Queen latest news: ‘Darling Mama, may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest,’ King says in first address


King Charles III addressed the nation for the first time following the death of Queen Elizabeth II yesterday.

The broadcast was recorded in the Blue Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace this afternoon, after the King and Queen greeted crowds of mourners outside the gates.

Follow the latest below.

07:26 PM

Queen’s life hailed ‘a rare jewel’

The Queen’s life of service was hailed “a rare jewel” at the first significant religious event marking her death – where hundreds of mourners sang God Save the King.

Prime Minister Liz Truss joined around 2,000 members of the public for the service of prayer and reflection at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday evening.

The famous place of worship fell silent as the congregation, who secured tickets on a first-come-first-served basis, listened to audio of the King’s televised address to the country.

At 6pm, the unmistakable voice of Charles – referred to as “our new King” – filled the cathedral – a historic setting fit for the momentous occasion of a nation hearing its new monarch speak publicly for the first time.

As people gathered around television screens from John o’ Groats to Land’s End, mourners sat side by side in the packed cathedral almost 24 hours after Buckingham Palace announced the Queen’s death.

Among those attending were London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng and Foreign Secretary James Cleverly.

07:20 PM

Pictured: King’s first audience with Prime Minister

Britain's King Charles III during his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace - PA/Yui Mok
Britain’s King Charles III during his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace – PA/Yui Mok
Britain's King Charles III during his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace, London - Yui Mok/PA
Britain’s King Charles III during his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace, London – Yui Mok/PA
King Charles III during his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace, London - Yui Mok/PA
King Charles III during his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace, London – Yui Mok/PA
King Charles III during his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace, London - Yui Mok/PA
King Charles III during his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace, London – Yui Mok/PA

07:13 PM

Queen was like ‘member of every one of our families’

The Queen felt like a “member of every one of our families”, the Commons heard, as an MP shared her belief that the Queen was a feminist.

Labour MP Jess Phillips (Birmingham Yardley) told the Commons: “Very much like the Prime Minister I was not raised in a house of monarchists and yesterday when the first news came of the Queen’s ill health I was on Bill Committee in the Security Bill.

“I was surprised by how deeply affected I felt by the news. I was extremely emotional immediately and it felt to me like that phone call that almost everybody who has lost somebody close to them gets that says ‘get here soon, now is the time’.

“That is what it felt like, and it made me reflect, why do I feel like this? It was because it feels as if the Queen was a member of everyone one of our families, even a family like mine.”

Ms Phillips later added that everyone could “find something, a story, going around at the moment, that leads to your bias” about the Queen, adding: “What I have found is that the Queen was a feminist.”

She shared two stories as examples, of the Queen asking to meet senior female judges when opening a new court building, and of her driving the crown prince of Saudi Arabia “quite roughly” around the Balmoral estate “when women in Saudi Arabia were not allowed to drive”.

07:09 PM

Pictured: King with Prime Minister Liz Truss

King Charles III during his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace, London - Yui Mok/PA
King Charles III during his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace, London – Yui Mok/PA

07:06 PM

God Save Our King sang at St Paul’s

The first official rendition of God Save The King has been sung at St Paul’s Cathedral.

07:00 PM

King Charles invokes Shakespeare in address

King Charles III invoked William Shakespeare in his address to the nation – and his first as monarch – while paying tribute to the late Queen as his “darling Mama”, writes our Social and Religious Affairs Editor Gabriella Swerling.

He described Queen Elizabeth II as his “beloved mother” and, as he thanked her for her “love and devotion” to both the Royal Family, and the “family of nations”, he also quoted Hamlet.

In his televised speech, he said: “Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years. May ‘flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest’.”

In Act 5 Scene 2 of William Shakespeare’s longest play, Hamlet’s confidante and best friend, Horatio, holds his dying friend in his arms and pays tribute to the Prince Hamlet of Denmark, saying: “Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”

In the centuries since Hamlet was published in 1603, the phrase ‘Good night, sweet prince’ has become a poignant way of paying tribute to respected leaders who have died.

Literary and religious scholars have noted similarities between Shakespeare and the Catholic Burial Service, specifically In paradisum, which translates from Latin as: ‘May the angels lead you into paradise […]  May choirs of angels receive you’.

06:57 PM

Notice of death removed from Buckingham Palace railings

A notice announced the Queen’s death has been removed from the railings of Buckingham Palace.

The notice, set in a foolscap imperial-sized dark wooden frame, had remained on the gates since the Queen’s death was announced on Thursday evening.

Two members of palace staff dressed in black removed the sign on Friday evening.

They then brought it back inside the palace.

06:57 PM

Prince and Princess of Wales’s new-look Twitter account

The Prince and Princess of Wales’s Twitter account was changed to reflect their new titles.

The adjustment was made just a day after it was switched to the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, following the death of the Queen.

06:55 PM

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