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Formal Accession Of King Charles III Ushers In A New Royal Era; King Greets Mourners At Buckingham Palace, Meets With New U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss; The Commonwealth Memorializes Queen Elizabeth II; Department of Justice, Trump Lawyers Submit Special Master Proposals To Judge; Ukrainian Counteroffensive Keeps Up Momentum; Former British Prime Ministers Pay Tribute to Queen Elizabeth. Aired 12-1a ET

Aired September 10, 2022 - 00:00   ET




BECKY ANDERSON, CNN HOST (voice-over): Hello and welcome to our viewers all around the world. I'm Becky Anderson at Buckingham Palace. It is 5 am here in London at the dawn of a new era in British royal history with King Charles III to be formally proclaimed the new sovereign in the coming hours.

Bells pealed across the country at noon on Friday to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II. She died on Thursday at the age of 96. Although Charles automatically became king upon his mother's death. The title will be officially bestowed in a formal ceremony later this morning. CNN will carry that for you.

On Friday, the king briefly greeted mourners outside of Buckingham Palace. He then delivered his first address to the nation as monarch. Have a listen.


CHARLES III, KING OF ENGLAND: Wherever you may live in the United Kingdom or in the realms and territories across the world and whatever may be your background or beliefs, I shall endeavor to serve you with loyalty, respect and love, as I have throughout my life.


ANDERSON: Meanwhile, mourners continue expressing their condolences throughout the Commonwealth with growing volumes of flowers and personal messages.

Buckingham Palace has not yet released the date of the queen's funeral but King Charles indicated it would be within the next two weeks. U.S. President Joe Biden says he will be attending the funeral. Meanwhile, the grieving Commonwealth is slowly coming to terms with the new royal era. Let's start our coverage this hour with Max Foster.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In a pre-recorded address to the nation and the Commonwealth, King Charles III renewed the pledge made by his mother more than 75 years ago. Speaking for the first time as sovereign, Charles reached out to all religions and creeds.

He paid a glowing tribute to his wife, Camilla, and bestowed his former title, Prince of Wales, on his son, William, making Kate the Princess of Wales.

He expressed his love to Harry and Meghan.

Most powerfully and holding back tears, he addressed his mother directly.


CHARLES III, KING OF ENGLAND: To my darling Mama, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this. Thank you. Thank you, for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years.

May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.


FOSTER (voice-over): Throughout the day on Friday, bells tolled, flags lowered and guns saluted, paying respects to the life and the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II.

The U.K.'s newly appointed prime minister, Liz Truss, offered newly anointed King Charles the support of an unusually quiet and somber Parliament.

LIZ TRUSS, U.K. PRIME MINISTER: The crown endures. Our nation endures. And in that spirit, I say, God save the king.

FOSTER (voice-over): The king greeted well wishes outside Buckingham Palace to a chorus of the national anthem.


FOSTER (voice-over): He retired to Buckingham Palace where he held his first audience with the prime minister. And for the first time, the Royal Standard flew above in his name.


FOSTER (voice-over): The Accession Council will meet on Saturday to formally proclaim Charles as the new sovereign, having declared his loyalty to Parliament and the Church of England.

Whether the monarchy will emerge strengthened from the handover, it remains to be seen. But the initial signs appear positive -- Max Foster, CNN, Buckingham Palace, London. (END VIDEOTAPE)

ANDERSON: Nic Robertson is at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where the queen died peacefully on Thursday.

What can our viewers around the world expect in the days to come?

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC EDITOR: Today will be a big day. The Accession Council Max talked about will be televised for the first time ever. This is that process by which King Charles becomes officially King Charles.

It will be followed by a pronouncement, a statement that will be read out. The statement has not changed much over many centuries. That will be a important part of King Charles officially becoming King Charles.

He will meet with the head of the Church of England today, the Archbishop of Canterbury. There will be gun salutes from the four corners of the kingdom, from Edinburgh Castle here in Scotland, from Cardiff Castle in Wales, from Hillsborough (ph) Castle in Northern Ireland and guns will fire as well in Hyde Park in London. Symbolic but again remembering the queen.

