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Trumpets play as Charles III proclaimed king

"The whole world sympathizes with me in the irreparable loss we've all suffered.

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London: Charles III was formally proclaimed king at an elaborate ceremony at St James’ Palace by an Accession Council on Saturday.

Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now Charles III, the BBC quoted the proclamation as saying.

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The proclamation was made after Penny Mordaunt announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The signing of the proclamation took place in the presence of Prince William, the UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, and Archbishop Justin Welby among many others.

Seven living British PMs — Gordon Brown, David Cameron Boris Johnson, and Theresa May were among those lined up as the proclamation of the new king was read out in the first part of the two-part ceremony, the BBC said.

The Accession Council, the group consisting of members of the Royal Family, the prime minister, other senior politicians, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, gathered at the St James’ Palace, the official residence of the sovereign to proclaim the new monarch, the BBC said.

The new King announced the death of his “beloved mother, the Queen”.

“The whole world sympathizes with me in the irreparable loss we’ve all suffered.

“To all of us as a family, as to this kingdom and the wider family of nations of which it is a part, my mother gave an example of lifelong love and of selfless service.

“My mother’s reign was unequaled in its duration, its dedication, and its devotion. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life,” he said.

Charles III said he was ‘deeply aware of the duties’ he must now carry out “I am deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of Sovereignty which have now passed to me.

“In taking up these responsibilities, I shall strive to follow the inspiring example I have been set in upholding constitutional government and to seek the peace, harmony, and prosperity of the peoples of these Islands and of the Commonwealth Realms and Territories throughout the world.

“I am profoundly encouraged by the constant support of my beloved wife,” the BBC quoted Charles III as saying.

Charles III then took the oath related to the security of the Church of Scotland.

The King signed the oath he just declared in front of the Privy Council. Witnesses added their signatures to the document.

Prince William – the new Prince of Wales – was the first to sign followed by Camilla, the Queen Consort.

Members of the public were admitted from The Mall into Friary Court to bear witness to the proclamation of King Charles III in the second part of the ceremony.

The BBC report described the attendees as: “They come, carrying their pets, clutching flowers, a toddler in spiderman pyjamas, the infirm on mobility scooters. From the suited to those in cycling gear.”

One of the orders approved by King Charles III, during the proclamation ceremony, was for the day of the Queen’s funeral to be a Bank Holiday.

State Trumpeters were positioned on the balcony above the Friary Court as the Garter King of Arms read out the first and Principal Proclamation.

Garter King of Arms proclaimed ‘God Save The King’, and the State Trumpeters sound the Royal Salute. The National Anthem was played.

The Garter King of Arms declared: “Three cheers for His Majesty the King. Hip-Hip…” three times, and the King’s Guard responded “Hooray” each time while raising their bearskin caps above the head.

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