King Charles III was officially proclaimed as Britain’s new monarch on Saturday at a ceremony in London’s St James’s Palace.
Charles automatically became king when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on Thursday, but the ceremony is a constitutional step in introducing the new monarch to the country.
Britain’s Charles III was on Saturday formally proclaimed king by an Accession Council at St James’s Palace in London.
The ceremony was attended by Charles’ wife Camilla, who now has the title of Queen Consort, and his son William, who is the new Prince of Wales.
The Accession Council comprises several of politicians, bishops and senior civil servants.
“I am deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty which have now passed to me,” Charles said in his address to the Accession Council.
Although Charles became king the moment his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on Thursday, the Accession Council is held as soon as possible after the death of a sovereign to make a formal proclamation of the successor, reported the BBC.
The proclamation, accompanied by gun salutes, will also be read publicly in the other capital cities of the United Kingdom including Edinburgh in Scotland, Belfast in Northern Ireland, and Cardiff in Wales.