Charles III proclaimed King at historic ceremony

The Accession Council, meeting at St James's Palace in London, gathered this Saturday morning and formally declared Charles as monarch


Saturday, 10 September 2022, 11:59

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The Accession Council, meeting at St James's Palace in London, has met this Saturday morning and formally declared Charles as monarch.

Penny Mordaunt, who chairs the Accession Council, opened the proceedings with these words: “My Lords, it is my sad duty to inform you that Her Gracious Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away on Thursday 8th September 2022 at Balmoral Castle.”

The formal event is held in two parts.

Part l

Formed of certain Privy Counsellors, Great Officers of State, the Lord Mayor and High Sheriffs of the City of London, Realm High Commissioners, some senior civil servants and certain others invited to attend, and is held (without the Sovereign) to formally announce the death of the Monarch and proclaim the succession of the new Sovereign and to make certain consequential Orders of Council mainly relating to the Proclamation.

Part ll

The holding by The Sovereign of his or her first Council, which is attended by Privy Counsellors only.

In his personal address to the Privy Council, the new King said, “It is my most sorrowful duty to announce to you the death of my beloved mother the Queen. I know how deeply you and the entire nation and I think I may say the whole world sympathises with me in the irreparable loss we have all suffered.”

“It is the greatest consolation to me to know of the sympathy expressed by so many to my sister and my brothers and as such overwhelming affection and support should be extended to our whole family in our loss. ”

“To all of us as a family, as to this kingdom and to the wider family of nations of which it is a part, my mother gave an example of lifelong love and of selfless service. My mother’s reign was unequalled in its duration, its dedication and its devotion. Even as we grieve we give thanks for this most faithful life. I am deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty which have now passed to me.“In taking up these responsibilities I shall strive to follow the inspiring example I have been set in upholding constitutional government and to seek the peace, harmony and prosperity of the peoples of these islands, and of the commonwealth realms and territories across the world. In this purpose I know that I shall be upheld by the affection and loyalty of the peoples whose sovereign I have been called upon to be, and in the discharge of these duties, I will be guided by the council of their elected parliaments.”

King Charles III continued, “In all this, I am profoundly encouraged by the constant support of my beloved wife. I take this opportunity to confirm my willingness and intention to continue the tradition of surrendering the hereditary revenues, including the crown estate to the government for the benefit of all in return for the sovereign grant which supports my official duties as head of state and head of nation.“

"In carrying out the heavy task that has been laid upon me, to which I dedicate what remains to me of my life. I pray for the guidance and help of almighty God.”

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