Charles III officially proclaimed king by the Accession Council

  • Charles III, 73, was officially proclaimed king on Saturday September 10, two days after his mother died Elizabeth II which ushered in a period of national mourning and a new era for the British monarchy.

  • The ceremony, televised for the first time, took place at St. James’s Palace in the presence of new Queen Consort Camilla, new heir to the throne William, Prime Minister Liz Truss and several of her predecessors.

  • In his speech, King Charles III said he was “deeply aware” of the “duties and heavy responsibilities” linked to his new functions, taking the oath before the Accession Council which had just proclaimed him monarch.

  • The act of proclamation was then read from the balcony of the palace by the Garter King of Arms, an officer representing the British heraldic authority. The British Parliament must also pledge allegiance to Charles III during the day.

  • During his first speech friday as monarch, Charles III thanked “his dear mother” and promised to serve the British all his life, echoing the words of Elizabeth II when she first spoke as queen in 1952.
  • The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will take place on Monday, September 19 in London, Buckingham Palace announced on Saturday. They will be held at Westminster Abbey at 11 a.m. (10 a.m. GMT). King Charles III has declared a public holiday in the UK for the occasion.

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