King Charles III has been formally proclaimed Britain’s new monarch at a meeting of the Accession Council at St James’s Palace on Saturday.
It was the first accession council since 1952, when Queen Elizabeth II was proclaimed, and in a historic first, Saturday’s ceremony was broadcast live to the public.
The King signed a declaration and oath before assembled privy counsellors, including the new Queen Consort and Prince of Wales, using ink from an ink pot gifted to him by Prince William and Prince Harry.
In the declaration he said it was his “sorrowful duty to announce the death of my beloved mother, the Queen. Her reign was unequalled in its duration, its dedication and its devotion.”
The proclamation was signed by the senior members of the Privy Council, including the new heir Prince William, Prime Minister Liz Truss, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Queen Consort Camilla.
After that the lord president of the Council Penny Mordaunt proclaimed Charles III a King and ordered the proclamation to be announced form the balcony of the St. James Palace, at the Exchange in the City of London, as well as in capitals of UK regions: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.