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Top Updates on Queen Elizabeth II Funeral: Charles to be formally proclaimed as King today

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Top Updates on Queen Elizabeth II Funeral: Charles to be formally proclaimed as King today
Queen Elizabeth II Death Live Updates :Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Longest-Reigning Monarch, Dies at Age 96 (Image Source: AP)

Queen Elizabeth II Dies, Britain Queen Elizabeth death Latest News Live: Britain’s longest-serving monarch Queen Elizabeth died at her Scotland home in Balmoral on Thursday. Britain’s figurehead for over seven decades was 96. Her last public appearance was on Tuesday, September 6, when she welcomed the United Kingdom’s new prime minister Liz Truss to her home. In a somber statement, Buckingham Palace said that the Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral castle. Reports suggest that almost all of the British royalty including her son Prince Charles, heir apparent, were by her side in the last hour.

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All parliamentary meetings and business have reportedly been postponed for the next 10 days. King Charles III will address the UK today. According to a PTI report, an Accession Council will proclaim King Charles as the new sovereign, which will be read at St. James’s Palace and the Royal Exchange in London.

Following the Queen’s death on Thursday, her eldest son Charles became monarch of the United Kingdom and the head of state of 14 other realms including Australia, New Zealand, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

WHAT LIES AHEAD?

Since the Queen breathed her last at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, her body will be carried to London by a royal train. the whole process is being dubbed as ‘Operation Unicorn’. ‘Operation Lion’ refers to the Queen’s coffin being transferred from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster via a ceremonial route through London, reported PTI. The coffin is expected to lie in state where thousands of people are expected to arrive and pay their respects. The State Funeral is expected at Westminster Abbey in London.

No official details have been released about what will happen over the coming days, but it is anticipated that the Queen will be given a full state funeral, as is traditional to mark the death of a monarch.

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ORDER OF SUCCESSION:

As Prince Charles becomes king, the order of succession, as per an AP report, for Britain’s monarchy would be as follows:

  1. Prince William, the eldest son of Charles and the late Princess Diana. He is married to Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. Their three children follow him in the line of succession.
  2. Prince George of Cambridge, born in July 2013.
  3. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, born in May 2015.
  4. Prince Louis of Cambridge, born in April 2018.
  5. Prince Harry, the younger son of Charles and Diana.
  6. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, born to Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in May 2019.
  7. Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, born in June 2021.
  8. Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s second-eldest son.
  9. Princess Beatrice, elder daughter of Andrew and his former wife, Sarah Ferguson.
  10. Sienna Elizabeth, daughter of Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, born in September 2021.
  11. Princess Eugenie, Andrew and Ferguson’s younger daughter.
  12. August Brooksbank, born to Eugenie and James Brooksbank in Feb. 2021.
  13. Prince Edward, the queen and Philip’s youngest child.
  14. James, Viscount Severn, the younger child of Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
  15. Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, Edward and Sophie’s daughter.

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(With Agency Inputs)

As the world mourns the demise of the longest-serving monarch, here are the latest statements, reactions, related news, and live updates from Britain, Buckingham Palace, and around the globe:

Live Updates

Queen Elizabeth II dies, live updates from Buckingham Palace. More news on Queen Elizabeth’s funeral follows:

00:31 (IST) 10 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: King Charles III’s maiden address

Sitting next to a photograph of his mother and wearing a black suit and tie, King Charles III said the “affection, admiration and respect” the Queen inspired “became the hallmark of her reign”. “I pay tribute to my mother's memory, and I honour her life of service. I know that her death brings sadness to so many, and I share that sense of loss beyond measure with you all,” he said. – PTI

23:13 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: King Charles III address nation from Buckingham Place

King Charles III is addressing the nation for the first time. He began his address by paying tributes to his late mother Queen Elizabeth II and said that it was a 'life well lived.'