Now the official accession to the throne of King Charles. The queen will be expected to leave over the coming days. Time and date still to be determined or announced publicly at least. She will travel to Edinburgh, where she will lie in rest in Holyroodhouse, the palace, which is the official residence of the monarch in Scotland.

There will be a service likely the day after at St. Giles' Cathedral before the queen's body is then moved to London to lie in state before the funeral. Big -- each day that comes, there are big events.

Today really it has to be the beginning of more of those official meetings for King Charles. The Accession Council carried on television for the first time ever.

ANDERSON: You are in Scotland outside Balmoral Castle.

Just how significant are the events that will be happening there?

ROBERTSON: Significant, of course, because it was a place that the queen cherished, that she enjoyed, at a time during her reign where Scottish nationalism grew to a point. There was a independence referendum back in 2014. It was defeated; 55 percent of the population voted to remain part of the United Kingdom.

But there is a renewed challenge from the Scottish National Party, which is the largest party in Scotland, has most of their MPs at Westminster from Scottish constituents. They have had a resurgence, a growing surge in popularity over the past couple of years.

Significant that the queen's body will be taken to Edinburgh. There will be services there before she moves to London. I think there is a important part of respect that people of Scotland will be able to pay, a important part of the queen's life that involved Scotland in a large way, in her heart and enjoyment as well.

The queen was such a part in creating what we are now seeing play out, would want to make sure that her body just was not taken back to England without due time here in Scotland.

So these are important issues. This is going to be a important issue for King Charles, for the British prime minister, who will face those political challenges that are going to come with a call for a Scottish independence referendum.

All of this, of course, about marking respect for the queen. Everyone we speak to here, whatever their feelings are.


ROBERTSON: They have all told us of their love for the queen, the feeling that she did a good job and they hope that King Charles can do the same.

ANDERSON: Nic Robertson is in Scotland. Thank you.

Expressions of sorrow over the death of the queen are pouring in from around the world. But grief is felt especially in England itself. Flowers and tributes are piled up around Windsor Castle. Mourners outside of Buckingham Palace cried as they described their feelings about the late monarch and the effect her death has had on them.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You feel like you have lost a family member. She has been there our whole life.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That is all we have ever known. Having children, you feel like it is really sad that they will not ever really remember her. And because she has been such a integral part of the country and the world with the Commonwealth and everything, it is just such a monumental loss.

It just feels like somebody you have known yet and were close to has gone.


ANDERSON: That outpouring of grief. The condolences ongoing across the country with many people making what is a pilgrimage here to Buckingham Palace behind me to pay their respects. Nada Bashir now covering this.

It was remarkable yesterday. As I left here, sort of midmorning, there were people through Green Park in front of us, down Constitution Hill, carrying flowers. Just a real sense of sorrow and of grief, not least from King Charles III, as he has now known himself.

In his first address to the nation, after the queen's 70 year reign came to a end, what did he say? NADA BASHIR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We saw that really from the now king of Britain, expressing his sorrow at the passing of the queen. Also, outlining the framework and the tone of his upcoming reign as King Charles III.

We saw him reaffirming the vow that his mother had made, to serve for the rest of his life as king. We saw that dedication shown from the king, that thankfulness as well for the outpouring of grief and sorrow up and down the country.

Those numbers just keep on coming. Hundreds of people gathering outside of Buckingham Palace, streaming in from all directions to stand together in memory of the queen. We also saw yesterday people were gathering to welcome the new king.

That is what we saw outside the gates of Buckingham Palace yesterday, as King Charles, arriving back from Scotland for the first time, that is where he gave that address to the nation.

He acknowledged that he may not be able to be is engaged in the things he has been so passionate about, matters concerning the environment, agriculture.

