On September 8, 2022, Buckingham Palace issued a two-sentence statement:

The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.

These few words expressed grief and consolation. After more than seventy years on the throne, Elizabeth II had died. Nevertheless, the royal standard still flew; Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla would, amid their grief, get to work.

On September 10, even though Charles had assumed the throne immediately upon the death of the late Queen, a council of leading figures of the realm, including privy counselors, great officers of state, and the Lord Mayor of London, met at St. James’s...


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