King Charles III Proclamation Ceremony updates: Charles III declared Britain's King at royal ceremony

Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son, Prince Charles, became king immediately upon her death

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King Charles III Proclamation Ceremony updates: Charles III declared Britain's King at royal ceremony

Charles, the oldest person to ever assume the British throne, following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. AP

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Sept 10, 2022 - 18:40 (IST)

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British prime minister and senior lawmakers take oath to King Charles III

British prime minister Liz Truss and senior lawmakers take an oath to King Charles III in the House of Commons.

Sept 10, 2022 - 17:45 (IST)

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King Charles III greeted by crowds at Buckingham Palace

Britain’s King Charles III is greeted by crowds as he is driven back to Buckingham Palace in London on 10 September 2022, two days after Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96.

King Charles III pledged to follow his mother Queen Elizabeth II’s example of lifelong service in his inaugural address to Britain and the Commonwealth on Friday, after ascending to the throne following the death of Queen Elizabeth on Thursday, reported AFP.

Sept 10, 2022 - 16:57 (IST)

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Putin offers his 'sincerest congratulations' to Charles III

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered his "sincerest congratulations" to King Charles III after he was officially proclaimed monarch at a pomp-filled ceremony in London, reported AFP.

Sept 10, 2022 - 16:29 (IST)

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'King Charles approves bank holiday for the day of Queen’s funeral

King Charles III has approved an order declaring the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral a public holiday, however, a date has not yet been announced.

Sept 10, 2022 - 16:07 (IST)

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'Ceremony ends at St James's Palace

The Accession Council ceremony at St James’s Palace ends after Charles III was proclaimed king to the public. The State Trumpeters and the Heralds formed a vehicle procession and will drive to the Royal Exchange in the City of London, where a further Proclamation will be read, reports the BBC.

Sept 10, 2022 - 15:52 (IST)

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'Deeply aware of duties and heavy responsibilities of Sovereignty', says King Charles

"I am deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of Sovereignty which have now passed to me. In taking up these responsibilities, I shall strive to follow the inspiring example I have been set in upholding constitutional government and to seek the peace, harmony, and prosperity of the peoples of these Islands and of the Commonwealth Realms and Territories throughout the world," King said soon after being proclaimed Britain's new monarch at the Accession Council at St James's Palace in London.

Sept 10, 2022 - 15:43 (IST)

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Prime Minister Liz Truss attends ceremony 

Sept 10, 2022 - 15:39 (IST)

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What is Accession Council?

The Accession Council ceremonially announced the name of the new monarch.

The Accession Council is made up of members of the Privy Council, a group of senior MPs, past and present, and peers, as well as some senior civil servants, Commonwealth high commissioners, and the Lord Mayor of London.

Sept 10, 2022 - 15:13 (IST)

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Charles officially announced as king at royal ceremony

King Charles III was officially announced as Britain’s monarch Saturday, in a ceremony steeped in ancient tradition and political symbolism — and, for the first time, broadcast live.

Charles automatically became king when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on Thursday, but the accession ceremony is a key constitutional and ceremonial step in introducing the new monarch to the country.

Scores of senior politicians 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.

Sept 10, 2022 - 14:40 (IST)

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Proclamation to take place at St James's Palace

Charles will be formally proclaimed King during a historic Accession Council at St James’s Palace.

The accession council will be followed at 3:30 PM IST by the principal proclamation, the new sovereign’s first public proclamation. 

King Charles III Proclamation Ceremony LIVE: The British monarchy’s rules state that “a new sovereign succeeds to the throne as soon as his or her predecessor dies.”

That means Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son, Prince Charles, became king immediately upon her death.

However, it may be months or even longer before Charles’ formal coronation. In Elizabeth’s case, her coronation came on 2 June, 1953 — 16 months after her accession on 6 February, 1952, when her father, King George VI, died.

A look at the formalities that take place after Charles accedes to the throne:

Within 24 hours of a monarch’s death, a new sovereign is proclaimed formally as soon as possible at St. James’s Palace in London by the “Accession Council.” This is made up of officials from the Privy Council, which includes senior Cabinet ministers, judges and leaders of the Church of England, who are summoned to the palace for the meeting.

Parliament is then recalled for lawmakers to take their oaths of allegiance to the new monarch.

The new monarch will swear an oath before the Privy Council in St. James’s Palace to maintain the Church of Scotland, according to the Act of Union of 1707.

The proclamation of the new sovereign is then publicly read out at St. James’s Palace, as well as in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast – the capital cities of the four nations that make up the United Kingdom.

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