LONDON (AP) — Charles became king shortly after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on Thursday. He was officially proclaimed as Charles III in a ceremony held at St James’s Palace in London on Saturday. There are many more formal steps to follow before his coronation.
Take a look at the centuries-old traditions and rules surrounding the accession of a new British monarch.
Who officially proclaims the new monarch?
In Britain, the death of a sovereign and his successor is officially declared by an affiliated council made up of a large group of senior politicians and officials.
Traditionally, the council convenes within 24 hours of the death of the monarch and attends a ceremony at St James’s Palace. However, Charles III’s coronation ceremony was postponed as the Queen’s death was not announced until Thursday evening, leaving not enough time to start planning for Friday.
The Affiliated Council is made up of members of the Privy Council, chiefly past and present politicians, including all living Prime Ministers, leaders of the Church of England, senior royals, and other ceremonial leaders, such as the Mayor of London. consists of people.
The Privy Council is one of the oldest parts of government, advising the monarch. It can be traced back to the time of the Norman kings, where the monarch met privately with a group of his advisers, predating the modern functioning of the cabinet.
Historically, the entire Privy Council is convened in a Membership Council to oversee the decrees of the new monarch. However, with the number of members of the Privy Council now at 700, only 200 were summoned on Saturday.
The ceremony was broadcast live on television for the first time on Saturday.
What happens after Charles is declared?
Shortly after the new monarch was duly recognized, he held his first Privy Council meeting, made a personal proclamation, and signed an oath to preserve the Church of Scotland, in accordance with the Act of Union 1707. increase.
Afterwards, a heraldic officer known as the Garter King of Arms publicly reads the new monarch’s proclamation from the balcony of St James’s Palace, and gunfire erupts throughout London.
The declaration will also be read across the UK, including the capitals of the other three countries that make up the UK: Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
The Confederate Flag will be flown at full flag for approximately 24 hours before returning to half-mast in honor of the Queen.
Parliament is then summoned as soon as possible for the senior members to pledge allegiance to the new monarch.
The new monarch must take another oath to declare that he is a staunch Protestant and that he will maintain the Protestant lineage at the later convening of the State Legislature. Mandated by the Declaration of Accession Act.
How’s the coronation?
After the first series of procedures, it will take several months until the next big event, the coronation of the king. This is to allow a period of mourning and time for those involved to hold the ceremony.
Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on June 2, 1953. About 16 months after her accession to the throne on February 6, 1952, her father, George the VI, died.
The date of Charles’ coronation is not yet known. It will most likely be held at Westminster Abbey in London, where coronation ceremonies have been held for the past 900 years.
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