King Charles III Expresses His ‘Love For Harry And Meghan’

In this file photo, Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, leave at the end of the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London on June 3, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee celebrations

 

King Charles III on Friday expressed his “love for Harry and Meghan” in his first address to Britain and his Commonwealth realms.

“I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas,” the king said of his son and daughter-in-law, despite their rift with the royal family.

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UK Sporting Events Suspended After Queen Elizabeth II’s Death

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II stands on the Balcony of Buckingham Palace as the troops march past during the Queen’s Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour, as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee celebrations, in London on June 2, 2022.  (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP)

 

Sporting events in Britain scheduled for Friday, including Test cricket and European golf’s PGA Championship, have been cancelled as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

British horse racing chiefs also pressed the pause button as tributes poured in for the late British monarch from across the sporting world.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said Friday’s play between England and South Africa in the third Test at the Oval would not take place.

Thursday’s first day in London was washed out without a ball bowled. The three-match series is locked at 1-1.

“Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Friday’s play between England and South Africa Men at The Oval, along with all scheduled matches in the (women’s domestic) Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, will not take place,” said an ECB statement.

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Play at the PGA Championship at Wentworth, near London, was suspended on Thursday evening when news broke about the death of the 96-year-old monarch and it was later confirmed that there would be no play on Friday.

“Out of respect for Her Majesty and the Royal Family, play has been suspended at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club for the remainder of Thursday and flags at Wentworth Club will be lowered to half-mast,” a European Tour statement said.

“Furthermore, no play will take place at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday and the golf course and practice facilities will be closed.”

Manchester United’s home clash in the Europa League against Real Sociedad went ahead but a minute’s silence was held before kick-off and players wore black armbands.

The English Football League announced the postponement of Friday’s two scheduled matches, adding “a determination regarding the remainder of this weekend’s scheduled fixtures will be made following a review of the official mourning guidance”.

– Racing in mourning –

It was reported that a meeting of governing bodies across a range of sports has been scheduled for Friday morning, where officials will set out government guidance on the official 10-day period of mourning.

It is understood sports chiefs will be left to make their own judgements regarding the staging of events.

The British Horseracing Authority said the sport was in mourning for the queen, who showed an intense passion for racing throughout her life.

“Her Majesty has been one of the greatest and most influential supporters in the history of horse racing,” the BHA said.

“Her passion for racing and the race horse shone brightly throughout her life”.

The BHA’s statement added: “It is right, therefore, that all racing is suspended for today and tomorrow as we begin to grieve Her Majesty’s passing and remember her extraordinary life and contribution to our sport and our nation.”

Brazilian football great Pele was among huge numbers of sports stars who paid tribute to the queen.

“I have been a great admirer of Queen Elizabeth II since the first time I saw her in person, in 1968, when she came to Brazil to witness our love for football and experienced the magic of a packed Maracana,” he tweeted.

“Her deeds have marked generations. This legacy will last forever.”

– ‘Grievously missed’ –

Former England captain and current World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont tweeted: “Her Majesty The Queen will be remembered as a much-loved, visionary monarch, who cared deeply about all people under her reign, and was an avid supporter of sport and its power to unite communities.”

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said the queen had shown “exceptional leadership, grace, wisdom and fortitude”.

“I will never forget her total commitment to the success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Coe said.

“She has been a source of continuity and comfort, and she will be grievously missed by us all.”

The United States Tennis Association announced there would be “a moment of silence and a show photo montage” at the US Open on Thursday.

A message on Twitter from Wimbledon, where the queen previously served as a patron, read: “We wish to convey our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to The Royal Family on the sad passing of Her Majesty The Queen.”

North America’s National Hockey League (NHL) posted footage from the Queen’s ceremonial puck drop at a 2002 contest between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks.

Formula One CEO Stefano Domenicali said: “For more than seven decades she dedicated her life to public service with dignity and devotion and inspired so many around the world.”

