Charles III will be formally proclaimed king with a historic ceremony on Saturday

Charles III will be formally proclaimed king with a historic ceremony on Saturday

Charles III will be formally proclaimed king with a historic ceremony on Saturday

On Saturday, King Charles will be formally proclaimed monarch by the Accession Council at St James’s Palace.

Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son, who rushed to her bedside in Balmoral on Thursday, automatically became king upon his mother’s death.

The new monarch will shortly begin a tour of the UK’s home nations, including Northern Ireland and Wales.

However, he will first be in London, where he will be welcomed as the new ruler by members of the Privy Council. The ceremony will take place Saturday at 10:00 in the state apartments of St James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace said.

Historically, all private councilors are summoned to the Accession Council. However, this will not be the case on Saturday due to space restrictions.

Instead, only 200 of the more than 700 Privy councilors will participate in the historic ceremony. The meeting will be held before parliament meets to offer its condolences to the queen.

Flowers are placed outside Buckingham Palace following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.  (Getty Images)

Flowers are placed outside Buckingham Palace following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. (Getty Images)

According to plans drawn up under the name of “Operation London Bridge”, the council was to meet the day after the 96-year-old’s death. But the schedule was to be postponed by a day, as the announcement of the queen’s death came late Thursday.

The Accession Council is headed by Penny Mordaunt, who became Lord Prime Minister earlier this week, with the Queen approving her appointment.

The former Tory leadership contender has yet to be officially “declared” Lord President, as a Privy Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday had to be postponed due to the Queen’s deteriorating health.

But the n. 10 confirmed Friday that the Portsmouth North MP will serve as “interim” Lord President of the Council. Ms. Mordaunt will then obtain the title on a permanent basis after being declared so by the king.

The Lord President of the Council will first be joined at St James’s Palace by a select group of private advisers, including Grand Officials of State and the Lord Mayor.

Mordaunt will announce the queen’s death first, before asking the clerk to read the text of the proclamation of accession. This will confirm the chosen name of the new monarch as Charles III.

A tribute to the Queen is posted on the railings of Buckingham Palace.  (Getty Images)

A tribute to the Queen is posted on the railings of Buckingham Palace. (Getty Images)

The Conservative MP will then sign the proclamation along with the Queen Consort, the Duke of Cambridge, the Lord Chancellor, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of York, the Prime Minister, the Lord Privy Seal, the Lord Great Chamberlain and the Earl Marshal. .

Subsequently, Mordant will give instructions for the spread of the proclamation and for the shooting at the Tower of London and Hyde Park.

King Charles III will then hold his first Private Council meeting, making a personal statement about his mother’s death.

Among other duties, he will promise to preserve the Church of Scotland and sign two identical documents, known as instruments, that record the oath. The private councilors present will sign the proclamation before departure.

The first public reading of the proclamation of the new monarch will follow. Trumpeters will play a fanfare on St James’s balcony, while gunshots are fired across the city.

The proclamation will subsequently be read in other British cities including Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

The official acts of the Accession Council will be published in the London Gazette.

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