Pomp, pageantry usher next royal era

British tradition highlighted the mourning for the well-beloved monarch who is the only one that most living individuals have known and the succession of her son, King Charles III:

•Throne passed immediately and without ceremony to the heir, Charles, the former Prince of Wales, at the moment the Queen died;

•Change of titles also happen to the King’s siblings: Prince William and his wife Catherine are now titled Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, and the king has conferred on them the title of Prince and Princess of Wales;

•Charles’ wife, Camilla, becomes the Queen Consort — consort is the term used for the spouse of the monarch;

•Charles was proclaimed King at St James’s Palace in London, in front of a ceremonial body known as the Accession Council;

•At the meeting, the death of Queen Elizabeth was announced by the Lord President of the Privy Council (currently Penny Mordaunt MP), and a proclamation was read aloud;

•The wording of the proclamation can change, but it has traditionally been a series of prayers and pledges, commending the previous monarch and pledging support for the new one;

•This proclamation is then signed by a number of senior figures including the prime minister, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Lord Chancellor;

•The king then attended a second meeting of the Accession Council, along with the Privy Council and in line with a tradition dating from the early 18th Century — he made an oath to preserve the Church of Scotland;

•After a fanfare of trumpeters, a public proclamation was made declaring Charles as the new King. This was made from a balcony above Friary Court in St James’s Palace, by an official known as the Garter King of Arms;

•He called: “God save the King,” and for the first time since 1952, the national anthem was played with the words “God Save the King”; and

•Gun salutes were fired in Hyde Park, the Tower of London and from naval ships, and the proclamation announcing Charles as the King was read in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.


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