The proclamation comes two days after the death of Elizabeth II, who ruled the country for 70 years. For the first time in UK history, the official proclamation was broadcast live on television.
At 10 a.m. sharp, Accession Board Chairwoman Penny Mordaunt entered St. James’s Palace and first announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Then, Prince Charles, aged 73, was proclaimed King, under the name of Charles III. The reading of the text ended with a “God save the King”, taken up in heart by the members of the audience.
The statement was then signed by Council members, including Prime Minister Liz Truss and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Queen Consort Camilla and the new heir to the throne, Prince of Wales William, were present at the ceremony. Charles III was not present.
Former British Prime Ministers John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson attended the proclamation.
This was symbolic, Charles indeed automatically became King at the moment of the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. He also gave his first speech as monarch on Friday evening, where he promised to serve the British all his life “with loyalty, respect and love”.
The Accession Council is responsible for officially proclaiming the new sovereign of the United Kingdom. It is made up of members of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister and former politicians, and the Archbishop of Canterbury.