After the Queen's death: Charles III. officially King of Great Britain

After the Queen's death
Charles III officially King of Great Britain

With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, her son Charles became king.  Photo: Matthew Horwood/PA Wire/dpa

With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, her son Charles became king. photo

© Matthew Horwood/PA Wire/dpa

Long live the king: The new British head of state is proclaimed in a special ceremony. A committee is responsible for this, which only meets for this purpose.

Charles III. has been officially proclaimed king. The proclamation in London on Saturday was a formal act. An Accession Council was convened specifically for this purpose. The first to sign the proclamation was the king's eldest son and new heir to the throne, Prince William, followed by Charles' wife, Queen Camilla. Charles had already automatically become British king with the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.

The first part of the ceremony at St. James's Palace took place without the monarch. Then Charles was to lead a session of the Privy Council called Privy Council for the first time. Later, the proclamation is read from the palace balcony. There are more readings in the city of London as well as on Sunday in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

This is the Privy Council

The Accession Council includes members of the Crown Council, i.e. current and former members of the government, church officials, magistrates, members of the royal family and other personalities.

Aside from the proclamation, there is a coronation to follow. The coronation of Elizabeth II took place in 1953 - 14 months after she was born after the Death had become her father's queen.

The Queen was at her country home in Balmoral Castle on Thursday Scotland died at the age of 96. Two days earlier she had received the new Prime Minister Liz Truss there and formally commissioned her to form a government.

First audience with the new king

truss' new cabinet should get a first audience with the king later today. Truss himself visited Charles at Buckingham Palace on Friday. "Very nice of you to come," said King Charles. "I know how busy you are." He was touched by how many people at Buckingham Palace wanted to express their condolences and lay flowers.

On his return to London on Friday, Charles surprisingly got out in front of the palace and approached the visitors with his wife, Queen Camilla. He shook dozens of hands and looked at the flowers and messages people had placed there. In the evening he addressed the people in a very personal speech. "To my beloved mom: Thank you," he said in it. He promised, like them, to diligently fulfill the duties of a monarch.

William now Prince of Wales

In the speech, Charles confirmed that his son Prince William will now become Prince of Wales. This is traditionally the title of the heir to the throne. His wife Kate becomes Princess of Wales. The title was last actively borne by William's mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in 1997.

Camilla, as Charles's second wife, was also technically the Princess of Wales, but she never bore the title because it is so closely associated with Diana in British memory. William and Kate lived in Wales for a while - prior to their marriage and as a newlywed couple they lived on the Isle of Anglesey for a number of years.

First funeral service

The Prime Minister, other dignitaries and the people commemorated the Queen in a first funeral service on Friday evening at St Paul's Cathedral. It was there that the adapted anthem was officially sung for the first time: "God save the King" instead of "God save the Queen".

The Queen's body was due to be transferred from Balmoral Castle first to Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, the Queen's residence in Scotland, on Sunday. The body will also be laid out in Edinburgh before being taken to London.


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