United Kingdom’s Prime Minister elect Rishi Sunak met King Charles at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday and addressed the nation for the first time as PM Rishi Sunak. Buckingham Palace tweeted:
King Charles as per the ceremony appointed Rishi Sunak as the country’s next prime minister and he will be asked to form an administration. At around 11:35 am local time (4:05 pm IST).
PM Sunak addressed the nation immediately after meeting King Charles. He said his priority would be to bring the country together and said he was “humbled and honoured” to get the greatest privilege of his life to give back to the country I owe so much. “The UK is a great country, but there is no doubt we face a profound economic challenge”, added PM Sunak.
PM Sunak tweeted:
The news of Rishi Sunak being elected as Prime Minister of Britain came as a big news for India. The world leaders are taking to twitter to congratulate PM Sunak. The Indian diaspora in Britain are elated to have PM Sunak as their next Prime Minister.
President Droupadi Murmu who arrived in London on Saturday evening to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II attended the funeral ceremony of the Queen who reigned for nearly 70-years. Indeed an eventful career as a monarch. She had witnessed numerous developments including her share of controversies.
President Murmu was also invited to the reception for world leaders hosted at Buckingham Palace by King Charles III that took place on Sunday. However, the UK has opted to invite ambassadors, not heads of state, from several countries – Iran, Nicaragua and North Korea.
Queen Elizabeth II, who died aged 96 at her summer residence of Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, is lying-in-state at Westminster Hall before the funeral at Westminster Abbey on the morning of September 19.
Westminster Abbey has space for around 2,000 people, and around 500 heads of state and foreign dignitaries and their partners are expected to attend. Large number of people in UK had gathered in front of the Westminster Abbey to bid farewell to their favourite Queen.
Queen Elizabeth is dead and with her an era has come to an end. She reigned for nearly 70-years. The Queen was crowned in 1953 and since then she has ruled over Britain. During this long span, she had worked with 15 Prime Ministers starting from Winston Churchill to most recently elected Liz Truss. An eventful career with lots of ups and downs including controversies.
From her falling in love with the Prince Philip to marrying him as her Royal family did not appreciate young Elizabeth falling for a Greece Naval Officer. Some her policies too had attracted controversies, In 1992, her daughter Anne divorced her husband Mark Phillips, Andrew separated from Sarah Ferguson.
However, the biggest controversy perhaps was during late 90’s when the world came to know about the estranged relationship between Princess Diana and her son Prince Charles (now King Charles). Both had separated as Charles married his long-term mistress Camilla Parker Bowles. The winds turned turbulent for Queen and Royal family prior to this when Charles and Diana came to India and visited the iconic Taj Mahal, Agra. It was here, Diana had turned her face as Charles was about to kiss. The photograph went viral and for the first time entire world came to know about the estranged relationship between Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
As per the tradition of the Royal family, Prince Charles, eldest son of Queen Elizabeth, is now the King of Britain.
The Palace also put out a statement by the King on the passing away of the Queen. Charles said the death of his beloved mother was a moment of the “greatest sadness” for him and all his family members.
Prince Charles tweeted immediately after he was declared the King:
Prince William will likely become the Prince of Wales/Duke of Cornwall and his wife, Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, following the death of Queen Elizabeth on Thursday. Prince William held title of Duke of Cambridge before the Queen’s death.
The title ‘Prince of Wales’ is reserved for the heir apparent and was held by Charles, now King.
The title of ‘Princess of Wales’ was last held by Princess Diana because Duchess Camilla, wife of Charles, chose not to use it out of respect.
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