21:32 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Everybody got the Queen’s attention, says Archbishop of Canterbury

The Queen could make anyone she met feel like they were the only person in the room, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said, as he praised the late monarch's unflinching devotion to public service, according to a media report on Friday. “There were hundreds of events every year which she attended. She was the one – and again it runs in the family, I've seen His Majesty do the same thing – who could go into a room full of people or walk down a crowded street, and everyone she spoke to felt that they were the only person there,” the Church of England leader told the BBC. – PTI

20:42 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Royal Standard flies over Buckingham Palace, again

King Charles is back in London and the Royal Standard flying over Buckingham Palace confirms his residence. The Royal Standard is flown when the sovereign is in residence in one of the palaces. It is never flown half-mast. Even after the Queen's demise, the Royal Standard was not flown half-mast. Instead, the Union Jack was flown half-mast. Now that the King has entered the Palace, the Royal Stanard is flying once again.

20:24 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Period of mourning

Buckingham Palace said there would be a period of mourning to be observed by members of the family and the royal household until a week after the funeral, the date of which has not yet been confirmed but is expected in about 10 days time. – Reuters

19:43 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: King Charles greets well-wishers outside Buckingham Palace

Britain's King Charles shook hands with dozens of members of the public outside Buckingham Palace on Friday, as emotional well-wishers snapped pictures and greeted the new monarch following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth on Thursday. Reuters

19:20 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Top Kerala officials share fond memories of British Queen’s Kochi visit

Kerala Chief Secretary V P Joy was Ernakulam district collector when Queen Elizabeth II visited Kochi 25 years ago and the top bureaucrat recalled that she was very enthusiastic to know about two things — the culture and history of the port city and the life of its people. – PTI

18:43 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Charles’ succession stirs Caribbean calls for reparations, removal of monarch as head of state

The accession of King Charles to the British throne has stirred renewed calls from politicians and activists for former colonies in the Caribbean to remove the monarch as their head of state and for Britain to pay slavery reparations. Charles succeeds his mother, Queen Elizabeth, who ruled for 70 years and died on Thursday afternoon.

The prime minister of Jamaica said his country would mourn Elizabeth, and his counterpart in Antigua and Barbuda ordered flags to half-staff until the day of her burial. But in some quarters there are doubts about the role a distant monarch should play in the 21st century – Reuters

18:41 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Burberry cancels runway show following the death of Queen Elizabeth

British luxury brand Burberry said it had cancelled its spring-summer 2023 runway show on Sept. 17 following the death of Queen Elizabeth. Burberry's runway shows are a highlight of London fashion Week. – Reuters

18:38 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: All soccer fixtures in England postponed to mourn Queen, rugby to go ahead

All soccer fixtures in England between Sept. 9-11 were postponed by the country's Football Association (FA) on Friday as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth but rugby matches scheduled for the weekend will go ahead as planned. – Reuters

18:28 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: King Charles arrives at airbase near London

Britain's King Charles arrived at a military base near London on Friday, having flown back from Scotland to address the nation following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth a day earlier. Charles, wearing a dark suit and black tie, and his wife Camilla were met at the steps of the plane by an official royal car. – Reuters

18:01 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Tributes outside Buckingham Palace

People from all walks of life are gathering outside the Buckingham Place and placing flowers and beautiful notes as part of tributes for their beloved Queen. 'Queen of our hearts,' read one of the notes.

17:31 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: All eyes on King Charles III

The plane carrying King Charles III has taken off for London. A BBC report says that there is immense global interest in the new King. The BBC says that over 1 lakh people are believed to be monitoring the flight path of the King's plane. The data was basd on the current stats of flightradar.com, a site that tracks all planes in the air around the globe.

17:22 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: British PM on King Charles III

Liz Truss, the newly appointed British PM, addressed the House of Commons today. In her address, Truss said that even though the new King is mourning, his sense of duty is very clear.