He also acknowledged he is coming at a time that is very different in the United Kingdom, a very different country from when the queen first ascended, a country that encompasses many faiths and background.

He outlined his dedication to serve people of all backgrounds and of all faiths, alongside his commitment to the Church of England. That is where he welcomed the prime minister. He had his first audience there in Buckingham Palace. We saw a candid moment between the two, where he did express his sadness. Take a listen.


CHARLES III, KING OF ENGLAND: It has been so touching this afternoon, when we arrived here. All those people come to give their condolences. Put flowers.

LIZ TRUSS, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: Your Majesty, you're very gracious to say so.

KING CHARLES: They were very kind. It's the moment I've been dreading, as I know a lot of people have. But we'll try and keep everything going.


BASHIR: We saw Liz Truss giving the second address at St. Paul's Cathedral for a memorial service that was held. We saw hundreds of people gathering there in memory but also singing "God Save the King." That is, of course, what we will be hearing going forward.

ANDERSON: It was telling that he used the word, this is a moment I have been dreading.


ANDERSON: He did not want to lose his mother. It was inevitable that it would happen at some stage. You can understand that. Also this since potentially of the fear of what is to come, he has said in his speech that his life will change.

I did think it was a poignant moment when he was outside the Buckingham Palace yesterday, both King Charles and the Queen Consort. A lady gave him a kiss for example. He was out and about talking to people. It suggests perhaps a different style from that of the queen, everybody felt they knew but people did not get very close to.

BASHIR: He is coming into this position as King Charles III. He has really presented himself as a somewhat different figure the last few years, an activist Prince of Wales. We are expecting to see a somewhat different style of monarchy, somewhat different style of sovereign.

That has been the case for the entire family. We have seen that are part of the other senior members of the royal family, the Prince and Princess of Wales taking center stage in the royal family. That has been a real effort by all senior members of the royal family.

Now as you do see King Charles III taking on a different style, he may be more open to giving more interviews as he has done in the past. This may change his relations with members of the public.

We saw him stepping out of the car yesterday, going to greet members of the public, a kiss on the cheek even. A very different style from what we have seen from Queen Elizabeth II.

Around the questions we have had, conversations around whether or not the king would be welcomed or received as openly as Queen Elizabeth had been in the past. She had been such a staple for the United Kingdom, for many people across the globe.

There are real questions about whether or not Prince Charles would be able to do that. It seems so far he has been welcomed quite warmly.

ANDERSON: My life will change, he said. There is no doubt about that. Nada Bashir, thank you very much indeed.

As the world welcomes Britain's new king, the farewell to Elizabeth II is far from over. Next up, how the U.K.'s longest serving monarch is being honored across the Commonwealth.





ANDERSON: One day after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Commonwealth nations are still officially mourning a long serving monarch. You see here, in Australia, the sails atop the opera house went dark before being illuminated with the smiling photograph of the 96 year old, a glowing tribute to a leader who helped open that opera house back in 1973 in Sydney.

Angus Watson is with us as is Paula Newton joining us from another Commonwealth country, Canada, from its capital.

Paula, let's start with you. We heard from Justin Trudeau yesterday, clearly emotional as he talked about the passing of Queen Elizabeth II; 24 hours in, what is the mood like?

What is the atmosphere like in Canada as Canadians consider the next era?

PAULA NEWTON, CNN ANCHOR AND CORRESPONDENT: It is still one of mourning for sure. They're trying to come to the terms with the fact that it is King Charles. That is the head of state in Canada. Right now, really taking a heartfelt pause to talk about what Queen Elizabeth did for this country.

She called Canada her second home. She lived up to that motto from her early years by visiting this country more than any other foreign country; sometimes, for extended stays. For that reason, that familial embrace that she extended was reciprocated. I wanted to listen now to some of the emotion.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My coworkers and friends, my niece, it is important thing for us. Even for people who feel maybe we should be a republic now, I think she was such a wonderful inspiration.


NEWTON: You can see it there. The minute I spoke to her, she burst into tears.

