Charles III is formally proclaimed king by Accession Council

Charles III is formally proclaimed king by Accession Council
(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 13, 2015 Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends a reception at Guildhall following a memorial service to mark the end of Britain's combat operations in Afghanistan in central London. - Charles has spent virtually his entire life waiting to succeed his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, even as he took on more of her duties and responsibilities as she aged. But the late monarch's eldest son, 73, made the most of his record-breaking time as the longest-serving heir to the throne by forging his own path. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP)

An historic Accession Council proclaimed Charles III as Britain’s new king on Saturday morning following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II aged 96. The Queen’s state funeral will take place on Monday 19 September, palace officials confirmed. Thank you for following our live blog. Read FRANCE 24’s live coverage of the day’s events. 

  • The council, televised for the first time, is a centuries-old formality to recognise the new king’s sovereignty even though he automatically became monarch after Queen Elizabeth II‘s passing.
  • Several hundred privy councillors including current Prime Minister Liz Truss and all of her living predecessors, Charles’s wife Camilla and his eldest son and heir William all attended the ceremony at St James’s Palace, London.
  • King Charles III said his mother, who died on Thursday in Balmoral aged 96, “gave an example of lifelong love and of selfless service” that he promised to emulate. He added that he was “deeply aware” of the “duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty”. | More on


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