King Charles III has been formally declared as new monarch of the United Kingdom in historic ceremonies in St James’s Park and the Royal Exchange in London. In both locations, crowds sing ‘God save the King’ as the band plays, before giving three cheers.
The Proclamation ceremony at the Royal Exchange – the second and last such ceremony to be held in London – is now over. Further Proclamations will be read in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales at noon tomorrow.
Earlier, Before the Accession Council’s ranks of senior politicians and public figures. It was a mix of ritual, ornate language and constitutional practicality.
The Accession Council – a group consisting of members of the Royal Family, the prime minister and other senior politicians and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The historic ceremony in the Throne Room saw all six living former UK prime ministers gather to greet the new King and witness the proclamation.
The King signed the oath he declared in front of the Privy Council. This was followed by Prince William – the new Prince of Wales and Camilla, the Queen Consort. Witnesses at the proclamation also added their signatures to the document.
King Charles III dedicated the rest of his life to serving as monarch. shouldering his new responsibilities, the King publicly promised to follow in the Queen’s example. It was the choreography of continuity.
Gun salutes have taken place to mark the Principal Proclamation.
The King’s troops fired 41 guns in Hyde Park and 62 guns at the Tower of London to mark the accession of the King.