Death of Queen Elizabeth II - latest: Accession Council to formally proclaim King Charles III as the new sovereign

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King Charles will officially be proclaimed as the new sovereign on Saturday morning as the Accession Council meets following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Televised for the first time in its history, the Accession Council meeting at 10am will show the King being formally proclaimed monarch with Charles making his declaration and oath.

Charles delivers his address to the nation and the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace following the death of the Queen on Thursday (Yui Mok/PA) (PA Wire)
Charles delivers his address to the nation and the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace following the death of the Queen on Thursday (Yui Mok/PA) (PA Wire)

A Principal Proclamation will be read in public or the first time by the Garter King of Arms in the open air from the balcony overlooking Friary Court at St James’s an hour later at 11am.

It is the first meeting of the council, which is made up of Privy Counsellors, Great Officers of State, the Lord Mayor of London, Realm High Commissioners and senior civil servants, since 1952 when King George VI died.

Speaking to the nation on Friday, the new King said: “We owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example.”

The King pledged his whole life as service as the new sovereign just as the Queen did, saying: “That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today”.