Queen Elizabeth's death and funeral

By Rob Picheta, Ed Upright, Aditi Sangal, Elise Hammond and Maureen Chowdhury, CNN

Updated 6:00 p.m. ET, September 12, 2022
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5:56 a.m. ET, September 12, 2022

I will continue my mother's pledge of service, Charles tells Parliament

(Henry Nicholls/Pool/Reuters)
(Henry Nicholls/Pool/Reuters)

In his first address to Parliament, Charles has vowed to continue the Queen's "dedicated service" to her people.

"The great bell of Big Ben, one of the most powerful symbols of our nation throughout the world, and housed within the Elizabeth Tower also named for my Mother’s jubilee, will mark the passage of the late Queen’s progress from Buckingham Palace to this Parliament on Wednesday," Charles said in Westminster Hall. The Queen will lie in state for four days in the hall from Wednesday until her funeral next Monday. 

"We gather today in remembrance of the remarkable span of the Queen’s dedicated service to her nations and people," the King said.

"While very young her late Majesty pledged herself to serve her country and her people.

"This vow she kept with unsurpassed devotion. She set an example of selfless duty which, with God’s help and your councils, I am resolved faithfully to follow," Charles said.

As he concluded his short speech, a rendition of God Save the King, the British national anthem, was played.

Watch the address here:

5:51 a.m. ET, September 12, 2022

Football to restart in England on Tuesday after postponement following Queen's death

From CNN's Sammy Mngqosini in London

English Football League (EFL) fixtures will resume on Tuesday with tributes paid to the late Queen Elizabeth II, after matches across the country were postponed over the weekend.

“A minute’s silence will be held before matches, with black armbands to be worn by participants, flags to be flown at half-mast and the National Anthem to be played in stadiums,’’ the EFL said in a statement on Monday. 

“With a national policing plan now in operation, the League and Clubs will continue to work with forces in respect of any challenges that may emerge regarding policing of specific fixtures.

“Consideration to individual circumstances will be made on a case-by-case basis, in line with standard match Safety Advisory Group (SAG) protocols.” 

The EFL comprises the Championship, League One and League Two. The Premier League has not yet confirmed when games will resume.

5:39 a.m. ET, September 12, 2022

King Charles III begins speech to Parliament with a nod to Shakespeare

(ITN)
(ITN)

Prince Charles is addressing Parliament now.

He began by thanking the Speakers of the Houses of Commons and Lords for their opening speeches, "which so touchingly encompass what our late Sovereign, my beloved mother The Queen, meant to us all."

"As Shakespeare says of the earlier Queen Elizabeth, she was a pattern to all princes living," King Charles III said.

"I cannot help but feel the weight of history which surrounds us and which reminds us of the vital parliamentary traditions to which members of both Houses dedicate yourselves with such personal commitment, to the betterment of us all."

"Parliament is the living and breathing instrument of our democracy," Charles added.

5:22 a.m. ET, September 12, 2022

Charles enters Westminster Hall to fanfare

King Charles III will address Parliament in a few moments. He has just arrived with Camilla, the Queen Consort.

5:17 a.m. ET, September 12, 2022

King Charles III en route to Parliament

King Charles III has begun his short journey to Westminster, where he will address the UK's Parliament.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss is already at the Chamber to see the new monarch.

It's Charles' first visit to the Palaces of Westminster since he became the King.

4:50 a.m. ET, September 12, 2022

Prince Harry thanks "Granny" Queen Elizabeth II for "sound advice" and "infectious smile"

From CNN’s Max Foster

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose for a photo in 2018.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose for a photo in 2018. (John Stillwell/Pool Photo via AP)

Prince Harry has today paid tribute to his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.

“Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your sound advice. Thank you for your infectious smile,” Harry wrote in a statement on Monday.

“In celebrating the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen — and in mourning her loss — we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty,” he added.

“Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her everlasting legacy,” he continued.

Harry recalled the words the Queen spoke after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip: “Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings.”

"Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings — from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren,” he wrote.

"We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace,” the prince added.

Harry said he “now honours [his] father in his new role as King Charles III.”

4:42 a.m. ET, September 12, 2022

Crowds remember Queen Elizabeth II in Hong Kong

From CNN's Kathleen Magramo

Hundreds of flowers laid outside of the British Consulate in Hong Kong to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II from today.
Hundreds of flowers laid outside of the British Consulate in Hong Kong to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II from today. (Kathleen Magramo/CNN)

Hundreds queued up outside the British consulate in Hong Kong on Monday morning to offer flowers and to sign a book of condolence in remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II.

