Written by Manjari Sachin Chitre | Edited by Paulomi Ghosh
Queen Elizabeth’s only daughter, Princess Anne, said in a statement Tuesday that she was lucky to share the final 24 hours of her “lovely mother’s life”. Often regarded as the hardest-working royal due to her career as an equestrian, Princess Anne travels with the Queen’s coffin to Scotland and back to London.
“I was fortunate enough to share the last 24 hours of my beloved mother’s life. It has been an honor and a privilege to be with him on his last journey. It has been both humbling and uplifting to see the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys,” the royal family tweeted quoting the princess.
The princess added that she was “grateful for the support and understanding extended to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the additional responsibilities of the monarch”.
On Sunday, Princess Anne traveled with Cortez on the six-hour drive from Balmoral to Edinburgh. Dressed in black in mourning, he cursed as eight soldiers carried the emperor’s coffin to the palace of Holyroodhouse. On Monday, she stood guard in a coffin with her siblings at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh and on Tuesday flew with the coffin from the Scottish capital to London.
Princess Anne has supported more than 300 charities, organizations and military regiments. She regularly tops the charts for having the most royal engagements.
Princess Anne’s new role with the passing of Queen Elizabeth II is not yet known – depending on whether King Charles III pursues a thin monarchy, AFP reported.
(with inputs from AFP)
The US on Tuesday expressed concern over restrictions on the media in Pakistan, citing the silencing of a television network backed by former prime minister Imran Khan. The network sympathizes with Khan, who was ousted in a parliamentary vote of no confidence in April and replaced with Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Authorities have also blocked online access to speeches by Khan, who calls for a political return.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday that September 19 would be a holiday so that federal workers could mourn the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral. Saskatchewan also would not recognize that day as a holiday. However, the Government of British Columbia said it would follow the lead of the federal government. Manitoba will close all non-essential government services and offices for the day, but schools and childcare facilities will remain open.
Ken Starr, who led the impeachment inquiry into President Bill Clinton for lying about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, died Tuesday. His family said in a statement that the star died in Houston, Texas, due to complications from the surgery. A former judge and conservative legal veteran, Starr was best known for leading the investigation that resulted in Clinton’s impeachment in December 1998 by the then Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
The United States is considering options for a sanctions package against China to prevent it from attacking Taiwan, according to sources familiar with the discussions, with the European Union coming under diplomatic pressure from Taipei. The sources gave no details on what was being considered but raised questions about the notion of sanctions on the world’s second-largest economy and the feasibility of one of the biggest links in the global supply chain.
According to a Pakistani media report on Tuesday, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has approached the Taliban establishment in Afghanistan to trace and arrest Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. The Pakistani side has written to the Taliban’s foreign ministry asking the authorities in Afghanistan to trace and arrest Azhar. It is not yet confirmed whether Azhar had migrated to Afghanistan before or after the Taliban came to power in Kabul in August 2021, the report said.