God Save The King: Reign Of Charles III Begins

LONDON: For more than 300 years, Britain’s kings and queens have been proclaimed sovereign in a ceremony laced with history. But on Saturday, for the first time, the public was able to see the process in action as the proclamation of King Charles III was broadcast live, weaving just a bit of modernity into a centuries-old tradition. while Charles became the new monarch automatically upon the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Thursday, his new role was officially proclaimed on Saturday morning in a ceremony filled with pomp and procedure, which was held at St. James’s Palace, a Tudor royal residence near Buckingham Palace.
In the solemn rite, the council made the official confirmation of Charles as king, amid a number of other formalities. But perhaps the most striking moment came when so many senior members of British life in unison declared, “God save the king. “King Charles later addressed the room and the British nation, and emphasized his mother’s legacy and his commitment to continue it. “My mother gave an example of lifelong love and of selfless service,” he said. “My mother’s reign was unequaled in its duration, dedication and 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. ” The ceremony took place in two parts, the first of which included a meeting of the king’s Privy Council, a group of advisers to the monarch who had typically reached high levels of public office. The six living former prime ministers — Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and John Major — were present as part of the Privy Council, as was Keir Starmer, the opposition Labor leader.
The Privy Council also includes Prince William, who, as the new heir to the throne, was given the title Prince of Wales on Friday by his father. The council — which included Charles’s wife, Camilla, the queen consort; PM Liz Truss; and senior religious figures — all signed the proclamation in the ceremony. Later, King Charles III met with his Privy Council and made traditional public statements that generations of monarchs had made before him. He gave a personal and political inaugural declaration, which in the past would have happened in a closed ceremony with the text later published in the London Gazette, the official government record. Charles also made an oath to uphold the Church of Scotland. The Accession Council meeting also included a litany of official proclamations for King Charles to sign off on, including one that makes the day of the queen’s funeral a public holiday.
The ceremony often felt like a holdover of an earlier time, but the procedures, enshrined in law, also gave a nod to the foundations of the modern British state. After the council meeting, the proclamation was read out as trumpets blared from the balcony at St. James’s Palace and the Garter King of Arms — the main adviser to the monarch on all matters of ceremony and heraldry —in front of a few hundred members of the public officially declared the reign of King Charles III. The old and new seemed to stand in stark contrast. Members of the publicwho gathered to hear the proclamation held cellphones above their heads to record the view as they sang “God Save the King,” the newly adjusted national anthem.


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