After 12 days of solemn tributes to Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom returned to normality on Tuesday, with the end of national mourning and the return to reality of a country facing crisis and a changing monarchy.
The flags of the official buildings, at half-staff since the queen died on September 8 at the age of 96 at her Scottish residence in Balmoral, were flying high again.
For almost two weeks, London and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, were the scene of pompous ceremonies: from the proclamation of the new King Charles III to the solemn funeral procession that took the monarch to her final resting place in Windsor, where she was buried next to her parents and her husband.
Their traditional rituals and colorful medieval uniforms transported the country, and the world he watched hooked on television, to an almost unreal time.
But although the British royal family will remain in mourning for seven more days, the national mourning decreed by the government ended on Tuesday.
London undertook a gigantic clean-up operation after the “funeral of the century”, held in Westminster Abbey, and which brought together nearly a million people in the streets, according to police estimates.
Provisional data estimated on the other hand at “over 250,000” people “passed through Parliament”, Said the Minister of Culture, Michelle Donelan, to Sky News, referring to the burning chapel installed for five days in Westminster Hall, which saw heartfelt expressions of emotion and kilometric queues for entrance.
cost of living
After the end of the national mourning, the executive also resumes its activity.
Prime Minister Liz Truss, appointed by Isabel II just two days before his death, he traveled to New York on Monday night to participate in the General Assembly of the UNwhere he will reaffirm the unwavering British support for the Ukraine invaded by Russia.
“Your safety is our safety”, he told the Ukrainians in a statement, pledging to match or exceed by 2023 the 2.3 million pounds ($2.6 million) in military aid promised to kyiv this year.
The new conservative leader, who succeeds the controversial Boris Johnson, will also have to find solutions to the pressing crisis that the United Kingdom is experiencing due to the cost of living.
Your Finance Minister, Kwasi Kwartengwill present this Friday an economic plan against the consequences of an inflation of 9.9% driven by energy prices.
A small note delivered while speaking in Parliament on 8 September informed Truss of the queen’s condition. He interrupted the session and left, minutes after announcing a freeze on gas and electricity prices for two years, the cost of which he did not specify.
Changes in the monarchy?
The heartfelt popular emotion for the disappearance of a monarch who after 70 years on the throne seemed almost eternal, put on hold for a few days a social discontent that is now returning.
A train drivers’ strike, postponed after the death of Isabel II, it will resume next week, threatening to plunge the country into chaos from October 1-5.
In addition, many are wondering about the cost of the grandiose state funeral that brought together hundreds of world leaders in London, from US President Joe Biden to Emperor Naruhito of Japan, and other tributes.
“It was money well spent” Donelan simply said, without specifying a figure.
With the arrival to the throne of Carlos III, 73, less popular than his mother but determined to modernize the monarchy, changes in the institution and its finances are expected.
Months ago he had announced his intention to limit himself, his spouse and the princes of Wales – William and Catherine along with their three young children – a currently very large royal family, which multiplies spending and scandals.
No date yet, these and other modernizations will seek to reconquer some in a complex country, made up of four nations, three of which -Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales- saw the calls for independence driven by the death of Isabel II.