Charles III officially proclaimed King of Great Britain

The king automatically took the title upon the death of the queen, so the ceremony at St. James's Palace was a tribute to tradition. It was attended by the first persons of the state, including Prince William and Liz Truss (max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Charles III

Charles III officially became the King of Great Britain after this status was approved by the Council of Succession, which met on Saturday at St. James's Palace in London, according to the Independent.

The Council of Succession included members of the Privy Council, which consists of the Queen's advisers— the most respected and experienced former and current politicians. There are about 700 of them, but about 200 people took part in the ceremony. The Council of Succession approved Charles III as king, after which the first persons of the state signed the corresponding proclamation.

Among those who put their signatures were the king's son William, who received the title of Prince of Wales the day before and became the official heir, his wife Charles III— Queen Consort Camilla Parker-Bowles, newly appointed Lord President of the Council (Heads the Privy Council) Penny Mordaunt, Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Charles III himself was not present at this part of the ceremony. However, as part of the second part, he will take an oath, as well as approve orders that will ensure the succession of the government.

Former British Prime Ministers also attended the ceremony of the Council of Succession— Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron and Tony Blair.

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A ten-day mourning for the deceased Queen Elizabeth II continues in Britain. She died Thursday afternoon at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Shortly before this, doctors expressed concern about her state of health and recommended that she remain under observation

After the death of her mother, 73-year-old Prince Charles automatically became king, taking the name Charles III. The ceremony at St. James's Palace was purely formal and ceremonial.

On the evening of September 9, Charles made his first address to the people, in which he called the queen a source of inspiration and an example for him and him families. The new king also promised to serve the British people until the end of his days and defend the constitutional principles of the state.

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Great Britain did not agree to hold a meeting of the UN Security Council on Bucha

Russian Foreign Ministry: Great Britain did not agree to hold a meeting of the UN Security Council on Bucha Russia will again demand the convening of the UN Security Council in connection with the “criminal provocations of the Ukrainian military” in Bucha, said the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Zakharova

London has not agreed to hold a meeting of the UN Security Council on the events in Bucha in Ukraine. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, in Telegram.

«Yesterday, in the worst English tradition, the British presidency of the UN Security Council did not agree to a meeting of the Security Council on the situation in Bucha»,— she wrote.

Zakharova added that on April 4, Moscow will again demand the convening of the UN Security Council.

The day before, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for an independent investigation of what happened in Bucha to bring the perpetrators to justice, and added that he was “deeply shocked” images from the city.

On April 3, Ukrainian authorities and a number of Western media outlets, including Reuters and AFP, published footage from Bucha showing corpses. According to Reuters, the photographs were of dead civilians. The city's mayor Anatoly Fedoruk told AFP that the people depicted were shot dead. He said that another 280 people were buried in mass graves.

The Russian Defense Ministry called the published photos and videos a staging and a provocation and stated that the Russian military was not involved in the killings of civilians. The department recalled that Russian troops left Bucha on March 30, and for the entire time that the city was controlled by them, “not a single local resident was injured.”

The message of the Russian Ministry of Defense indicated that ” evidence of crimes in Bucha» appeared only on the fourth day, when employees of the SBU and Ukrainian television arrived in the city.

Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, said that “in light of the flagrant provocation of Ukrainian radicals in Bucha” Moscow demanded to convene a meeting of the UN Security Council on April 4.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky invited former German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy to Bucha to show them “what the policy of concessions has led to in 14 years Russia».

In late March, the head of the National Defense Control Center, Mikhail Mizintsev, said that the Ukrainian authorities were ordering nationalist battalions to shoot staged videos about the killings of civilians by the Russian Armed Forces.

According to him, the battalions are filming videos about “outrages and massacres of civilians, looting and destruction of social infrastructure”, which are allegedly committed by the Russian military. This should create a negative information background around the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Mizintsev explained.

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Great Britain following the USA took out a part of diplomats from Kiev

Foreign Minister Truss: UK transferred some diplomats to western Ukraine London will transfer some diplomats from Kiev to Lviv due to the risk of escalation. According to British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, such a scenario is very likely. Previously, London called on the British to leave the territory of Ukraine

British Embassy in Kiev

The UK has moved some of its diplomatic staff from Kiev to western Ukraine, Foreign Minister Liz Truss said on Sky News, Reuters reports.

