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Thursday, September 29, 2022

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In Pictures: A Final Farewell to Queen Elizabeth II

The world said a final goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, marking the end of her 70 year reign.

As millions watched on television, thousands more traveled to London and Windsor for the state funeral and burial to honor the Queen in an hours-long service.

Flowers adorning the coffin were picked from Buckingham Palace. On the wreath, her eldest son King Charles III penned a note to his deceased mother, “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.”

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who delivered the eulogy said grief for the late queen was felt around the world. “She was joyful, present to so many, touching a multitude of lives.

“People of loving service are rare in any walk of life. Leaders of loving service are still rarer.”

Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who at times became emotional, followed the coffin as it was carried in a procession through London. Mourners lined the route, many seen weeping openly.

The Queen will be laid to rest at the King George VI Memorial Chapel alongside her husband Prince Charles who died last year.

She died on September 8 at the age of 96.

 

Photo credit: Sky News, The Guardian

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.”

UK Doctors Concern for Queen’s Health as Family Rushes to Her Side. What We Know So Far

It appears Queen Elizabeth’s health is deteriorating as doctors placed her under medical supervision at Balmoral.  Buckingham Palace said she “remains comfortable.”

  • It is unusual for Buckingham Palace to issue a statement like this:The Royal Family on Twitter: "A statement from Buckingham Palace: https://t.co/2x2oD289nL" / Twitter
  • All of her children have gathered and some are travelling to her Scottish estate. Princess Anne is already with her. Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, boarded a helicopter at Dumfries House in Scotland travelling to be with her, while Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex arrived at Aberdeen airport, ahead of their arrival at Balmoral. And Meghan and Harry, already in the UK, are travelling separately and are coordinating with family members.
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    Prince Charles boards a helicopter to Balmoral at Dumfries House (Sky News)

    Royal helicopter which has landed at Balmoral Castle this morning. Pic: Peter Jolly
    A royal helicopter landed at Balmoral this morning (Pic: Peter Jolly)
  • Prime Minister, Liz Truss, said in Parliament: “The whole country will be deeply concerned.” The Archbishop of Canterbury said his “prayers and the prayers of the people across the Church of England and the nation” were with the Queen.
  • She pulled out of an online meeting of the Privy Council on Wednesday after being advised by doctors to rest.
  • The 96-year-old has ongoing “episodic mobility problems” and has been using a walking stick.
  • She missed the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in 59 years in May. Charles read her speech instead.
  • She was forced to miss some celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee in June, after experiencing discomfort.
  • Buckingham Palace scaled back her “official duties” and had rewritten her duties.

Queen Elizabeth II Celebrated as Longest Serving British Monarch While Battling Mobility Problems

Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating 70 years on the British throne and the United Kingdom is throwing street celebrations.

Why it matters

Queen Elizabeth II, head of the Commonwealth, is the longest-serving British monarchy in history. The 96-year-old queen, ascended to the throne on Feb. 6, 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI.

Seventy years on the British throne is a once-in-a-generation celebration.

According to Time Magazine, she is the world’s third longest-ruling monarch in modern history.

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The big story

As she gets older, Queen Elizabeth has suffered physical challenges identified as episodic mobility in recent months, which prevented her from traveling and participating in national events.

Photo credit: BBC
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What’s happening

The Queen and members of the royal family gathered on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the 70-aircaft flypast.

Thousands of people flocked to central London for the jubilee celebrations, which began with the Queen’s birthday parade, known as Trooping the Colour.

The Platinum Jubilee celebration included the traditional Trooping the Color birthday parade, a star-studded concert led by Diana Ross and thousands of street parties across the UK.

In her honor, the four-day celebration will end on June 5th.
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British Royal Couple Boards Flight for Jamaica Where Protesters are Demanding Reparations and Apology

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge board the RAF Voyager Plane for Jamaica this afternoon, where demonstrators are demanding reparations for the slavery sins of the royal family.

Prince William and wife Kate left Belize, bound for Jamaica the second stop of their Caribbean Tour.

A group of protesters in Jamaica, ahead of the royal couple’s arrival on Tuesday.

Protesters held signs like, “Seh yuh sorry,” and “60 reasons to go back home” in front of the British High Commission in Kingston where organisers say the monarchy should apologize for “the exploitation of Jamaica, the transatlantic trafficking of Africans, the enslavement of Africans, indentureship and colonialization.”

The tour which began on Saturday, has spurred reaction from Caribbean people who believe the enslavement and colonialism of its people deserves acknowledgement by the Queen and her family who benefitted from its ‘blood, sweat and tears.’