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Key Moments In Queen Elizabeth II’s Reign

In this file photo taken on May 11, 2021, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sits on The Sovereign’s Throne in the House of Lords chamber during the State Opening of Parliament at the Houses of Parliament in London on May 11, 2021, which is taking place with a reduced capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP)

 

Here are some of the key moments defining the reign of Queen Elizabeth II who died on Thursday at 96:

1947: Commonwealth broadcast 

As heiress presumptive Princess Elizabeth made a broadcast from Cape Town on her 21st birthday in which she dedicated her life to the service of the Commonwealth.

It was to be the measure of her reign.

1952: Princess to Queen 

Her father king George VI died aged 56 on February 6, 1952, while Elizabeth was visiting Kenya with her husband, Prince Philip.

Aged 25, she flew back to Britain. Winston Churchill was her first prime minister and brought his experience to bear.

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1953: The Coronation 

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey in central London on June 2, 1953.

It was the first major televised international event and sales of sets surged as people gathered in their front rooms to watch the ceremony.

 1977: Silver Jubilee 

The queen toured Britain and the Commonwealth and reiterated her vows of service.

In Britain, street parties were held, bunting was hung out and tables put in the streets.

The celebration was a ray of light in a period of economic gloom, industrial decline and a series of industrial disputes.

1992: ‘Annus horribilis’ 

The lowest point of the queen’s reign: her eldest son Prince Charles separated from his wife, Diana, following a tell-all book.

At the same time, her second son Prince Andrew also separated from his wife, and her only daughter Princess Anne divorced her husband, while Windsor Castle was seriously damaged by fire.

She called it the “annus horribilis”.

1997: Death of Diana 

Diana’s death rocked the royal family to its core.

The queen was heavily criticised for keeping the family mourning privately in the Scottish Highlands — a move designed to shelter Diana’s young sons — rather than decamping to London.

Under public pressure and accusations that she was out of touch, she made a rare live address to the nation from Buckingham Palace.

 2002: Golden Jubilee 

The celebration allowed Britons to show their support for the monarchy again following the turbulent 1990s and the death of the queen’s mother, also called queen Elizabeth, and sister, princess Margaret, earlier in the year.

Street parties were back and a concert at Buckingham Palace was crowned by Queen guitarist Brian May playing the national anthem on the roof as a million people lined The Mall to join in the party.

2011: Ireland State visit 

The highly-charged visit was the first by a British monarch to the Republic of Ireland since it won independence in 1922.

Seen as the last piece in the jigsaw of peace in Northern Ireland, the visit required the republic’s biggest-ever security operation.

However, through some highly symbolic gestures — including speaking in Irish — she melted away enough post-colonial angst to permit a walkabout.

2012: Olympics and Diamond Jubilee 

Queen Elizabeth toured every region of Britain ahead of the four-day party in June to mark the jubilee, while other royals made visits across the Commonwealth.

Celebrations included a river pageant, beacons lit across the land, street parties and a service of thanksgiving.

The monarch followed up with a starring role at the London Olympics, appearing alongside James Bond actor Daniel Craig at the opening ceremony.

2021: Coronavirus and health fears 

The queen was forced into self-isolation at Windsor Castle when the coronavirus pandemic struck in 2020, but that did not stop her carrying out engagements online.

Royal receptions were replaced by virtual appearances with everyone from ambassadors to members of the public.

Prince Philip died in April, 2021, with his funeral held under coronavirus restrictions.

As curbs were eased, the queen resumed her public role, notably hosting G7 leaders in Cornwall in June 2021 and having US President Joe Biden for tea at Windsor.

But fears grew for her health after it was revealed she spent a night in hospital following unspecified tests in October 2021, forcing her to cancel a series of engagements.

2022: Platinum Jubilee and Covid 

The queen became the first British monarch to reign for 70 years on February 6, 2022, but the Platinum Jubilee year got off to an inauspicious start.

Andrew settled his US civil case for sexual assault for an undisclosed sum while a police probe was launched into claims of “cash for honours” against one of Charles’ charities.

She then tested positive for Covid-19 on February 20, 2022, after resuming in-person audiences, where she complained to one attendee of mobility issues.

She was seen twice at four days of public celebrations for the jubilee and in September appointed her 15th prime minister, Liz Truss at Balmoral.

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