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King Charles III Formally Proclaimed UK’s New Monarch

I am deeply aware of this great inheritance.
12 Sep 2022 13:55
King Charles III Formally Proclaimed UK’s New Monarch
King Charles III signs an oath to uphold the security of the Church in Scotland during the Accession Council at St James’s Palace, London.. Photo: Al Jazeera

King Charles III has been proclaimed the United Kingdom’s monarch in a splendour-filled ceremony steeped in ancient tradition and political symbolism – an event which has been for the first time, broadcast live online and on air.

The ceremony was followed by gun salutes and the reading of proclamations in London and in the other capital cities of the UK – Edinburgh in Scotland, Belfast in Northern Ireland, and Cardiff in Wales.

Charles, who spent seven decades as heir apparent, automatically became king when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on Thursday.

The accession ceremony was a key constitutional and ceremonial step in introducing the new monarch to the country, a relic of a time before mass communications.

Dozens of senior King Charles III past and present, including Prime Minister, Liz Truss, and five of her predecessors, gathered in the ornate state apartments at St James’s Palace for the meeting of the Accession Council.

They met without Charles, officially confirming his title, King Charles III.

The king then joined them, pledging to follow his mother’s “inspiring example” as he took on the duties of monarch.

“I am deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty which have now passed to me,” he said.

“I know how deeply you and the entire nation, and I think I may say the whole world, sympathise with me in this irreparable loss we have all suffered.”

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