By Michael Holden and Kate Holton
LONDON (Reuters) – King Charles pledged on Saturday to follow his late mother’s example as he was officially proclaimed Britain’s new monarch in a historic ceremony featuring pageantry, centuries-old tradition and the cries of “God Save the King”.
The death of Queen Elizabeth, 96, on Thursday after 70 years on the throne clicked https://www.Reuters.com/world/uk/britains-king-charles-address-nation-mourning-2022 -09 -09 long-established and highly choreographed plans for national days of mourning and state funerals to be held in just over a week.
Charles, 73, immediately took over https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/process-by-which-charless-accession-throne-is-formalised-2022-09-08 from his mother but a Board of Membership gathered at St James’s – the UK’s oldest royal palace which was built by order of Henry VIII in the 1530s – on Saturday to proclaim him king.
The council – made up of privy advisers whose centuries-old role is to advise the monarch – included his son and heir William, his wife Camilla and Britain’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, who signed the proclamation of his accession.
Six former prime ministers, senior bishops and a group of politicians shouted “God Save The King” as the announcement was endorsed.
“I am keenly aware of this great heritage and the heavy duties and responsibilities of Sovereignty which have now been handed down to me,” Charles said.
“In assuming these responsibilities, I will endeavor to follow the inspiring example given to me to uphold constitutional government and to seek the peace, harmony and prosperity of the peoples of these islands and of the kingdoms and territories of the Commonwealth around the world.”
Later, on the Proclamation Gallery, a balcony above Friary Court of St James’s Palace, the Garter King of Arms, David White, accompanied by others in gold and red heraldic robes, read the main Proclamation, to the sound of trumpets.
“While it has pleased Almighty God to call upon His mercy, our late Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II of blessed and glorious memory, by whose passing the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and of ‘Northern Ireland, uniquely and rightfully came to Prince Charles Philip Arthur George,’ White proclaimed.
Soldiers in traditional scarlet uniforms shouted “hip, hip, hooray” as White called for three cheers for the king.
A few hundred people were allowed into the court, including young children on their parents’ shoulders, a woman holding flowers and elderly people on mobility scooters. Many are capturing the moment on their smartphones.
Charles is the 41st monarch in a line whose origins can be traced back to Norman King William the Conqueror who seized the throne of England in 1066. Saturday’s events reflected proclamations announcing new kings and queens that date back hundreds of years. ‘years.
It was the first proclamation by a monarch to be televised. And for most Britons it was the first such event in their lives as Elizabeth was the only monarch they had ever known. Charles himself was only three years old when she became queen in 1952.
Following the events of St James’s, a military band led soldiers, heralds and men in ceremonial dress bearing standards and pikes, through the ancient City of London to the Royal Exchange, the first center purpose-built commercial in the capital that dates back to 1566, where the proclamation is re-read.
The advert was also due to run in other UK capitals – Edinburgh in Scotland, Belfast in Northern Ireland and Cardiff in Wales.
The death of Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, has sparked an outpouring of tributes around the world. Buildings and landmarks across Europe, America and Africa were lit up in the red, white and blue of the UK.
In parliament, lawmakers lined up to swear allegiance to the new king, led by Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle and with Truss one of the first.
“I swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty King Charles, his heirs and successors according to law, so help me God,” the oath read.
People began to gather again outside the royal palaces on Saturday, with thousands heading to Buckingham Palace to pay their respects to the Queen and Charles. Outside the remote Scottish castle of Balmoral, in the heart of the Scottish highlands, a line of people waiting to lay flowers ran for more than 500 yards.
“This is a poignant time in our country’s history,” said design director Ian Bilboe, 54. “(We are) here to be part of that and show respect to the late queen and also the new king.”
Charles is king and head of state not only of the United Kingdom, but of 14 other kingdoms, including Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
“THE NATION’S GRANDMOTHER”
Britain has declared a period of mourning until the state funeral of Elizabeth, once described by her grandson Harry as “the nation’s grandmother”.
The date has not been announced, but it is expected in just over a week, and Charles announced https://www.Reuters.com/world/uk/king-charles-approves-bank-holiday- day-state -funeral-2022-09-10 Saturday that it would be a holiday.
World leaders are expected in London for the funeral, including US President Joe Biden, who said on Friday he would attend.
Charles’ coronation as king will take place at a later date – and the timing is not yet clear. There was a 16-month gap between Elizabeth becoming queen and her coronation in 1953.
The new king vowed on Friday to serve the nation with “loyalty, respect and love” in his first televised address to the nation as king.
Earlier on Friday, returning to London from Scotland where his mother died, he was greeted with cheers, applause and a crowd chanting ‘God Save The King’ as he made his first public appearance outside the palace of Buckingham.
Charles also said in his speech that he had made his eldest son William, 40, the new Prince of Wales, the title which had been his for more than 50 years and is traditionally held by the heir to the throne.
William’s wife Kate becomes Princess of Wales, a role last held by the late Princess Diana.
Elizabeth, who was the world’s oldest and longest serving head of state, ascended to the throne following the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952, when she was just 25 year.
Over the decades, she has witnessed a seismic shift in the social, political and economic structure of her nation. She has won praise for guiding the monarchy into the 21st century and modernizing it in the process, despite intense media scrutiny and her family’s often very public setbacks.
Charles, who according to the polls is less popular than his mother, now has the task of ensuring the future of the institution.
“While we recognize that many people reflect on the loss of the Queen, Britain needs a debate on the future of the monarchy in light of King Charles’s accession to the throne,” said Graham Smith, leader of the anti-monarchy group Republic. said.
During Elizabeth’s long reign, Republican rumblings surfaced on occasion, but the affection and respect she enjoyed meant there was never a serious threat to the monarchy. Now Republicans are hoping the end of the 1,000-year-old institution could be one step closer.
(Reporting by Kate HoltonAdditional reporting by Muvija M in London and Andrew MacAskill in Balmoral, ScotlandEditing by Rosalba O’Brien, Frances Kerry and Andrew Heavens)