At the same time, the diplomatic presence in Kiev remains, she clarified.

“We may be on the brink of war in Europe,” — considers Truss. According to her, she fears that Russia “will not stop at Ukraine.” The minister did not rule out attacks on other countries in Eastern Europe, which could spur the ambitions of “other aggressors”, Truss said.

Truss indicated that a Russian invasion of Ukraine is assessed in London as very likely. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet made a final decision on this issue, which makes diplomacy critical, the head of the British Foreign Office concluded.

On the eve of Truss, he urged the British to leave Ukraine immediately while commercial flights are still available. “very, very dangerous and difficult.” Answering a question about the likely timing of Russia's aggression, he referred to Washington's position, which is to expect an escalation in the next 48 hours.

Russia, Johnson pointed out, has amassed about 130,000 troops on the border with Ukraine, a sign of preparations for an offensive. “We are on the brink of an abyss, but President Putin still has time to take a step back,” — summed up the head of the British government.

In early February, Defense Ministers of Russia Sergei Shoigu and Great Britain Ben Wallace met in Moscow. Shoigu called the level of cooperation between the parties “zero” and expressed the hope that they would not “go into the red.” Wallace told the Russian side that a Russian invasion would have tragic consequences for both Russians and Ukrainians and the overall security of Europe.

Since mid-January, the British Foreign Office has switched to crisis mode, it will be introduced in the event of an escalation of the situation around Ukraine, Bloomberg sources reported. This regime involves the redistribution of duties of key employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Their main responsibilities will be policy issues regarding Moscow and Kiev and the formation of a reaction in London, including work on sanctions and “containment”; Russia, the agency’s interlocutors indicated.

The British Armed Forces have also prepared for the possible evacuation of diplomats and other representatives of London from Ukraine for security reasons, sources told the Daily Express tabloid. The evacuation, if appropriate, will be handled by the British Special Air Service (SAS), the newspaper wrote.

On February 14, the US State Department decided to evacuate American diplomats from Kiev to the western part of the country— to Lviv. The department justified the decision with security requirements and a significant “build-up of Russian forces.”

Russia denies allegations of preparing an invasion. The Foreign Ministry indicates that the armed forces are on Russian territory, emphasizing that “even the thought” about the conflict with Kiev is unacceptable.

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Decay period: last December of the Union. December 26, 1991

On December 26, 1991, the USSR ceased to exist, the decision was officially formalized by a decree of the union parliament. RBC ends the cycle of publications about December 1991 with a chronicle of the last day of the Soviet Union

Dismantling of the signboard “Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR” after the last meeting of the Council of Republics of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, which adopted a declaration on the termination of the existence of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Last declaration

By December 26, 1991, the Soviet Union, in fact, already existed only on paper. State President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned from the job and handed over control of the “ nuclear button '' Russian leader Boris Yeltsin. The new Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) included 11 of the 15 former Soviet republics at once, with the exception of Georgia and the Baltic states. The USSR de facto ceased to exist, this decision had to be formalized legally.

The material was first published in 2016. Read the entire chronicle of the last December of the Union in the report of RBC “ 30 years without the USSR ''

The last decision in the history of the Soviet parliament had to be adopted in a limited composition: from two of its chambers, the quorum was preserved only in the upper & mdash; Council of Republics chaired by Anuarbek Alimzhanov.

The last meeting of the Council of Republics of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, which adopted a declaration on the termination of the existence of the USSR (Photo: Valentin Kuzmin/Photo chronicle TASS)

Dear People's Deputies! As you noticed, today the flag of the Soviet Union has been lowered over the Kremlin. And last night, you all witnessed how the president & mdash; the first president of this great country & mdash; submitted a vote.

I don’t know how the first session of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR went and what was the state of the people, but, It seems to me that great things were said then: world revolution, social equality, socialism, the dream of going to communism. There, probably, many good, kind, wonderful words were said about the future of this huge country.

However, it so happened that today I was a participant in the last meeting of the last session. Ito, it was dreamed about, what was said on the first session, frankly, did not come true. Apparently, it said that, building socialism, we are stepping over an entire historical epoch. Alas, it turned out that history is impossible to step over epochs. ” From the transcript of Anuarbek Alimzhanov's speech at the last session of the USSR Supreme Soviet.

At that time, only five delegations remained in the Council of Republics. Nevertheless, even representatives of those republics that stopped participating in the work of the union parliament, including Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, were present at the last meeting.

