King Charles III praises late queen as he is proclaimed new monarch

King Charles III paid tribute to the late Queen’s reign, “unparalleled in its duration, its devotion and its devotion”, as he was formally proclaimed the new monarch of the country.

At a poignant and gloomy meeting of the Accession Council, the king spoke touchingly of his mother and the grief his family is experiencing, but said the “sympathy of so many to my sister and brothers” had been the “greatest comfort”.

Overseen by the Queen, the new Prince of Wales and more than 200 state advisers – including six former Prime Ministers – the King pledged himself to the task now before him and the “heavy responsibilities of sovereignty”.

King Charles III, the Queen and the Prince of Wales at the Accession Council meeting (Victoria Jones/PA)

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Charles began fulfilling the “sorrowful duty” of announcing the death of his “beloved mother”, telling the council, “I know how deeply you, the whole nation – and I think I may like the whole world. say – sympathize with me in the irreparable loss we have all suffered.

“It is the greatest comfort to me to know how much sympathy so many have expressed to my sister and brothers and that such overwhelming affection and support should be extended to our entire family at our loss.”

Charles spoke of the “selfless service” of the late Queen, adding: “My mother’s reign was unparalleled in its duration, its devotion and its devotion. Even as we mourn, we give thanks for this most faithful life.”

He went on to say: “I am deeply aware of this great legacy and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of Sovereignty which have now been transferred to me. In assuming these responsibilities, I will strive to follow the inspiring example I have been given in maintaining constitutional government and will strive for peace, harmony and prosperity for the peoples of these islands and for the realms and territories of the Commonwealth around the world.”

The king concluded by saying: “And in carrying out the heavy task which has been laid upon me, and to which I now dedicate what remains of my life, I pray for the guidance and help of Almighty God.”

King Charles III and the Queen during the Accession Council at St James’s Palace (Victoria Jones/PA)

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The historic event was broadcast for the first time and gave the world its first glimpse of an ancient ceremony dating back centuries and one of the first changes in convention instituted by the new king.

After the convention, Charles did not attend the first part of the ceremony when Council Clerk Richard Tilbrook read the proclamation at the packed meeting confirming the new monarch.

He said: “…Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, has now, by the death of our late Sovereign of happy memory, become our only lawful and rightful liege, Charles III…”

The meeting took place in the state chambers of St. James’s Palace, and in the room the clerk declared, “God Save the King,” as the privy counselors repeated the famous phrase.

The new monarch became king the moment his mother died, but after the death of a sovereign, an Accession Council must be convened – usually within 24 hours.