Keep everyone informed. Queen Elizabeth II’s bees were told of her death and King Charles IIIascension.
John Chapple he serves as official royal beekeeper at Buckingham Palace and Clarence House. The 79-year-old revealed that he told the bugs about the power transition on Friday, September 9, the day after the queen’s death.
“I’m in the hives now and it’s traditional that when someone dies you go to the hives and say a little prayer and put a black ribbon on the hive,” Chapple told the daily mail in an interview published on Saturday, September 10.
He tied a black ribbon and bow around each beehive, two at Clarence House and five at Buckingham Palace. Each hive contains approximately 20,000 bees. “The tradition is that you gently knock the hive and say that your master or master is dead, but your new master will be good to you, so treat him well,” explained the expert.
The tradition dates back centuries and spawned the phrase “tell the bees.” Those who kept bees used to believe that the insects needed to be informed about important events, such as births, deaths, marriages, or any household member coming or going; otherwise, the bees would become distressed and abandon their hive or stop producing honey.
“The person who has died is the master or mistress of the hives, someone important in the family who dies and you are not more important than the Queen, right?” Chapple said.
He gently told the creatures that Charles is their new master. “You call each hive and say, ‘The lady is dead, but don’t go. Your master will be a good master to you,’” said the beekeeper.
Elizabeth died on Thursday, September 8, after more than 70 years as the reigning sovereign. Her eldest son, 73, became King Carlos III after his death.
“It is my most painful duty to announce to you the death of my beloved mother, the queen,” the regent said Saturday as he addressed the promotion council at St. James’s Palace. “I know how deeply you, the entire nation, and I think you could say the entire world, sympathizes with me for the irreparable loss we have all suffered.” It is the greatest comfort to me to know of the sympathy expressed by so many to my sister [Princess Anne] and my brothers [Prince Andrew and Prince Edward] And may that overwhelming love and support be extended to our entire family in our loss.”
He added: “My mother’s reign was unmatched in its length, dedication and devotion. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this faithful life. I am deeply aware of this great heritage and the heavy duties and responsibilities of sovereignty that have now passed to me.”
Charles and wife Camilla, queen consorthave passed their titles of Duke and Duchess of Cornwall to their son prince william and wife princess kate. As well as being the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, the couple, both 40, have been given the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales. Kate is the first Princess of Wales since Princess Diana, who died in 1997.