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Thursday, September 29, 2022

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Queen Elizabeth II is Dead at 96. Charles is King

Queen Elizabeth II, 96, died on Thursday at Balmoral Castle. Buckingham Palace said she “died peacefully.”

“The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

She was surrounded by family including Charles who is now king, since her death.

The 73-year-old has waited decades for the position. He is the oldest of four children born to the queen and her late husband, Prince Philip.

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He became Britain’s heir at the age of 3 when his mother took the throne at age 25.

On Friday at 10 a.m, Charles will be proclaimed officially’ king’ then he will meet with UK Prime Minister Liz Truss and other government officials.

Two days after this, he will tour the United Kingdom and hold services. He will be known as King Charles III.

King Charles issued a statement after his mother’s death, saying “it is a moment of great sadness for me and all members of the family.”

The Bahamas Bears the Cost of Prince William and Kate’s Tour, While Jamaica Refuses to Foot the Bill

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge set to tour a group of Commonwealth nations, the Bahamas and Jamaica are taking a different stance on footing the bill for the royals.

Prince William and wife Kate Middleton will spend a week in the Bahamas, Jamaica and Belize to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne.

The Bahamas will fully pay for accommodations, meals, and the couples’ understaff. However, Jamaica will not pay for the visit, only for “some costs” of the tour such as security details, insisting it would not pay for anything else.

Permanent Secretary in the office of the Governor-General in the Bahamas, Jack Thompson insisted, “It is customary for the host country to absorb the cost.”

Clint Watson, Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, says the amount of money the Bahamas will spend for the tour is still being determined, as the couple sets to visit Abaco, Grand Bahama, and Parliament Square for a cultural show.

Some Bahamians have taken to social media to express disapproval in footing the bill. Nick Rock tweeted, “You mean we have to absorb it? Take out my part.”

Someone else tweeted, “You can’t change the mentality of the people who grew up in that era.”

This will be the first visit to the Caribbean for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The tour will begin on March 19 starting with Belize, onto Jamaica, and will end in the Bahamas on March 26.