Britain has been in mourning since Thursday, September 8, 2022. On that day, Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96, ending her record-breaking 70-year reign. For the record, the eldest daughter of King Georges VI ascended the throne when her father died in 1952, when she was only 25 years old. Having become a true popular icon in the hearts of the British over the years, the Queen of England celebrated her Platinum Jubilee just a few months ago. While her husband, Prince Philipp, passed away in April 2021, Elizabeth II will soon rest in peace by his side.
The death of the Queen of England obviously caused several upheavals within the British royal family, whose members all went to her bedside near Balmoral in Scotland. After having waited all his life, Prince Charles was finally crowned King of England at the age of 73, thus making him the oldest monarch to accede to the throne. From now on, the eldest son of the late Queen Elizabeth II will reign over the United Kingdom as Charles III. At the same time, the children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially entered the British royal family, following the disappearance of their great-grandmother.
LIVE | Finally, Meghan does not accompany Harry to Balmoral at the bedside of Elizabeth II➡️ https://t.co/ca2waQqJ6v pic.twitter.com/8eKHQFtu0a
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Death of Elizabeth II: the coronation of King Charles III makes the children of Meghan and Harry a prince and a princess
Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and his little sister Lilibet ‘Lili’ Mountbatten-Windsor can now use the titles Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. As children of a sovereign’s son, they are therefore automatically part of the British royal family, according to the rules established by King George V in 1917. As a reminder, Meghan Markle had said, during her interview with the American host Oprah Winfrey, that the British royal family had banned her son Archie from using the title of prince. She also accused Buckingham Palace during the same interview of not having protected her child by denying him 24/7 security.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex © Agency