Charles III was proclaimed King on a busy Saturday morning with two historic ceremonies in London. First at the Palace of St. James and then in the City, there were proclamations, cheers, the national anthem, and a declaration from the sovereign. For the first time in history, the Ascension Council ceremony was broadcast on television and allowed the public to follow the monarch’s proclamation, with rituals, traditions and the display of the guard.
The date of Elizabeth II’s funeral was also announced for the 19th of September and the new King declared that day to be a national holiday. This Sunday begins the funeral ceremonies of the Queen.
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After the proclamation of Charles III, the family unfolded in apparitions to greet the public. While the King remained in London, the new Princes of Wales arrived side by side with the Dukes of Sussex at Windsor. The remaining royal family close to the King (brothers and nephews) left for a religious service at Balmoral.
Saturday’s celebrations began at St. James in London, where the Ascension Council met. This is a ceremonial body that meets after the death of a monarch to formalize the proclamation of the new sovereign. This was thus the first official event that Charles III attended as King, – with William, now Prince Wales, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Prime Minister Liz Truss, the Archbishop of Canterbury, as well as more than 200 privy councilors, among others. they six former prime ministers. It was the first time that this ceremony was broadcast on television.
The ceremony began, as required by British punctuality, at 10 am and the dress code dictated that all present wear black. With all the guests gathered in the palace drawing room, the Ascension Council ceremony began.
Penny Mordaunt, the leader of the House of Commons, began by announcing the death of Queen Elizabeth II with the Queen Consort and the Prince of Wales behind her on a kind of raised stage, facing the audience. She then gave the floor to the council clerk, who read the Ascension Proclamation and declared: “Prince Charles Philip Artur Jorge is now, on the death of our last sovereign of happy memory, our only legitimate Lord, Charles III.” At the end the words “God save the King” were spoken aloud and the proclamation was signed – first by the Queen Consort, followed by the Prince of Wales. Penny Mordaunt returned to the pulpit to read the eight orders from the Council and then invited those present to accompany her to the Council Chamber, where they would wait for the King.
The second part of the ceremony continued in a room with a throne still bearing the symbol of ER (Elizabeth Regina) and, this time, with the King already present and reading a declaration in which he accepts the role of sovereign.
My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen.
It is my most painful duty to announce to you the death of my adored Mother, the Queen. I know how deeply you, the whole nation – and I think I can say the whole world – sympathize with me in the irreparable loss we all suffer. It is the greatest comfort to me to know the sympathy expressed by so many to my sister and brothers and what overwhelming affection and support must be extended to the entire family in our loss.
For all of us as a family, as well as for this kingdom and an extended family of nations of which it is a part, my Mother is an example of lifelong love and selfless service. My Mother’s reign was unparalleled in duration, in her dedication and devotion. Even during our grief, we appreciate her life of faithfulness.
I am deeply aware of this great heritage and of the duties and weighty responsibilities of the Sovereignty which has now passed to me. In taking up these responsibilities, I will endeavor to follow the inspiring example set before me in upholding constitutional government and to seek the peace, harmony, and prosperity of the peoples of these islands and of the Commonwealth kingdoms and territories throughout the world.
In this regard, I know that I will be supported by the affection and loyalty of the peoples I call to be Sovereign, and that in the fulfillment of these duties I will be guided by their elected parliaments. In all of this, I am deeply encouraged by the constant support of my beloved wife.
I take this opportunity to confirm my willingness and intention to continue the tradition of handing over hereditary income, including the Crown’s estate, to my Government for the benefit of all, in exchange for funding from the sovereign, which supports my official duties as Head of State and the Nation. And in fulfilling this task that has been given to me, and to which I now dedicate the remainder of my life, I pray for the guidance and help of Almighty God.”
Charles III then took an oath to maintain the security of the Church of Scotland and then the King signed two documents confirming the oath and signed as “Charles R”, followed by Prince William, the Queen Consort and Nicola Sturgeon, first – Minister of Scotland.
There followed a series of protocol requests from Penny Mordaunt, to which the King replied “I approve”. Among them the declaration of the day of Elizabeth II’s funeral as a national holiday throughout the United Kingdom. The Council’s agenda has been concluded here.
The ceremony then continued in Friary Court, courtyard of St. James, where a series of uniformed guards awaited the king’s proclamation on the porch.
Anticipated by the sound of a series of trumpets, David Vines White, Garter King of Arms, delivered the Main Proclamation of the new King and declared:
“Prince Carlos Filipe Artur Jorge is now, by the death of our last sovereign of happy memory, our only legitimate Lord, Charles III. By the grace of God, the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and Northern Ireland, and the other kingdoms and territories, he is King, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to whom we acknowledge all faith and obedience with humble affection.”
When the statement was over, White took off his hat, shouted “God Save the King” and the trumpets sounded again. The national anthem followed. Cannon volleys were fired at the same time as the Main Proclamation, 62 at the Tower of London and 41 at Hyde Park. Also at Cardiff Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Gibraltar, Colchester, York, Larkhill (near Stonhenge) and naval bases at Devonport and Portsmouth there were greetings to the new King, the Telegraph reported.
On the balcony of the Palace of St. James were members of the King’s Guard, Coldstream guards and eight trumpeters from the Household Cavalry, dressed in golden uniforms bearing the Queen’s insignia (ER).
In a very special and rare moment, the guards put their weapons on the ground, took their hats off their heads and placed them on their right shoulder. Then they took their hats to the air to the rhythm of three “cheers” to the new king. The guards, who never take off their famous black bear fur hat, removed it as a sign of respect for their new king, so that he could see their faces, in a ritual full of symbolism, explained diplomacy expert Tiago Ferreira. Lopes on CNN Portugal.
The second proclamation of Charles III took place in the center of the City of London at 12:00. In the square in front of the Royal Exchange, the building that in the 16th century was the center of commerce in the city. The second proclamation of the new King was made on the steps, before a formation of officers and a series of onlookers who gathered on the spot. The reading of the short text was given by the officer Clarenceux King of Arms and ended with the declaration “God Save The King”, followed by the sound of a royal salute made by trumpets. The Coldstream Guards band played the national anthem and the ceremony ended with the Lord Mayor of London asking the new King for three cheers.
After the proclamation of the new King, the flags were fully hoisted again for a day. On Sunday, after the proclamation also took place in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales at 12:00, the flags returned to half-mast, as a sign of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II.
After the two proclamations, the King and Queen headed to Buckingham Palace, London, where, in the afternoon, Charles III met with Prime Minister Liz Truss and members of the government. The royal couple also had a first audience with Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
In Scotland, after attending a religious service at Crathie Kirk, near Balmoral Castle, several members of the royal family were watching the tributes to Elizabeth II left outside the property. Princess Anne with her husband and two children, the Earl and Countess of Wessex (Eduardo and Sophie), Prince Andrew and two daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie also greeted the audience that had gathered to see them.
In Windsor, William and Kate made their first appearance together since being Princes of Wales and side by side with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The two brothers and two sisters-in-law traveled part of the long road that leads to Windsor Castle and where several people gathered to pay their respects.
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