Prince William takes on crucial new role in Wales

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A sense of normalcy slowly returned to the monarchy this week as the royals ended their long period of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

And at the same time, a new era began for the new Prince and Princess of Wales.

William and Catherine visited Wales this week for the first time since the Queen’s death, a major inaugural trip they hope will likely set the tone for their new roles.

There was a lot of appreciation for the couple. Crowds gathered to cheer on their arrival in Angelsey and Swansea, where the royals greeted well-wishers and visited local charities.

“Today’s visit is history. We were supposed to be here,” Rebecca Crompton, whose son gave Kate a bouquet of flowers, told PA Media. “Actually, we were on our way to school when I changed my mind and decided to bring her here for a one-time opportunity.”

But as they rise through the ranks, William and Kate will mark their own careers as Welshmen, as prince and princess of a nation that is generally supportive of monarchy and unity but stands apart from the rest of Britain.

Their success on paper will be of vital importance to the monarchy, which will be keen to keep a firm foothold across the UK on the issue of independence in Scotland and, increasingly, in Wales.

CNN understands that, although the Queen gave then-Prince Charles a grand investiture ceremony when he became Prince of Wales in 1969, there are no plans for an investiture for William.

Charles’ investiture at Caernarfon Castle was met with protests by Welsh nationalists who opposed the new Prince of Wales. The title has traditionally been given to the heir to the throne since the 1300s, shortly after the English crown annexed Wales, which borders the west of England. The two nations have generally had a close legal and political relationship, but nationalist opposition to English rule has always been present.

Instead of an investiture, William and Kate will focus on deepening the trust and respect of the people of Wales over time, and will return to the nation before Christmas, CNN understands.

This process apparently includes language learning. The Reverend Steven Bunting, who welcomed the couple at St Thomas’ Church in Swansea on Tuesday, told PA Media: “The Prince of Wales was also talking about learning Welsh and said he had learned the word ‘paned’ which means cup of tea and ‘bara brith ‘, traditional tea bread.

“I think the Prince of Wales is taking it very, very seriously,” Bunting said.

William follows in his father’s footsteps, having studied Welsh at Aberystwyth University. The traditional language has had a renaissance in recent years, particularly driven by young speakers, another symbol of the nation’s diverse culture.

Support for independence is also growing among Wales’ three million people, research has shown, and the region’s top politicians have long pushed for political devolution and increased decision-making powers.

And while nationalism doesn’t always go hand in hand with republicanism, there are signs that William and Kate will have to deal with it too.

A number of anti-monarchy protesters made their voices heard during Charles’ first visit as king to Cardiff earlier this month, with one confronting him about the public taxes that fund the monarchy. Meanwhile, an online petition to drop the Prince of Wales title “out of respect for Wales” has gathered more than 35,000 signatures in three weeks.

Prince Charles at his investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969.

Keeping the nation of the United Kingdom together is a growing priority for Britain’s main political parties, and the monarch has a key role to play.

The Queen’s deep ties to Scotland were often raised as a symbol of Anglo-Scottish closeness when the issue of the independence vote arose. The monarchy and Downing Street hope they can maintain a relationship similar to that of William and Kate in Wales.

In many ways, this is a position for which the couple is well prepared. William and Kate lived on the picturesque Welsh island of Anglesey before their first child George was born, allowing them to enjoy a relatively normal life away from the glare of the paparazzi.

The prince rented a cottage there and took himself to work and socialize with his friends in the Royal Air Force, while Kate was seen shopping at the local supermarket, CNN reported in 2011. Their presence generally did not trouble or excite him. the natives, who were quite flattered with their royal neighbours.

But in their new roles, and with William now heir to the throne, things will be very different, and any visit to Wales will take on a special significance.

The Queen died of old age, the death certificate confirms.

Queen Elizabeth II’s cause of death is listed as old age in her death certificate released on Thursday.

Elizabeth died at 3:10 p.m. local time (10:10 a.m. ET) on Thursday, Sept. 8, at Balmoral Castle, the document said. He was 96 years old.

His death was announced by Buckingham Palace just over three hours later.

The Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, signed her death certificate. Anne accompanied her mother’s coffin on all its journeys through Scotland and London until she was buried at Windsor Castle.

Death certificate of Queen Elizabeth II

National Records of Scotland

New coins with the image of King Carlos III have appeared.

London’s Royal Mint has unveiled the first British coins depicting the new king.

He displayed a special £5 coin and a 50 pence piece, showing Charles’ profile. According to tradition, he faces the opposite direction of the previous monarch, and as a male monarch, he is not wearing a crown.

British rulers have been depicted on coins for over 1,100 years, beginning with Alfred the Great in the 9th century. century, according to the Royal Mint.

The Queen’s profile has been in British public life for the past seven decades, but the visual identity of Charles III’s reign has begun to come together in the past week, and the coins are just one part of it.

On Monday, the new royal figure was presented. The image is used on letterheads, British government buildings, state documents and mailboxes, and replaces Elizabeth’s E II R symbol.

And on Tuesday, Royal Mail announced that Charles’ image will appear on its “everyday” stamps.

“Royal Mail will reveal the final image and timings of the new stamps and the image and timings of the new silhouette in due course,” the postal service said in a press release.

King Charles has the opposite direction of the queen, according to tradition.

Royal supporters line up in Windsor to see the Queen’s final resting place.

Perhaps the most enduring symbol of Britain’s response to the Queen’s death was ‘The Queue’: a mile-long line of mourners along London’s River Thames, desperate to pay their respects to the monarch as she lay in state.

But Britain’s notorious penchant for queuing didn’t end there. After Elizabeth II’s tomb last Monday, a more modest line has formed, this time at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, taken up by people who want to visit her tomb.

The castle grounds were opened to the public on Thursday for the first time since the Queen’s death. “The castle feels empty, gloomy. Nobody lives there,” the first person in line – Anne Daley, 65, from Cardiff, Wales – told PA Media. “You know, you’ve lost the Queen, you’ve lost the Duke, the corgis.”

“It’s like when you sell your house and all the history is gone,” he said.

The line to enter the castle ran through and beyond the grounds of the building, the PA reported.

An engraved ledger bearing the name of the late King and Queen was placed in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, in the main chapel annexe, following a private service attended by his family.

The slab is hand-carved from black Belgian marble and features brass letters that read her parents’ names (King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) followed by the Queen’s name and that of her husband, Prince Philip. A garter star separates the two royal couples, and the years of birth and death are written next to each name.

Record stone in the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

Postcards from kings around the world.

A rift has emerged in Denmark’s royal family following Queen Margrethe’s decision to strip four of her eight grandchildren of royal titles to “future-proof” the monarchy.

The 82-year-old monarch, who celebrated half a century on the throne this year, announced on Thursday that from next year the children of her youngest son, Prince Joachim, will no longer be known as prince and princess.

The reason for the move, according to an announcement by the Danish royal house, is to allow the royals to lead a more normal life; other royal families are also following similar decisions to slim down their monarchies.

The announcement explained: “The Queen’s decision is in line with similar adjustments that other royal households have made in various ways in recent years.”

In a phone interview with CNN, Helle von Wildenrath Løvgreen, press secretary to Joachim’s ex-wife Countess Alexandra, said the countess was “very sad and shocked” that two of her children will lose their titles, along with her children. ex husband.

“Now he can’t believe why and why, because there is no good reason. One day they would lose their titles when they got married. His sons are young men, so maybe they can get married in the near future, so why not wait until that day for the titles to disappear one happy day?

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Queen Margrethe of Denmark.