King Charles III was proclaimed King on Saturday by the Accession Council at St James’ Palace making him Great Britain’s next monarch.
After his mother Queen Elizabeth II passed away, Charles immediately ascended to the throne, but a historic gathering on Saturday formally recognized him in that capacity.
Clerk of the Privy Council Richard Tilbrook proclaimed Charles “King, head of the Commonwealth, defender of the faith”.
“God save the King” were the words with which those gathered reaffirmed the proclamation made by the clerk of the council.
Later, thousands of people sang the national anthem amid acclaim and shouts of “God Save the King” outside St. James’s Palace.
200 members of the Privy Council, including former leaders Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, and John Major, attended the ceremony.
King Charles III made the decision to let television cameras into the Accession Council for the first time so that the general people may see the events.
With oaths and signatures, Charles officially became the head of state, marking a smooth and symbolic transition from one reign to the next.
His sons Prince William and Prince Harry gave him the inkpot he used.
The announcements also said that a national holiday would be observed on the day of the Queen’s state funeral.
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