Hong Kong was a British colony for 156 years until 1997 when it was returned to Chinese rule, but Beijing now appears to have rejected that status, referring to the period as a “forcible occupation” that should not be regarded as legitimate.

The tributes outside the British consulate in Hong Kong on Monday.
The tributes outside the British consulate in Hong Kong on Monday. (Kathleen Magramo/CNN)

The Queen, who visited Hong Kong twice during her 70 year reign, is remembered by many in the city as “Boss Lady” or “lady in charge” in Cantonese.

Among those outside the consulate office on Monday was retiree Sylvia Lee, who said she was saddened to hear of the Queen’s death on Friday, adding she thought the Queen was a symbol of stability across the world.

“No one lives forever and we knew this day would come someday. She was a respected figure, and the government during the colonial period made many contributions to Hong Kong’s development, especially in the 70s and 80s,” Lee told CNN, referring to a period when governors appointed to the city built up its public housing and transport infrastructure.

Chapman Wu, 40, also brought along his young daughter, to pay tribute and offer flowers to the Queen.

People line up under the heat in Hong Kong to offer flowers and write in a book of remembrance to honor the Queen.
People line up under the heat in Hong Kong to offer flowers and write in a book of remembrance to honor the Queen. (Kathleen Magramo/CNN)

Wu said that without the British Empire, having religious freedom in the city might not have been possible under Chinese rule. Christianity was brought in Hong Kong as early as 1841 when the city came under British rule after the First Opium War.

“I won’t comment politically, but without being a former British colony, Hong Kong might not have religious freedom,” he told CNN.

“Otherwise, who knows if we’d be able to practice any religion at all, especially with religious repression of Christians in China.”

Both Beijing loyalists and Hong Kong politicians protested against British control during the colonial period, but in recent years, a more favorable view of the colonial government has emerged among pro-democracy groups, with many adopting the colonial flag as a radical sign of resistance to Chinese one-party rule during the 2019 anti-government protests.

Coins in circulation in Hong Kong with Queen Elizabeth II’s face laid on a tribute, from today.
Coins in circulation in Hong Kong with Queen Elizabeth II’s face laid on a tribute, from today. (Kathleen Magramo/CNN)

4:31 a.m. ET, September 12, 2022

Former British colony to hold referendum on becoming a republic, its prime minister says

From CNN's Hamdi Alkhshali and Jen Deaton

Antigua and Barbuda, a Commonwealth country and former colony of the British Empire, will hold a referendum on becoming a republic and removing King Charles III as its head of state within three years, its prime minister has said.  

The island nation's Prime Minister Gaston Browne told the UK’s ITV News on Saturday that "this is a matter that has to be taken to a referendum for the people to decide."

This was Browne’s first interview since the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

Browne said "it does not represent any form of disrespect to the monarch. This is not an act of hostility, or any difference between Antigua and Barbuda and the monarchy."

He added that "it is a final step to complete the circle of independence to become a truly sovereign nation."

The Caribbean country is one of 14 states to retain a British monarch as head of state, with Browne signing a document confirming Charles’ status as the new King for now.

Some context: King Charles III will now become head of the Commonwealth, although that is not a hereditary position, after his succession to the role was agreed by the association's leaders at a meeting in London in 2018.

4:31 a.m. ET, September 12, 2022

Prince William honored to "serve the Welsh people" as he speaks to first minister

From CNN's Max Foster and David Wilkinson

Prince William at St Paul's Cathedral in London, England on June 3.
Prince William at St Paul's Cathedral in London, England on June 3. (Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

Prince William has spoken to the first minister of Wales and expressed his honor in being made Prince of Wales by King Charles III, according to a Kensington Palace statement on Sunday.

In a telephone conversation with Mark Drakeford, the Prince of Wales "acknowledged his and the Princess’s deep affection for Wales, having made their first family home in Anglesey including during the earliest months of Prince George’s life," the statement read.

The statement added that the new Prince and Princess of Wales will "serve the Welsh people" with "humility and great respect."

According to the statement, they will spend the months and years ahead deepening their relationship with communities across Wales.

"They want to do their part to support the aspirations of the Welsh people and to shine a spotlight on both the challenges and opportunities in front of them. The Prince and Princess look forward to celebrating Wales’ proud history and traditions as well as a future that is full of promise.

"They will seek to live up to the proud contribution that members of the Royal family have made in years past," the statement adds.