the consolidation of the Commonwealth. It also saw the rise of the modern monarchy, which became the subject of intense media scrutiny. The Queen’s personal popularity has been an important factor in maintaining support for the monarchy in the UK in recent years.
She was best known to her subjects for her presence at public events and televised Christmas messages, which often emphasized the values of duty and dialogue. She became the longest-serving monarch in British history in 2015, surpassing her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.