The British Embassy opens a book of condolences after the death of Queen Elizabeth II | New
The condolence book opened during business hours on Friday, and will be open again Monday, September 12 through Wednesday, September 14, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Estonian time, at the British Embassy building, Wismari 6, Tallinn.
An online condolence book is also open, here.
Queen Elizabeth II died Thursday, aged 96, after 70 years and 214 days on the throne, the longest reign of any British monarch.
This year was also the year of its platinum jubilee. The Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died in April last year.
The late Queen visited Estonia in 2006, while the then Prince of Wales visited in 2001. The Queen’s other three children have also visited Estonia in an official capacity in recent years, as have one of his grandchildren, Prince Harry.
Since the succession of British monarchs has no interregnum, the heir to the throne became King Charles III, automatically upon his death.
Charles’ proclamation as king takes place at St. James’s Palace in London on Saturday and is highly unlikely to be challenged, although the new king’s coronation oath may take on different wording than his mother’s. which it lent on June 2, 1953, including with regard to its religious component.
Charles’ coronation ceremony is expected to follow next year.
The two previous monarchs with the same first name were father and son and reigned in the 17th century, at a time of great upheaval, and showed a tendency towards absolutism. The current form of the British monarchy that emerged during the Glorious Revolution of 1688-1689 as much as anything that grew out of those earlier events.
An 18th-century pretender to the throne was also called Charles, whose claims to the crown also dated from the events of the previous century.
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