King Charles III was publicly proclaimed king on Saturday on the balcony of St. James's Palace in London shortly after his swearing-in.
< p class="e-p">Charles III was officially proclaimed king on Saturday at an Accession Council meeting in London, saying he was “deeply aware” of the “duties and heavy responsibilities” of the office he inherited after the death of his mother Elizabeth II.
The ceremony, broadcast for the first time on television, took place at St. James's Palace in the presence of the new Queen Consort Camilla, the new heir to the throne William, of Prime Minister Liz Truss and many of her predecessors.
Charles, 73, had automatically become king when his mother died on Thursday afternoon at his Scottish residence in Balmoral, aged 96 and after 70 years of reign. He will not be crowned until a later date, probably several months from now.
Once the declaration proclaiming him was read, the Council pronounced in chorus God Save the King, then moved to the throne room of the palace for the king to take the oath.
My mother's reign was unmatched in its duration, devotion and devotion, the king said in his speech preceding this solemn oath, speaking of an irreparable loss.
I am deeply aware of this great heritage, of the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty, which are now transmitted to me, he added.
He praised the constant support of his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, and confirmed that he wanted to continue the tradition of returning to public finances the income from the Crown's patrimony (land, investments, etc.) in exchange for a annual allowance (sovereign grant) set at 15% of this income.
This sum represented 86.3 million pounds for 2021-2022, or 128 million Canadian dollars.
Outside St. James's Palace, several hundred people gathered.
A crowd gathered in front of St. James's Palace.
What moves me is their devotion to their country, their loyalty, observes Nicola Parmar, from the north of England.
This is the most monumental moment in modern history that we are privileged to be part of, says Samantha Camear, 35, who lives in Florida and vacations in London. She wants to say goodbye to the queen and welcome the new king.