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Charles III proclaimed king in a ceremony steeped in tradition

They met without Charles, officially confirming his title, King Charles III. The king then joined them, vowing to follow his mother’s “inspiring example” as he assumed the duties of monarch.

“I am deeply aware of this great heritage and the heavy duties and responsibilities of sovereignty that have now been handed down to me,” he said.

Speaking of his personal grief, he said: “I know how much you and the entire nation, and I think I can say the whole world, sympathize with me in this irreparable loss that we have all suffered.”

The new king officially approved a series of ordinances, including one declaring the day of his mother’s funeral a public holiday. The date of the state funeral has not been announced, but it is expected to take place around September 19.

It is the first time the accession ceremony has taken place since 1952, when Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne.

Charles was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, and his eldest son, Prince William. William is now heir to the throne and is now known by the title Charles has long held, Prince of Wales.

The ceremony ended with a royal official publicly proclaiming King Charles III monarch from a palace balcony. In centuries past, this would have been the first official confirmation the public would have of their new ruler.

David White, the Garter King of Arms, made the proclamation flanked by trumpeters in gold-trimmed robes before leading the cheers – “hip, hip, hooray!” — for the new king.

Gun salutes rang out in Hyde Park, the Tower of London and at military sites across the UK as he delivered the news, and scarlet-robed soldiers in the palace courtyard took off their hats bearskin in a royal salute.

The proclamation was read in medieval London and other places in the UK.

Two days after the 96-year-old Queen died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after an unprecedented 70 years on the throne, people still came in their thousands to pay their respects outside Buckingham Palace in London. The scene was repeated in other royal residences in the UK and in British embassies around the world.

Britain is holding a period of mourning for the Queen, with days of carefully choreographed ceremonies marking the death of the only monarch most people have ever known.

For many Britons, his death, although long overdue, is an unsettling experience. It comes at a time when many Britons are facing an energy crisis, soaring costs of living, the uncertainties of war in Ukraine and the fallout from Brexit.

The country has also just experienced a change of leadership. Truss was appointed by the Queen on Tuesday, just two days before the monarch died. On Saturday, Truss and other senior British lawmakers lined up in the House of Commons to take the oath of loyalty to the new king.

Normal parliamentary business was suspended during a period of mourning for the Queen. The House of Commons was holding a rare Saturday session so lawmakers could pay their respects to the late monarch.

Charles struck a note of continuity on Friday, vowing in a televised address to continue the Queen’s “lifetime service”, with its own stamp of modernization.

The new monarch looked both to the past – noting his mother’s “unwavering dedication and devotion as sovereign” – and to the future, seeking to strike a reassuring note of consistency while signaling that it will be a 21st century monarchy.

He reflected on how the country had changed dramatically during the Queen’s reign into a society “of many cultures and many religions”, and pledged to serve people in Britain and the other 14 countries. where he is king “regardless of your origins or beliefs.”

He also tried to overcome a reputation for aloofness in his early hours as monarch, spending time shaking hands with some of the thousands who came to lay flowers and pay their respects to the Queen at the gates of Buckingham Palace. He was greeted with shouts of “Bravo, Charlie!” and “God save the king!” A woman gave him a kiss on the cheek.

In the coming days, the Queen’s body will be transported from Balmoral, first to Edinburgh and then to London, where she will rest in state ahead of a funeral at Westminster Abbey.

In his speech, Charles took a personal note as he spoke of his grief over the loss of “my darling mum”.

“Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years,” he said, ending with a quote from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” – “What flocks of angels sing to you for your rest.'”


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