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Thursday, September 29, 2022

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Kings Charles III is Now Monarch of the Bahamas. 10 Things to Know About Him

When Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday, her eldest son Charles succeeded the throne and became King. He will be officially known as King Charles III, while his wife Camilla will be known as Queen Consort.

Here are 10 things to know about the newest king:

  1. King Charles II is 73 years old and was born at Buckingham Palace. At 3 years old, he was bestowed as heir to the throne and known as Prince of Wales when his mother Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne.
  2. Charles served in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force after graduation from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
  3. He married Princess Diana in 1981 who became known as the Princess of Wales. The couple had two sons: Prince William and Prince Harry. His controversial marriage to Diana became public and played out in the media, and he later revealed that he was never in love with Diana but was forced to marry. During the marriage, he had an affair with Camilla Bowles and the two later married after his relationship with Diana went awry.
  4. Charles has five grandchildren who stand in line to the throne.
  5. He embraces special projects of interest like farming, climate change, art and environmental conservation.
  6. He wrote the book, “The Old Man of Lochnagar” in 1980, which has since been adapted into an animated film, ballet and music.
  7. Prince Charles is known to express his personal opinions, veering into politics, unlike his mother who steered clear of expressing her political opinions.
  8. He believes in sustainable living. “I can’t bear waste, including food waste. I’d much rather find another use. Which is why I’ve been going on for so long about the need for a circular economy, rather than a linear one where you just make, take and throw away which is a tragedy because inevitably we over-exploit natural resources that are rapidly depleting.”
  9. He launched a sustainable fashion line in partnership with YOOX NET-A-PORTER to promote highend textile skills among young craftsmen. He said, “I have always believed in the ‘Buy once, buy well philosophy, so the  more I wear them, the more sustainable I hope I become.”
  10. Charles now reigns as head of state of the UK and 14 countries including the Bahamas, Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, St Christopher and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, New Zealand, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. He is also head of the Commonwealth, which is an association of 56 independent countries.
    Photo credit: Nadav Kander

What Happens After Queen Elizabeth Dies: Operation London Bridge

Doctors express concern for Queen Elizabeth and placed her under supervision on Thursday. Fears grow that the 96-year-old may be in dire condition as the Royal Family rush to her side at Balmoral Castle.

Her reign could soon be over.

The Crown has been preparing for her death since the 1960s. It’s called Operation London Bridge.

Here’s what happens when she dies.

The Call

The Queen’s private secretary, Sir Edward Young will call Prime Minister Liz Truss and say “London Bridge is down.”

The Notifications

15 Countries where she is still head of state will be informed of her death including the Bahamas, Jamaica, New Zealand Australia, Canada, Papa New Guinea. Then 38 other countries still under the Commonwealth like Barbados, will receive the news.

Then a footman dressed in black will pin an official notice to the gates of Buckingham palace.

The Alarm

An alarm at BBC, to signal national emergencies will go off. And BBC’s logo, will change from red to black and all anchors will wear black suits and ties.

The Transition of Power

Flags will be lowered to half-mast, and Prince Charles, next in line to the throne, will unofficially become king. He will make his first speech as head of state on the evening of her death.

The day after her death, flags will be raised and at 11 in the morning, UK’s local time. Charles will officially become king and Camilla will become the queen.

He will then tour the U.K., making stops and attending services in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Preparations will be made at Westminster Hall for her funeral.

The Funeral

A procession will take place four days after her death—from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall. She will lie in state for four days, then be buried nine days after she dies.

Who’s Coming With Prince William and Kate to the Bahamas?

Royal tours are landmark events for Buckingham Palace, requiring the participation of many members of the royal family and their aids.

When Prince William and his wife Kate travel to the Bahamas on Thursday, after visiting Belize and Jamaica, they are bringing an entourage of 15 to the sunny isles.

The entourage will include private secretaries, a hairdresser, and the press team.

It is a momentous occasion for Queen Elizabeth II who is celebrating 70 years on the British throne and she has sent the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to act on her behalf as part of the festivities.

 

Some members of the entourage are seen exiting the plane in Belize on Saturday. They are accompanying William and Kate on their Caribbean tour to honor the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
In Belize, 45 British media personnel were also on board the plane. They were allowed to cover only four events of the trip while other events were close to the media.

