This is a heavy legacy for Charles III, who must convince to preserve the attachment of the British to the monarchy.
A ten-day national mourning begins in the United Kingdom after the death of Elizabeth II, while Charles III, less popular than his mother, begins his first day as king, with a much-anticipated televised speech.
The 73-year-old king left Balmoral Castle in Scotland late morning, where Elizabeth II died peacefully at the age of 96 on Thursday, and was due to arrive in London in the early afternoon.
The government, united in its support for the new king, observed a moment of silence on Friday morning in memory of the sovereign who reigned for more than 70 years, Downing Street said after an extraordinary cabinet meeting.
While he had become much more present in recent months, often replacing his mother diminished by her health problems, it is a completely different challenge that now awaits the king, as head of the #x27;State of 15 kingdoms, from New Zealand to the Bahamas.
Less popular than his mother, he will have a lot to do to preserve the attachment of the British to the monarchy, an institution that some consider outdated but whose prestige Elizabeth II had managed to maintain.
Especially as the country finds itself in a difficult situation, hit by the economic crisis and plagued by tensions, in particular the consequences of Brexit.
The reign of ;Elisabeth II is finished. Long live King Charles III, the Daily Telegraph wrote Friday in its editorial., after having, like the rest of the press, paid a vibrant tribute to the late sovereign.
The course of the next few days has been prepared for a long time, even if the palace has yet to work out the details. Once home, with Camilla now queen consort, Charles III is due to speak with the brand new Prime Minister Liz Truss, then address the British in the evening in a recorded televised message.
The national mourning, announced by the British government, must last until the funeral, scheduled in ten days. After her funeral, the queen will be buried in the chapel of Windsor Castle.
The king has also decreed a parallel royal mourning for several weeks for members of the royal family, the Monarchy personnel and troops engaged in ceremonies.
He spoke for the first time Thursday evening in a press release to express his family's great sadness after the death of a beloved sovereign and a beloved mother.
A Union flag flies at half mast atop Buckingham Palace, a sign that the Life is slowing down in the UK.
Already, sporting and cultural events have been cancelled, some department stores have decided to keep their doors closed, and railway and postal workers have suspended their planned strikes in the face of the cost of living crisis.
At 12 p.m. on Friday, church bells rang out across the country, especially at St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, then 96 cannon shots will be fired from several locations in the capital, such as the Tower of London or Hyde Park.
Parliamentarians must also pay tribute to the Queen in the House of Commons. Such tributes have already begun on the other side of the globe, in Australia and New Zealand, both members of the Commonwealth.
Charles is to be officially proclaimed king on Saturday by the succession council, meeting at St. James's Palace in London.
Details of the Queen's funeral arrangements will be announced in due course, the government said on Friday .
The sovereign had limited her appearances, since a night in the hospital in October 2021. Since her death, announced on Thursday, tributes have poured in from leaders around the world, such as many sports and cultural figures. . Deeply saddened, singer Elton John, knighted by the Queen in 1988, praised a source of inspiration and his moral sense.
In the United Kingdom, thousands of Britons have followed one another since Thursday in front of Buckingham Palace, to pay homage to him and to meditate, as well as at Windsor and Balmoral.
The British continue to pay tribute to Elizabeth II.
To our beloved queen. We will miss you!, Thank you, you served the country until the end, You were a light in dark times…Rest in peace, can we read Friday on the notes accompanying the bouquets of flowers placed in front of the railings from Buckingham Palace.
The late monarch, known for her sense of duty and tongue-in-cheek humour, is ubiquitous in British life, featured on banknotes and the stamps, which will have to change their face. Many people only knew her on the throne.
On the outskirts of Windsor Castle, not far from the capital, where many people in tears come to pay homage to the queen, Marina Flynn, soon to be 80, wants to be optimistic about the reign of Charles III. I think he will be fine. He has waited a long time and he has his family with him. He knows what he has to do.
I'm not quite sure. But maybe it's just hard for me to imagine a life without the queen. We'll see, cautiously says Anthony Ewans, 37, who came with his 4-year-old son.