Chairman of the Council Anuarbek Alimzhanov during his speech at the meeting, which adopted a declaration on the termination of the existence of the USSR (Photo: Kuzmin Valentin/Photo chronicle TASS)

The presiding officer proposed to consider that there is a quorum, after which a vote was passed and declaration No. 142-N under the title “ In connection with the creation of the Commonwealth of Independent States '' was adopted.

“ Based on the will expressed by the highest state bodies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan and Ukraine on the establishment of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Council of the Republics of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR states, that by the re-establishment of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the USSR as a state and a subject of international law ceases to exist '' (preamble of the declaration).

Several mistakes were made in the text of the document – the agreement on the establishment of the CIS was not ratified in Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Nevertheless, the legitimacy of the adopted document is already could not & mdash; the union parliament had to simply adopt this document in order to officially cease to exist.

It is interesting that this declaration was not the last in the history of the Supreme Soviet. A little later, the deputies made a decision to release from their positions as judges of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Arbitration Court of the USSR, as well as members of the collegium of the Union Prosecutor's Office. Their positions were abolished on January 2, 1992, and the employees were entitled to severance pay in the amount of three months' salary. This was the end of the history of the last operating body of power in the USSR.

An article in the Izvestia newspaper; dated December 26, 1991

Gorbachev's meeting with journalists

As a retired politician Mikhail Gorbachev met with journalists. The meeting took place at the Oktyabrskaya Hotel and lasted two hours. The ex-president of the USSR said on topics that for the entire last month: the responsibility of politicians, the need to continue reforms and that the Union should have been preserved.

“ I was opposed, now against, to go as scissors on the map of our country, the poet of a huge community. To redistribute powers, power, rights – yes, but not to diverge. And from the point of view of specific tasks, tactical tasks in the field of economics, social policy, finance, he believed that the union state with effective mechanisms is more necessary and justified than something incomprehensible. But the duty of every patriot is to help what has become a real process. Let these be steps towards agreement. It is necessary to choose, thinking on the people, the life of the “ real, today's ''. Mikhail Gorbachev at a meeting with journalists on December 26, 1991.

Most of the world's politicians followed Gorbachev with warm words, saying that he managed to change the course of history, and his achievements as the head of the Soviet Union were revolutionary.

  • “I salute him as the most outstanding person in the history of this century, who achieved the emergence of democracy in his country, the end of the Cold War and disarmament.” François Mitterrand, President of France.
  • “ This is a great man. He returned freedom to the countries of Eastern Europe. He presented it to the peoples of the Soviet Union for the first time. Real personal and political freedom. This is a huge accomplishment. And he did it without firing a single shot. '' Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of Great Britain.
  • “ For almost seven years that he was the head of state, Gorbachev carried out revolutionary changes at home and renewed the foreign policy of the USSR. He led the country out of seventy years of paralysis and oppression. The German people will never forget Mikhail Gorbachev's contribution to the unification of Germany. '' Helmut Kohl, German Chancellor.
  • “Very few people have been given the power to change the course of history. But this is exactly what Gorbachev did. No matter what happens, he is guaranteed a place in history. Today the former Soviet Union is a country that is on the road to democracy. He left the presidency by making the world a safer place by reducing the nuclear threat. ” John Major, Prime Minister of Great Britain.
  • “ Without those changes in the Soviet Union, sponsored by Gorbachev, it would have been impossible to expect such a fundamental change in the policy of this state … NATO has been able to lend a hand of friendship to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe for these changes. '' Manfred Werner, NATO Secretary General.

Following the announcement of his resignation, Mikhail Gorbachev, the former President of the USSR, met with Soviet and foreign journalists (Photo: Yuri Lizunov/TASS Photo Chronicle)

Foreign Press

  • “ Gorbachev's resignation '' the date is inevitable. A lot of things will happen because of Gorbachev's shortcomings: his weak ability to understand people, his indecision and softness, which raised doubts about his adherence to principles. But in two moments he stood firmly on his own. He refused to use force to preserve the Soviet Union, and he saw the Soviet Union only as a single state. He eventually admitted that it was incompatible. '' (The Times)
  • “ Yesterday, despite two days of talks, the gap between Russia and Ukraine widened over nuclear weapons control and a joint military policy for the CIS countries. The degree of mistrust between Ukraine and its neighbor was demonstrated by the move by Russia of the largest and most aircraft-carrying cruiser in Ukrainian waters to a special pier in Murmansk. This was the first time that Russia attempted to establish control of over-Soviet military assets outside its borders, and it was a direct challenge to the Ukrainian decree providing for command of the armed forces and equipment over its territory. '' (The Times)

