King Charles approves new government roles day after Queen's funeral

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Grieving King Charles III signed off a series of ministerial appointments today, as he got straight to work while still being in a period of mourning.

His mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was laid to rest alongside Prince Philip in a ceremony at St George's Chapel in Windsor on Monday.

The King looked emotional as he led his family in procession on foot behind her coffin at the state funeral.

The Royal Family is now observing another week of mourning after the national period of mourning ended.

King Charles flew to Scotland on Tuesday with his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, where they will grieve privately.

While he will not take part in any formal public engagements for another week, the new monarch has already carried out some constitutional duties.

For the past 70 years, Queen Elizabeth has approved new government roles, but that responsibility now falls to Charles in one of his many jobs as King.

A statement from Number 10 on Tuesday said "the King has been pleased to approve the following appointments" and listed a series of new junior ministerial roles.

The appointments include Mims Davies to the Home Office, Sarah Atherton to Defence, Dean Russell to Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, David Duguid to the Scotland Office and Gareth Johnson, Rob Butler and Mike Freer to the Ministry of Justice.

Sarah Dines, Nigel Huddleston, Amanda Solloway and Adam Holloway have been made Government whips while Lia Nici, Darren Henry, Damien Moore, Jacob Young and Mark Jenkinson become assistant whips.

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The new appointments came as political action resumed following the end of 10-day national mourning period, with Prime Minister Liz Truss setting out her tax plans in more detail while at a summit in New York.

Before the Queen's death, she had already begun assembling her top team, handing out key positions to her allies like Kwasi Kwarteng, who is the new chancellor.

Ms Truss was officially in Nunmber 10 for less than 48 hours when Her Majesty died at Balmoral on 8 September.

Appointing new ministers was one of the last duties believed to have been carried out by the Queen.