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King Charles III gave his first address
“May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest,” Charles, wearing a black suit and tie, said in an emotional address — in a quote from Hamlet.
Earlier, the oldest heir to ascend to the throne received flowers, cheers and even kisses as he greeted well-wishers outside Buckingham Palace on his return from Scotland, where his mother died “peacefully” aged 96 on Thursday.
New monarch shares ‘moment of dread’ with UK prime minister
“The moment I’ve been dreading, as I know a lot of people have,” Charles was heard saying to the prime minister as they met in the audience room at Buckingham Palace.
King Charles III has told prime minister Liz Truss of his “moment of dread”. Source: AAP / Yui Mok/AP/POOL PA
Earlier, Charles and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, spent more than 10 minutes shaking hands with dozens of well-wishers and looking at floral tributes outside the palace after getting out of their car for an impromptu walkabout.
“It has been so touching this afternoon when we arrived, all those people who had come to give their condolences … and flowers,” Charles said as the prime minister also offered her condolences.
What’s happening in Australia?
On Friday evening, tokens of respect were paid across the country following a 96-gun salute in the federal parliament forecourt – one round for each year of the life of the Queen, who reigned for 70 years.
The sails of the Sydney Opera House, which Her Majesty opened in 1973, were illuminated in her honour. So too were monuments in other cities, and flags were flown at half-mast around the nation.
In the UK, some events are on hold
The Premier League postponed all matches this weekend, as a mark of respect to Queen Elizabeth II.
The Royal Albert Hall music venue cancelled two nights, and the Royal Opera House cancelled Thursday night’s performance and will close its doors on the day of the State funeral.
How do Britons feel about the loss of the Queen?
An operation years in the planning, which has allowed thousands to pay tribute in the first 24-hours.
Shiela Fowler lives near Blamoral and remembers waiting with her family to see The Queen on Sundays after church. Source: SBS News / Ben Lewis
Shiela Fowler lives nearby and remembers waiting with her family to see The Queen on Sundays after church.
“We would stand at the side of the road and wave at her in her lovely maroon-coloured car. Standing with my parents and grandparents. It’s very sad for us. It’s just as if it’s my own mother gone again.”
Anything else I need to know?
A spokesperson for Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed to SBS News the public holiday would go ahead as scheduled, with the official name of the holiday to be discussed shortly.
Meanwhile, Netflix’s Emmy-winning drama “The Crown” paused filming of its sixth and final season on Friday following the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, a central figure on the show.
Netflix’s acclaimed series about Queen Elizabeth II and her family has paused production due to the monarch’s death. Source: AAP / Alex Bailey/Netflix via AP
The streaming service said production was suspended “as a mark of respect” for the monarch.
The coming season is expected to cover events in the early and mid-1990s, including the divorce of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
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