Following the loss of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the entire globe is in grief. She laid down for days as Brits got the chance to say their final farewells, only days before her burial at Westminster Abbey on Monday.
King Charles assumes the throne, bringing in a number of significant reforms for the kingdom.
According to rumors, a decision has not yet been made over whether King Charles and Camilla, the Queen Consort, would relocate from Clarence House in London to Buckingham Palace.
However, it appears that the King has already made a number of other changes, one of which has devastated his servants.
Reports that during the Monday service for the Queen in Edinburgh, twelve members of the Clarence House staff received notification that they would be let go. It was referred to as “unsettling news” even by the King’s secretary.
Queen Elizabeth traveled for the last time. Her Majesty departed Balmoral for the last time on Sunday in an oak casket covered with the Royal Flag of Scotland and decorated with a large bouquet.
Death of Queen Elizabeth
The trip from Balmoral was the first of a number of activities leading up to her burial on September 19 at Westminster Abbey. After that, Her Majesty was carried to Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel, where she will be laid alongside her late husband, Prince Philip, who passed away last year.
The Queen’s casket arrived in Edinburgh on Sunday following a six-hour journey through the Scottish Highlands.
Soldiers carrying the casket to the throne room at Her Majesty’s formal Scottish residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, were dressed in kilts. People paid their respects as she lay in state at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.
King Charles, who assumed the throne on Saturday, participated in a quiet homage for the Queen earlier this week with his three brothers, creating a guard of honor around her casket.
The newly declared King, 73, praised his late mother during an emotional first speech to the country on Saturday.
King Charles III added a few emotional words for his wife of 17 years, Camilla, who will become Queen Consort: “Her commitment and devotion as Sovereign never wavered, through periods of change and growth, through moments of pleasure and celebration, and through times of pain and loss.”
“I am certain that she will bring the unwavering commitment to duty on which I have grown to rely so much to the rigors of her new post.”
“My beloved Mama,” said King Charles.
Additionally, Kate Middleton and Prince William, who follow Charles in the line of succession, have been granted formal new titles. The Prince and Princess of Wales will now be used to refer to them.
King Charles predicted that his new son and daughter-in-law, the Prince and Princess of Wales, “with Catherine alongside him, will continue to inspire and lead our national dialogues, helping to bring the peripheral to the centre ground where crucial support may be offered.”
Despite the sadness felt by the country and the Commonwealth, Charles said in his speech, people will always “remember and grow stronger from the brightness of her example.”
He continued, adding some sentimental comments for his mother:
King Charles stated, “To my lovely Mama, as you start your final big journey to join my loving late Papa, I only want to say this: thank you.” “We appreciate all that you have done over the years to show love and commitment to our family and the family of nations. May angelic flights lead you to your rest.
Tuesday, an aircraft flew Queen Elizabeth’s casket back to London. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets outside Buckingham Palace to bid their final farewells as the journey proceeded beside the A40 freeway.
The King’s Guard formed a guard of honor at the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace before the casket was brought inside to the sound of cheers from the crowd welcoming her home.
The procession and lying-in-state of Queen Elizabeth
On Tuesday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attended Buckingham Palace with the Royal Family. Their recent interactions with the Family have not been positive, but there is hope that as they all join in grieving her Majesty, they may put their differences aside and find common ground.
Following the commencement of a brief European trip, Prince Harry and Meghan have stayed in the UK.
According to reports, the body of Queen Elizabeth spent the night in the bow chamber of the palace. Then, her casket was transferred to Westminster Hall, where it was left to rest for four days.
As the Queen departed her official residence for the final time on Wednesday, the casket was brought from Buckingham Palace.
Tens of thousands of people honored her along the route to Westminster Hall, which passed via Queen’s Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square, and New Palace Yard.
The Queen’s coffin was carried across the capital on a gun carriage in a parade that, had been planned for decades.
The George Gun gun carriage was also used at the funerals of Her Majesty’s parents, Queen Mother and King George VI.
William and Harry followed the casket together. When their mother, Princess Diana, passed away, they acted exactly the same.
King Charles, together with the other royal children of the Queen, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne, followed William and Harry in accompanying the coffin. The Queen Consort, Kate Middleton, Sophie, and Meghan Markle were driving at the same time.
The funeral for Queen Elizabeth
The Queen’s lone daughter, Princess Anne, traveled with Her Majesty’s coffin from Edinburgh to London and was spotted following it to Westminster Hall.
In the following days, it is anticipated that hundreds of thousands of people would wish to bid the Queen their final farewell; Westminster Hall will be open every day of the week. However, because she is lying-in-state, not everyone in the line is going to get to meet the Queen.
