King Charles III was officially proclaimed the new King of Britain in a centuries-old accession council ceremony

King Charles III, the world’s newest monarch, was formally proclaimed King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Saturday morning in a constitutional celebration dating back hundreds of years. Nearly 700 members of the current Accession Council, the oldest working part of the British government, were called to a meeting on Saturday at St James’s Palace in London, the official residence of the UK’s kings and queens for centuries.

The Council is composed of the Queen’s own advisers, a select group of senior politicians, including the new Prime Minister Liz Truss, religious figures from the Church of England, the Mayor of London, and a host of other senior civil servants from across British society and 14 “realms”, or Other states, in which the king serves as the official head of state.

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From left, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, former Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Boris Johnson, David Cameron, Theresa May and John Major before the Accession Council ceremony at St James’s Palace, London, September 10, 2022, where King Charles III is solemn monarch.

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While King Charles III became king immediately after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday after 70 years on the throne, the role of the council was to officially recognize the death of one king and then proclaim the new king. One on behalf of the British government. It is part of the constitutional process in Britain.

About 200 of the Queen’s current advisers attended the proceedings in London on Saturday, including several former prime ministers and other senior politicians. The Privy Council It is the oldest working part of the British government, dating back nearly 1,000 years. For the first time in the joining board’s long history, the two-part ceremony was broadcast live on TV on Saturday.

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William, Prince of Wales (left), Queen Camilla (second left), Benny Mordaunt, chair of the Accession Council, and British Prime Minister Liz Truss (fourth from left) look at other members of the Accession Council as they sign an official proclamation confirming the beginning of the reign of King Charles III .

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In the first part of the ceremony, British legislator Benny Mordaunt, Lord Head of the Council, announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II and then the Council’s clerk, Richard Tilbrook, read out a loud announcement of the accession.

The declaration was then signed by the council members.

In the second part of the council, King Charles joined the assembly at St. James. The Queen’s advisors watched the new king read the announcements regarding his mother’s death, then swear an oath to serve his kingdom.

Charles pledged to follow his mother’s “inspiring example” and said he was “deeply acquainted with this great legacy and the enormous duties and responsibilities of the Sovereign now bequeathed to me”.

“I know how deeply you and the entire nation, and I believe the entire world, sympathize with me in this irreparable loss that we have all suffered,” he said of the Queen’s death.

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From right, King Charles III, Camilla, the Queen consort, and Prince William during the Accession Council at St James’s Palace, London, Saturday 10 September 2022, as King Charles III is officially proclaimed King. (Victoria Jones/Paul Foto via The Associated Press)

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The new king then explicitly agreed to a number of orders, including declaring his mother’s uncertain funeral date a national holiday. It is expected to take place on or around September 19.

As required by the British Constitution, Charles also declared to faithfully serve the Church of Scotland, of which he is also its official leader. He was then the first to sign two copies of this declaration, followed by his son and heir, William, Prince of Wales, and other witnesses.

After the proceedings of the Accession Council, the proclamation of King Charles as King was read aloud from the proclamation gallery, the balcony of St James’s Palace, by the Garter King of Arms, accompanied by other officials – all in traditional dress.

The trumpets sounded as the King of Arms was preparing to read the announcement.

The Garter King of Arms reads the official proclamation declaring King Charles III the new King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, at the Announcement at St James’s Palace in London, England, September 10, 2022.


The declaration, as read by Garter King of Arms, saw the assembled Queen’s Advisers and other members of the Accession Council solemnly proclaiming that they “now with one voice and consent of tongue and heart, promulgate and declare the following: Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now, after the death of our late King our happy memory, our master The only lawful and legitimate, Charles III, praise be to God, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and among all his other worlds and territories, the King, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to whom we confess with all faith and obedience with humble affection, beseeching God by whom kings rule And queens, may His Majesty bless for long and happy years to rule us.”

After that, another trumpet salute was followed by the cry of “God save the King!” by those assembled in the courtyard under the advertising gallery. Then the assembled sang the British national anthem, With her newly modified words “God save the King”.

The ceremony was to be followed later in the day by gun salutes and the repetition of public announcement elsewhere in London and then in other state capitals in the United Kingdom, in Edinburgh, Scotland; Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Cardiff, Wales, among other locations in 14 countries where Charles is the official head of state.

King Charles’ third day in business will include a series of official meetings – or “masses”, as Buckingham Palace refers to them – with officials including The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Prime Minister and other members of the Cabinet, then leaders of Britain’s political opposition parties.

Read King Charles III’s proclamation as Britain’s King


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