16:50 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Floral bouquets outside Buckingham palace

Mourners pays respect at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

16:41 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: UK top lawyers’ royal titles change after Queen’s death

More than 2,400 top lawyers in the UK have seen their official titles change after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. They are the country's top lawyers who carry the words “Queen's Counsel” after their names in recognition of their expertise – an honour created by the Queen's namesake, Elizabeth I, the BBC reported. As soon as the former Prince of Wales became King Charles III, all of them became “King's Counsel”. This is just one of the many symbolic changes to British public life and society that have now begun. (PTI)

16:32 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: King Charles leaves Balmoral Castle

Britain's King Charles has left Balmoral Castle where he and other members of the Royal Family had gathered following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth, reported Reuters. A Reuters photograph showed the 73-year old monarch in the back seat of a grey car, with his wife, and now the Queen Consort, Camilla at the front sitting beside the driver. Both of them were photographed wearing black.

16:26 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Mourners outside Buckingham Palace

A mourners is overcome with emotion as he pays his respect at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

16:24 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: People captured mourning outside Buckingham Palace

A mourners is overcome with emotion as he pays his respect at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

16:16 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: King Charles to meet UK PM Truss mid-afternoon – PM’s spokesman

As per a Reuters report, King Charles will meet British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Friday afternoon, Truss's spokesman told reporters.

16:09 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Italian govt condoles Queen’s death
Delhi| Condolences of Italian government on passing away of Queen Elizabeth. She gave great contribution to world affairs & to institutions&democracy in UK & Commonwealth. It'll be an important legacy not only for UK but entire world: Italian Ambassador to India, Vincenzo De Luca pic.twitter.com/thrScCOvk8— ANI (@ANI) September 9, 2022
15:57 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: View outside Buckingham Palace
LIVE: A view of Buckingham Palace after the death of Queen Elizabeth https://t.co/I0T32lxMQI— Reuters (@Reuters) September 9, 2022
15:49 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Craftsman working on commemorative statuette

Genny Di Virgilio, craftsman of San Gregorio Armeno, Naples, Italy, works on a commemorative statuette for the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. (Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse via AP)

15:45 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: United Kingdom declares period of national mourning for Queen

A 'National mourning guidance' has been published by the British Government which declared the start of a period of national mourning for Queen Elizabeth. The documents has guidance on flying flags, information on travel, business and public services. It also stated that the mourning will continue till the end day of the state funeral. (Reuters)

15:13 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Tourists gathered outside Buckingham Palace
Londoners and tourists gathered outside Buckingham Palace early to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II pic.twitter.com/1ktkWPqS35— Reuters (@Reuters) September 9, 2022
14:58 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Condolences from Saudi Arabia

The king and crown prince of Saudi Arabia have offered their condolences over the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. Statements carried early Friday in Saudi state media quoted King Salman as saying that Queen Elizabeth was “a model of leadership that will be immortalized in the history.” He added, “We recall with appreciation the efforts of the deceased in consolidating the friendship and cooperation relations between our two friendly countries, as well as the high international status that Her Majesty enjoyed throughout the decades during which she acceded to the throne of your friendly country.”

14:48 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Newspapers carry homage to the Queen

Newspapers devoted to the death of Queen Elizabeth II are seen in Manchester, England, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, died on Thursday Sept. 8 aged 96. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

14:25 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Govt India sets mourning date on Sept 11
Government of India has decided that there will be one day State Mourning on September 11 throughout India in the wake of demise of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II: Ministry of Home Affairs— ANI (@ANI) September 9, 2022
14:15 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Philippine President expresses greif

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr expressed his greif on Friday over the death of Britain's longest-serving monarch. He said that the Queen “exemplified to the world a true monarch's great dignity, commitment to duty, and devotion to all those in her realm.” “We, together with many Filipinos living and working in England, though not subjects of the Queen, have found ourselves having developed a great sense of affection for her as a Queen, as mother, and as a grandmother,” Marcos Jr. said in a statement posted on Facebook.