The other thing, there was so many personal stories that we will continue to bring you over the next few days, of very personal discussions that she had with people. Again a lot of great stories about her wit. That is the personal side. For Canada, the queen is still on our money.


NEWTON: (INAUDIBLE) that will happen in Canada tomorrow morning as well. Justin Trudeau (INAUDIBLE) assembly cabinet and going to see Mary Simon, who is Canada's governor general.

To that, I want to make the point, Mary Simon is Canada's first indigenous governor general, the first indigenous representative of the monarch here in Canada. There is some in the indigenous community just about what the crown's role has been in Canada.

Even speaking to indigenous leaders over the years, they have deep respect for the queen, even if they understood the policies for so many centuries to be damaging to their peoples. They really considered her an ally. It is a testament to her reign in Canada that she really is still received that way by many people here in Canada.

ANDERSON: That is fascinating. Paula Newton, thank you for that.

Angus, I was just reflecting on the outpouring of grief that we heard here, listening to the lady that Paula spoke to in Canada. There is a sense of the queen having been the nation's mother or even the nation's grandmother.

There is behind that image an astute and clever woman who made Republicanism redundant over 70 years, certainly in the United Kingdom or certainly the argument of Republicanism here rather redundant.

Not so in Australia, a country that sort of argues over whether or not the monarchy really has a place for Australians going forward; 24 hours, 36 hours after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, what is the atmosphere there?

ANGUS WATSON, CNN PRODUCER: Becky, as you mentioned, Australia has this relationship with the monarchy that has been controversial over the years. There was a referendum asking Australians whether or not they wanted to keep the queen as the head of the state or of they wanted to put a Australian in that role.

Australians overwhelmingly voted to keep the queen. There was some confusion as to what the government would be like after the constitutional monarchy was changed in Australia.

By the those politics have been put to one side by Australians, who have really come forward with tributes to a life of service that the queen exhibited, a life of service to places across the Commonwealth and in Australia, 70 years as the head of state.

You saw that stunning tribute on the opera house sails last night. That has been followed appear in Sydney this morning by hundreds of people coming here to the front gates of government house, the home of the monarch's representative here in Sydney, and laying flowers, pictures of the queen and tributes to her thanking her for that life of service.

They have done that despite a request from Buckingham Palace for Australians to consider donating to charity instead of floral tributes for Her Majesty. The queen, of course, was a patron of dozens of charities here in Australia, as she was for hundreds around the world.

She even dipped into her own pocket to make personal donations in times of strife, supporting bushfire relief funds, flood relief funds, tropical cyclone relief funds and things like that.

The prime minister also laid a floral wreath at Parliament House in Canberra this morning at a ceremony which invited dignitaries from the diplomatic corps as well. The prime minister will travel to London this week to attend the funeral of Her Majesty. Parliament in Australia was due to sit; that will be canceled as the nation mourns -- Becky.

ANDERSON: Angus Watson in Sydney, thank you very much indeed. We will be right back with more on what is ahead for Britain within

the monarchy and in the coming hours.





ANDERSON: Welcome back. I'm Becky Anderson and we are in London and you are more than welcome.

A ceremony in the coming hours will formally name King Charles III as the British sovereign. CNN will carry that live.

The king and queen consort viewed flowers outside Buckingham Palace on Friday and briefly greeted mourners there.

Inside, the new king met with the new prime minister as they posed for photographs. The longest serving heir parent admitted he had dreaded the moment of his mother's death for many years. Marlene Koenig, a royal historian, joins us now from Alexandria in Virginia.

He knew it was coming. But that does not mean that apparently he was not dreading this moment.


ANDERSON: You have written prolifically on the royals both here in the United Kingdom and around Europe.

When you consider Queen Elizabeth II, when you consider his mother and her reign, what are your reflections?

MARLENE KOENIG, ROYAL HISTORIAN: For the amazing breadth of the time period, 70 years, coming in 1952, you had really no technology as we have today. Television was limited. There were no satellites.