Other news of the day

  • The Parliament of Tajikistan has ratified the agreement on the establishment of the CIS.
  • The Supreme Council of Tatarstan adopted a declaration of accession to the CIS on the rights of one researcher.
  • Director of the allied Central Intelligence Service (CSR) Yevgeny Primakov headed the Russian intelligence service.
  • Vice-Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov, following a meeting with Yeltsin, stated that the grounds for the resignation of the head of the city, Gabriel Popov is no more, then the Russian leadership is ready to consider laws on the special status of Moscow.
  • The head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky on the air of the Belarusian television stated the need to liquidate Belarus and transform it into one of the Russian provinces. After that, an unauthorized rally took place in Minsk, during which supporters and opponents of the politician fought.

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Declan McKenna – British Bombs Lyrics

Play this song

[Verse 1]
Great snakes, are we moving already?
Good gravy, did you say it cost a penny or two for you?
We’re talking ’bout the bad starts
My baby brother has already got a gas mask
‘Cause it’s a good old-fashioned landslide
Killing with your hands tied
In the homemade rope, set sail
Babe, we read it in The Mail, no hope now

[Chorus]
Great way to fool me again, hun
Great acting, it’s good what you tell ’em
Great Britain won’t stand for felons
Great British bombs in the Yemen

[Verse 2]
Why does it seem a fever dream for all?
The call you made to me
You said I’ll feel one day each year, a worry
We shall remember the dead
And we’ll remember the dead so they know that we’re sorry
But then carry on

[Chorus]
Great way to fool me again, hun
Great acting, it’s great what you tell ’em
Great Britain won’t stand for felons
Great British bombs in the Yemen
Great way to fool me again, hun
Great acting, it’s great what you tell ’em
Great Britain won’t stand for felons
Great British bombs in the Yemen

[Verse 3]
How could it be the money?
It’s the vote that matters to me
You say you’re hungry, but you won’t eat the caraway seed
Doesn’t matter in the wreckage, what should you say?
“Well, I found myself a little peckish last Tuesday”
This is what you signed up for, no questions
Reckon we could offer peace, damn the weapons conventions
Well, it’s on the table, but it’s no good, can’t you hear
All our worries for fear, carry on

[Chorus]
Great way to fool me again, hun
Great acting, it’s great what you tell ’em
Great Britain won’t stand for felons
Great British bombs in the Yemen
Great way to fool me again, hun
Great acting, it’s great what you tell ’em
Great Britain won’t stand for felons
Great British bombs in the Yemen

[Bridge]
It’s a good old-fashioned landslide
Killing with your hands tied
In the homemade rope, set sail
Babe, we read it in The Mail, no hope now
And it’s a total fucking whitewash
The people that we might squash
And move from home soil, set sail
For wherever the fuck got oil this time
And if it’s not a fucking war crime
It’s a total waste of your time
And getting so much worse
Get real, kid, your country’s been at war since birth now
And if it’s not a fucking outrage, what’s it all about then?
Now, it’s one on one
Great Britain’s gonna tell you where it all went wrong and then carry on

[Chorus]
Great way to fool me again, hun
Great acting, it’s great what you tell ’em
Great Britain won’t stand for felons
Great British bombs in the Yemen (Great, great way to fool me again, hun)
Great way to fool me again, hun (Great, acting, it’s great what you tell ’em)
Great acting, it’s great what you tell ’em
Great Britain won’t stand for felons
Great British bombs in the Yemen

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Castle lyrics

[Hook]
Unicorns and wizard sleeves
Hammer pants and make believe
Pirate ships sailing off to sea
Will you come party with me in my
Castle, in my castle, in my castle, in my castle?