In 2016 when William and Kate visited Canada with their children, each of the couple’s private secretaries went along: William’s private secretary Miguel Head and assistant private secretary Laura Baker, Kate’s private secretary Rebecca Deacon.

Others included tour secretary Kate Mager, an operations manager who helped with logistics such as loading luggage, hairdresser Amanda Cook-Tucker, stylist Natasha Archer, and babysitter Maria Borrallo.

Press Secretary Jason Knauf and three other press officers accompanied them on their trip. They ensured proper communications with both foreign and local media while managing the social media accounts.

2016 Royal Tour To Canada Of The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge – Whitehorse And Carcross, Yukon WHITEHORSE, CANADA – SEPTEMBER 27: Staff including the Duchess of Cambridge’s hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker (C) and PA and Stylist Natasha Archer (2nd R) arrive at Whitehorse Airport on September 27, 2016 in Whitehorse, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada.

On their trip to the Caribbean, the couple’s three children will stay behind at Kensington Palace with their babysitter.

Feature Image: Chris Jackson/ Getty Image

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

Queen Elizabeth is Still Alive Despite Rumours

Queen Elizabeth is still alive despite rumours that she died.

Posters falsely flooded social media, stating that the frail, 95-year-old “passed away” before she could attend the wedding of British Vogue Editor Edward Enniful.

Reputed British media have not confirmed the reports which would be the first news agencies to announce her death.

The Queen, who recently celebrated 70 years on her ascension to the throne and has suffered health challenges, contracted COVID-19 as announced by the Buckingham Palace on Sunday, and was suffering from “mild cold-like symptoms.”

It is not known if her condition worsened or improved.

She has since been relegated to light duties.

Her frailty deepened concerns that her reign is coming to an end.

She is believed to have contracted the virus from her son, 73-year-old Prince Charles who tested positive on Feb. 10. His wife, Camilla, also tested positive.

What Happens if the Queen Gets Too Sick?

When Buckingham Place announced that Queen Elizabeth11 contracted COVID-19, it startled many since she represents one of the most high profile figures to contract the virus.

The frail 95-year-old is at a higher risk of serious infection because of her age, placing a renewed attention on her health. This comes after two years of effort to prevent her from contracting the contagious infection.

While she is being monitored closely after experiencing “mild cold like symptoms,” Buckingham Palace says she is working on “light duties” at Windsor Castle.

Buckingham Palace says if the queen needs to suspend her official duties, two or more counselors of state can act on her behalf.

Who are these counselors?

These counselors include her husband Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince William and Prince Harry.

Royal experts say Prince Charles and Prince William are likely to take on some of the queen’s responsibilities.

This does not apply to her deceased husband, Prince Philip who died last year.

Prince Andrew is highly unlikely, since has garnered negative attention to the royal family after he was stripped of public duties following a sexual assault lawsuit, which he settled.

And Prince Harry has since left  Britain for California, with reports of bad blood between he and the royal family.

It also comes in her Platinum Jubilee year marking 70 years on the throne.

She will be 96-years-old in April.

GG Extends Condolences to Buckingham Palace in Prince Philip’s Passing

Governor-General C.A Smith expressed his condolences on the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who died early Friday morning at the age of 99-years-old.

“I have conveyed the condolences of the government and people of The Bahamas to Buckingham Palace. Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty and the Royal Family at this time.”

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip Receive the Covid-19 Vaccine - The New York  Times
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in November, when they celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary.Credit…Chris Jackson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Why it matters

Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth, has recently undergone a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition and was discharged last month from the King Edward VII Hospital where he was admitted in February.

The big picture

In his older age, Prince Philip suffered a number of health complications.

His recent bout came amid a royal turmoil by a tell-all interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in an Oprah Winfrey dialogue.

The royal couple disclosed the difficulties of royal life while suggesting racism in the traditional royal family.

Driving the news

Prince Philip will not receive a state funeral but will lie at Windsor Castle until the funeral at St George’s Chapel.

The public has been asked not to attend due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A funeral date has not yet been released.