How, over the next 70 years, she was able to embrace, with the help of her husband, the change in technology from television to the internet, to even sending email and tweeting.

It is amazing how she shepherded her own country through different changes, embracing changes, from Britain being a major power to the changing of that power, moving toward Brexit, living through that.

Then after COVID-19, her own reaction and speech with COVID-19. I think it has been an amazing life that has brought great change but also great sadness.

ANDERSON: How does a new monarchy fit in and find a place in this new era?

KOENIG: Every sovereign puts his or her imprint on his reign and every sovereign is different. Everyone changes. I think you are seeing that with Charles III.

The first thing he did with Queen Camilla, it was not to go inside; they went out and met the people. And the reaction was quite warm. One woman kissed his hand. It was applause and people singing "God Save the King."

That is a very good augur for what will happen over the next week as first of all he is grieving his mother. The British are grieving the death of the queen. But as he moves toward putting his own stamp as being king. But that does not happen overnight.

ANDERSON: He will be considering what his role is, in life here in the U.K. and around the world as head of state at a time when things are extremely tough.

I consider the birth of Queen Elizabeth II back in 1926 following the First World War, the Spanish flu, an awful recession that hit the world in 1929. You can see some comparables to the times that we live in.

As a royal historian, when you consider the role that members of royalty have had through the years, how those roles have changed, what should we expect?

What do you believe we may expect from King Charles III?

KOENIG: I think you will see far less formality. I think you will also see far less grand tours overseas. I think you will see the king and queen, along with the Prince and Princess of Wales, as well as his siblings, continuing to do engagements but focusing on certain issues without taking a political stance -- as I keep wanting to call him the Prince of Wales.

King Charles, in his own speech today, talked about that he knows he can no longer speak out politically but he can still work for the changes and the interests that he cares about. But most important is that his role now is caring for and supporting the diversity of the British population.

ANDERSON: Marlene Koenig, we thank you very much indeed.

More from London in a few minutes but first, let's bring in Michael Holmes at the CNN Center in Atlanta.


When we come back, Ukraine pushing back against Russian gains. The Russian flag replaced with the Ukrainian flag. How residents are reacting to what appears to be a turning tide.


HOLMES: We will be right back.




HOLMES: Welcome back.

The U.S. Justice Department and former president Trump's legal teams have just submitted a proposal to a federal judge about who should serve as special master in the investigation into documents seized at his Florida estate.

It is in response to the judge's decision to temporarily block the FBI from using the documents in its criminal investigation until a third party can review them.

As you may expect, both sides are far apart on what they are proposing. The DOJ SAS the special master should not review classified documents. The Trump team says the special master should review all of the seized material. The DOJ says the Trump team should pay the expenses; the Trump team says expenses should be evenly split.

The DOJ says the review should be done by October 17; the Trump team says the rev should be given 90 days to complete.


HOLMES: Turning to Ukraine, that country says it is keeping up the momentum in its pushback against Russian forces in the northeast. The Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy said they have recaptured more than 30 settlements in the Kharkiv region, liberating estimated 1,000 square kilometers in recent days.

A pro Russian social media sites says civilians are now being evacuated from two cities being threatened by Ukrainian forces. A Russian military journalist says Moscow is rushing in reinforcements while Ukraine says there has been an increase in desertions among Russian troops.

Many of the newly liberated areas have been under Russian occupation for months now. New videos are showing residents' reaction to the arrival of Ukrainian forces. Melissa Bell has the story.


MELISSA BELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Liberated at last after six months of occupation. Some of the first images to be observed from the counteroffensive in the east, images captured by the soldiers themselves with a message posted on Friday by the Ukrainian president.


VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY, UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT (through translator): Mr. President, Mr. Commander In Chief, Balakliia and the Kharkiv region is taken under our control.

BELL (voice-over): The Ukrainian flag raised in Kherson, the focus of a first counteroffensive that began on August 29 before a second one was launched in the east this week. The Ukrainian president himself remaining cautious in his nightly address on Friday.

