With the demise of Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, her eldest son, Prince Charles succeeds her as King Charles III. He automatically became the monarch immediately after his mother’s death under the terms of the Act of Settlement 1701. However, for ceremonial purposes, he was officially proclaimed by a meeting on Saturday.
Hence, a constitutional ceremony took place at St. James’s Palace in London to formally announce King Charles III as the newest king of Britain.
St. James Palace is a senior royal palace located in the City of Westminster in London. It has been the setting for some of the most important events in royal history including Queen Elizabeth’s own proclamation ceremony.
The former prince of Wales was proclaimed to his new by a centuries-old ritual, which was televised for the first time in history.
The ceremony reverberated a bygone age, directed by tradition, with a level of history and pageantry.
Part I of Association Council:
The first part of the Accession Council comprised of the Privy Council, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, and senior judges. The sovereign himself was not present in the first part of the meeting.
The MP Penny Mordaunt, the Lord President formally announced the Queen’s death and mourned her. Further, Clerk of the Privy Council Richard Tilbrook proclaimed Charles her successor under the name King Charles III.
The Garter King of Arms then read out the proclamation a second time from a balcony above the Friary Court.
Part II of Association Council:
Finally, King Charles III addressed the room, paying tribute to his late mother and promising to follow in her example.
“My mother gave an example of lifelong love and of selfless service. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life. I am deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty which have now passed to me.”
The coronation of King Charles III might take some time, since the Queen Elizabeth’s coronation had taken place 16 months after her father’s death in February, 1952.