Princess Anne & King Charles: While she may remain daughter, he must be king


Writed by - Andy Gocker
  Princess Anne never leaves the Queen's side

When news of the British monarch's poor health broke out to the world, Princess Anne (72) and her brother Prince Charles – now he is King Charles III (73) - long at her mother's side, Queen Elizabeth II (†96). But just one day later it became apparent how different the future of the royal siblings would be.

Different ways of mourning the Queen

  Princess Anne and her husband Timothy Laurence and their children Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips
Princess Anne (left) tours Balmoral with her family and thanks those present for their condolences in the death of her mother Elizabeth. © dpa, Owen Humphreys, lvb pat

Suddenly the Queen has lost a lot. On Thursday (September 8), the royal family rushes to Scotland. At Balmoral Castle, the Regent is under medical observation. However, a number of circumstances, some of which are mysterious, are delaying the arrival of family members from Windsor and London respectively. When the 96-year-old finally 'peacefully' falls asleep, only her two oldest children, Charles and Anne, are with her .

Anne has been to Balmoral Castle before as she has appointments in the area, British media reports. Charles flew to his mother in a helicopter at short notice. While they were able to mourn as a family on the day of death, Charles had to return to London the very next day. Almost 24 hours after his mother's death, he has to give his first TV speech . Because with the death of the Queen, the 73-year-old immediately becomes the new king, his wife Camilla (75) to the new queen. Anne, on the other hand, stays in Scotland with her family.

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In the video: Here Charles is proclaimed the new king

  Here Charles becomes king

Princess Anne is allowed to mourn

  Princess Anne and Timothy Laurence are accompanying their late mother Elizabeth.
Princess Anne accepts the coffin with a curtsey at the side of her husband Timothy Laurence. © AP, Aaron Chown

Three days after the monarch's death (September 11), her body was buried transported in a coffin from Balmoral Castle to the Scottish capital Edinburgh . The convoy needs a little more than six hours to drive through Scottish towns – sometimes at walking speed. Crowds of people line the street to catch a last glimpse of the Queen's coffin from the glass first carriage of the column.

In the carriage behind is a sad looking daughter, Princess Anne, dressed all in black. She accompanies her mother to the royal residence, Holyrook Palace, in Edinburgh. It is also she who 'receives' her mother's coffin. The moment when she honors the deceased with a curtsy is touching. Her brothers are also there, by the way Prince Andrew (62) and Prince Edward (58).

Charles has no time to mourn

In his first TV speech, the new king dedicated loving words to his late mother. 'Thank you for your love,' Charles said. Of course, as a son, the death of his 'mummy' is also very important to him. As he drove to Buckingham Palace on the day of his proclamation as king, he had to fight back tears .

But Charles - unlike his sister and two younger brothers - doesn't have time to mourn just being a son. It has to work now. While his sister drives through Scotland in a convoy, Charles and the new Queen Camilla drive back to Buckingham Palace. The streets of London are lined with thousands of onlookers applauding their new head of state. Perhaps he too would rather be in Scotland with his grieving family. But he is now in the service of the Crown and embracing the new chapter - just as his mother Elizabeth did for 70 years. (vne)

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