14:02 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live Updates on Queen’s death: Royal mourning to last until seven days after queen’s funeral

According to Reuters report, Britain's Royal Family will observe a period of mourning that ends on the seventh day after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, with flags at royal residences to remain at half mast. The report said that a royal gun salute will be fired in London at 1300 BST in Hyde Park, with one round fired for each year of the 96-year-old queen's life, Buckingham Palace said on Friday.

13:56 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: What will King Charles bring to the role of monarch?
For 70 years Britain's Queen Elizabeth had been on the throne. Now that the time has come for change, what will Charles bring to the role of monarch? @Reuters spoke to royal watchers before the Queen's death pic.twitter.com/vpQAIr5Hc8— Reuters (@Reuters) September 9, 2022
13:53 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: Outpouring of grief for Queen as state mourning begins

An official period of state mourning is underway in the UK on Friday, a day after Queen Elizabeth II died at her Balmoral Castle residence in Scotland, and there has been an outpouring of grief from members of the public who have been laying flowers at royal residences around the country. Crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace in London and also at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, with many in tears as they paid their personal tributes to Britain's longest-serving monarch who died aged 96 after a 70-year reign. “In 1953 Her Majesty defined our family of nations as one which 'bears no resemblance to the empires of the past'…Her Majesty's vision for the Commonwealth at the beginning of her reign has been fulfilled, fuelled by her dedication and commitment,” said Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth. – PTI

13:45 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: Mumbai Dabbawala Association expresses grief over Queen’s death
Mumbai Dabbawala Association has had a very close relationship with British Royal Family ever since Prince Charles visited India. We're very sad to hear about the death of Queen Elizabeth II & all Dabbawalas pray that her soul rest in peace: Subhash Talekar, Association Chairman pic.twitter.com/z767pNJ01K— ANI (@ANI) September 9, 2022
13:39 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: ‘Marudhanayagam’ probably only film shoot attended by Queen Elizabeth II, says Kamal Haasan

Top actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan on Friday condoled the death of Queen Elizabeth II and reminisced her visit to the sets of his unfinished venture 'Marudhanaygam,' during her visit here in 1997, reported PTI. She came to the sets very much aware of the dialogues to be delivered against the colonial rule, in the backdrop of which the movie is set to be based, and the late queen had the realisation that world and politics had changed, the veteran star said. “The dialogues we spoke were against the colonial rule. She came there despite knowing that…it shows she didn't come as a queen but as a mother, someone who realised politics has changed, the world has changed. I liked that,” Haasan said, reported PTI.

13:31 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: Australian republicans offer condolences for Queen but call for debate

Australian Greens Party leader, a prominent republican, took to Twitter and wrote, “Our thoughts are with her family and all who loved her. Now Australia must move forward.” He further added, “We need Treaty with First Nations people, and we need to become a Republic.”

13:18 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: Double rainbow appears over Buckingham palace

People gather outside Buckingham Palace in London as a double rainbow appears in the sky, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. Earlier, Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth II had been placed under medical supervision because doctors were “concerned for Her Majesty's health.” Members of the royal family traveled to Scotland to be with the 96-year-old monarch. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

13:09 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: Harry and Meghan’s children become Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet

Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, is reportedly now technically a prince following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. His younger sister, Lilibet “Lili” Mountbatten-Windsor, is also entitled to be a princess after the death and the accession of her grandfather Charles, the Prince of Wales, to the throne, The Guardian newspaper reported. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Harry and Meghan Markle will reportedly see no change in their Royal titles.

12:58 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: Mumbai dabbawala recalls breakfast with Queen Elizabeth

Mumbai's famed dabbawalas, who operate a globally renowned lunchbox delivery and return system that supplies hot lunches from homes and restaurants to people at work, are mourning the demise of the queen, who marked 70 years on the throne this year, and was the oldest and longest-reigning monarch in British history. Raghunath Medge, an office bearer of the Nutan Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Association, told PTI that he spoke to the Queen and had breakfast with her twice when he and Sopan Mare, another dabbawala from Mumbai, were special guests at the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles in April 2005. Medge said they undertook an eight-day visit to London for the royal wedding. “We had breakfast twice with Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family. She was very humble,” he said.

