Queen Elizabeth: The mourning period of the royal court is not over, but the monarchy continues.

As a result, most of the public engagements expected of the members of the royal family have been cancelled. A handful have passed, but these were mostly opportunities for the Windsors to recognize some of the parties involved in the ceremonial arrangements of the last fortnight.

For example, the Prince and Princess of Wales surprised volunteers at Windsor’s Guildhall on Thursday to express their gratitude for helping with the crowds who turned out to pay their respects. Separately, Princess Anne visited Portsmouth Naval Base to thank naval personnel for the role they played in the funeral procession.

Just a day after his mother was laid to rest, Charles III turned his attention to government affairs and picked up where the late queen had left off, approving a series of ministerial appointments, according to Downing Street. Although it seems that so much has happened since then, let’s not forget that Queen Elizabeth II had invited the new Prime Minister Liz Truss to form a government only two days before her death on September 8.

The King is now thought to have returned to Scotland with the Queen Consort to grieve privately, but you can expect the sovereign’s signature red boxes to be sent north for him to continue his daily duties. The red boxes contain important papers from government ministers in the UK and from representatives across the Commonwealth and beyond.

So in the meantime, while the family retreats for a short time, royal observers are turning their attention to the future, where questions about the king’s coronation have arisen.

The palace has not yet announced a date for the coronation, but it is likely to be quite a few months away.

Historically, there has always been something of a gap between a new monarch’s accession to the British throne and their coronation. If we think back to the example of Queen Elizabeth II, her coronation was held 16 months after she became monarch on June 2, 1953. The reason for this is to allow an appropriate time to mourn the previous sovereign and also because organizing a coronation a lot of planning.

What we do know is that it is held in Westminster Abbey, because every coronation since 1066 has taken place there. Since William the Conqueror, all but two monarchs have been crowned there. Edward V died before he could be crowned and Edward VIII abdicated.

While the coronation is expected to have some of the pomp and pageantry associated with royal occasions, it is also likely to be an Anglican ceremony. However, some have wondered if the king intends to make it more inclusive after his comments while hosting a reception for faith leaders at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

During that event, Charles said that he sees Britain as a “community of communities” and this understanding has made him realize that he has an “additional duty” to “protect the diversity of our country.” So, it is possible that we may see this additional role and a multi-faith Britain reflected in some capacity at the coronation next year.

In contrast to the state funeral, where the queen had a hand in planning, the coronation will be completely designed by the king, in consultation with the British government. With preparations now likely to begin in earnest, he will be sure to balance the national mood – which could be less jubilant after a difficult winter amid the cost of living and energy crises – with reflecting his vision of the future monarchy.


CNN speaks to people who braved the tightly-packed crowds in central London to watch the funeral procession to bid farewell to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.


The Queen’s funeral attracts 26 million viewers in the UK.

The Queen’s state funeral and committal services in the United Kingdom were the first to be televised for a British monarch. It was always expected to be one of the biggest moments in British TV history. And while it didn’t quite draw the biggest audience ever, more than 26 million people tuned in to watch the funeral. However, it is worth noting that the data released by the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board – or BARB – does not yet take into account those who watch on personal devices such as laptops, smartphones or tablets. Read more about this story.
Members of the public watch the funeral at the cathedral in Truro, England.


The last time the public saw the Queen’s coffin was when it was in the royal vault under St. George’s Chapel in Windsor was demolished. However, that is not her final resting place. The Queen was buried on Monday evening in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, in an annex of St. George’s, after a private funeral service attended by King Charles III and other members of the royal family. It was at this point that the coffin of the late Duke of Edinburgh was also moved and moved to the crypt so that the Queen could be laid to rest next to her beloved husband of 73 years. The funeral service was conducted by the Dean of Windsor, who had led the committal service earlier in the day.

The Queen's coffin will arrive at St.  George's Chapel, Windsor.

The royal residences, including Windsor Castle, have been closed since the monarch’s death on September 8. But the general public will be able to view the Queen’s final resting place when the castle reopens for tours on September 29. Some areas within royal residences reopened to tourists on Thursday, including the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland, according to the Royal Collection Trust. However, Buckingham Palace’s summer opening of the State Rooms and Royal Mews will not return this year. In addition, special displays marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse will not reopen to the public, the trust added.


Across the UK, people paid their respects to the Queen. For most people in the country, she was the only monarch they had ever known.

CNN had a team of photographers on the ground for the Queen’s funeral and the days of ceremonial events that followed, witnessing her final journey from Balmoral to Windsor.

Along the way, members of the grieving public shared their reasons for turning up in droves to pay their respects, whether it was waiting for hours along procession routes in Edinburgh or Windsor, queuing for the lie-in-state at Westminster Hall in London or to another public event in honor of the late monarch.

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is escorted by Royal Navy sailors as it travels from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch following the monarch’s funeral in London on Monday, September 19.

People queue at Tower Bridge in London, on the Queen’s last full day in state.

The public walk past the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall.

Check out our interactive photo story and explore the many ways Britain said goodbye.


Vice President Kamala Harris, her husband Doug Emhoff, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy were among those present.

Washington honors the Queen with National Cathedral service.

US Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff joined a host of high-profile DC figures honoring Queen Elizabeth II at a memorial service at Washington’s National Cathedral on Wednesday. The British Embassy co-hosted the service, which featured the British national anthem, “God Save the King,” as well as the U.S.’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other Washington politicians and public figures were among those present. Find out more about this story here.


Analysis by CNN’s Luke McGee, UK and European Policy and Politics Editor

The Queen’s death marked the end of an era for the monarchy in more ways than one. She was the last senior royal of a generation that will soon seem foreign to modern monarchists.

During her 70 years on the throne, Elizabeth gave only one media interview, which was limited to the subject of her coronation. She has never publicly declared a strong opinion on any subject that could be considered political or controversial. They avoided any kind of public intervention in how the public institutions of the United Kingdom should be managed. In fact, the most controversial political moments in Elizabeth’s reign came from the indiscretions of others.

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron said the Queen “poured” with joy when Scotland voted to remain part of the UK in a 2014 independence referendum. The Sun newspaper speculated in 2016 that the Queen supported Brexit, something that former communications director of Buckingham Palace, Sally Osman, was quick to blurt out when she was interviewed on CNN earlier this week.

Contrast this with the royal family now leading the monarchy into a new, more uncertain future. Elizabeth’s eldest child, now King Charles III, humiliated the family when letters he wrote to former Prime Minister Tony Blair between 2004 and 2005 were published.

While the letters seemed fairly innocuous – focused on issues such as subsidies for farmers and, funnily enough, the merits of publishing private letters like this – the fact that the first-in-line to the throne was so happy to express political views to the prime minister alarmed those who supported the convention that the monarchy is apolitical. Read the full story here.
King Charles reacts as a member of the public hands him a drawing of his late mother as he meets people queuing to pay their respects as the Queen lays in state on September 17, 2022 .

“During this time of grief, I find great comfort in your continued enthusiasm, optimism and commitment to the Earthshot Prize and what we are trying to achieve. Protecting the environment was a cause close to my grandmother’s heart.”

Prince William’s video message to the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit.

As the Prince of Wales continues to mourn the loss of his grandmother, he was unable to attend an environmental summit in New York City this week. Instead, the grieving royal sent a video message (which you can watch here) asking New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to stand in his place. Ardern said she was “humbled” by William’s request and joked that she was “an exceptionally poor substitute” for the absent royal before beginning her speech by reflecting on how the Queen showed what can be achieved through courage and longing