‘God save the King!’ Charles formally proclaimed monarch in first live televised Accession Council

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King Charles III has been officially confirmed as the new monarch as senior politicians led by the Prime Minister gathered this morning to perform the first televised version of a centuries-old tradition.

The proclamation confirming Charles as King was signed by members of the Privy Council including William, the new Prince of Wales, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Lord President of the Council Penny Mordaunt, Prime Minister Liz Truss and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

A chant of ‘God save the King’ erupted in the ancient St James’s Palace ceremony, which was live-streamed for the first time on television.

Members of the Privy Council, including six former Prime Ministers, were assembled for the historic ceremony, the first since 1952. 

Reading the text of the proclamation, the clerk of the council said:

“Whereas it has 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 of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is solely and rightfully come to the Prince Charles Philip Arthur George.

“We, therefore, the lords spiritual and temporal of this realm, and members of the House of Commons, together with other members of Her late Majesty’s Privy Council, and representatives of the realms and territories, aldermen, and citizens of London and others, do now hereby, with one voice and consent of tongue and heart, publish and proclaim that the Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, is now, by the death of our late Sovereign of happy memory, become our only lawful and rightful liege lord, Charles III, by the grace of God, of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and of his other realms and territories, King, head of the Commonwealth, defender of the faith, to whom we do acknowledge all faith and obedience with humble affection, beseeching God, by whom kings and queens do reign, to bless His Majesty with long and happy years to reign over us.”

He declared to the room “God Save the King” before the Privy Council members in attendance repeated the sentiment after him.

The ceremony was then followed by the Principal Proclamation, which was read at 11am from the balcony overlooking Friary Court at St James’s Palace.

The Proclamation was read by Garter King of Arms, accompanied by the Earl Marshal, other Officers of Arms and the Serjeants at Arms.

Then, at noon, a second Proclamation is read in the City of London, on the steps of the Royal Exchange.

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