King Charles III formally proclaimed monarch in first televised Accession Council


Prince Charles Philip Arthur George has officially been declared Britain’s new King.

A screengrab from the accession ceremony of King Charles.

King Charles III has been formally proclaimed the King of Britain in the first televised Accession Council today (Saturday) at St James’s Palace in London.

The new King signed the proclamation with Prince William, Prime Minister Liz Truss, and Archbishop Justin Welby watching on.

Though Prince Charles Philip Arthur George became the new king after the demise of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, the Accession Council ceremonially announced the name of the new monarch.

The Accession Council is made up of members of the Privy Council, a group of senior MPs, past and present, and peers, as well as some senior civil servants, Commonwealth high commissioners, and the Lord Mayor of London.

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From 11:00 am, flags flew full mast, and royal gun salutes were fired. The senior members of government swore an oath to King Charles III in the House of Commons, too.

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In his maiden address as the eldest monarch on Friday, King Charles fondly remembered Queen Elizabeth II. He vowed to serve the nation all his life with loyalty, respect, and love.

The death of 96-year-old Britain’s longest-serving monarch (70 years) on Thursday set in train long-established plans for days of national mourning and a state funeral that will be held in just over a week.

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