A state of mourning has officially begun across the UK today following the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
Since the announcement of Queen Elizabeth’s passing, which marks the end to her historical seventy-year-long reign on the throne, several royal protocols have already taken place, including her son becoming King Charles III, a speech by newly-elected Prime Minister Liz Truss and tributes from leaders across the globe.
In the coming days her body will be moved from Balmoral to St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, before returning to Buckingham Palace.
But what will happen today?
Because the announcement came so late in the day, today, Friday September 9th, is considered as Operation ‘London Bridge’s’ D Day.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed this morning that a period of royal mourning is to be observed from now until seven days after the funeral. The date of the funeral will be confirmed in due course.
Their statement read:”Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, it is His Majesty The King’s wish that a period of royal mourning be observed from now until seven days after The Queen’s funeral.”
Five days after her death, the Queen’s coffin is expected to make the mile-long journey from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where her body will lie in state before the funeral.
It is expected to be announced that the Queen’s funeral day will become a public holiday in the form of a Day of National Mourning.
Although shops, offices and schools are likely to close, it will be up to individual organisations whether they still want to open or not. Supermarkets may choose to operate reduced bank holiday-style opening hours.
Today, the King and his Queen Consort Camilla will return to London from Balmoral, with the monarch due to hold his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss.
Truss and senior ministers will then attend a public service of remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral in central London later on today.
Throughout the course of Friday, it is believed that King Charles will meet the Earl Marshal – the Duke of Norfolk – who is in charge of the Queen’s funeral, to approve the carefully choreographed schedule for the coming days.
This evening, His Majesty is expected to address the nation in a televised speech, where he will pay tribute to his mother and pledge to serve as head of state.
Churches across the country have been urged to toll their bells, with the Church of England sending out guidance to parishes, chapels and cathedrals encouraging them to open for prayer or special services.
A gun salute will also take place in Hyde Park and the Tower of London from 1pm today.
The full list of events:
- A period of national mourning has begun today, and will be observed until seven days after Her Majesty’s funeral.
- Five days after her death, the Queen’s coffin will make the mile-long journey from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.
- King Charles and his Queen Consort Camilla will return to London from Balmoral today.
- His Majesty is expected to address the nation in a televised speech.
- Prime Minister Liz Truss and other senior ministers will attend a public service of remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral in central London today.
- King Charles will meet the Earl Marshal, who is in charge of the Queen’s funeral, to approve the schedule for the coming days.
Labour pledges to renationalise railways and hire thousands of doctors and nurses
The party’s shadow transport secretary said the conservative’s ‘disastrous rail system’ has ‘catastrophically failed us all’
The Labour party has pledged to bring the nation’s railways back into state ownership if it wins the next general election.
Speaking at the party’s annual conference in Liverpool today, Shadow Transport Secretary Louise Haigh said putting ‘failing private operators in the hands of the public’ would ‘improve services and lower fares’.
Haigh added that the government’s ‘disastrous rail system’ has ‘catastrophically failed us all’ and turned railways into a ‘cash machine for companies and foreign governments’.
She cited the recent Avanti West Coast disruption as an example, slamming it as ‘the worst performing operator in the country’ over its long delays and service disruptions.
During its conference, the party also promised a recruitment drive for thousands more NHS doctors, nurses and midwives by reversing the Conservative party’s abolition of the 45p tax rate for top earners.
The scrapping of the 45p tax rate – which is paid for by those who earn over £150,000 a year – has received huge backlash from both Labour and Conservative MPs, many of whom say the move is only set to benefit the wealthy.
Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves said the billions of pounds saved on reversing this cap would deliver ‘one of the biggest expansions of the NHS workforce in history’, instead of handing financial rewards to the UK’s top earners.
She announced that under Labour’s plan, the money saved would pay to double the number of district nurses qualifying every year, train 5,000 more health visitors, and create an extra 10,000 nursing and midwifery each year.
She also said that the number of medical school places would be doubled from 7,500 to 15,000 to ‘make sure that everyone who wants to train as a doctor in Britain can’.
Reeves said: “Our priority is not tax cuts for the wealthiest few – it is securing our public finances and investing in our public service.
“I can tell you: with a Labour government, those at the top will pay their fair share. The 45p top rate of income tax is coming back.”
Boy, 15, arrested after teenage boy stabbed to death outside school
He’s the second person to be arrested
A teenage boy has been arrested following the murder of a 15-year-old on Wednesday.
The suspect, also 15, was picked up by police after student Khayri McLean was stabbed to death in Huddersfield.
He has now been arrested in connection with the murder.
He’s the second person to be arrested as police investigate Khayri’s death outside his school.
West Yorkshire Police said: “Police investigating the murder of 15-year-old Khayri McLean in Huddersfield have arrested a second youth in connection with the incident.
“The 15-year-old male was arrested yesterday and is currently in custody. A 16-year-old male who was arrested yesterday also remains in custody.
“Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major enquiry team (HMET) are continuing to conduct enquiries into the death of Khayri, who died after being stabbed on Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, on Wednesday.”
Kwasi Kwarteng scraps cap on bankers’ bonuses in first mini-budget as Chancellor
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Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng gave his first mini-budget in the House of Commons this morning.
He began by discussing the government’s plan to support people with the cost of energy, including freezing domestic bills at £2,500 and giving out the £400 rebate.
There’s also unit price limits for companies.
Kwarteng said he believes the UK needs a ‘new approach for a new era’ to achieve growth of 2.5%, saying the three important parts of his mini-budget are reforming the economy’s supply side, tax cuts and a responsible approach when it comes to public finances.
As part of this, the Chancellor announced a new bill to overhaul planning restrictions, saying this will ‘unpick the complex patchwork of planning restrictions and EU-derived laws’.
He revealed that benefit claimants will see their benefits reduced if they do not fulfil their job searching commitments.
Kwarteng also confirmed that the cap on bankers’ bonuses will be scrapped, following reports that he would make this one of his first moves.
As well as that, the planned corporation tax increase has been cancelled, and will remain at 19%, with the Chancellor also setting out a series of tax cuts for businesses.
This includes tax cuts for businesses in designated tax sites for 10 years, accelerated tax reliefs for buildings, and no business rates to pay for newly occupied business residences.