Famous Jamaican musician Beenie Man told Good Morning Britain that his countrymen want nothing to do with the Queen because the British monarch has done nothing for the country.

“Jamaicans nuh want the queen, me can tell you that. Them nuh like be controlled by nobody. If Harry did deh yah, people would a react different, people would a go meet Harry. But William, nobody nuh want see that.”

He added: “We are just here, controlled by the British, ruled by the British law when you go in the court. It’s all about the Queen and the Queen this and the Queen that, but what are they doing for Jamaica? They are not doing anything for us.”

This comes after a small but similar protest in Belize happened where villagers asked William to leave the land which in dispute with an organization in which he is a patron.

The couple’s next stop is the Bahamas on Thursday.

Jamaica Ups the Ante to Shun Prince William and Kate From the Caribbean Island

Prince William and Kate attending an evening dinner in Belize on Monday before their trip to Jamaica.

Prince William and Kate’s Caribbean tour is causing more stir about colonialism and slavery.

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge set to travel to their next stop, Jamaica on Tuesday, after leaving Belize, some Jamaicans are planning to protest their arrival, calling for slavery reparations and apologies from the British family, and are refusing to participate in the Platinum Jubilee Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II.

The group, Advocates Network wrote an open letter to William and Kate, signed by one hundred prominent Jamaicans namely politicians, lawyers, songwriters, theologians and scholars.

The group attached 60 reasons why the royal family should apologize to Jamaica which include “the exploitation of Jamaica, the transatlantic trafficking of Africans, the enslavement of Africans, indentureship and colonialization.”

The protest is expected to take place on Tuesday at the British High Commission in Kingston.

Jamaica says it is in talks to remove Queen Elizabeth as Head of State. This comes after Barbados became a republic, distancing itself from the monarchy in November.

Prince William and Kate canceled a trip to a farm in Belize after villagers resented their arrival on land in dispute with a group in which William is a patron.

The Opposition in Jamaican Parliament led by Mark Golding, says though it will participate in the celebration, the British monarch needs to “make an authentic and profound apology for the role played by their family in the Slave Trade, chattel slavery and the plantation system, and also for a public acknowledgment that they benefited from it.”

William and Kate will be in Jamaica from March 22 to 24.

How Do You Not Know How Much Prince William and Kate Tour Will Cost the Bahamian Tax Payers?

  • The Bahamas government has already purchased 40 new cars  and rented out five floors of Atlantis for the royal family

Prince William and his wife Kate are on their way to the Bahamas to mark their grandmother Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the British throne.

Clint Watson, Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister claims it has not yet been determined how much the trip will cost Bahamian taxpayers.

Watson said he sought to find out how much the royal visit will cost, but could not get that information.

“They’re still waiting on a number of figures to come in so they don’t have that figure for us,” he said.

How do you not know? The Royal Family is not haphazard in their approach when traveling for royal duties. Royal trips are planned months or up to one year in advance.  An itinerary is planned based on the personal interest of the royal family and matters the host country would like to publicize.

A team from the royal family travels to the destination to organize the mechanisms of the trip—from travel time, dress code, camera angles, and the best place for the royal procession to arrive.

The Royal Protection Services Officers also visit the host country to plan security details and to coordinate with local police.

A tour document is created, showing the venue plan, the cultural requirements, where everyone will sit, stand, enter and exit along with the list of people the royals will meet.

CSJ Report understands that the Bahamas government has purchased 40 new cars for the royal family and rented out five floors of the Atlantis Resort for the couple and their aids—one floor for residency and four empty floors below it for security purposes.

The Bahamas will pay for accommodations, meals, and the couple’s staff.

Jamaica claims it will only pay for security personnel and nothing else when the couple arrives there before traveling to the Bahamas.

Kensington Palace said Kate 40, and William 39, are “very much looking forward to the visit.”

Their first stop is Belize, where they will visit the Maya archaeological sites and celebrate the culture of the Garifuna community.

In Jamaica, the royals will meet with members of the Jamaican military; and celebrate the heritage of Bob Marley and other Jamaican musicians.

Their last stop is the Bahamas where they will travel to Parliament Square in New Providence, where they will be entertained with Junkanoo, then travel to the islands affected by Hurricane Dorian–Abaco and Grand Bahama.

“As with previous overseas visits, The Duke and Duchess have asked that this tour allows them to meet as many local people as possible,” the palace said, which include children, youths, COVID-19 frontline workers, philanthropic leaders, conservationists and childcare workers.

Photo credit: Getty Images

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.