Royal officials publicly proclaimed Charles III as Britain’s new monarch in a ceremony at St James’s Palace.
David White, Garter King of Arms, read the decree from the balcony of the Royal Palace in London.
Gun salutes rang out in Hyde Park, the Tower of London and military installations across Britain as the proclamation was made.
Scarlet-robed soldiers in the courtyard of the palace presented their weapons and removed their bearskin caps in a royal salute.
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LONDON — King Charles III has declared the day of his mother’s funeral a public holiday.
Charles endorsed the decision at his formal inauguration on Saturday.
A date for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral has not been announced, but it is expected to be around September 19.
This will be the second additional public holiday for Britons this year. A public holiday was declared in early June to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne.
LONDON — King Charles III was officially announced as the monarch of the United Kingdom on Saturday in a ceremony full of age-old tradition and political symbolism, broadcast live for the first time.
Prince Charles automatically became king when his mother, Queen Elizabeth, died Thursday, but Saturday’s enthronement ceremony is an important constitutional and ceremonial step to introduce the new monarch to the country. is.
The ceremony at St James’s Palace, London’s royal residence, is attended by the Membership Council, made up of senior politicians and officials who advise the monarch. They met without Charles, officially confirming his title of Charles III. The King then joins them in a series of oaths and declarations.
It will be the first ceremony since Queen Elizabeth II took the throne in 1952.
LONDON — King Charles III of England told Prime Minister Liz Truss that losing his mother was the day he dreaded and that he “must try to keep everything going”.
Their meeting took place at Buckingham Palace on Friday after the King flew from Scotland to London.
Queen Elizabeth II appointed a truss just two days before she died.
And Truss praised the Queen at the start of a special session of Parliament, calling her “the country’s greatest diplomat” and saying her devotion to duty was an example to all.
With regular work in Parliament suspended, members of parliament will spend two days sharing their memories and reflections on the Queen.
Senior MPs also take the oath of office to the new monarch, Charles III.
WASHINGTON—U.S. President Joe Biden told reporters on Friday that he plans to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
Biden was the 13th and last U.S. president to meet a woman whose reign spanned 70 years. The Queen has met every American president since Dwight Eisenhower, with the exception of Lyndon Johnson. This is because Johnson did not visit Britain during his presidency.
Biden and First Lady Jill Biden said the Queen’s “legacy will feature heavily in the pages of British history and the story of our world.”
All living former US presidents – Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump – mourned Biden’s death and offered their condolences to his family.
ATHENS, GREECE – Former King Constantine of Greece described Queen Elizabeth II as “a beacon of dignity and humility to the whole world”.
Constantine lived in London for many years after the Greek monarchy was abolished and has close ties to the British royal family.
“We have been through so much together and I will never forget the love and support she showed me and my family,” he said in a statement Friday. To the world, I sincerely hope that his service to his country will be equally successful.”
LONDON — King Charles III has expressed his love for his son, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan, in his first public address since his accession to the throne.
Prince Charles, who became king following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, wishes the couple “making a living abroad” well.
Meghan, 41, and Harry, 37, have had a strained relationship with the British royal family since leaving the UK in early 2020 after stepping away from royal duties, citing intolerable intrusions and racist attitudes in the British media. .
The comments came during a taped speech ahead of a memorial service honoring the late monarch on Thursday.
LONDON — King Charles III said he was “deeply saddened” by the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, and vowed to continue his “lifelong service” to the nation.
Prince Charles addresses Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations for the first time as monarch. He became king on Thursday after the queen’s death.
“Today I renew my commitment to lifelong service to all,” he said.
His speech was televised and streamed at St Paul’s Cathedral, where about 2,000 people were attending the Queen’s memorial service. Mourners at the service included Prime Minister Liz Truss and members of her government.
Flags were flown at half mast at Australian landmarks on Friday as people expressed their grief at the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Australian Governor David Hurley and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese signed a eulogy in Canberra.
“There is comfort in Her Majesty’s words: ‘Sorrow is the price we pay for love,'” said the Australian Prime Minister.
New Zealanders also mourned the death of Queen Elizabeth II with tributes across the country on Friday.At the Auckland War Memorial, a group of young people performed the haka, a ritual dance of Maori culture. The flag was flown half-staff across the country.
Under New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements, the Queen was both New Zealand’s monarch and head of state.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand has moved into a formal period of mourning, with a state memorial service to follow the official funeral in the UK.
ABUJA, Nigeria — The death of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, was front page news in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, largest economy and former British colony. .
Nigerian President Mohammodu Buhari expressed his condolences and sadness upon hearing the news of the Queen’s passing.
A man named Musa Adam on a newsstand in the capital Abuja expressed the same opinion. Officials urged British citizens to “exercise patience and endure the pain”, saying, “God bless you all now.”
The flag flew on a half pole outside the British High Commission.
On a daily morning television talk show, host Mohammed Zinadu and commentator Linda Claudia discussed the role Queen Elizabeth II played in holding Britain together.
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