Queen Elizabeth II, the longest serving monarch in the history of the United Kingdom died yesterday, 9th September 2022, at her Scottish estate after reigning for 70 years. The 96 years old queen acceded to the throne in February 1952 and officially took the position in June 1953.
Following the demise of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor (Queen Elizabeth II), Prince Charles, the former Prince of Wales, became the King to the throne of the United Kingdom (U.K.).
The 73-year-old eldest child of the late monarch is to be formally announced as King on the 10th of September 2022 at St James’s Palace, London, before the ceremonial body called the Accession Council.
The ascension council comprises of a group of senior members of parliament (MPs), senior civil servants, Commonwealth high commissioners, the Lord Mayor of London and an estimated 700 people in attendance. There, the death of Queen Elizabeth II will be declared by the Lord President of the Privy Council.
This is followed by proclamation, prayers, and pledges in recognition of the late monarch and support of the new era. Though announced as King, his coronation is to be announced on a later day. This will make him the oldest person to assume the throne in the kingdom’s history.
Apart from his acceding to the throne, some offices in the royal house will also change. Such as the office of Carmilla, the Princess of Cornwall, and the wife of Prince Charles will become the Queen Consort.
This is a formal title given to the wife of the serving monarch. Prince William, the Duke of Cornwall, on the other hand, will be conferred the title of the Prince of Wales.
King Charles III’s first declaration
This tradition dates back to the early 18th century and is done during the second meeting of the Accession Council. He makes his first declaration by pledging to preserve the Church of Scotland during his reign as King.
After his declaration, the Garter King of Arms will announce him from the balcony above Friary Court in St James’s Palace as the new king. He will call: “God save the King.” This is followed by the national anthem saying, “God Save the King.”
The event will be commemorated with gun salutes fired in Hyde Park, the Tower of London and from naval ships. The proclamation confirming Prince Charles as King Charles III will also be read in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
This is to be followed with the highlights, his coronation at the Westminster Abbey on a later date. Though the date is unknown, the event will make Charles the 40th monarch to be crowned at the historical centre.