"God Save The King". Charles III is proclaimed King at historic ceremony

"God Save The King". Charles III is proclaimed King at historic ceremony

Today on Saturday morning at St James's Palace in London, Charles III has officially proclaimed as King of the United Kingdom and fourteen other Commonwealth realms at a ceremony that is televised for the first time.

The ceremony began at 10 a.m. The Accession Council gathered in the Picture Gallery at St James's Palace and then they moved into the Throne Room where the new King attnded to make his official declaration. 

His wife, Queen Consort Camila, and his son Prince William, who is now the heir to the throne, accompanied Charles III.

200 members of the Privy Council attended the ceremony. They included former Prime Ministers Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and John Major.  

The King made his declaration to perform all responsibilities as King of Great Britain and Northern England, as well as accommodating the separate laws in Scotland.

Making his own declaration, the King said in his speech: " 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've all suffered.

"It is the greatest consolation to me to know 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."

After his speech, Charles signed the documents that officially declared him to be King and as witnesses the Prince of Wales and Queen Consort also signed the documents.  

In the recognition of the new Sovereign, flags will be immediately raised again at full-mast from the time of the Principal Proclamation at St James’s Palace and after which will return to half-mast in mourning for the death of Her Majesty the Queen.

After the proclamation as The King he held his first audience with the Prime Minister Liz Truss. On Friday evening, the King made his first speech as monarch.