Accession of King Charles III 

King Charles III was proclaimed Sovereign at the Accession Council in the State Apartments of St James’s Palace in London on September 10th, two days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland. The Accession will be followed by a Coronation at Westminster Abbey in due course. The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place 16 months after her accession in 1953, but it is expected that the next Coronation will take place much sooner. The King and Queen returned to London from Balmoral Castle yesterday, ahead of the King’s first televised address to the Nation and the Commonwealth.

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The Accession Council, attended by Privy Councillors, which include Queen Camilla and the Prince of Wales, is divided into two parts, beginning when the Privy Council, without the King present, in the Picture Gallery proclaimed the Sovereign, and formally approved various consequential Orders, including the arrangements for the Proclamation

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Afterwards, there was the holding of His Majesty’s first Privy Council in the Throne Room, in which he made his Declaration and read and sign an oath to uphold the security of the Church in Scotland and approve Orders in Council which facilitate continuity of government.

The King gave an address:

My Lords, Ladies, and Gentlemen.

It is my most sorrowful duty to announce to you the death of my beloved Mother, The Queen.

I know how deeply you, the entire Nation – and I think I may say the whole world – sympathise 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 Brothers and that 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 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 throughout 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 that in the discharge of these duties I will be guided by the counsel of their elected parliaments. 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 My 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.

And in carrying out the heavy task that has been laid upon me, and to which I now dedicate what remains to me of my life, I pray for the guidance and help of Almighty God.

The King took the Oath:

I understand that the Law requires that I should, at My Accession to the Crown, take and subscribe the Oath relating to the Security of the Church of Scotland. I am ready to do so at this first opportunity.

I, Charles the Third, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of My other Realms and Territories, King, Defender of the Faith, do faithfully promise and swear that I shall inviolably maintain and preserve the Settlement of the true Protestant Religion as established by the Laws made in Scotland in prosecution of the Claim of Right and particularly by an Act intituled “An Act for securing the Protestant Religion and Presbyterian Church Government” and by the Acts passed in the Parliament of both Kingdoms for Union of the two Kingdoms, together with the Government, Worship, Discipline, Rights and Privileges of the Church of Scotland. So help me God.

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The Accession Council was followed by the Principal Proclamation, which was read from the balcony overlooking Friary Court at St James’s Palace by Garter King of Arms, accompanied by the Earl Marshal, other Officers of Arms and the Serjeants at Arms. As is convention, a second Proclamation will be read in the City of London, at the Royal Exchange an hour later, while further Proclamations will be read in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales the following day. In recognition of the new Sovereign, flags will be flown at full-mast from the time of the Principal Proclamation at St James’s Palace until one hour after the Proclamations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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  1. All these ceremonies are so beautiful, so vested in tradition and history. It makes one pause upon realizing that we are witnessing history. I was moved by King Charles’ first speech as sovereign. It was very obvious that he felt deeply his mother’s death and that he’s keenly aware of the huge task before him. Though I always knew he would name Prince William the Prince of Wales very soon, I was agreeably surprised that he did so immediately and announced it in his very first speech as king. Well done! I wish him all the best. God save the King!

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