The Prince of Wales will automatically become king on the moment of the Queen’s death. He will be permitted to choose his own name. He is currently expected to select the obvious Charles III, although at one point he was believed to be considering taking the name George, reflecting his admiration for others who bore the name and the negative associations of a two previous King Charles.
A meeting of the Accession Council will convene at St James’ Palace to conduct the formalities, and proclamations will be made.
While the Queen lies in London, the new King will visit Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to meet his people.
Despite much speculation to the contrary, there is no question that the monarchy could “skip a generation” to allow William, the Duke of Cambridge, to become king. As it stands, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will automatically become Queen.
A Coronation will be scheduled for some months after the funeral.