ZELENSKYY (through translator): Our army and intelligence and our security services are taking active actions in different directions successfully.


BELL (voice-over): One of the big surprises, the ease with which villages have been taken, as Ukrainian forces have swept through to the outskirts of Kupyansk, raising the flag on the edge of a town key to Russian supply lines to Izyum in the south.

Russian military bloggers criticizing Moscow's failure to predict the counteroffensive in the east. News of the advances began even as secretary of state Blinken visited Kyiv on Thursday, pledging $2.8 billion in military aid to Ukraine and its neighbors, vowing at a meeting at NATO headquarters to stand by Kyiv for as long as it takes.

ANTONY BLINKEN, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: The counteroffensive again is in its early days. So I do not want to prejudge, as I said, how far it will gets. But the initial signs are positive and we see Ukraine making real demonstrable progress in a deliberate way.

Fundamentally, they are fighting for their own homeland. They are fighting for their future. The Russian forces in Ukraine are not.

BELL (voice-over): Ukrainian flags providing the first glimpse of hope to Kyiv since Russia's invasion began -- Melissa Bell, CNN, Kyiv.


HOLMES: Flood warnings are in effect for parts of southern California, including Riverside and San Diego counties. Authorities say, quote, "life-threatening flash flooding of creeks, streams and urban areas is possible."

It's due to what used to be tropical storm Kay, now weakened and starting to pull away from the northern Baja Peninsula. Close to five inches of rain have been reported in some locations with more on the way.

Queen Elizabeth had a lasting impact on British prime ministers past and present. Coming up, Becky will have the emotional tributes to the late monarch.





ANDERSON: Former British prime ministers Boris Johnson and Theresa May paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth on Thursday, united in their grief and admiration for the late queen. Here's what they had to say. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

THERESA MAY, FORMER BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: Queen Elizabeth II was quite simply the most remarkable person I have ever met. I am sometimes asked, among all the world leaders I met, who was the most impressive?

And I have no hesitation in saying that, from all the heads of state and government, the most impressive person I met was Her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

BORIS JOHNSON, U.K. PRIME MINISTER: Millions of us are trying to understand why we are feeling this deep and personal and almost familial sense of loss. Perhaps it's partly that she has always been there, a changeless human reference point in British life.

So I am burying in her polestar (ph) radiance that we have perhaps been lulled into thinking that she might be in some way eternal. She knew how to keep us going when times were toughest.

In 1940, when this country and this democracy faced the real possibility of extinction, she gave a broadcast, aged only 14 that was intended to reassure the children of Britain.


ELIZABETH II, FORMER QUEEN OF ENGLAND: We know, every one of us, that, in the end, all will be well.


JOHNSON: She was right.

MAY: Across the nations of the world, over so many people, meeting Queen Elizabeth simply made their day and, for many, will be the memory of their life.

Of course for those of us who had the honor to serve as one of her prime ministers, those meetings were more frequent with the weekly audiences. These were not meetings with a high and mighty monarch but a conversation with a woman of experience and knowledge and immense wisdom.

But as we mourn the beloved monarch, we must always remember that she was a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother.


MAY: And my thoughts and prayers are with King Charles III and the whole of the royal family.

JOHNSON: I believe she would regard it as her own highest achievement that her son, Charles III, will clearly and amply follow her own extraordinary standards of duty and service.

(MUSIC PLAYING) JOHNSON: And the fact that today we can say with such confidence, God

save the king, is a tribute to him but above all to Elizabeth the great, who worked so hard for the good of her country, not just now but for generations to come. That is why we mourn her so deeply. And it is in the depths of our grief that we understand why we loved her.


ANDERSON: I am Becky Anderson and we will leave you this hour was another moving tribute to the queen coming from Sir Elton John, the legendary singer, who celebrated the queen's life with music during his concert in Toronto in Canada on Thursday night.