Charles III Officially Proclaimed King Of Britain

Charles III Officially Proclaimed King Of Britain

Charles III Officially Proclaimed King Of Britain

Charles III Officially Declared King Of Britain

On Saturday, trumpets were heard when Charles III was proclaimed king in a tradition that dates back to Anglo-Saxon times.

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Days after Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, a historic ceremony was held at St. James’s Palace in London.

In addition, the Accession Council, when Charles, 73, swore his oath, was broadcast on television for the first time, giving the world a glimpse behind the scenes of a previously unrevealed event.

A public proclamation and a fanfare of eight trumpets followed from the palace balcony, a blast from times past when it would have broken the news to a new king’s subjects.

Charles III Officially Proclaimed King Of Britain

Thousands of well-wishers gathered outside the brick-walled palace for the 2022 version of the ceremony, applauding after the formal announcement that Charles is king.

While Charles automatically became monarch after Elizabeth died on Thursday aged 96, the pomp-filled ceremony puts the constitutional seal on his succession before his eventual coronation.

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“It’s a moment in history,” said Kelly Maynard, a 48-year-old from Australia, one of the countries that, like Britain, counts Charles III as its new head of state.

The 200 members of Britain’s Privy Council present included King Charles’ wife, Camilla, eldest son William, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Prime Minister Liz Truss, and all the living former prime ministers of Britain.

Charles III Officially Proclaimed King Of Britain

Representatives from the 14 countries where the queen is head of state apart from Britain – the “Commonwealth Realms” including Australia, New Zealand, and Canada – were also invited.

The clerk of the council announced, “Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now, by the death of our lady sovereign of happy memory, become our King Charles III… God save the king!”

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Charles then joined them for the second part in the palace’s crimson-and-gilt throne room, during which he took the royal oath.

He hailed his mother’s “example of lifelong love and of selfless service” during a reign spanning seven decades from just after World War II, and said he was “deeply aware” of the “heavy responsibility of sovereignty”.

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