12:49 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: Britain’s national anthem will swap ‘King’ for ‘Queen’ as Charles takes the throne

Now that the Queen has peacefully breathed her last, Britain is expected to bring about a series of new changes. For example, the queen’s portrait appears on British money and postage stamps, and those will need new designs.

12:40 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: Queen’s promise to Britain
On her 21st birthday, the future Queen Elizabeth II made a promise to Britain and its Commonwealth nations on the radio: “My whole life, whether it be short or long, will be devoted to her service.” She fulfilled that vow throughout her life. https://t.co/VNL5LMkhuX— The Associated Press (@AP) September 9, 2022
12:36 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: Floral bouqets outside Balmoral castle
#watch | UK: Floral bouquets placed outside the premises of Balmoral castle as people mourn the demise of Britain's longest-serving monarch Queen Elizabeth II who passed away at the age of 96 yesterday(Source: Reuters) pic.twitter.com/2Fndfa9cdy— ANI (@ANI) September 9, 2022
12:09 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: People pay respects at the gates of Buckingham Palace

Flowers, flags, candles and messages are put at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

11:55 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: What Lies Ahead?

Since the Queen breathed her last at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, her body will be carried to London by a royal train. the whole process is being dubbed as 'Operation Unicorn'. 'Operation Lion' refers to the Queen's coffin being transferred from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster via a ceremonial route through London, reported PTI. The coffin is expected to lie in state where thousands of people are expected to arrive and pay their respects. The State Funeral is expected at Westminster Abbey in London. No official details have been released about what will happen over the coming days, but it is anticipated that the Queen will be given a full state funeral, as is traditional to mark the death of a monarch.

11:39 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: Old picture of Queen Elizabeth with John F. Kennedy surfaces

Queen Elizabeth II, center, walks with U.S. President John F. Kennedy, right, and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy, as they enter an ante-room in Buckingham Palace, London, June 5, 1961, before a dinner given by the Queen in honour of the visiting President and his wife. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and a rock of stability across much of a turbulent century, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, after 70 years on the throne. She was 96. (AP Photo, File)

11:29 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: Amarinder Singh condoles death of Queen Elizabeth II

Former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Friday took to Twitter and condoled the demise of Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch. “My heartfelt condolences to the people of England & the Royal family on the passing away of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Britain's longest reigning monarch, she has left behind a great and glorious legacy of dedication, humility and commitment. May she rest in peace,” Singh said.

11:20 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: Queen Elizabeth’s reign described as ‘golden age’
Some commentators describe Queen Elizabeth's reign as a 'golden age' reminiscent of her namesake 400 years ago. Others say her impact on Britain was less profound https://t.co/p45NDoEwLh pic.twitter.com/4jsEMC3U61— Reuters (@Reuters) September 9, 2022
11:17 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: King Charles to address UK today

Britain's King Charles will address a nation in mourning on Friday following the death of his mother and the country's figurehead, Queen Elizabeth, at the age of 96, reported Reuters. Charles reportedly rushed to be with his mother in her last moments at her Scottish home on Thursday. As per Reuters, Charles was due to travel back to London with his wife Camilla, now Queen Consort, before meeting the prime minister and making a televised statement.

11:11 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: Pakistan PM offers condolences

As per a Reuters report, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said, “Deeply grieved at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Pakistan joins the UK & other Commonwealth nations in mourning her death. My heartfelt condolences to the royal family, people & government of the UK.”

11:06 (IST) 9 Sep 2022
Live updates on Queen’s Death: Pope Francis pays tribute to the Queen’s ‘life of unstinting service’

“I willingly join all who mourn her loss in praying for the late Queen’s eternal rest, and in paying tribute to her life of unstinting service to the good of the Nation and the Commonwealth,” says Pope Francis, reported Reuters.