Accession Council proclaims Charles as Britain's new king

Saturday September 10 2022

Britain's King Charles III makes his declaration during a meeting of the Accession Council inside St James's Palace in London on September 10, 2022, to proclaim him as the new king. PHOTO | AFP


Britain's Charles III was officially proclaimed king in a ceremony on Saturday, a day after he vowed in his first speech to mourning subjects that he would emulate his "darling mama", Queen Elizabeth II. 

The 73-year-old Charles III automatically became monarch upon the queen's death Thursday, but an Accession Council ceremony at St James's Palace early Saturday is a constitutional formality to recognise his sovereignty.

The pomp-filled protocol, featuring trumpets and a balcony proclamation, is the latest part of a 10-day programme of official mourning -- which will last even longer for the royals -- held across Britain leading up to the queen's funeral.

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An emotional Charles set the tone for his reign in a televised address Friday in which he hailed his mother's "unswerving devotion" during her record-breaking seven decades on the throne.

He vowed to carry on Queen Elizabeth II's “lifelong service” with his own modernising stamp, as Britain enters an uncertain new age under a new sovereign.


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