October 1, 2022
Charles praises Queen's reign as he is formally confirmed as king- BPN TODAY

Charles praises Queen’s reign as he is formally confirmed as king

King Charles III has praised the Queen’s “unequalled reign” after being proclaimed king at a ceremony at St James’s Palace.

The King became the monarch after the death of his mother, but a meeting formally confirmed it on Saturday.

He also approved the day of the Queen’s funeral, Monday, 19 September, being a bank holiday.

Speaking before the Accession Council, the King said his mother’s death had been an “irreparable loss”.

Meanwhile, senior MPs in the House of Commons, including Prime Minister Liz Truss, swore allegiance to the new monarch.

Making his address in the State Apartments of St James’s Palace in London, King Charles said: “It is the greatest consolation to me to know of the sympathy expressed by so many to my sister and brothers and that such overwhelming affection and support should be extended to our whole family in our loss.”

He later spoke of the Queen’s “selfless service”, saying: “My mother’s reign was unequalled in its duration, its dedication and its devotion.

Details about the throne room at St James's Palace.
Image caption,King Charles gave his speech in the Throne Room at St James’s Palace.

“Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life.”

The King added he would “strive to follow the inspiring example” he was set by his mother in taking on the “heavy responsibilities of sovereignty”.

It is the first time the historic ceremony, which dates back centuries, has been televised.

https://emp.bbc.com/emp/SMPj/2.45.0/iframe.htmlMedia caption,

Watch: Charles III is proclaimed King, in a ceremony broadcast for the first time

The King himself was not present for the first part of the meeting when he was proclaimed monarch by the Accession Council, made up of senior politicians, judges, and officials.

Six former prime ministers were in attendance at the accession ceremony
Image caption,Six former prime ministers were in attendance at the accession ceremony

Clerk of the Privy Council Richard Tilbrook proclaimed Charles “King, head of the Commonwealth, defender of the faith”, before declaring “God Save the King”.

The packed room, including all of the six living former British prime ministers, repeated the phrase. The proclamation was then read out on a balcony above Friary Court in St James’s Palace.

-BBC

 
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