Two days after the death of Elizabeth II, Charles III. officially proclaimed king
The proclamation is read from the balcony of St James’s Palace in London: Charles will be officially proclaimed King on Saturday morning, two days after the death of Elizabeth II which ushered in a period of national mourning in the UK.
Step by step, with the utmost solemnity and respect for the millimeter of protocol and tradition, Charles III. as head of state.
Previously, Charles III. From Buckingham Palace, he delivered his first televised address as Sovereign, a recorded address in which he paid a touching tribute to Elizabeth II, his ‘dear mother’, who died aged 96. 70 years and 7 months reign. He called Elizabeth II “an inspiration and example” for him and his family.
He has vowed to serve the British throughout his life, as his mother Elizabeth II did on her 21st birthday. “As the Queen had done with unwavering devotion, I too solemnly pledge myself during the remaining time that God grants me to uphold the constitutional principles that are at the heart of our nation,” he said in a sober and confident tone.
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On Saturday morning, the Accession Council, a group of dignitaries, will meet at St James’s Palace in London and announce that Charles has become king. The Proclamation will be read on the balcony of Saint James’s Palace and then passed by the King of Arms of the Order of the Garter and half a dozen Heralds in a carriage, which they will also read in Trafalgar Square and then at the Royal Exchange.
Then Parliament will swear an oath of allegiance and express its condolences. In the afternoon the new king receives the prime minister and the most important ministers.
Charles III takes the throne at a difficult time as the UK faces its worst economic crisis in 40 years while four Prime Ministers in six years have thrived.
At 73, he is the oldest British monarch to begin his reign.
Charles III is infinitely less popular than his mother, who knew how to protect the monarchy by not giving interviews and keeping her opinions to herself.
But the new king received a standing ovation when he arrived in Buckingham on Friday afternoon after returning from Scotland. Accompanied by his wife Camille, who became queen consort, he shook hands with dozens of people who crowded against barriers outside the palace.
Thousands of people have flocked to lay bouquets of flowers and words of tribute since the announcement of Elizabeth II’s disappearance.
“All our condolences”, “God bless you”, “I wish you the best”, the crowd threw him.
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Elizabeth II died “peacefully” on Thursday at her castle in Balmoral, Scotland, where her son Charles and daughter Anne were then staying. His other two sons, Andrew and Edwards, and Prince William, now heir to the crown, and then Prince Harry alone, arrived after the death.
The King has announced that the royal mourning – which will involve family, staff and representatives of the royal household – will last until seven days after the Queen’s funeral, the date of which has not yet been confirmed.
The royal residences will remain closed until after the funeral and the flags there will be flown at half-staff.
The national mourning ordered by the government must last until the day of the funeral. The Queen is buried privately in the chapel at Windsor Castle.
Thousands of Brits, some in tears, turned out to lay flowers outside Buckingham Palace, Windsor and Balmoral in northern Scotland.
“I wanted to be here today…It’s very powerful to be here with so many other people to show how much we respect them. She’s done so much for this country, it won’t be the same without her,” Plenty David Renn, 42, who came to Windsor by bike from London.
The portrait of Elizabeth II adorns London bus stops, replacing advertisements, and books of condolence have been opened in some churches and online on the Royal Family’s official website.
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