In principle, Charles III will be proclaimed king this Saturday. He will thus accede to the throne but will not be crowned immediately.
Charles III is expected to be officially proclaimed King of the United Kingdom this Saturday at St. James’s Palace, the official administrative residence of the Crown. The ceremony will take place before the Accession Council, a ceremonial body meeting to officially proclaim the accession of the successor to the throne.
It is made up of members of the Privy Council, or Privy Council – a group of senior MPs, past and present, and peers – as well as senior civil servants, Commonwealth High Commissioners and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
In principle, 700 people have the right to attend this ceremony. At the last Accession Council, about 200 people were present. During this event, the death of Elizabeth II will be announced by the President of the Privy Council, in this case Penny Mordaunt, Conservative MP. A proclamation will be read aloud.
The content of this may change but it is traditionally a series of prayers and pledges to congratulate the former monarch and pledge to support his successor. This proclamation is then signed by several personalities including the Prime Minister, Liz Truss, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and the Lord Chancellor, Brandon Lewis.
“God Saves the King”
The king then attends a second ceremony, again with the Accession Council and the Privy Council. Charles III will make a declaration and take an oath to pledge to preserve the Church of Scotland.
Introduced by a fanfare of trumpeters, Charles III will be proclaimed the new king. The declaration will be read by a certain David White, an official known as the Garter Principal King of Arms on a balcony of Saint James’s Palace. The latter will pronounce the words “God save the King”, which will then be taken up in the national anthem. A first since 1952 and the beginning of the reign of Elizabeth II during which the words “God save the Queen” were pronounced.
The coronation will not take place immediately. For example, Elizabeth II was crowned in June 1953, more than a year after her accession to the throne in February 1952. For several hundred years, this ceremony has taken place in Westminster Abbey. During this event, the Archbishop of Canterbury will place the crown of Saint Edward – dating from 1661 – on the head of Charles III. After an anointing, the new monarch will take the coronation oath and receive his last royal attributes, the orb and the sceptre.