King Charles formally proclaimed as monarch

  • Thousands gather outside Buckingham Palace to pay respects to the queen.
  • On Friday, Buckingham Palace began a period of Royal Mourning that will last until seven days after the queen’s funeral.
  • King Charles paid respect to his mother on Friday in his first address as king, pledging to serve with “loyalty, respect, and love.”

King Charles III was formally proclaimed monarch Saturday in an accession ceremony, officially marking a new era in British rule following Queen Elizabeth’s death Thursday.

The new king was officially announced as Britain’s monarch Saturday in a ceremony steeped in ancient tradition and political symbolism — and, for the first time, broadcast live.

Charles automatically became king when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died but the accession ceremony is a key constitutional and ceremonial step in introducing the new monarch to the country.

After the ceremony, an official will read the proclamation aloud from a balcony at St. James’s Palace. It will also be read out in the medieval City of London and at other locations across the U.K.

Here’s the latest from the royal ceremony Saturday and key moments from what’s happened following Queen Elizabeth’s death Thursday.

Britain's King Charles III, back to the camera, greets well-wishers as he walks by the gates of Buckingham Palace following Thursday's death of Queen Elizabeth II in London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. King Charles III, who spent much of his 73 years preparing for the role, planned to meet with the prime minister and address a nation grieving the only British monarch most of the world had known. He takes the throne in an era of uncertainty for both his country and the monarchy itself.

King Charles III formally proclaimed monarch

Scores of senior politicians past and present, including Prime Minister Liz Truss and five of her predecessors, gathered in the ornate state apartments at St. James’s Palace for the meeting of the Accession Council Saturday.

They met without Charles, officially confirming his title, King Charles III. The king joined them to make a personal declaration, vowing to follow his mother’s “inspiring example” as he took on the duties of monarch.

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