Charles has succeeded to the throne and will be proclaimed at the Accession Council at 10 am on Saturday, September 10, in the State Apartments of St James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace said.
Clarence House also confirmed the Accession Council will be televised for the first time in history.
The new King of England will make an Accession Declaration.
What is Accession?
Accession is when a new Sovereign takes the throne following the death of the previous King or Queen.
The new King or Queen will succeed to the throne as soon as the previous King or Queen dies. They are proclaimed at an Accession Council in St James’s Palace, which will take place as soon as possible.
What is the Proclamation of Accession?
The Proclamation of Accession is the publicising of the accession. It is the formal method of sharing the news that the monarch has died and that the heir has acceded to the throne.
The Privy Council Office will call a meeting, at which the death of the Sovereign will be announced. The Clerk of the Council will read the Accession Proclamation aloud and the platform party will then sign it.
Then, the Lord President will explain how news of the proclamation will be spread and will give orders for firing guns at Hyde Park and the Tower of London.
The Proclamation of Accession is read out at St James’s Palace in London, and then again at the Royal Exchange, in front of the Lord Mayor of the City of London.
The proclamation will also be read in Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Belfast, and will be published in the Gazette.
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King Charles’ Proclamation of Accession
The Proclamation of Accession —signed on the day of the Queen’s death by members of the Privy Council — will be read out tomorrow at St James’s Palace.
“Whereas it hath pleased Almighty God to call to His mercy our late sovereign lady Queen Elizabeth II of blessed and glorious memory by whose decease the Crown is solely and rightfully come to the High and Mighty Prince Charles Philip Arthur George: we therefore the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of this Realm being here assisted with these her late Majesty’s Privy Council with representatives of other members of the Commonwealth with other Principal Gentlemen of quality with the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Citizens of London do now hereby with one Voice and Consent of Tongue and Heart publish and proclaim that the High and Mighty Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now by the death of our late sovereign of happy memory become King Charles the third by the grace of God.
“King of this realm and of her other realms and territories, head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the faith to whom her lieges do acknowledge all Faith and constant Obedience with hearty and humble Affection beseeching God by whom Kings and Queens do reign, to bless the Royal Prince Charles the third with long and happy years to reign over us. God save the King.”
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What is the Accession Declaration?
The Accession Declaration is an oath that the new Sovereign takes at their first Privy Council meeting. Queen Elizabeth II made her Accession Declaration two days after her father, King George VI, died.
Queen Elizabeth’s Accession Declaration
She said: “Your Royal Highnesses, my lords, ladies, and gentlemen: By the sudden death of my dear father I am called to assume the duties and responsibility of sovereignty. At this time of deep sorrow it is a profound consolation to me to be assured of the sympathy which you and all my peoples feel towards me, to my mother and my sister, and to the other members of my family.
“My father was our revered and beloved head, as he was of the wider family of his subjects: the grief which his loss brings is shared among us all. My heart is too full for me to say more to you to-day than that I shall always work, as my father did throughout his reign, to uphold constitutional government and to advance the happiness and prosperity of my peoples, spread as they are all the world over.
“I know that in my resolve to follow his shining example of service and devotion I shall be inspired by the loyalty and affection of those whose Queen I have been called to be, and by the counsel of their elected Parliaments. I pray that God will help me to discharge worthily this heavy task that has been laid upon me so early in my life.”
In November 1952, nine months after her father died, Queen Elizabeth II signed an Accession Declaration at her first State Opening of Parliament. The declaration was as follows:
“I, Elizabeth, do solemnly and sincerely in the presence of God profess, testify, and declare that I am a faithful Protestant, and that I will, according to the true intent of the enactments which secure the Protestant succession to the Throne, uphold and maintain the said enactments to the best of my powers according to law.”