LONDON, Sept 10 – Charles III was officially proclaimed King at a ceremony at the St James’s Palace here today.
The proclamation by the Accession Council, made up of senior politicians, judges, and officials, was broadcast live.
It is the first time the historic ceremony, which dates back centuries, has been televised.
King Charles in his personal declaration during the ceremony spoke of the Queen’s selfless service and dedication in serving the country and people.
“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.”
“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.”
The King also said he would strive to follow the inspiring example set by his mother in taking on the heavy responsibilities of sovereignty.
Earlier during the ceremony, Clerk of the Privy Council Richard Tilbrook proclaimed Charles “King, head of the Commonwealth, defender of the faith”, before declaring “God Save the King”, the BBC News reported.
The date of the Queen’s state funeral is yet to be announced, but it would be a public holiday.