[Verse 1]
This is for the freaks and for my magicians
Booty clap and lap dancing technicians
Dance parties in the name of Great Britain
And American girls who love the Detroit Pistons
Like Dennis Rodman, I got a rod man (awww yeah!)
Long wong-dong in a soft hand
And a pink palm pink schlong, let’s all dance!
From England to Stockholm
I’m wearing a cape just like a poncho
I got a cutey and I’m making a beat on her booty
Like I was at Bonnaroo beating up on a bongo
I got a bottle of Martinelli’s and I’m dumping
All over anybody that’s kicking it in the grotto
Neighbors keep tripping, I’m like, “I’m in a castle
Fuck your condo!”

[Bridge]
Unicorns and wizard sleeves
Hammer pants and make believe
Pirate ships sailing off to sea

[Hook]

[Verse 2]
You like to party, I am a party-er
You like to wander, I am a wanderer
Your thighs are the closet to Narnia
Is it cool if I go and get lost in that?
I’m the lion, the witch in the wardrobe
Massage my lap, I have a sore bone
Of course cold on the dance floor
Like an Eskimo’s toes in the North Pole
With both toes poking out of two holes
In the Eskimo socks, I’m hot
Like a cauldron from a warlock
Wearing sweatpants in a sauna
Who’s your father? I’m not
I’m motherfuckin’ Raven Bowie and here’s my cock
Rooster, cock-a-doodle-doo sir
Take a hit of the hookah, now make it drop
Girl’s booty was bigger than the stomach of Rick Ross’
Holy mother mountain of tender tendon to get lost in
Bounce, bounce, that castle booty, that bottom
Make it wobble, wobbly-wobble ’till my third leg has to hobble
You don’t want to look back on this night
And think I should have been freaking on a booty
Freak-freaking on a booty

[Hook]

[Interlude]
This might be the best night that we have ever had
That-that we have ever had
That-that we have ever had
That-that we have ever had together
Eh, motherfuckin’ eh

[Bridge 2]
Have you ever killed a coyote in the middle of a party
In the night, in the middle of a party
Have you ever killed a coyote in the middle of the night
In the middle of a party
Brought it home and threw it on the carpet
Someone kill a coyote, I’m starving
Who wants to eat a coyote?
Who wants to eat a coyote?
Who wants to eat a coyote?
Grab your bagpipe, I grab my flute
Cause drunk King John is still in the loo
Get onto the pole in a birthday suit, our suit
And M.J. was King, and Prince was Prince
And Raven has ruled ever since

[Hook]

Devlin – Just Wanna Be Me (The Devil In Album)

[Hook]
I just wanna be me
I just wanna be me
Til the day that I’m free
You do you, I’ll do me

[Verse 1]
I look back now and I can’t explain it
Always knew that i was waiting for greatness
Mum wanted me to work in the slave shift
But I was writing my lyrics in the grave shift
Perfecting the style so amazing I rose through the ranks so quick I was blazing
Sorry to upset you mother but right now I’ve gotta do me. Time’s wasting
I had a scheme and a dream. Time that I prove I could stand on my feet
Jab or weave here in the city full of feats and fiends
Life don’t stop, time don’t sleep
I feel like I’m lost
My ears are on fire, they speak
And they all think they know what’s best but…

[Hook]
I just wanna be me
I just wanna be me
Til the day that I’m free
You do you and I’ll do me

[Verse 2]
They laugh at your vision, make a lasting decision
To let your heart be driven
Like the Batmobile with the Stig in
Keep shit real in the field no fibbin’
Real we can feel cause that’s how we’re living
We’re all different here in Great Britain
So embrace yourself and envision that your skin never left you imprisoned
Be whatever you wanna be man, kill ’em
You’re unlike any other, aim for the sky my brother
Do it your way, this life is a bitch but love her
In the doorway I see the ghost of a soul that I knew last summer
Love to your girl and your kids and your mother
We can’t hold joy without stifer

[Hook]
I just wanna be me
I just wanna be me
Til the day that I’m free
You do you and I’ll do me

[Verse 3]
They’re like Devs do a grime track, I’m like why, would you like that?
Would you lend me your score if things got raw like before on the floor no money up in my bank
I didn’t think so mate so let me do me in this life while I wait to right my mistakes
Wipe these slates everyday is a new blind date
I’m unsure of what I just might face but as long as I’m true to myself what this path might lead to is fate
I’ll follow this road like that Dorothy girl
Even if the bricks ain’t golden and I bet I do it historically well
I ain’t no big shot in your focus just me in this illogical world

[Hook]
I just wanna be me
I just wanna be me
Til the day that I’m free
You do you and I’ll do me