Will Liz Truss join King Charles III on UK mourning tour? Prime Minister’s role in proceedings explained
The new Conservative party leader and Prime Minister will play a role in the newly-comfirmed King Charles III’s tour of UK nations
The national period of mouring is now underway in the United Kingdom following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
A number of ceremonial events will take place in the country over the next week to allow the general public, as well as officials and family members, to mourn the death of the former monarch.
One such event will be a UK mourning tour led by King Charles III, in which the new sovereign will visit all four nations.
But is she due to take part in the UK mourning tour held by King Charles III?
Here’s everything you need to know.
Will Liz Truss take part in the UK mourning tour with King Charles III?
Ms Truss is due to join the King on the tour of the UK, a spokesman for the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The Prime Minister will visit Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland alongside the new monarch.
What will Liz Truss do during UK mourning tour?
In the statement given by the Prime Minister’s spokesman, it was confirmed that Ms Truss will attend sevices across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The spokesman said: “In terms of the prime minister’s involvement, she will join the King as he leads the national mourning across the United Kingdom, attending services of reflection in Scotland on Monday afternoon, in Northern Ireland on Tuesday, and Wales on Friday.”
The devovled leaders will be a part of the events, with reflection services taking place also.
In Edinburgh, the King will meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the Scottish Parliament to receive a motion of condolence before attending a service at St Giles’ Cathedral, where the Queen’s body is set to lie in state for 24 hours from Monday 12 September.
The King and Ms Truss will then travel to Belfast, where a motion of condolence will be received by the King at Hillsborough Castle. A service will be held at St. Anne’s Cathedral.
Finally, Ms Truss will join the King as he travels to Wales. He will receive a third motion of condolence from First Minister Mark Drakeford at the Welsh Parliament, before arriving at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff to attend the third service.
Ms Truss and the King will then travel back to England in prepartion for the Queen’s funeral on Monday 19 September.
When will the mourning tour take place?
The exact dates of the mourning tour are yet to be confirmed.
It will all depend on the timing of other key events in the mourning period.
King Charles III and Ms Truss would be expected to embark on the tour three days after the passing of the Queen, however there has been changes to the schedule already.
The Accession Council was expected to meet the day following the Queen’s death, as per Operation London Bridge.
However her death in Scotland changed original plans, and the council actually met two days after her passing, on Saturday (10 September).
The King is expected to remain at Buckingham Palace on Sunday (11 September) for a series of meetings and commitments.
Therefore, it is likely that King Charles III will set out on the tour from Monday 12 September until Friday 16 September.