The entrance at the rear of the line may be shut down early to give those already in line a chance to pass the Queen’s coffin.
The presence of major international leaders and other royal family members has been confirmed, however as of right now, not all funeral arrangements for the Queen have been made public.
That includes Anthony Albanese, the Prime Minister of Australia, Joe Biden and Jill Biden, the President and First Lady of the United States, and Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, and King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain are a few noteworthy royal couples.
King Charles’ staff received a dismissal notice.
Just a few days after Queen Elizabeth died, King Charles was formally proclaimed king. He will have many additional responsibilities, but regrettably, as he stated in his address, this will imply less philanthropic activity.
For almost 20 years, he and Camilla have resided in Clarence House. It is still unknown as of now if he and the Queen Consort would relocate to Buckingham Palace or stay in their current home.
However, many of the King’s staff members received a difficult message on Monday. Staff members apparently received a redundancy letter and were informed that they may lose their jobs during the church ceremony for the Queen.
Twelve employees of Clarence House have received notices of redundancy, when King Charles and the Queen Consort relocate their offices to Buckingham Palace.
Up to 100 staff, some of whom have worked there for decades, were informed that they would lose their employment at the King’s official house.
They were “worked round the clock” when they received the announcement to ensure that King Charles’ accession to the throne would be “smooth.”
Private secretaries, the communications group, home staff, and the financial office are a few of the several staff divisions.
“Everyone is really furious.”
Sir Clive Alderton, King Charles’s confidential secretary, wrote the letter.
The letter, warned that “the shift in our leaders’ roles would also mean change for our household.”
“The portfolio of work formerly carried out in this home in support of the former Prince of Wales’s private interests, former activities, and household operations will no longer be carried out, and the household at Clarence House will be closed down,” the letter reads. “As a result, it is projected that the need for positions primarily headquartered at Clarence House, whose work supports these sectors, would be reduced.”
“I understand that this is upsetting news and I wanted to let you know of the help that is now available,” the King’s private secretary continued.
Many employees apparently hope to continue working for King Charles in his new home.
Everyone, including the top team and private secretaries, is utterly furious. To prepare for this, every member of the crew has been working late every night since Thursday. It clearly shook people up, a source said.
According to Alderton, employees who supported Charles and Camilla in a “direct” and “close” manner won’t suffer the same fate as many other employees. Although a final decision has not yet been reached, laid-off employees will be given the opportunity to find new work in other royal houses.
Reportedly “furious” employees
In any event, the workers are not at all pleased about it, especially given the time of the letter’s distribution.
The email communication, according to loyal staff, was utterly “heartless” at a time when they were grieving for Queen Elizabeth.
According to an insider, “the crew is outraged. They receive these emails while they are working nonstop and under extreme stress. Tears, fury, and anger have all been present. They are driven to give their all because of their love for Charles and the Queen.
The source described the timing as “insensitive and unpleasant” to the publication.
“It is a little premature to be sending out redundancy letters when we haven’t even had the funeral for the Queen, as some of these individuals are in grief. They are in mourning. It lacks compassion.”
Employees will now be given “increased” redundancy packages, and no one will be let off for at least three months.
Union to support King Charles’ employees
The decision to announce layoffs during a time of sorrow was swiftly denounced by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).
Mark Serwotka, their general secretary, referred to the timing as “nothing short of heartless.”
The magnitude and speed with which this has been communicated, he said, “is cruel. While certain changes throughout the houses were to be expected, as duties across the Royal Family evolve.”
“Least of all because we don’t know what personnel the incoming Prince of Wales and his family could require.”
The PCS will “continue to engage with the Royal Households to ensure that those personnel have full job security,” Serwotka said in his last statement.
“We are dedicated to helping those colleagues throughout the estates of the larger Royal Family, whose futures are turned upside down by this announcement at this already trying time,” the statement continued.
Others, though, argue that the employees should have been aware of what was to come. Grant Harrold, who served as King Charles’ butler while he was the Prince of Wales, at least claims such to be the case.
Former butler to King Charles said it’s “not a shock.”
In an interview, he claimed that the workers must not have been at all surprised.
It won’t surprise the family, believe me, Harrold added. “When I joined, I was well aware that if the Queen dies, I would lose my job because the Prince of Wales was not my supervisor anymore.”
“The positive thing is, I know they will do everything they can to make sure that individuals are put into jobs where possible,” he said. “And, as I said, there will be people who want to retire or want a change of profession.”
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