At the start of the reign of King Charles III there was always a plan that he would travel across the United Kingdom to meet dignitaries and the public in its four corners. And today, he and Queen Consort Camilla arrived in Belfast for a day-long visit to Northern Ireland.
The King and Queen Consort touched down in Belfast City Airport and were greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of the County Borough of Belfast and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Also present were two school children, who presented Charles with a tin of truffles and Camilla with flowers from Hillsborough Castle—the monarch’s official residence in Northern Ireland.
The castle was their next stop, where a gun salute marked their arrival and they greeted crowds gathered outside and viewed the floral tributes left for Queen Elizabeth. The royal couple were also scheduled to attend a Service of Reflection at St Anne’s Cathedral this afternoon.
The whistle-stop tour of the United Kingdom concludes on Friday with a visit to Wales’s capital Cardiff. The couple were in Scotland on Monday when thousands lined the streets to see the Queen’s coffin as it made its way from the Palace of Holyrodhouse to St Giles’ Cathedral where it lay overnight to allow the public the chance to file past and pay respects.
Later today, however, the focus will be on Buckingham Palace as the Queen’s coffin is brought to her official London residence after being flown on a plane from Scotland, accompanied by Princess Anne. It will rest in the Palace’s Bow Room for one night before being taken on Wednesday on a Gun Carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Artillery to Westminster Hall for the Lying-in-State. Members of the royal family will walk behind the coffin in a solemn procession down the Mall as thousands are expected to line the streets. The procession is being shown on screens in royal parks and the public is being asked not to camp out ahead of the day or they may be asked to move.
Piles of flowers have been mounting at royal residences as the public has flocked to pay their respects to the monarch of more than 70 years, and leaders from around the world are arriving in London ahead of the State Funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19, at 11 a.m.
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