King Charles will be proclaimed monarch in a historic ceremony


King Charles will be officially proclaimed Britain’s new monarch on Saturday in a ceremony followed by gun salutes and the reading of proclamations in London and across the UK. The death of Queen Elizabeth, 96, on Thursday after 70 years on the throne clicked -09 -09 long-established and highly choreographed plans for days of mourning and state funerals to be held in just over a week.

The death of Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, has drawn an outpouring of tributes from home and around the world. Charles, 73, succeeded his mother immediately on Thursday but a Membership Council made up of hundreds of politicians, bishops and senior civil servants will proclaim his succession on Saturday in a ceremony with officials in traditional heraldic dress.

The proclamation will be accompanied by gun salutes and heralds who will proceed to Mansion House in the City of London where it will be read at the Royal Exchange. The proclamation will be read publicly in other UK capitals – Edinburgh in Scotland, Belfast in Northern Ireland and Cardiff in Wales – and other places as well.

The new king vowed on Friday to serve the nation with “loyalty, respect and love” in his first address to the nation as king. Charles is King and Head of State of the United Kingdom and 14 other kingdoms, including Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Earlier, returning to London from Scotland where his mother died, he was greeted with cheers, applause and a crowd. singing “God Save The King” as he made his first public appearance outside Buckingham Palace.

Charles also said in his speech that he had made his eldest son William, 40, the new Prince of Wales, the title which had been his for more than 50 years and is traditionally held by the heir to the throne. William’s wife Kate becomes Princess of Wales, a role last held by the late Princess Diana.

Britain has declared a period of mourning until the state funeral of Elizabeth, once described by her grandson Harry as “the nation’s grandmother”. The date has not been announced but it is expected in just over a week. World leaders are expected in London for the funeral, including US President Joe Biden, who said on Friday he would attend.

For the British people, “she was your queen. For us, she was the queen,” French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday. Although he is already king, Charles’ coronation will take place at a later date – and the timing is not yet clear. There was a 16-month gap between Elizabeth becoming queen in 1952 and her coronation in 1953.

TEARS AND FLOWERS Thousands of people gathered in the royal palaces to pay their respects to the late Queen, some shedding tears as they laid flowers and others wanting to celebrate the life of a monarch who, for most Britons, was the only one they ever knew.

Elizabeth, who was the world’s oldest and longest serving head of state, ascended to the throne following the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952, when she was just 25 year. Over the decades, she has witnessed a seismic shift in the social, political and economic structure of her nation. She has won praise for guiding the monarchy into the 21st century and modernizing it in the process, despite intense media scrutiny and her family’s often very public setbacks.

Charles, who according to the polls is less popular than his mother, now has the task of ensuring the future of the institution.

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