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King Charles III proclaimed Britain's monarch; pledges to follow Queen Elizabeth II's 'inspiring example'

King Charles III was on Saturday proclaimed Britain's new monarch in a historic ceremony of the Accession Council that was televised for the first time in history. 

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First Published Sep 10, 2022, 2:48 PM IST

King Charles III pledged to follow the "inspiring example" of his mother, late Queen Elizabeth II, as he was proclaimed Britain's new monarch on Saturday in a historic ceremony of the Accession Council that was televised for the first time in history.

"God save the King" were the words with which those gathered reaffirmed the proclamation made by the clerk of the council. 

Charles then made his proclamation speech, which began with the most sorrowful duty to announce the death of Queen Elizabeth II, "an example of lifelong love and selfless service." 

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"My mother's reign was unequalled in its dedication and its devotion. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life," said King Charles III.

"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 across the world," he said.

King Charles III proclaimed Britain's monarch in historic televised ceremony snt

Following the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Thursday, the crown passed to the 73-year-old former Prince of Wales, and the event on Saturday marked his official declaration and taking of the oath at St. James's Palace in London.

The official proclamation paperwork were signed by King Charles, his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, and his son and heir, Prince William the new Prince of Wales.

Charles upheld the custom of handing over the Crown Estate and all income to the nation in exchange for the Sovereign Grant, which pays for royal expenses in the UK.

The Queen passed away at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where the King had just returned on Friday after visiting.

After the Accession Council proclamation, which came after a wave of additional proclamations across the UK to go into Sunday when flags will return to half-mast in a state of mourning for the Queen, the flags lowered atop the palace were raised to full mast.

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"As the Queen herself did with such unswerving devotion, I too now solemnly pledge myself, throughout the remaining time God grants me, to uphold the constitutional principles at the heart of our nation, Charles said in his first televised address as King on Friday evening.

"And to my darling Mama, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this: thank you. Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years. May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest'," he said.

Soon after a Principal Proclamation was read in public for the first time by the Garter King of Arms from the balcony overlooking Friary Court at St James's Palace, accompanied by a 41-gun salute fired by The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery at Hyde Park in London.

King Charles III proclaimed Britain's monarch in historic televised ceremony snt

The Privy Council, which includes politicians, senior members of the clergy and Supreme Court justices, first gathered without the King to proclaim the new monarch and arrange business relating to the proclamation. 

Following the proclamation, King Charles III convened his first Privy Council meeting when he expressed a personal commitment to carry on his late mother's legacy and "assume the duties and responsibilities of sovereignty".

On Friday, the King met for the first time with British Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace. As soon as he arrived, vast crowds had gathered at the palace gates to pay their respects to the Queen and to see the new king and his Queen Consort.

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"It was so touching to see so many people It's a moment I'd been dreading, but one must try and keep going," Charles was heard saying to Truss, in a brief clip released of his first audience as the Prime Minister expressed her condolences.

While formal details are to be released by Buckingham Palace, it is expected that the Queen will lie in state at Westminster Hall in London for the public to pay their respects.

In the coming days, the Queen's coffin will depart her Balmoral estate for the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. 

From here, it will be taken in procession to St. Giles' Cathedral in the city, where the Queen will lie at rest, allowing the public to view her coffin. The coffin will then move to London, ready for lying in state for around four days before her funeral. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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