From The Queen of England to The Royal Family, this is your entertainment brief from last week’s biggest entertainment news.
King Charles Addresses the United Kingdom
On Friday, Sept. 9, King Charles officially addressed Great Britain and the surrounding commonwealths after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The new King began with a tribute to his mother, a picture of whom was placed on his desk beside him.
“I pay tribute to my mother’s memory, and I honor her life of service,” Charles said. “I know her death brings great sadness to so many of you, and I share that sense of loss, beyond measure, with you all.”
The King also swore his commitment to serving the country, something his mother did 70 years ago.
“As the Queen herself did with such unswerving devotion, I too now pledge myself, throughout the remaining time God grants me, to uphold the Constitutional principles at the heart of our nation,” Charles said.
While Charles’ son William was expected to become the new Prince of Wales, the King officially granted him the title on Friday, which is not automatic.
“With Catherine beside him, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginal to the center ground where vital help can be given,” Charles said.
The King also mentioned his son Harry, who currently lives in Canada with his wife, Meghan Markle.
“I want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas,” Charles said.
For the entirety of King Charles’ national address, click here.
Plans for the Queen’s Funeral Announced
On Saturday, Buckingham Palace announced plans for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
The funeral will be held Monday, Sept. 19 at Westminster Abbey in Central London. According to People, this will be the first time a monarch’s funeral has been held at this location since the 18th century.
Following the funeral proceedings, the Queen will be laid to rest at St. George’s Chapel where her parents and husband Prince Philip are buried.
According to the Royal Family Twitter Account, the Queen will lie-in-state at Westminster Hall for four days to allow the public to pay their respects prior to the funeral.
The Queen’s coffin spent the weekend sitting in the Ballroom of Balmoral Castle. From there, it will be transported to various locations, making its first stop in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Sunday afternoon.
The coffin will arrive at London late on Sept. 13. It will then be moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall for the lying-end state, which will end the morning of the funeral.
On Sept. 19, the coffin will begin a procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey where the Queen will be officially laid to rest.
Prince and Princess of Wales Reunite with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
William, Prince of Wales, and his wife, Kate Middleton, reunited with Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
The four appeared outside Windsor castle on Sept. 10, marking the first time the two couples have been photographed together in two years.
The four Royals walked along the gates of Windsor Castle, looking at the various flowers that had been placed outside by mourners.
William was even handed a stuffed Paddington Bear toy, referring to a sketch featuring the Queen and the character during Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee.
This reunion comes after years of reported tensions between the couples, especially after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped away from their roles as senior royals in 2020.
However, Harry has remained close with his relatives. He and Meghan went to see the Queen in April, where he reported she was in “great form and still had her sense of humor.”
This is William’s and Kate’s first public appearance after being titled Prince and Princess of Wales by their father, King Charles III, during the monarch’s address to the nation on Friday.
The Crown Pauses Filming in Honor of Queen Elizabeth II
The Netflix drama The Crown has paused production on season 6 in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.
The show’s creator, Peter Morgan, explained the reasoning behind the decision to halt production.
“The Crown is a love letter [to Queen Elizabeth],” Morgan said. “I have nothing to add for now, just silence and respect. I expect we will stop filming out of respect too.”
The Crown first premiered in 2016 on Netflix, documenting the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
The show’s fifth season is set to premiere in November, and is said to cover events through the 1990s, specifically focusing on 1992, which the Queen called an “annus horribilis” (horrible year).
According to Town and Country Magazine, season six is not expected to cover events through the present day, likely ending sometime in the 2000s.
The Netflix drama has had plans in place in case the British monarch were to die.
Stephen Daldry, the director of some earlier episodes, said if Queen Elizabeth were to die, the show would stop production for a “respectable period of time,” per Deadline.
“None of us know when the time will come, but it would be right and proper to show respect to the Queen. It would be a simple tribute and a mark of respect. She’s a global figure and it’s what we should do,” Daldry said in 2016.