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While Prince Charles immediately became King Charles III upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II, there are still some steps to be taken before he can be formally crowned.
The coronation took place a year after Queen Elizabeth actually became a monarch. Her father died in February 1952, and, due to an old common law rule in the country to ensure that the United Kingdom is never without a monarch, she immediately became queen.
However, his coronation did not take place until June 1953. And while one might assume that King Charles III will not be coronated for a few more months, formal steps are already being taken to make his role official.
One of those phases is the Accession Council and the Principal Proclamation, which is due on Saturday.
King Charles III delivers first address since the death of Queen Elizabeth II
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s to come.
What is an Accession Council?
The Council of Accession is a meeting of the Privy Councillor, great officials of state, the Lord Mayor of London, High Commissioners of the Realm and senior civil servants and takes place only on the death of a monarch.
The purpose of the meeting is to make a formal announcement that the heir to the throne is becoming the country’s next monarch. It is usually divided into two parts.
The meeting will take place at St James’s Palace in London and will be broadcast for the first time in history this year. This will happen on Saturday at 10 a.m. London time.
The first part of the accession meeting takes place without the presence of a new king or queen. This is where the Proclamation of Accession, or Principal Proclamation, is read declaring the new monarch as sovereign.
Queen Elizabeth II’s proclamation stated, “We, therefore, Lords Spiritual and Temporal of this Realm, here with His Late Her Majesty’s Privy Council, along with representatives of other members of the Commonwealth, assisted, along with other prominent gentlemen of quality Going, together with the Lord Mayor, the Aldermen and the citizens of London, now publish with one voice and the consent of the tongue and heart and declare that the High and Mighty Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary is now a happy memory of the death of our late Sovereign, Her Majesty Be Elizabeth II.”
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This declaration is traditionally the first time the public learns what the new sovereign will be called. However, Clarence House has already disclosed that Charles will be referred to as King Charles III.
Once the Proclamation is read, it is signed by the Prime Minister, the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Privy Seal, the Earl Marshal, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and any member of the Royal Family, who is also part of the Privy Council. The case will also include Prince William and Queen Consort Camilla. Everyone who signs is a member of the “Platform Party”.
After the initial proclamation is read and signed, one part of the meeting ends, and another part begins almost immediately. The new monarch has to attend the second part of the council, which serves as his first Privy Council meeting as sovereign, and is attended only by the Privy Councillor.
Just as the Queen read a statement about her father’s death, King Charles III would also make a statement about his mother’s death during this part of the meeting. His speech will be followed by the recitation of the Scottish Oath, which every monarch has read since 1714.
The oath is an acknowledgment of the country’s separation of church and state.
After taking the oath, the emperor signs two separate documents confirming the text of the oath. Each counselor then signs the proclamation and leaves. The Proclamation is then taken to the balcony above the Friary Court at St James’s Palace, where it is read by the Garter King of Arms, who will be accompanied by the Earl Marshal, Officer and Sergeant.
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While the proclamation of King Charles’s introduction is read to the public, in London, Scotland, Northern Ireland all flags will return to fly with full staff as soon as the reading ends, half-staff as a mark of respect and mourning for the Queen. Will come back. Wales.