London: In a historic ceremony, King Charles III was proclaimed Britain’s new monarch. The Accession Council was televised for the first time in history. The clerk of the council made the proclamation by uttering the words “God save the King.” The throne of Britain went to the 73-year-old former Prince of Wales after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, on Thursday. The ceremony took place at St James’s Palace in London. Queen Consort Camilla, wife of King Charles III, joined him.
On Friday, the King returned from Balmoral Castle in Scotland where the Queen died. The flags were lowered atop the palace in mourning for the late Queen. But after the Accession Council proclamation, the flags were brought back up to full mast. On Sunday, when the mortal of the Queen will be laid to rest the flags will remain at half-mast.
In his first televised address, Charles said, “As the Queen herself did with such unswerving devotion, I, too, now solemnly pledge myself, through the remaining time God grants me, to uphold the constitutional principles at the heart of our nation.” The Principal Proclamation was also read for the first time in public by the Garter King Arms from the balcony overlooking Friday court at St James’s Palace. It was accompanied by 41-gun salute by the King’s Troop royal Horse Artillery at Hyde Park in London.