Charles III in Northern Ireland for a tricky leg of his UK tour | Death of Queen Elizabeth II
King Charles III leaves St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, Northern Ireland, after a service of reflection and remembrance for Queen Elizabeth II. This is his first visit to the province as a British monarch.
For his first visit as a monarch, Charles III pledged on Tuesday to serve “all the inhabitants” of the province. #x27;Northern Ireland, plagued by communal tensions as he succeeds Elizabeth II in an atmosphere of popular fervor and national emotion.
The sovereign had played a major role in reconciliation in the province with a bloody past. But nearly a quarter of a century after the return of a fragile peace between Republicans, especially Catholics, and Unionists, mainly Protestants, tensions have been reignited by Brexit, reviving the idea of separation from the United Kingdom and reunification with Ireland.
Arrived from Edinburgh, where they joined the tens of thousands of people gathering at the coffin of Elizabeth II, Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla went to meet the public massed in front of the castle of ;Hillsborough. They shook hands for a long time, greeted the children, exchanged a few words: images hardly imaginable in the Time of Troubles.
“With a shining example before me , and with God's help, I take up my new duties determined to seek the welfare of all the people of Northern Ireland. »
— Charles III
Politically paralyzed and in upheaval under the effect of the victory in the last elections of the republicans of Sinn-Féin, which does not recognize the authority of the monarchy, Northern Ireland remains the country. the most delicate stage of the tour started by the new king in the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom.
He visited the British Parliament in London on Monday, then that of the United Kingdom. Edinburgh before heading to Cardiff, Wales on Friday.
The remains of Queen Elizabeth II will board a royal plane for London on Tuesday afternoon. The body will spend the night at Buckingham Palace. Then will begin the second part of presentation to the public, in London this time, which should see hundreds of thousands of people parade for a little less than five days, 24 hours a day. Details from our special correspondent Azeb Wolde-Giorghis.
It's reassuring to see the communities rally behind the new king, observes Ann Sudlow, retired, who welcomes a certain unity in the province, at the x27;image of the emotion that has gripped the country since the death of Elizabeth II last Thursday at the age of 96.
In Edinburgh, tens of thousands of Britons waited for hours, including at night, to meditate, bowing, curtsying, crossing themselves or wiping away a tear in front of the coffin which rests in Saint-Gilles cathedral of the Scottish capital.
Placed on a dais and covered with the yellow, red and navy standard of Scotland, a wreath of white flowers and the crown solid gold from Scotland placed above, the coffin remained accessible throughout the night.
King Charles III meets members of the public near Writer's Square, Belfast, during his visit to the Northern Ireland.
King Charles III and his three siblings – Princes Andrew and Edward, along with Princess Anne – came that evening with Queen Consort Camilla to observe a wake. The photo of the children of Elizabeth II, with their backs to the coffin, made the front page of all the daily newspapers on Tuesday.
Arrived early Tuesday from Glasgow, Nataliya Dasiukevich, 46, from from Russia, says he is in a very somber mood and is struggling to hold back his tears.
“I was not born in this country and I am far from my family. The queen was the closest thing to a grandmother for my child. »
— Nataliya Dasiukevich
The body of Elizabeth II, who reigned for 70 years, had until Monday evening been kept away from the general public : first at Balmoral Castle in northern Scotland, where the monarch died on Thursday at the age of 96, then at the royal palace in Holyrood .
A popular figure, rock of stability in the sometimes political, social or health storm during COVID-19, the Queen was a reassuring image for millions of Britons during all these decades on the throne.
Tensions in Northern Ireland, separatist desires in Scotland, galloping inflation which weighs down purchasing power, the new 73-year-old king, older than all the British sovereigns on their accession to the throne, settles in his duties at a critical moment. The country, in the grip of a serious social and political crisis, has had a new Prime Minister for just a few days.
The king will probably have to face the claims of some of his 14 other kingdoms (including Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, New Zealand and even Jamaica) which could be tempted by a republican regime thanks to this change of sovereign.
“I believe that's the direction New Zealand will take at some point, I believe it's likely to happen in my lifetime, but I don't see it in the short term.
— Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand
Continuing her final journey, the Queen's remains will board a plane on Tuesday afternoon royal for London, escorted by Princess Anne.
He will be greeted on his arrival by King Charles and other members of the Royal Family. He will spend the night at Buckingham Palace.
The second stage of presentation to the public will then begin, in London this time, which should see hundreds of thousands of people parade for a little less than five days, 24 hours a day. Some started queuing as early as Monday.
The Queen's state funeral will take place on Monday attended by some 500 foreign dignitaries and many heads crowned. But according to the PA agency, Russia, Belarus and Burma were not invited.